TBBW 2017: Collaboration beer reflects three Pasco breweries' love of their home base

Big Storm, Zephyrhills Brewing and Craft Life's team effort will debut during Beer Week.

click to enlarge Dylan Ferrio (Big Storm), left, Tim Foley (Craft Life), Scott Show (Big Storm), Joel Moore (Big Storm), and Robert Hilferding (Zephyrhills Brewing). - BIG STORM BREWING CO.
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Dylan Ferrio (Big Storm), left, Tim Foley (Craft Life), Scott Show (Big Storm), Joel Moore (Big Storm), and Robert Hilferding (Zephyrhills Brewing).

Dade City honey and kumquats are among the ingredients in a collaboration beer that reflects three breweries' love of Pasco County.

Brewed by Big Storm Brewing Co., Zephyrhills Brewing Company and Craft Life Brewing on Feb. 17, the Open Spaces Porter incorporates locally sourced Queen Kathleen honey and citrus purée from Kumquat Growers, which was an important element of their partnership. Plus, the beer shares its name with a young marketing campaign from the Pasco County Economic Development Council.

"The Open Spaces - Vibrant Places campaign launched earlier this year by the Pasco EDC was the inspiration behind the name," said Big Storm founder Mike Bishop, "as it speaks to our shared spirit of collaboration, teamwork and love of the area."

The breweries are set to debut Open Spaces, which is also made with peppers, during a Tampa Bay Beer Week event at 6 p.m. March 11. Called "Pasco Meet the Brewers," the release will feature the new porter on draft at Big Storm's Odessa taproom in limited quantities, and the brewers behind it  Craft Life's Tim Foley, Zephyrhills Brewing's Robert Hilferding and Joel Moore of Big Storm.

Other brews from the collaborative trio, food trucks and live tunes are planned as well.

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