Clearwater-based Big Storm announced the purchase of 2-year-old Cape Coral Brewing Company on Monday. The plan is to turn the former building of Cape Coral's first brewery — which closed its doors on Oct. 15 — into a new Big Storm taproom and brewhouse by Feb. 1.
"We're extremely excited to bring the Big Storm experience and our selection of unique and high-quality craft beers to Cape Coral and the rest of Southwest Florida," said Big Storm co-owner L.J. Govoni in a statement. "Cape Coral Brewing built a tremendous community, and we want our new taproom to continue serving as a gathering place for craft beer aficionados, neighbors, and those looking to make new friends."
Founded in 2012, Big Storm operates in Clearwater and Odessa, which makes the soon-to-open south Cape Coral facility the brewery's third.
Cape Coral Brewing will likely live on in a different location, too.
"Our goal is to bring Cape Coral Brewing back with a new taproom in the city, sometime within the next 12 to 18 months," Govoni said.