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Seventh Sun Brewery
By Gerard Walen of Roadtrips for Beer
Seventh Sun Brewery, a.k.a. 7venth Sun, in Dunedin, Florida, is the brainchild and the longtime dream of co-owners Justin Stange and Devon Kreps (pictured below). Justin has the chops to pull this off: He’s brewed at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, before that at Sweetwater Brewing Company in Atlanta, and he and girlfriend/business partner Devon have been working for years on opening a craft brewery in the Tampa Bay area. The business opened in December 2011, serving other breweries’ craft beers, before the licensing came through to allow them to begin pouring their own creations in January 2012.
Heavy on Belgian and German weissbier styles, Justin also brews IPAs, second use spirit barrel aged beer, oak aged sour beers and others, including Donut Porter, a delicious chocolate porter brewed with glazed doughnuts. A lot of fruit flavors find their way into several of the beers, as evidenced by the names: Key Lime Berliner Weiss, Kiwi-Cherry Coconut Berliner, Pearvocative FYA (based on the FYA single-hopped Extra Pale Ale) and Pilot Series Orange Creamsicle.
The cozy taproom in Dunedin is a fine place to while away a few hours on a sunny Florida afternoon. Or a rainy one, for that matter. Some Seventh Sun products are showing up on tap at other Tampa Bay area craft beer venues, but for now, distribution is limited. Growlers are available, and there have already been some extremely limited bottle releases.
Gerard Walen runs two craft beer websites: Road Trips for Beer and Beer in Florida. He’s fooled enough people into thinking he knows enough about beer to have been quoted in national and local publications. Gerard has conducted presentations on taking road trips for beer at the 2011 Beer Bloggers Conference and the Savannah Craft Brew Fest. He’s the fill-in writer for the Beer Geek column in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and if the stars are aligned, you’ll soon see his byline in a national beer publication. You can follow his Twitter accounts: @RoadTrips4Beer and @BeerInFlorida.