More craft breweries for Dunedin, you ask? How can a small city that’s already home to four popular breweries be ready to welcome more?
Beer lovers visiting Beso Del Sol Resort, listen up! Dunedin has set its sights on becoming the king pin of Florida craft breweries, attracting brewers who like the walkable, friendly downtown that draws plenty of foot traffic.
Veteran favorites that are already established include:
According to an article in the Tampa Bay Times, the breweries don’t view each other as competition, but rather work collaboratively to help each other succeed. In fact, their goal is to make Dunedin the brewing district of Florida.
And there’s more to come. The following new breweries have either just opened or will be opening soon.
Cueni (pronounced Q-nee)
Cueni opened in November at 945 Huntley Avenue along the Pinellas Trail. This brewery’s focus is primarily on English Ales and Belgian beers, but they also have milk stouts, porters and pale ales on tap. Hours are 3-10 p.m. Thursday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Bren Cueni, Co-0wner, Cueni Brewery “Part of the reason craft breweries are so popular in Dunedin is the willingness of the city employees to work with small business in general. Michael Bryant, owner of Dunedin Brewery, has assisted so many of the breweries, answering their questions, offering advice. We owe a lot to those who pioneered with breweries when it wasn’t as popular.”
Taking the place of the former Richard’s Foodporium store at 662 Main St., Soggy Bottom is slated to open February, 2017. They will have 24 taps with six in-house beers, wine and cider.
Cary Lamb, Co-owner, Soggy Bottom Brewing Co. “To open one brewery in a town is awesome but people will travel to places that have multiple breweries and restaurants. Soggy Bottom is an end-of-prohibition-era retro themed bar, kind of like an industrial speak easy. We will be brewing all kinds of new and interesting flavors, and have already created some buzz with our Toasted Coconut Porter.”
Also slated for early 2017, Caledonia will open at 587 Main St., the former home of the historic Dunedin Printing Company (built in 1925). The Scottish-themed brewery is a perfect match with Dunedin’s Scottish heritage. The plan is to brew a little bit of everything.
Caledonia’s owner seconds the notion that Dunedin’s foot-traffic friendly downtown creates the perfect environment for breweries.
Dave Dally, Owner/Brewer, Caledonia Brewing “Dunedin’s charming walkable downtown creates a nice atmosphere for people to visit, and with great breweries making fantastic beer, it is quickly becoming a destination for beer lovers.”
You’ll certainly have your pick of breweries as you stroll through the streets of delightful Dunedin. Make up your own beer trail and try them all!
Are you a craft beer fan? What’s your favorite type of brew?