PORT RICHEY — When Nate Bryant, a Navy veteran, opened a home brewing supply store, Donn Daniels, an Army veteran, was his second customer.
Daniels, 34, bought the supplies to brew his own beer, and Bryant, also 34, expressed an interest in brewing.
He couldn't do it at the store, he said, because his only source of water was a sink.
But Daniels, who became a regular customer, pitched an idea: Together they could move the shop and turn it into a brewery.
So they did.
Rebel Dog Brewing Co. opened last month and will have a grand opening June 11.
Bryant developed an interest in brewing when he lived in Virginia Beach, Va., where over beers with a buddy at a TGI Friday's he asked a question that would inspire his business venture: "Why can't we brew beer?"
Daniels' interest got its start another way.
"I couldn't find a beer I liked," he said. "A friend of mine (said), 'Why don't we brew it ourselves?' He taught me how to brew, and I've been doing it ever since."
Bryant finished his four years of service in the Navy as a petty officer third class. Daniels finished his service in the Army as a staff sergeant after three years. Both have full-time jobs. Bryant is a bodily injury claims adjuster; Daniels is an information technology professional.
"From using weapons to fixing computers," he said.
They co-own and brew at Rebel Dog, which like Bryant's previous shop, DK Drunken Knights, sells home brew supplies.
"Beginners will come in for beginner's (brewing) kits," Bryant said. But there are also "the grains, yeast, hops for advanced brewers. Fermenting buckets, carboys, bottles and growlers."
The shop now brews its own beer with a one-barrel system.
"We'll brew 25 gallons (at a time), and then we'll brew 25 more" of the same variety, Bryant said, since their fermenters hold about 55 gallons.
There are four beers fermenting now, which will be on tap in the Rebel Dog tasting room in time for the grand opening: A German kolsch, a milk stout, a summer wit and an American pale ale.
Until then, there are local guest brews on tap and one of their own, which won't be a mainstay.
"That way, when people come in for supplies (before the grand opening), they can still sit down and have a beer," Bryant said.
In the future, he and Daniels hope to do a lot more brewing.
"We want a bigger brewery with bigger systems," Bryant said.
In the meantime, Bryant aims to create a quality experience for customers.
"I want them to be able to come in and relax," he said, "to have good beer and good conversation."
Rebel Dog Brewing Co. is at 7200 Ridge Road, Port Richey. Its hours, which might change after its grand opening, are from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
Rebel Dog's grand opening will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 11 and will feature music from 7 to 10 p.m. Call (727) 808-3567 or visit rebeldogbrewing.com for information.