- July 3, 2015
BRADENTON — A storm is brewing for craft beer enthusiasts: Big Storm Brewing Co. has announced the purchase of Bradenton-based Darwin Brewing Co.
“Darwin Brewing Co. has a solid reputation for brewing the highest quality beers with an eye toward innovation and food pairs,” says Clearwater-based Big Storm co-owner L.J. Govoni in a statement. “We are excited to grow this hyper-local brand throughout Florida.”
Darwin Brewing Co. has been part of the Bradenton community for nearly a decade. It got its start as the well-known restaurant Darwin’s on 4th before expanding into the brewing company, the release states.
“It is our plan to take the next year to methodically find a new home for Darwin that will allow the brand to find some of its original roots regarding a culinary experience,” Govoni says.
The announcement comes amid Big Storm’s continued growth. The brewing company expanded to Orlando in November and has announced plans to open an 11,000-square-foot taproom and restaurant in Ybor City early next year, it’s fifth location in the state.
Big Storm is currently distributed in five states: Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas.
Big Storm has embraced its tagline of “Florida’s Craft Beer Forecast,” according to the press release, by developing a dynamic lineup of Florida favorites like Tropic Pressure Florida Ale, steeped with hibiscus flowers, and Key Lime Shandy, brewed with key lime puree.