Company creates operations jobs in Tampa

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

One brewing company is expanding and creating more operating jobs in Tampa.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company, one of the longest operating and largest volume breweries in Florida, announced plans to expand its brewery operation to meet increased demand. The expansion will take place at its production brewery in Westchase and include the hiring of 12 new positions over the next two-to-three years and a capital investment of $700,000 in new production and manufacturing equipment.

The popularity of Tampa Bay Brewing’s award-winning Reef Donkey APA and seasonal offerings has significantly fueled the brewing company’s growth. By June 28, Reef Donkey APA will be available in every Publix Supermarket across the state of Florida. To meet this increase in demand, the owners of Tampa Bay Brewing decided it needed to invest in faster processes and additional equipment, so it’s adding two additional fermenters, a centrifuge, a grain handling system, a new high-speed canning line and an additional keg washer.

Tampa Bay Brewing was founded in 1995 and opened its doors in February 1997, making it one of the Tampa Bay area’s first craft breweries. It produces hop-centric beers such as Reef Donkey APA, Old Elephant Foot IPA, and the newly released Hop Silo Collaborative Series. When the brewers are not focused on hops, they are creating hundreds of fun brews to include fruited sours, Florida weises, and some experimental treatments available the two Tampa Bay Brewing locations.

Tampa Bay Brewing’s original brewpub in Tampa’s historic Ybor City neighborhood, which it still operates, opened long before the craft beer scene was the mainstream industry it is today. In 2015, the company expanded its operation with a second brewpub and production facility in the Westchase area of North Hillsborough County. Tampa Bay Brewing’s beers can also be found at thousands of retailers and establishments throughout Florida.

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation assisted Tampa Bay Brewing with wet zoning for its new property that hosts beer festivals, permitting for its brewery expansion, workforce assistance, and is helping to facilitate connections within areas experiencing population and business growth.

“Tampa Bay Brewing is a flagship brewer of Tampa’s vibrant craft beer scene, and we’re proud of homegrown companies like them,” said Alan F. List, MD, chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and president and CEO of Moffitt Cancer Center. “Tampa Bay Brewing’s commitment to produce handcrafted beers that complement our climate and honors our lifestyle is commendable, and we are committed to supporting their continued growth.”