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

Big Storm Brewing Co. Taps Reindeer Games Series of Winter Ales

dunder_blixem_shield-can-updatedAs the holiday season gets into full swing, Big Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) has announced the debut of their limited, draft-only Reindeer Games Series of Winter Ales.

Previously, Big Storm Brewing Co. has been well represented in the Winter Ale department by Dunder & Blixem Ale, a complex and spicy Winter Ale that was awarded a silver medal at the 2014 Florida Beer Championships. Dunder & Blixem Ale is here to stay, but the brewery has decided to give the rest of Santa’s reindeer some love this year by creating the following four Winter Ale variants to comprise the aptly named Reindeer Games Series:

  • Dasher & Dancer – Cocoa & Orange Zest Winter Ale
  • Prancer & Vixen – Carmel Hazelnut Praline Winter Ale
  • Comet & Cupid – Maple & Cinnamon Winter Ale
  • Rudolph – Cranberry and Cherry Winter Ale

**Video about the Reindeer Games Series available below**

The four Reindeer Games variants were officially released on Tuesday, December 20.  These limited, draft-only brews are available exclusively at Big Storm Taproom locations (Pasco – 2330 Success Dr. Odessa, Florida; & Pinellas – 12707 49th Street N, Clearwater, Florida) while supplies last.  Dunder & Blixem Ale is a Forecast Series release available now in 4-packs of 16 oz. cans and on draft throughout Big Storm’s distribution area.  If you happen to be in the Tampa area during the holidays, be sure to swing by a Big Storm Brewing Co. location to get in on some Reindeer Games.  Prost!

Vital Information on Dunder & Blixem Ale from Big Storm Brewing Co.

Release – Limited/Forecast Series, available now
Style – Winter Warmer
ABV – 8.8%
IBUs – 35
Food Pairings – Grilled lamb, prosciutto with figs & blue cheese, & pecan pie
Availability – 4-packs of 16 oz. cans & draft

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Big Storm Brewing Bottles Lay Me Down Barleywine Ale

bsblaymedownlabelBig Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) recently announced that Lay Me Down Barrel-aged Barleywine Ale is currently available for purchase in 22 oz. bottles at both of the brewery’s Taproom locations.

Just in time for the holidays, Big Storm Brewing has released the perfect offering to bring along to one – or all – of the many holiday meals in your near future.  Lay Me Down is a medium bodied Barleywine-style Ale that has been aged in American Oak Bourbon Barrels.  With a subtle bourbon warmth and “notes of vanilla, almond, brown sugar and toffee,” this 9.5% ABV ale will make the perfect accompaniment to just about anything found on the dessert table . . . especially that pecan pie.

Lay Me Down Barleywine Ale has been packaged in 22 oz. bottles that are available for purchase in either of Big Storm’s Taprooms (Pinellas – 12707 49th Street N, Clearwater, Florida; Pasco – 2330 Success Drive, Odessa, Florida).  Considering the widespread popularity of Bourbon Barrel-aged offerings these days, you should probably expect Lay Me Down to disappear with a quickness.  Get your bottles while you can.  Prost!

Vital Information for Lay Me Down Barleywine Ale from Big Storm Brewing Co.

Release – Limited, December 2016
Style – Winter Warmer/Barleywine-style Ale 
ABV – 9.5%
Treatment – Aged in American oak Bourbon barrels
Availability – 22 oz. bottles available for purchase in the brewery’s Pinellas (12707 49th Street N, Clearwater, FL) and Pasco (2330 Success Drive, Odessa, FL) Taprooms

Big Storm Brewing prepares for release of Oktoberfest Märzen

big-storm-oktoberfest-300x233Big Storm Brewing Co. (Clearwater, Florida) has announced plans to release their Oktoberfest Märzen Lager and celebrate its seasonal return with a series of upcoming events.

Brewers at Big Storm Brewing created their Oktoberfest Märzen Lager “true to the spirit of the great German festival.” This Seasonal offering is brewed in traditional Bavarian style to provide its drinker a “clean finish and toasty malt flavor.”  The refreshing lager boasts sweet and malty notes, and weighs in at 5.9% ABV.  Fresh off being awarded a gold medal and also named “Best of Show” at the Best Florida Beer Championships, Oktoberfest is easily one of the more anticipated releases for Big Storm Brewing Co.  

“Winning the Best Florida Beer Championship Best of Show with our Oktoberfest Märzen Lager reaffirmed our commitment to brewing the finest handcrafted specialty beer,” said Mike Bishop, founder of Big Storm. “We felt the best way to celebrate this honor was to host a month-long Oktoberfest celebration.”

To give Oktoberfest – the beer and the festival – its proper respect, Big Storm will hold a series of events beginning with the following “official kick-off” parties:

  • Friday, September 16 at Pasco Brewery and Taproom (2330 Success Drive in Odessa, Florida) –  free concert featuring The Black Honkeys
  • Saturday, September 17 at Pinellas Brewery and Taproom (12707 49th St. in Clearwater, Florida) – live performance by The Hunks of Funk

The fun continues with the following free, three-day outdoor music festivals in October:

  • Pinellas Brewery and Taproom – Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m., local band #NoFilter; Saturday, October 15 at 2 p.m.: Fast4ward takes the stage followed with a live performance by Jeriko Turnpike; Sunday, October 16 at 4 p.m.: performance by the Bus Stop Band.
  • Pasco Brewery and Taproom – Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m.: performance by The Spazmatics; Saturday, October 22 at 2 p.m.: Fast4ward rocks the stage, followed by a 7 p.m. performance by Jeriko Turnpike; Sunday, October 23: the Bus Stop Band wraps up the fest.

Attendees at each three-day festival will “also enjoy an outdoor biergarten, food trucks, and Stein Hoisting and Big Storm Beard and Moustache contests.” Oktoberfest Märzen Lager will be available in commemorative drinkware and served alongside a selection of 20 other draft offerings.

Oktoberfest will be available on tap at Big Storm’s Pinellas and Pasco taproom locations beginning on September 2 and will see wider distribution by mid-September.  Look for Oktoberfest on draft, in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and 24-pack “suitcases” of 12 oz. cans at craft beer-friendly retailers throughout the brewery’s distribution area in Florida.  Be sure to get your Fest on properly this year by making Big Storm’s Oktoberfest Märzen Lager part of the party.  Prost!

Vital Information on Oktoberfest Märzen Lager from Big Storm Brewing Co.

Release – Seasonal, Taproom availability beginning September 2.  Distribution starts mid-September
Style – Märzen Lager
ABV – 5.9%
IBUs – 50
Packaging – 6-packs of 12 oz. cans, 24-packs (suitcases) of 12 oz. cans, draft
Suggested Food Pairings – Bratwurst, Pretzels, Roasted Chicken, Biscuits & Gravy, Gorgonzola/Stilton Cheese, Chocolate Truffles