SEMINOLE HEIGHTS —Devon Kreps and Justin Stange opened 7venth Sun Brewery inside a 1,000 square-foot Dunedin storefront at the end of 2011.
On Aug. 12 they will hold a grand opening for their second location- an 18,000 square-feet building in Seminole Heights, that once housed a skating rink.
"This has been the goal since inception," Kreps said. "We want to continue to be who we are, but just do more of it. This larger location will allow for more distribution, more space for the tasting room and to hold events. There's also more room for barrel cellars which is a big focus for us."
The duo met while working for Sweetwater Brewing in Atlanta, but Kreps had been perfecting her passion for craft beer since college.
"Oregon State had a fermentation science program and I was interested in craft beer, the mixture of science and art of it, the creativity," Kreps said.
After graduation, Kreps worked for Anheuser-Busch and then Sweetwater, but always dreamed of opening her own brewery. After meeting Justin who had previously lived in Florida, they decided the Tampa Bay Area was the place.
Now, their inaugural success led to this expansion where craft beers like the popular Grafitti Orange will flow into glasses that represent that specific style of beer.
"When you enter the tasting room, you'll have the feeling of being in an old wine cellar," Stange said. "We want to take it back to that old farmhouse, rustic style of brewing. Beers that have been made up to recent history were brewed in wooden barrels so we're bringing that back. It's not a large portion of what we do, but it is unique."
For their grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Aug. 12, at 6809 N Nebraska Ave., they'll debut beers from collaborations with eight breweries, have food trucks on-site and a performance by Heavy Pets at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit 7venthsun.com.
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