Big Plans for Big Storm Ahead

Big Storm Brewing Co., the state’s fastest growing independent brewery, announced today that it is expanding in Southwest Florida with a new location in Cape Coral. Now Big Storm plans to open a taproom and brewing facility by February 1, 2018 in the former Cape Coral Brewing Co. location at 839 Miramar St.

“We’re extremely excited to bring the Big Storm experience and our selection of unique and high-quality craft beers to Cape Coral and the rest of Southwest Florida,” said Big Storm co-owner L.J. Govoni.  “Cape Coral Brewing built a tremendous community and we want our new taproom to continue serving as a gathering place for craft beer aficionados, neighbors, and those looking to make new friends.”

Big Storm, through its parent company, Seaboard Craft Beer Holdings, acquired Cape Coral Brewing this week.  In October, Cape Coral Brewing announced that it was closing.  It was the city’s first craft brewery when it opened in September 2015.

Govoni is also optimistic this deal will mean Cape Coral Brewing will eventually return. “Our goal is to bring Cape Coral Brewing back with a new taproom in the city, sometime within the next 12 to 18 months,” he said.

Achievements and Partnerships

Founded in 2012 by Mike Bishop, Big Storm currently has two brewing and taproom facilities in the Tampa Bay area. Cape Coral will be the company’s third location.

Led by Head Brewer, Joel Moore, Big Storm’s innovative craft beers have received critical acclaim for the past five consecutive years, thus winning 2016’s Best Florida Beer Championship with its Oktoberfest Märzen Lager.

Big Storm is an official partner of both the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Tampa Bay Rowdies.  The brewery also recently unveiled a collaboration with William Dean Chocolates, the company that made the chocolates featured in the Hunger Games movies, to produce a chocolate toffee stout beer called Cocoa Convergence.

Today, Big Storm is a true pioneer using locally sourced ingredients like citrus and wildflower honey, brewing more than 50 different beers, including their popular Arcus IPA, Wavemaker Amber Ale, Tropic Pressure Florida Ale, Palm Bender Gulf Coast IPA and Oats in Hose Oatmeal Stout.