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.

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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