Brewery Spotlight: Seventh Sun Brewing

The 2012 Tampa Bay Weekend Beer Safari

Less Than 10 Days Left Until…

We will Visit 5 Breweries, Have 2 Gourmet Beer Paired Dinners, Enjoy a Beer Paired Lunch and much more over our 2 Night Stay in Tampa Bay!

Hurry We Only a Few More Spaces Available Until This Weekend is a Sell Out!

This month’s Brewery Spotlight will be on one of Florida’s newest breweries: 7venth Sun. Read Devon Krebs’ thoughts on opening a new brewery and taste some of their already popular brews during our upcoming Tampa Beer Safari Weekend February 10-12. There are still a few spaces left, so it’s not too late to grab a spot on this incredible beer filled weekend when we’ll be visiting 5 breweries! We’ve also opened up a few seats for the awesome beer paired gourmet dinner at Fleming’s Steakhouse, so if you live in the area and can’t make the tour, we’d love to have you join us for this delicious dining experience! 

Cheers!

Ruth & Mike

Brewery Spotlight

7venth Sun Brewing

Dunedin Florida

After three years planning, Seventh Sun owners Devon Kreps and Justin Stange have recently opened 7venth Sun Brewery in Dunedin, Florida.

Kreps and Stange both come with industry background and are already creating quite the buzz on the Florida Beer Scene.

We are really looking forward to visiting 7venth Sun on our upcoming Tampa Beer Safari weekend. For those of you who can’t join us in person, Devon filled me in on the story of 7venth Sun. As for the beers, well, we’ll have a toast for you while we are there!

BBV: Why the name 7venth Sun?

Devon: I wanted something with the number seven in the name because it’s a lucky number for me. My birthday is on the 7th of January and it’s a number that pops up in my life a lot. So we were looking online to see if we could find anything cool incorporating the number seven and we found the story of the seventh son of the seventh son having mythical powers – we thought that was a cool story and had potential to play into the story of our beer as well. So we went with it and gave it a Florida twist – changing it to Sun from Son.

BBV: What make you decide to open a brewery?

Devon: It’s something we’ve both wanted to do for a really long time. When I was in my first year of college and trying to find a major to study, I was pulled between the arts and science/math. When I found out that Oregon State had a Fermentation Science program I knew I’d found my path. I was already a lover of craft beer and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to meld creativity with science. Justin has been a craft beer lover for a long time too. He started out volunteering at McGuire’s pub in Destin and then followed his dream to Colorado. Eventually he ended up getting a job at Sweetwater Brewing in Atlanta where he worked his way through the entire process and became one of their top brewers. When we moved to Florida, he began working with Cigar City while we did the groundwork for 7th Sun.

BBV: What has best part of the experience for you so far?

Devon: When people tell us they love the beer there is nothing better than that. Our love of great beer is the reason we are here and to be able to create something that other people love too is the best reward there is.

BBV: Is there something you feel that really differentiates 7venth Sun from other craft breweries?

Devon: We have a relatively unique style line up that we feel compliments some of the existing breweries in the area. Our three year round beers are Midnight Moonlight, a Berliner Weise, Saison in Paradise, a French-style saison with grains of paradise and FYA, an Amarillo single hopped Extra Pale Ale. We like to focus on IPA’s and Belgian beers and our small system allows us to do a big variety of things. We also play around with ingredients to have fun with it – like the donut porter – but we are most proud of our traditional styles, some of which are still relatively unknown to most people; like our Berliner Weisse, a tart, light bodied, low alcohol beer, which is a relatively old-style beer from Germany. We like to bring out some of the flavors of this beer by using fruit blends that accentuate the citrus notes and a lot of Florida fruits pair well with this beer. Also, we are beginning work on a barrel aged program that will include both second use whiskey barrels as well as some naked oak and second use wine barrels. We will incorporate a sour beer program in this regiment as well, drawing on our love of the Lambic and Belgian sour beers.

BBV: Where do you see 7venth Sun in 5 years from now? 10?

Devon: We hope that our current small space helps us fund a larger facility. We don’t aim to be an extremely large brewery but maybe hitting somewhere around the 10,000 barrel per year mark. The timing of that will depend much upon how things progress for us, especially as we roll out distribution.

BBV: Anything exciting coming up or any other news you want to share with our readers?

Devon: We are looking to roll out distribution of our beer to coincide with the very recently created Tampa Bay Beer week which takes place from March 3rd to March 10th. In addition to having our beer roll out in select accounts we will also be participating in a number of beer events that are currently in planning for the Tampa Bay area.

Seventh Sun Brewing is located at 1012 Broadway, Dunedin, FL 34698

Hours:  Wed & Thurs:  5pm to Midnight; Fri  & Sat:  Noon to Midnight & Sun: Noon to 10pm

Join Us for Some Sunshine, Sights & Suds

on Florida’s West Coast February 10-12, 2012

During The 3rd Annual

TAMPA BEER SAFARI WEEKEND

  • Gourmet Beer Paired Meals
  • Five Brewery Visits
  • Private Tours &Tastings
  • Ghost Tour
  • Manatees & More!

 Learn More About our Tampa Beer Trip

This trip makes a great Valentine’s getaway! Plus, it’s in sunny Florida in the middle of winter, what more could you ask for?

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2012 Tampa Bay Weekend Beer Safari:

Tampa Bay Weekend Beer Safari:

2 Nights, 5 Breweries, 2 Gourmet Beer Paired Dinners, Beer Paired Lunch and much more… Hurry Limited Space Still Available! 

 It’s Back and It’s Better than Ever!
The 2012 Tampa Beer Safari-Register Today!

Bon Beer Voyage invites all craft beer lovers to a weekend of great beer, great food and a great time!

This year’s Tampa Beer Safari will begin on
Friday evening, February 10th and will run through Sunday morning, February 12th, 2012.

 We’ve added some new things to make this tour the best yet but we’re still keeping our price at
only $475 per person double occupancy!
(limited single occupancy rooms available for $625 pp)
So Book Now to Join Us in Tampa and…

  • Sleep Like a Baby for 2 Nights with Lodging (double occ.) at Homewood Suites (yes, you deserve the suite life!)

  • Start the day out right with hot breakfast each morning!

  • Taste Florida’s Latest and Greatest at its freshest when we visit Local Breweries Including Saint Somewhere, Cigar City, Dunedin Brew Pub, Seventh Sun and Peg’s Cantina!

  • Get a chance to view some local Manatees enjoying Florida’s warm winter!

  • Savor an outstanding lunch (with beer- of course!) at the delicious Dunedin Brewery

  • Learn from the pros during our Private Brewery Tours!

  • Visit Tarpon Springs & Gulfport and be transported back to old Florida in these unique waterfront towns.

  • Peer into the shadows and mysteries of Florida’s “Sunshine City” on a spirited ghost tour of St. Petersburg!

  • Enjoy the culinary delights of 2 Incredible Gourmet Beer-Paired dinners at Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar & The Melting Pot!

  • All Taxes on included hotels, meals and transportation.

  • And as always, there will be Some Other Beery Cool Stuff.

Brewery Visits

Cigar City Brewery

Cigar City Brewing

Do we really need to introduce these guys? CCB was founded by beer columnist and Tampa native Joey Redner in the summer of 2007. Since its inception CCB has been guided by Joey’s passion for both great beer and the city of his birth. 

Joey Redner at Cigar City with Bon Beer Voyage

With the creative input and expertise of Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup award winning brewer Wayne Wambles, Cigar City Brewing endeavors to make world class ales and lagers which celebrate the rich heritage and traditions that make Tampa one of the world’s most unique cities. With this goal in mind Cigar City Brewing incorporates local ingredients in the brewing process and always considers, during recipe creation, the local foods CCB beers are likely to be paired with. The result of this dedication is handcrafted beer that imparts a sense of place and pairs as well with gourmet cheeses as hearty Cuban sandwiches.

Saint Somewhere Brewing Company

Saint Somewhere

Saint Somewhere is a small batch brewery, located in Tarpon Springs, Florida, which specializes in traditionally brewed, hand-crafted Belgian-style ales. All of their ales are bottle-conditioned and unfiltered and receive a dose of Brettanomyces at bottling. Despite the homage to Belgium by the strict use of Belgian malt & wheat and whole noble hops, Bob Sylvester, owner and brewer, adds a little bit of Florida by open fermentation as well as by using old Florida advertising art on his labels. The stuff inside the bottles is as much art as the labels. 

Saint Somewhere Brewing Co.

And of course, the name Saint Somewhere comes from a Jimmy Buffett song, so let’s be real, Belgian may be at the heart of it, but this beer has Florida soul!

Dunedin Brewery

Dunedin Brewery

Fermenting since 1996 and still going strong, Dunedin Brewery, located on the west coast of Florida in the Scottish heritage town of Dunedin handcrafts all of their ales for your enjoyment from their Piper’s Pale Ale to their Apricot Wheat.

Dunedin Brewery

They also have a great menu including the most awesome Pacific Coast Fish Tacos you will find east of Baja! With great atmosphere, great food and 9 ales brewed year round as well as 5 or more seasonal offerings throughout the year, this is our kind of lunch stop!

Peg’s Cantina

Peg’s Cantina

Peg’s, a bungalow turned into a restaurant and nano-brewery is located in the waterfront town of Gulfport, Florida.

Doug Dozark, who is working full-time assisting brewmaster Wayne Wambles at Cigar City, is the brewer at Peg’s and is in charge of creating Peg’s GOOD (Gulfport Original on Draft) beers. He makes them on site in small batches, so it is fresh, clean and delicious. The type of beer varies, but there is usually an IPA and one

Peg's Cantina

other draught available. Doug’s beer is not only considered GOOD because of the acronym- apparently others here in Florida think its good stuff, too! He entered 3 beers in the “Best Florida Beer Championship” and took home 3 medals. He earned two gold medals for his Square Dancing Cody and Gulfport Centennial Stout—and a bronze for his experimental Berliner Weiss.

Doug brews different beers all year and he always has a couple on tap. Peg’s also carries about 50-60 bottled beers. We look forward to spending some time with Doug and checking out his nano-brewery!

7venth (Seventh) Sun Brewing

Seventh Sun Brewing

Be the first among your crowd to visit the latest of Florida’s West Coast Breweries!   Meet the people behind the beer (owners Justin Strange & Devon Kreps), check out their setup and taste their tempting brews, which are a mix of Belgian style ales, sour beers and a variety of IPA’s.  They have brewed at both Sweetwater Brewing Company and Cigar City Brewing.   

  

Beer Paired Dinner Venues:

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Stylish, contemporary dining is the hallmark of Fleming’s. The menu features the finest in prime beef, augmented by a tempting variety of chops, seafood, chicken, generous salads, inventive side orders and indulgent desserts. We have the good fortune of having a 4 course beer paired dinner created especially for our Beer Safari by the chef at Flemings, who, as luck would have it, is a beer enthusiast himself! Our specially prepared and paired dinner at this award winning steakhouse will be an experience you won’t soon forget.

The Melting Pot

We will be topping off Saturday night with a truly brewnique dining event as we enjoy a 4 course beer-paired fondue dinner at The Melting Pot in St. Petersburg. If you haven’t enjoyed the fondue experience before, you are in for a real treat. From the cheese fondue appetizer, which is actually made with beer, to the sinfully rich and delicious chocolate fondue dessert, every course is carefully matched with the perfect beer to balance each unique flavor. Your taste buds will thank you for this simply sublime experience.

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See you in February! Cheers!

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