Sarasota’s Big Top Brewing has been making some serious moves in the last few months. First the brewery has opened satellite locations around Florida, and now a new acquisition.
One of Sarasota’s first craft breweries, Big Top Brewing has made a name for themselves with Circus City IPA, Hawaiian Lion Coffee Porter, Key Lime Wheat Ale, and other seasonal and experimental releases.
First, came Big Top’s expansion into Pensacola – building not just a tasting room, but also a full brewery. Then came Big Top’s expansion into a brewery and tasting room in Gainesville. Each brewery would carry Big Top’s packaged and draft offerings but also offer exclusive beers to their local fans.
Then came Big Top’s big news in their hometown: Big Top merged with Sarasota landmark craft beer bar The Cock and Bull to re-open the area’s first craft beer bar as a Big Top tasting room. The former owners will still be involved, per a Sarasota Magazine article, but the place will no longer be called The Cock and Bull.
The Cock and Bull posted that they are, “thrilled to announce that Big Top Brewery is doing the biggest tap takeover ever!
The arrangement is a win-win-win (BT, C&B, and you all )
With the acquisition and transformation of The Cock and Bull underway, finally this week Big Top Brewing announced that they would be taking over operation of Bradenton’s Naughty Monk Brewery.
From Big Top Brewing:
We will be taking over Naughty Monk Brewery on Lakewood Ranch Blvd! We will be keeping Naughty Monks core beers and adding our lineup to the mix! Plus, we have BubbaQue’s BBQ Lakewood Ranch food truck 7 days a week! You have to stop by!
More details will be published as they are made public.
About Big Top Brewing Company
When we started Big Top Brewing Company, there were no craft breweries in the Sarasota area and we set out to fix that. We have a great town, with a great history, and the only thing missing was that great local beer. We wanted to compliment Sarasota’s historical associations with The Ringling Circus, performing arts, great architecture, the best art and design schools and world renown tourism.
The best way we could do that was to craft beer that our home town can be proud of. With brewing, tasting, and entertaining happening at our location on Porter Way in Sarasota, we plan to continue the tradition of the arts and help Sarasota add beer town to its identity. Come step under our big top and see for yourself. Big Top Brewing Company artistically crafts world class beers, inspired by our passion, integrity, and the history of our home town.