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Chuck's Natural offers a tavern with tea

Chuck Homuth, 53, has expanded his Chuck's Natural Fields Market in Brandon to include an adjacent bar he has named Windmill Taphouse featuring a selection of kombucha, a fermented tea beverage, alongside craft beer and wine.

Chuck Homuth, 53, has expanded his Chuck's Natural Fields Market in Brandon to include an adjacent bar he has named Windmill Taphouse featuring a selection of kombucha, a fermented tea beverage, alongside craft beer and wine.

BRANDON — The windmill overlooking Chuck Homuth's Bushnell farm symbolizes a natural way to provide energy.

It also provides the inspiration for his latest foray into the healthy living market.

Homuth has opened Windmill Taphouse in the adjacent space of his Chuck's Natural Food Market in Brandon, which he re-branded last year.

The focus of the bar is nine taps that feature kombucha, which is a fermented, lightly effervescent and sweetened tea that Homuth says includes enhanced probiotics that benefit your digestion, immune system and detoxification.

"Last spring, I had the idea of possibly opening a bar to do something that would complement the store," said Homuth, 53. "Beer and wine alone doesn't look good next to a health store."

Along with kombucha, that comes from Tampa, Orlando and Sarasota, the Windmill Taphouse offers patrons six taps of craft beer and wine by the glass.

The 2,000 square feet of bar area also includes a salt cave, which Homuth built himself in 2012, and a 30-seat theater used for events, documentaries and sports watch parties.

"I always try to do cutting-edge things," said Homuth, pointing out that he also sells organic mattresses.

The Windmill Taphouse offers food from Chuck's cafe since there is no kitchen on site, so the menu features items such as grape leaves and rice or chicken salad.

Windmill Taphouse is open Monday through Wednesday from 4 to 9 p.m. and stays open until 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Thursday is open mic night starting at 7 p.m. Visit

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