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Little Giant Brewery moving to Bradenton

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I've written several times about local nanobrewery Little Giant, run by Michael Wagner, who brewed for a while on Anna Maria Island before moving to the Whitfield area near the airport.

Michael Wagner of Little Giant Brewery at his old brewhouse on Anna Maria Island in 2010. (Herald-Tribune archive / Alan Shaw)

Now he's moving again, to Bradenton. Specifically, 800 17th Ave. W. near McKechnie Field.

The Bradenton City Council has approved Wagner's request to operate a brewery and lounge on the site, according to the Bradenton Times. Their story says Little Giant:

"Was approved unanimously with the stipulations that production must occur within the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., the lounge will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., the premises will be re-landscaped and truck deliveries and pick-ups will be limited to morning hours."

Wagner knows brewing: He's a graduate of the Siebel Institue in Chicago and Doemens in Munich, Germany. He makes good beer and has the medals to prove it. He posts on Facebook that he hopes to open in March.

I'll get in touch with Wagner when I get back from vacation and post more then.

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Alan Shaw

Alan Shaw has been a fan of craft beer for more than a decade. He is partial to hops and has been an editor at the Herald-Tribune since 1997. He can be reached at (941) 361-4914, by email or mail at 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. Follow him at @alancshaw on Twitter and on Facebook.
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