Big Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) has officially teamed up with the Tampa Bay Lightning to honor a quarter century of NHL hockey in Tampa with the release of The Lightning Twenty Five Craft Lager.
Twenty-five. That number means quite a bit to the Tampa Bay Lightning as they enter the 2017-2018 season. First, that number reminds the organization and its incredible fan base that they have enjoyed an amazing 25 years of NHL hockey in the Tampa area. An anniversary bearing that number is more than worthy of commemoration, but a bit of kismet has made it possible for the team to also recognize one of their own that once wore that number. Dave Andreychuk played for Tampa Bay from 2001 to 2006 and “wore jersey No. 25 when he led the Lightning as team captain to the 2004 Stanley Cup Championship.” Fittingly, No. 25 will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame the same year that the Lightning organization gets to wear his number. Twenty-five.
To celebrate both the Lightning’s 25-year milestone and the legacy of Dave Andreychuk, Big Storm Brewing Co. collaborated with the team to develop The Lightning Twenty Five. This liquid tribute is an American Light Lager that features “classic American cluster hops and German pilsner barley malt.” At 4% ABV, this easy-drinking offering promises to be the perfect go-to brew for Tampa hockey fans all season long.
“It’s exciting to play in role in highlighting the Lightning’s remarkable 25 years in the National Hockey League,” said Big Storm CFO and co-owner L.J. Govoni. “Big Storm Head Brewer Joel Moore has also done a fantastic job creating a stand-out beer that is worthy of the championship caliber team the Lightning will put on the ice this season,” Govoni added.
The Lightning Twenty Five Craft Lager will launch in Big Storm Taproom locations beginning on September 15, and it will then become “available at AMALIE Arena for the first preseason game and throughout Tampa Bay on September 19.” Craft beer fans and Lightning supports can expect to find this Limited Release offering available in 16 oz. cans and on draft at “at Amalie Arena, various Tampa Bay restaurants and bars, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Total Wine & More, select Publix locations and other outlets.” If the celebration behind the beer wasn’t enough, Big Storm Brewing – a proud partner of the Lightning – is also giving the beer a cause as they “will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Lightning Twenty Five during the season to the Lightning Foundation, which supports charities across Tampa Bay.” The reasons are many to pick up a pack or two of The Lightning Twenty Five, so be sure to check out this special brew while you can. Prost!
Vital Information for The Lightning Twenty Five Craft Lager from Big Storm Brewing Co.
Release – Limited; launching September 15, 2017
Style – American Light Lager
ABV – 4%
Featured Malts – German Pilsner Barley Malt
Featured Hops – American Cluster
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
Where To Get It – Big Storm Brewing Taproom locations, Amalie Arena, various Tampa Bay restaurants and bars, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Total Wine & More, select Publix locations and other outlets in the Tampa area