The Spring of Tampa Bay and CASA are two local organizations specializing in the prevention of domestic violence, as well as support and shelter for its victims. This is a vital issue, to be sure, but it's an issue even closer to home for 7venth Sun Brewery owner Devon Kreps. She says she was abused by the brewery's co-owner Justin Stange, who also has been accused of domestic battery by others.
While working to end business ties to Stange, Kreps has organized an event at both 7venth Sun locations — downtown Dunedin and Tampa's Seminole Heights — to benefit The Spring of Tampa Bay and CASA called Break the Silence, featuring food, beer, raffles and auctions. The event is from noon to 11 p.m. Sunday.
If you've never visited a 7venth Sun location, now is the time. While you're there, be sure to try the brewery's flagship IPA, dubbed Headbanger by former brewer and resident death-metal connoisseur Mike Lucacina, who currently brews with Tampa's Coppertail Brewing and will soon open his own spot, Magnanimous Brewing.
Headbanger is a clean and balanced 6.5 percent-ABV American IPA brewed with Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo hops. (They should've made it an extra 0.16 for maximum headbanging.) While it's been part of the lineup for a little more than three years, it recently made the transition into cans, which you'll find at your local beer shop.
"When we brought it to production in Tampa, I think we were able to perfect what was an already really excellent IPA," said Kreps. "We made a couple of small adjustments and increased the hop volume, and it's really come into its own."
On the nose, Headbanger boasts a tropical fruit profile, with aromas of mango and pineapple that follow into the first sip, which lends additional flavors: papaya, apricot, grapefruit. The beer is adequately hopped, but it's never aggressively bitter. The combination of crisp drinkability and well-defined, complementary flavors are classic 7venth Sun. This one definitely belongs in the year-round lineup, and its new availability is a boon to local IPA fans.
If you plan to visit 7venth Sun for Break the Silence, check the brewery's Facebook page for more information on the donation drive and additional fundraising efforts. It's a great cause and a great brewery. — Justin Grant
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Break the Silence
7venth Sun's event features food, beer, raffles, auctions and a donation drive to benefit The Spring of Tampa Bay and CASA.
When: noon-11 p.m. Sunday
Where: Tasting rooms at 6809 N Nebraska Ave. in Tampa and 1012 E Broadway Ave. in Dunedin