He won't just be opening another large-scale brewery to compete with the ever growing offerings in the Ft. Myers-Naples area. He will be opening a multifaceted craft beer collaboration space. What the hell does that mean?! Well, as it stands, if you want craft beer fresh from the source then you have about a dozen local breweries to choose from. If you want to pick up some bottles/cans of not-so-local beer then you head to No. 3, ABC Liquor, or Total Wine. If you want a wide selection of craft beer on tap then World of Beer or The Brass Tap is where you go. And if you are a home brewer the only home brew supply store in is in Ft. Myers (we are sad to see Brew Story close but enjoy your retirement Don!). That's a heck of a lot of driving for all of your craft beer needs! But not for long. Ceremony Brewing will combine all of these aspects into a one-stop-shop in Bonita Springs, FL.
Ceremony Brewing will consist of a 1-2 bbl brew house, a bottle shop, home brew supply shop, and a tap room that will serve 3-5 of Zach's beers and 15-20 other rotating craft beers. Zach does not plan to have any regular flagship beers on tap. Each brew will be a unique small batch so get it while it lasts! This will be a community driven experience in that he plans to use some of his brewing sessions as learn-to-brew days for the locals. They will be able to have a say in the style, watch the process from start to finish, ask questions, and then get to drink it on tap! The home brew shop will supply hops, grains, and yeast as well as smaller equipment (i.e. hydrometers, airlocks, tubing, cleaning supplies, etc).
Currently, there is not a set location for Ceremony Brewing but it will find a home somewhere along the Old 41 corridor in downtown Bonita Springs. The city is revamping this area with new roads, sidewalks, apartments, and storefronts to revitalize dowtown. Zach has won a bid for a city-owned building next to the Everglades Wonder Gardens but he is also exploring a few other options. All of the establishments under consideration will need complete renovations to house the new brewery. He expects to have the keys to a building within the next few weeks so renovations can begin immediately with hopes of opening the doors by winter 2018.
Brewery names and logos always have a personal meaning to the owner and Ceremony Brewing is no different. Ceremony Brewing started as a name on a list of nearly 50 other possible names Zach had put together. It made the list because the brewing process as well as sharing the final product with friends and family is "the most righteous of all ceremonies". After crossing off many names on the list he was down to his final two but Ceremony wasn't conjuring up any visuals. He just happened to be watching the Olympics with a friend when they said "like the ceremonial torch". That was it! Zach also already had a torch tattoo on his knee so it was a no-brainer going forward.
To help with the extensive renovation costs Zach has started an Indiegogo campaign to raise extra money from the community. There are numerous rewards you will receive depending on the amount you donate. You can find the link to and progress of the campaign at the top of the article! Head to Ceremony's website to check out some 3D renderings of the interior renovations.
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