Three Palms Brewing in Tampa closed its doors suddenly this week, according to an email sent to its bottle club members. Started by homebrewer-turned-pro Randy Reaver in May 2012, long before the Florida craft beer craze reached a fevered pitch, Three Palms sent an email out to their bottle club Thursday, which stated that "due to various circumstances, we had to close Three Palms Brewing effective immediately." They are compensating club members for their prepaid bottles by offering a one-time $20 credit to Mr. Dunderbak's in New Tampa.
It is too early to say whether this closure is an early indication of "saturation" in the local craft beer market. It could be argued that Three Palms' location — on Hobbs St. off Falkenburg Road across from the Sheriff's Department — was an ongoing challenge for Reaver and his wife, Danelle. The "nano-brewery" had a number of recent successes, with several notable wins last year at the Best Florida Beer Championships, and their beers were distributed in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties by J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida. Reaver could not be reached for comment.