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Big Storm Brewing to open taproom in Centro Ybor

The Clearwater-based brewer will open its fifth location in the space left vacant by Hamburger Mary’s in Ybor City.
Big Storm Brewing Co.  plans to open an 11,000-square-foot taproom and restaurant in the Centro Ybor building by the end of the year.
Big Storm Brewing Co. plans to open an 11,000-square-foot taproom and restaurant in the Centro Ybor building by the end of the year. [ Preston Rudie ]
Published May 3
Updated May 4

Big Storm Brewing Co. will take over the vacant Hamburger Mary’s location in Ybor City, the company announced, and it plans to make it a large taproom with a restaurant.

An 11,000-square-foot taproom and restaurant will open by the end of the year in the Centro Ybor complex, a company spokesman said.

“We have long wanted to open an Ybor location and are excited to have finally found what we think is the perfect spot, in the heart of the district, overlooking East Seventh Avenue,” said Big Storm co-owner L.J. Govoni.

Big Storm, which is based in Clearwater, is currently distributed in five states: Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas.
Big Storm, which is based in Clearwater, is currently distributed in five states: Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas. [ Times (2018) ]

Started in 2012, Clearwater-based Big Storm is one of the fastest-growing independent craft breweries in Florida. It has taprooms in Clearwater, Odessa and Cape Coral and recently expanded to downtown Orlando with the opening of a brewpub at the Amway Center.

The Ybor taproom will feature Big Storm’s core beers, including, Bromosa, Tropic Pressure, Wavemaker and Sunny Key Lime. But Govoni says Big Storm will also brew small batches of dark and barrel-aged beer in Ybor “with an emphasis on aggressive imperial stouts.”

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In addition, the Ybor location will feature spirits like Big Storm’s own brand of vodka and Blood Brothers Bloody Marys. Big Storm purchased a controlling interest of Blood Brothers last year.

Big Storm is currently distributed in five states: Florida, Ohio, New Jersey, North Carolina and Texas.