This weekend, Gainesville will gain another craft brewery. First Magnitude Brewing Company has posted an opening date with more details to follow.
After much hard work, planning, and brewing, First Magnitude will officially open its doors this Saturday August 23rd from 2 to 9 and Sunday from 2 to 7… stay tuned for more updates and details (including directions) throughout the week!
First Magnitude Brewing is the labor of love for four friends who decided to branch out into the world of commercial brewing. According to an article in the Gainesville Business Report, the four founders, Meg and Wells The Losen with Christine and John Denny have all made the leap into the beer business with the latter two quitting their day jobs to become full-time brewery employees. Denny, the brewer, has over 20 years of homebrewing experience under his belt and is joined by Eric Dreyer, a food scientist from the University of Florida Tasting Lab. In naming their new brewery, the friends wanted a name that would be recognizable to locals but not obvious. The brewery is then named for a first magnitude spring, the largest type of spring which discharges at least 65 million gallons of water per day, (fun fact: there are 33 first magnitude springs in Florida).
First Magnitude Brewing is located at 1120 Southeast Veitch Street in Gainesville.