Big Storm Brewing Co. Rebrands Lightning Twenty Five as Bay Beer

BSB_BayBeer_BoxCompBig Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) has officially announced that Lightning Twenty Five, a Light Lager released during the 2017-2018 NHL season to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Tampa Bay Lightning, will return this month as a Year-Round offering that will now be known as Bay Beer.

Brewed with “classic American cluster hops and German pilsner barley malt”, Bay Beer is an approachable, easy-drinking Light Lager that is “the perfect beer to celebrate all the great activities and events [Tampa’s] coastal lifestyle has to offer.”  This crushable brew is meant to be enjoyed “cold as hail” while hanging out with your buddies.

The Lighting Twenty Five was specifically designed as a beer that would appeal to the masses much like the broad appeal of the Tampa Bay Lightning and their brand of entertainment promoted by the National Hockey League. Consumer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and reinforced our vision of the liquid – an approachable light lager that’s meant to be enjoyed by all, not just the craft beer wonk. When the beer medaled at the Best Florida Beer Championships, we felt this offered further validation to the acceptance of a craft light lager. With this move, we are making Bay Beer one of our core beers.”


– L.J. Govoni, Big Storm co-owner

Bay Beer is available now in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft.  You can expect to find this Year-Round offering “at AMALIE Arena, various Tampa Bay restaurants and bars, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Total Wine & More, select Publix locations and other outlets.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Bay Beer from Big Storm Brewing Co.

Release – Year-Round, launching October 2018
Style – American Light Lager
ABV – 4%
Fun Fact – While still under the name Lightning Twenty Five, Bay Beer “captured a bronze in the American-Style Lager category at the Best Florida Beer Championships earlier this year and was the only beer of its style subcategory to medal at the event.”
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft
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Big Storm Brewing Co. Expands Distribution to Texas

MDClogoBig Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) has announced that it has teamed up with Mikeska Distributing so that it can begin distributing its Core lineup of beers in Texas.

Big news continues to pour out of Big Storm Brewing Co. this month, and this week the topic is distribution.  After Big Storm and the family-owned Mikeska Distributing were introduced to each other at last year’s National Beer Wholesalers Association trade show in Las Vegas, the two businesses kept a dialogue going and have now officially finalized a partnership that will allow the brewery to extend its distribution reach to the Lone Star State.

Big Storm will enter Texas with Core offerings such as Tropic Pressure Florida Ale and Wavemaker Amber Ale.  If you are not familiar with these offerings, here are both beer’s official descriptions straight from the brewery’s website:

  • Tropic Pressure Florida Ale – A highly drinkable Florida ale steeped with hibiscus flowers for just the right amount of natural sweetness and a hint of cinnamon. Brewed with pale wheat and honey malt, Tropic Pressure pours the color of skin that has been kissed by the warm Florida sunshine. Keep and serve cold as hail!  ABV – 4.4%  IBUs – 17
  • Wavemaker Amber Ale – Big Storm’s very first brew was this amber ale. It presents a wave of flavor with two row Canadian barley coupled with Munich and chocolate malts. Wavemaker® Amber Ale is malt centric and highly drinkable year round with minimal hop bitterness.  ABV – 4.9%  IBUs – 28

“We’re proud to bring the bold and exciting flavors of Big Storm to Texas and join the state’s dynamic craft beer scene. I’m confident this partnership will result in a new wave of Big Storm fans and Texans will fall in love with our award-winning beers like Floridians have,” said Big Storm co-owner L.J. Govoni.


“Big Storm produces high quality craft beers and its knowledgeable staff make it a great asset for Mikeska. I know Big Storm will be a hit in Texas and elevate the range of strong brands we already offer,” Charles Mikeska said.

Big Storm’s Core beers will begin arriving in Texas this month with availability in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft. Craft beer-loving Texans can expect to find Big Storm offerings at beer establishments located within the distribution territory of Mikeska Distributing – an area that includes Austin, Fort Hood, Killeen, Temple, and Waco, Texas. Prost!

Big Storm Brewing Co. Adds Ice Cream & Coffee to Clearwater Location

Big Storm Strawberry Sundae
The Big Storm Creamery’s Strawberry Sundae. Photo Credit – Big Storm Brewing Co.

Big Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) has announced that it is now serving coffee and handmade ice cream out of a walk-up window located at 12707 49th St. N. next to the brewery’s taproom in Clearwater.

It is quite obvious that the craft beer community in the Tampa area has fully embraced the idea of pastry/dessert beers no matter the temperature or time of year, so it only seems reasonable that these same folks might wish to enjoy some actual dessert alongside their favorite brew.  Recognizing this as a fun, new opportunity for their team, Big Storm Brewing Co. has decided to run with this idea by opening the Big Storm Creamery.

This new ice cream shop features the following 18 indulgent flavors of handmade ice cream and Italian ice: Vanilla, Chocolate, Coffee, Pistachio, Toasted Coconut, Mint Chip, Birthday Cake, Superman, Brownie Fudge, Cookie Dough, Strawberry, Butter Pecan (sugar free), Salted Caramel Pretzel, Gator Tracks, Cyclone, Black Raspberry (sugar free), Mango (Italian Ice) and Lemon (Italian Ice).  Going well beyond just ice cream, the Big Storm Creamery also offers specialty items such as shakes, iced coffees, traditional root beer floats made with Big Storm’s craft root beer, and Big Storm Nitro Coffee Floats made with Big Storm’s cold brew (coffee) and coffee ice cream.

“As a team, we are always looking to expand our creativity and venture into new, exciting products,” said Big Storm partner L.J. Govoni. “Ice cream gives us the opportunity to continue this push. In the near future, we expect to sell beer-inspired small-batch desserts in a manner similar to a ‘Bomber Release’ event; when the ice cream is gone, it’s gone and may never return. Our Executive Chef, Gerry Malynowsky, and Head Brewer, Joel Moore, have been hard at work formulating products such as Tropic Pressure and Oats in Hose inspired alcohol-free ice creams and we are very excited.”

The Big Storm Creamery officially opened last week with the walk-up window keeping the following hours: Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Be sure to check out this unique addition to Big Storm Brewing Co. the next time you find yourself out in Clearwater.  Prost!



Big Storm Brewing & William Dean Chocolates Collaborate on Unnamed Chocolate Beer

image003Big Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) recently partnered with William Dean Chocolates (Belleair BluffsFlorida) to brew a yet-to-be-named Chocolate Stout, and they are currently holding a contest to allow the public to name this very special beer.

Created to be a beautiful beer and chocolate pairing worthy of release on World Chocolate Day (Saturday, October 28), this new, Limited Release offering from Big Storm Brewing Co. was crafted with only the finest chocolates from William Dean Chocolates, “the company that made the chocolates featured in the movie Hunger Games.” Aptly described as a “Toffee Chocolate Stout”, this garnet-hued, deep black Stout possesses “flavors of sweet toffee and caramelized sugar [that] pair together with a hint of rich, indulgent chocolate.”

“Like most endeavors, it takes some time and experimentation to find the right balance between flavors like chocolate and beer,” said Head Brewer Joel Moore from Big Storm Brewery. “Sometimes the most fun and challenging part is finding the perfect recipe for a new crafted ale.”
“The subtle nuances of chocolate are exciting for me,” said Bill Brown, Founder of William Dean Chocolates. “While it took several attempts to get this chocolate stout just right, the final product is an excellent example of pairing great flavors together.”

The only thing that this Toffee Chocolate Stout is missing is a name, and you can help solve this problem by participating in the brewery’s naming contest.  This offering will officially be available in both Big Storm taprooms (Pasco and Pinellas) beginning on October 28, and fans are encouraged “to try the beer and get their creative juices flowing.”  Once you have decided on the perfect name for this beer, you can submit it directly to  The person who comes up with the winning name “will receive a private 8-person Big Storm Brewery tour, a tap handle for the new beer, a 20-piece box of William Dean chocolates and a supply of the new Big Storm-William Dean beer.”  Entrants must be 21 and up and names can be submitted until 10 a.m. on November 13.  The winner and beer name will be revealed at Big Storm Brewery in Clearwater on Thursday, November 16.

When you break it all down, you are basically being asked to try a decadent and delicious Stout for the chance to win a beer and chocolate-filled experience from Big Storm and William Dean Chocolates.  Talk about a big ask and some tough times, y’all. In all seriousness, be sure to swing by one of the Big Storm taprooms between October 28 and November 13 to try this exclusive Toffee Chocolate Stout and participate in the naming contest.  Prost!


Big Storm Brewing & Tampa Bay Lightning Announce the Release of Lightning Twenty Five Craft Lager

BSBCLightning25Big 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

Fat Point Brewing and Big Storm Brewing Unite Under Seaboard Craft Beer Holdings

fatpointglass_editedFat Point Brewing (Punta Gorda, Florida) and Big Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) have come forward to announce that the two breweries have finalized a deal to associate under Big Storm’s parent company Seaboard Craft Beer Holdings.

Back in February of this year, Fat Point Brewing hit the Florida craft beer community with the sad news that it would be closing its production facility and taproom shortly after its 2nd Anniversary.  Upon hearing this announcement, the folks at Big Storm Brewing and Seaboard Craft Beer Holdings quickly reached out to Fat Point to see if they could assist in any way, shape or form to keep their fellow brewery from closing.  A deal was struck, a partnership was established, and both breweries are now happy to announce that Fat Point will remain open to “continue production of its fresh, local handcrafted beers.”  Fat Point Brewing founder Bill Frazer will remain with the brewery and “continue producing the company’s four signature craft beers which include Big Boca Ale, Reyght Angle IPA, the Belgian-style Tripel Bru Man Chu and Going Mintal, a Belgian-style Wheat Beer featuring subtle hints of lemon and mint.”

“We are all very excited about our new affiliation with Big Storm, and throughout this process have discovered several similarities in our culture and goals. Our values and vision have not faltered, which is to continue to deliver a great beer and customer experience,” said Fat Point Brewing founder Bill Frazer.


“We believe in protecting and nurturing the local craft beer industry and it was vitally important we preserve the quality beers Fat Point is producing,” said Seaboard co-founder L.J. Govoni. “We are truly excited to partner with Frazer and his staff and our main priority will be to support their efforts of producing innovative beers while making sure more Florida consumers are exposed to the Fat Point name and product,” Govoni added.

Fat Point Brewing’s taproom and brewery will operate just as it did before this partnership was formed.  Taproom hours are as follows:

  • Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you cannot make it to Punta Gorda, you can also find the beers of Fat Point Brewing available throughout southwest Florida including Tampa, Fort Myers, Naples and Cape Coral.

We could not be happier that this initially dismal situation has resulted in a happy ending/new beginning.  Here’s to a future filled with many good years and success for Fat Point Brewing.  Drink local.  Support local.  Keep on rockin’. Prost!


Big Storm Brewing Co. Partners with the Tampa Bay Rowdies

bigstormlogodarkblueBig Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) recently announced that they have become the official craft beer partner of the Tampa Bay Rowdies for the 2017 season.

As the Tampa Bay Rowdies enter their first season in the United Soccer League (USL), the iconic Al Lang Stadium will now be serving a variety of Big Storm Brewing Co. offerings for fans to raise in celebration of each and every home team goal and win.  Located on the waterfront of downtown St. Petersburg, the picturesque home of the Rowdies has always been a beautiful venue to take in a soccer match, and now it will also serve as one of the most amazing places in the Tampa Bay area to experience the craft brews of Big Storm.

“Big Storm is thrilled about this partnership with such a community centric organization,” stated Jonathan Golden, CEO. “The Rowdies have been a part of the Tampa Bay area sports landscape since 1975. We are excited to partner with them to not only honor their history but the future proposed expansion into Major League Soccer.”

According to Mike Bishop, Founder of Big Storm, “Big Storm has built a reputation of making exceptionally drinkable craft beer perfect for a tailgate party with loyal and enthusiastic Rowdies fans.”

This partnership with the Rowdies “marks Big Storm’s first major announcement in conjunction with a professional sports franchise since announcing their partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016.”

The Tampa Bay Rowdies begin their 2017 season during the weekend of March 24-26, and you can purchase tickets by clicking here. Stand for Soccer. Drink local.  Go Rowdies!  Prost!

Big Storm Brewing, Craft Life Brewing & Zephyrhills Brewing Collaborate to Release Open Spaces Porter

bigstormlogoBig Storm Brewing Co. (Odessa, Florida) recently announced that they have teamed up with Craft Life Brewing (Land O Lakes, Florida) and Zephyrhills Brewing Company (Zephyrhills, Florida) to create Open Spaces Porter, a specialty release collaborate beer that will be unveiled at the Meet the Pasco Brewers event scheduled on Saturday, March 11 at Big Storm’s Odessa location.

To properly represent the brewing creativity and fine ingredients that can be found in Pasco County,  Joel Moore of Big Storm, Tim Foley of Craft Life Brewing, and Robert Hilferding of Zephyrhills Brewing joined forces to create a Pasco-themed, collaboration brew to feature during the 2017 Tampa Bay Beer Week celebration.  After a bit of brainstorming, it was decided that they would brew up Open Spaces Porter, a name inspired by Pasco County’s “Open Spaces – Vibrant Places” campaign that has proven to make an incredibly positive impact on area businesses. Staying true to the campaign’s intentions, this special collaboration beer keeps things local by featuring honey sourced from Queen Kathleen Honey and a citrus puree from Kumquat Growers Inc.  In taking this approach, these three breweries have created an American Porter that not only showcases the area’s beer scene but also the local products that quite often serve as their inspiration.

“The Pasco County Economic Development Council has done an amazing job promoting the area as one of great opportunity for growing businesses,” said Mike Bishop, Founder of Big Storm Brewery. “The Open Spaces – Vibrant Places campaign launched earlier this year by the Pasco EDC was the inspiration behind the name, as it speaks to our shared spirit of collaboration, teamwork and love of the area.”

Open Spaces Porter is a limited, draft-only release that will be unveiled at the Meet the Pasco Brewers event to be held at Big Storm’s Odessa location (2330 Success Dr. Odessa, Florida) on Saturday, March 11 at 6 p.m. In addition to being able to try Open Spaces Porter, attendees will also experience a discussion/Meet & Greet with all three participating brewers, several other beers from the participating breweries, live music, and tasty grub from local food trucks.  If you are north of the city and looking for a fun/educational way to wrap up your 2017 Tampa Bay Beer Week, check out the Meet the Pasco Brewers event and give Open Spaces Porter a try on March 11.  Prost!



Big Storm Brewing Co. Now Serving Food at Pinellas Location

ChefGerry.jpgBig Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) announced this week that they have hired Executive Chef Gerry Malynowsky to establish a permanent food program at the brewery’s Pinellas Taproom (12707 49th Street N, Clearwater, FL).

Now that Chef Malynowsky has joined the team, craft beer fans visiting Big Storm – Pinellas can now enjoy a menu filled with “inventive appetizers and casual entrees” as a part of their taproom experience.  A 35-year industry veteran that most recently acted as the executive chef of Cigar City Brew Pub and Puff’ and Stuff Events and Catering, Chef Malynowsky has applied his expertise to design a menu that pairs beautifully with Big Storm’s wide array of craft beer offerings. “Incorporating high quality products like grass fed beef, ahi tuna and Prince Edward Island mussels,” this new menu will feature dishes such as:

  • Grilled Chicken Banh Mi Sandwich
  • Four Cheese Flatbread with Wilted Kale
  • Ahi Tuna Tossed in a Garlic Ginger Poke Sauce
  • Kung Pao Jumbo Chicken Wings
  • Beer-infused Grass Fed Beef Sliders with Caramelized Beer Onions on House-baked Brioche Buns

“In the past, Big Storm guests were always welcome to bring food into the taprooms, or order from visiting food trucks,” said Big Storm CEO Jonathan Golden. “Chef Gerry joining our team means bringing in permanent and consistent food options for our guests. He has created a savory menu to perfectly coordinate with our wide spectrum of beers.” Golden further added, “We can now offer our guests an assortment of options for parties, corporate events and special occasions.”

The Big Storm – Pinellas kitchen will operate inside a permanent food trailer adjacent to the brewery and “will serve food during brewery hours, which are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.”  Next time you find yourself in Clearwater in search of a delicious meal and some tasty brews, swing by Big Storm Brewing Co. to check out the new menu and satisfy both of those cravings.  Prost!


Big Storm Brewing Plans Limited Release of Lie to Me Imperial Stout

lie_to_me_shieldAt 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, Big Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) will begin the limited release of Lie to Me Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout in 750ml bottles.

To properly recognize and celebrate Valentine’s Day, the folks at Big Storm Brewing Co. have created Lie to Me as a craft-brewed love letter that is overflowing with sensual decadence.  This Imperial Stout’s “bittersweet chocolate and subtle fruit” aromatics engage in an intoxicating dance with flavors of “cherry tang . . . [and] cocoa sweetness” to charm and seduce its drinker.  At 11% ABV, Lie to Me proves to be a full-bodied, velvety experience that is sure to hold your attention.

“The 2016 release of “Lie To Me,” was so successful last year that we produced more this time,” said founder Mike Bishop. “We had a line waiting at the door when the taprooms opened at 11 a.m. and sold out within an hour,” he continued.

Both Big Storm taproom locations (Pinellas – 12707 49th Street N, Clearwater, Florida; Pasco – 2330 Success Drive, Odessa, Florida) will have “a very limited amount” of Lie to Me Chocolate Cherry Stout available for purchase beginning on February 11.  This offering will be packaged in 750ml bottles for $14.95 each (limited to two bottles per customer).  Lie to Me will also be available on draft in the taprooms, but growlers fills will not be an option.  If this limited release of Lie to Me has piqued your interest, you should probably heed Big Storm’s words of advice: “Don’t delay – she is smooth, malty and only here for Valentine’s Day.”  Prost!

Vital Information for Lie to Me Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout from Big Storm Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Forecast Series, beginning February 11, 2017
Style – American Imperial Stout
Added Ingredients – Cocoa nibs & cherry puree

ABV – 11%
IBUs – 73
Availability – 750ml bottles and on draft exclusively at Big Storm Brewing Co. taproom locations