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Brewing company purchases longtime Bradenton community staple

Before it was Darwin Brewing Co., it was Darwin's on 4th. Now, Big Storm Brewing Co. is excited to watch it grow even further.

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  • | 10:35 a.m. December 8, 2021
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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.



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