Tampa Bay Brewing Co. of Ybor City is opening a second brewery restaurant in Hillsborough County, an expansion that is expected to generate 60 jobs and quadruple the company's brewing capacity.
TBBC said Wednesday that it expects to invest $5 million in the new 17,400-square-foot complex, which will increase its packaged beer distribution across Florida. The company has been operating on a small scale out of a Centro Ybor suite.
The new location, scheduled to open in 2015, is situated on 2.1 acres near the intersection of Race Track Road and Hillsborough Avenue at the Hillsborough-Pinellas county line.
The brewery will feature a 30-barrel brewing system, taphouse and restaurant. Tours will be available to the public.
Craft beer pub growth has exploded in recent years, with thirsty customers eager for more complex brews. By year's end, about 100 craft beer establishments are expected to be open in Florida, including more than 30 in Tampa Bay.
"We are all very excited about creating new jobs in Hillsborough County and the wonderful city of Tampa that has been our home for so many years," said John Doble, patriarch of the family business. "Hillsborough County has been amazingly supportive of this endeavor."
The county supported the project with an expedited permitting process designed to save it time and money. No state or local tax incentives were attached to the project, economic development officials said.
Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn praised the brewing company as a homegrown Tampa brand picking up popularity in a short time.
"Let's raise a glass to their success … and may the craft beer industry continue to find a home in Tampa," he said.