Ice cream and beer don't sound like a funny combination. Not one bit — at least not to Big Storm Brewing Co., which has added a creamery to its Clearwater taproom.
This week, the new Big Storm Creamery's walk-up window debuted next door to the 49th Street brewery with 18 varieties of house-made scoops. Guests choose from flavors like chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, strawberry, birthday cake or gator tracks, a indulgent mix of peanut butter cups, brownies and a chocolate swirl.
In addition to the soft serve, there's an assortment of nitro coffee and root beer floats, Italian ice, shakes and other menu items to help patrons keep cool.
"As a team, we are always looking to expand our creativity and venture into new, exciting products," said Big Storm partner L.J. Govoni in a statement. "Ice cream gives us the opportunity to continue this push."
Govoni also said beer-influenced desserts are planned for the near future, but in small batches. Translation: When they're gone, they're gone. As the partner put it, he and the Big Storm crew are excited about the creations that executive chef Gerry Malynowsky and head brewer Joel Moore have started developing — among them alcohol-free ice creams inspired by the brewery's Tropic Pressure Florida Ale and Oats in Hose Oatmeal Stout.
Big Storm Creamery operates from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.