St. Petersburg craft brewery 3 Daughters Brewing is expanding into Sarasota and Manatee counties next week, according to the brewery and their local distribution partner, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.
Three of the brewery's beers will be available on draft at bars and restaurants at first, according to Devyn Dugger, sales director at Gold Coast Eagle.
We'll be getting Summer Storm Stout, a 5.2 percent oatmeal stout; Beach Blonde Ale, a 5 percent brew designed for our hot weather; and Brown Pelican Dunkelweizen, a dark, 5.7 percent German-style wheat ale, according to Leigh Harting, co-owner and head of marketing at the brewery.
Harting said in a phone interview Thursday that 3 Daughters, which just opened last month, plans to start canning their beers later this year.
Fun fact: Harting said she and her husband, co-owner and operator Mike Harting, do indeed have three daughters, 11, 9 and 5, who inspired the brewery's name. The couple got their start in craft brewing at their St. Petersburg restaurant, BellaBrava.
Another fun fact: 3 Daughters has partnered with the University of South Florida to teach biology students in the brewery's yeast lab. Yeast are the single-cell organisms critical to brewing: They create the alcohol and carbonation in beer.
This is the second Florida brewery to come to Sarasota-Manatee in as many weeks. Orlando Brewing debuted Thursday.
To find out what other Florida craft breweries are available locally, check out my guide and map.