Parent company of Big Storm purchases another Southwest Florida brewery

Big Storm's third location is going into the former home of Cape Coral Brewing Company.

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click to enlarge Cape Coral Brewing Company opened as the city's first brewery in 2015. - Google Maps
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Cape Coral Brewing Company opened as the city's first brewery in 2015.

Not even a year after acquiring Punta Gorda's Fat Point Brewing, the parent company of Big Storm Brewing Co., Seaboard Craft Beer Holdings, has taken over another Southwest Florida brewery.

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.

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