APOLLO BEACH — There are dozens of craft breweries in the Tampa Bay area that were part of the growing 11 percent of nation-wide beer volume last year.
The palate shift helped Florida rank fifth nationally in terms of craft beer production, yet none came from Apollo Beach — until now.
Four Stacks Brewery enjoyed a soft opening Oct. 2 after more than a year of planning. Nathan Hangen signed the lease at 5469 U.S. 41 in July of 2014, when he wanted to call it Monument Brewing before a trademark issue forced him to come up with a more locally appropriate name.
Four Stacks ties to Tampa Electric's smoke stacks from its Big Bend power station just down the road.
Hangen said he was tired of having to drive as far away as Bradenton or Tampa to tap a craft tank, and he hopes his patrons will agree. The 2,500 square foot space includes five televisions and holds approximately 70 people. Hangen's wife, Heather, will manage a staff of 10.
"I just felt like there was something missing as far as a taproom experience," Hangen said.
The taproom will offer four homemade flavors, including a session IPA and English pale ale, along with 14 local brews from other distributors. Also look for wine and craft soda.
Four Stacks Brewery, which is situated right in the middle of the entrances to Harbor Isles and Mira Bay, is open Monday through Thursday from 3 to 10 p.m., but they don't close until the Monday Night Football game ends and they stay open until 11 p.m. on Fridays. Saturdays are noon to 11 p.m. and Sundays are noon to 10 p.m. Food trucks will rotate on the weekends.
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