CLEARWATER — Craft beer enthusiasts may know Robb Larson and Lisa Colburn from their HiFi Homebrew and BBQ Supply in Clearwater.
In less than a year the little shop has become one of the most popular homebrew stores in Pinellas County. Hosting such events as "Battles of the Brewers" and "Brew and View," HiFi has built a reputation for innovative thinking.
Next logical step?
Their own brewery.
Thursday they announced they plan to open one in 2016. The brewery will be named "Grindhaus Brew Lab," referencing the style of cinema. The movie-themed brewery will be housed inside HiFi Homebrew and BBQ Supply, an effort that at least in part will be crowd funded through Indiegogo.
Originally from the Twin Cities area in Minnesota, Larson and Colburn fell in love with craft beer and the process of making it after being inspired by Summit Brewing, a craft brewery institution in St. Paul.
In 2005, the couple relocated to Florida where their passion for beer and brewing flourished. Larson, besides being an accomplished beer blogger with his Tampa Bay Beer Syndicate page, would eventually go on to become a cofounder and director of development for Coppertail Brewing in Tampa while Colburn, a member of the Pink Boots Society, formed the all-female craft beer group "Bay Area Barley's Angels."
With Grindhaus, they will be joined by Tony Vincenti, an award-winning homebrewer and craft beer expert who has assisted at HiFi Homebrew and BBQ Supply since its opening.
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