Shipyard Brewing has announced intentions to become a Florida beer. Shipyard is presently based out of Portland, Maine with pubs in the Northeastern U.S. and two pubs in Central Florida (one in Orlando and one in Clearwater). The installation of a 20-barrel brewing system in the Clearwater pub marks a significant investment in Florida by the Maine company. The Sea Dog Pub began brewing on a 1.5 barrel brewing system once each month according to an article in Tampa’s Creative Loafing. Shipyard would like the expanded operation to be open by February.
Shipyard has made several previous forays into brewing fresh beer in the Florida market, opening a pub in the Orlando Airport and another pub called “The Shipyard Emporium” in Winter Park adjacent to Rollins College. Both of those facilities are now historical, having closed their doors after several years of brewing unique house beers.
Shipyard is probably best known as the maker of Sea Dog Blue Paw Wheat Ale, Monkey Fist IPA, and Pumpkinhead Ale. Shipyard says that they want to be considered a local brew in the Florida market.
via Creative Loafing