The West Coast of Florida seems to be a magnate for breweries. With names like Cigar City, St. Somewhere, 7venth Sun and Dunedin calling the area home, Barley Mow Brewing Company’s (BMBC) owner and head brewer Jay Dingman felt right at home. So, it was in that same area that he set up shop and opened his own brewery, tavern and tap room in Largo, Fla.
Over the course of several years, he and his wife became enamored with brewing and installed a two-barrel brewing system in their watering hole. The beers proved so popular that recently the pair opened a new 25,000 square-foot production brewery with a 30-barrel brewhouse and 3,000-barrel fermentation capacity.
With the brewery expansion complete, Dingman is now turning his attention to expanding the availability of his brews. Already available throughout the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas, BMBC will be heading to Jacksonville in February. Several events are planned to introduce the new brewery and products to the market.
“We wanted to create unique events that fit with our image and philosophy while still being approachable,” said Thomas Barris, Chief Marketing officer at BMBC. “We believe that our beer is for everyone. Our entire staff believes in our mission statement Simple.Honest.Craft and we want that to reflect in all aspects of our brands and brewery. “
The brewery produces four core brands that will be making their way to the First Coast next week. Those brews, as described by the brewery, are:
Quackalope – American IPA, 6.8% ABV. A traditional American IPA – citrusy, piney, and refreshing.
The Unkindness – American Black Ale, 7.4% ABV. This is the beer that got it all started. We used a ton of hops for both bittering and aroma. It’s dark, but don’t be fooled, it’s not nearly as roasty as it appears.
Selkie – Belgian Rye Pale Ale, 5.1% ABV. This unique beer has a combination of fruity Belgian yeast and rye spice followed by a smooth biscuity finish. It’s citrusy, herbal, and delicious.
Maven – Nitro Milk Stout, 6.5% ABV. This Milk stout has roasted malt character balanced by a silky smooth sweetness that makes for an easy drinking full flavor stout.
Look for the Barley Mow crew at these events next week:
Wednesday, February 25, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
BMBC Launch Party at Engine 15, Jacksonville Beach
Come hang out with the BMBC crew as they make their way into the Jacksonville area. Featuring their 4 core beers plus one limited release.
Thursday, February 26, 6:00 p.m.
Barley, Boilermakers & Blues at The Grape and Grain Exchange –The Parlour
BMBC beers will be flowing at GGX and later they will be pairing their brews to different spirits, while enjoying the local blues scene at The Parlour.
Friday, February 27, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
BMBC Cask Kickoff at Kickbacks
Enjoy 5 different BMBC brews plus a specialty cask as they bring in the Riverside Craft Beerfest weekend.
Saturday, February 28, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Riverside Craft Beer Festival
The BMBC crew will be pouring their 4 core brews plus their 10.1% ABV Cranberry Strong Ale in VIP to wrap up their week-long event series.