Deep doubles down on NE Tallahassee location
Tallahassee has always loved good business gossip — prospective openings, closings, and relocating of various endeavors. (How many times have you heard that we’re getting a Cheesecake Factory?)
One rumor that we can all deep six is the one regarding Deep Brewing Company’s potential move to a soon-to-be vacant, larger brewing facility.
“Rumors of any move can sleep with the fishes,” said owner/head brewer Ryan LaPete, whose brewery is located at 2524 Cathay Court off Centerville Road — and that's where he plans to stay. “Deep is doubling down at this (Northeast Tallahassee) location, and over the next few months you’ll see a major transformation.”
#TLHBeer fans that frequent Deep can spot changes the moment they enter the brewery these days. For instance, an area previously housing Deep’s offices is being converted to event space. The new space, perfect for hosting small parties, meetings, or that upcoming fantasy football draft, will feature a small bar pouring core beers, retail shelving, and a rotating collection of art pieces inspired by – what else – the underwater realm.
But that's not all.
Deep will have plenty of beer to run through the new taps in the event space as it will also be adding 1,200 square feet of new production space.
“The expansion effectively doubles our current brewing space, will provide room for a much-needed larger brewing system, and should triple our current cellar capacity,” LaPete said. "In short, A LOT more beer!"
The event space for rent should be ready in two weeks and can be reserved by emailing email@example.com, while plans are to have the new brewing capacity online by the end of the summer around Deep's two-year anniversary
Back to beer: Deep released three beers on July 4 — a ginger red ale, a blood orange wit and a blueberry wheat ale. And next weekend on July 14, Deep will release "Great Barrier Reese," a peanut butter chocolate stout, as well as "Christmas in July," a rosemary saison.
Philanthropy at Proof
On Monday, July 2, we teamed with Proof Brewing to hold a fundraiser for the victims of the Eastpoint fire. The idea came from Eastpoint Beer Company and Oyster City Brewing Company — the Forgotten Coast's two craft breweries with ties to the community affected by the tragedy — and the event raised a whopping $2,200 for the Franklin County Promise Coalition.
Thanks to efforts by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Willie Jewells BBQ donated food, in addition to EBC and the TLH Beer Society securing oysters donated by Barber's Seafood in Eastpoint, and the Shell Oyster Bar in Tallahassee, for attendees to eat.
We can't thank all those who came out enough for their support and donations.
New brew to debut at Ology
Last week, the crew from Ology Brewing Company poured at “Boxelder’s Free the Whales Festival.” The Miami event hosted more than 25 acclaimed breweries from around the country (two from Tallahassee, as Proof also attended) pouring beers extremely hard to get in the local market.
“We had a great time with the attendees, as well as those in the industry, and enjoyed a lot of good response to our beer," Ology owner Nick Walker said.
Another beer Walker hopes garners great response is in a style that – to our knowledge – a Tallahassee brewer has yet to release. “Sprinkle Factor,” is a kettle-soured New England IPA with lactose sugar.
"(The beer) should have a bit of sweetness and mouthfeel, due to yeast’s inability to process lactose, that should counter the tartness from kettle souring,” Walker said. “We will pretty heavily dry-hop (the beer) as well, but aim to keep the bitterness low or balanced, producing nice tropical hop flavors/aromas, balanced with a little sweet/tart interplay.”
In other words, complex, yet crushable!
Sprinkle Factor is set to debut next weekend, July 13-15.
Lake Tribe PowWow is in Session
On July 7, Lake Tribe celebrates “Pow Wow” – a session IPA – described by Lake Tribe's Jason Ross as a “light-bodied, crisp beer, with an impressive bouquet of juicy, floral, and fruity hop aromas. With just enough bitterness to make it an IPA, this sessionable 5% ABV beer is definitely one your friends will want to come together for.”
But what’s a shindig with friends without music and good food? Lake Tribe will have local Tallahassee band "Old Soul Revival" performing from 5-8 p.m. this Saturday, while two-time Food Truck of the Year winner Tally Mac Shack is serving 4-8 p.m.
GrassLands Gets Artsy
GrassLands’ Brewing owner Gabe Grass has been adding more greenery, shaded seating — and now art — to GrassLands recently.
Local muralist extraordinaire Kollet Nichole Probst, who recently painted the Garage on Gaines mural “Ceiling Smashers” featuring Rosie the Riveter, freehanded some GrassLands specific-artwork at the entrance to the brewery facing Gaines Street.
Be sure to follow GrassLands, and Probst, on social media to see how the transformation at the Garages is progressing.
Matthew Crumbaker is a Tallahassee native and co-founder of the Tallahassee Beer Society. You can find the TLH Beer Society on social media at Facebook at Facebook.com/TLHBeerSociety, or on Instagram or Twitter at @TLHBeerSociety. You can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org