Florida Beer Company

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Florida Beer Company
Location CapeCanaveral, Florida
Opened 1996
Barrels per year 35,680 US barrels (2013)
Owner(s) Indian River Beverage Corporation
Active beers
Name Type
Swamp Ape IPA Imperial IPA
Florida Lager Lager German Lager
Key West Sunset Ale Classic tropical Ale
Key West Southernmost Wheat Belgian witbier
Key West Lager Tropical Lager
Key West Pilsner Light Light Pilsner
Hurricane Reef Pale Ale Pale Ale
Hurricane Reef Caribbean Style Pilsner Pilsner
Hurricane Reef Raspberry Wheat American Wheat
Hurricane Reef Lager Lager
La Tropical Pilsner
Ybor Gold Lager Lager
Ybor Gold Brown Ale Brown Ale
Ybor Gold Gaspar's Porter Porter
Ybor Gold Wheat American Wheat
Ybor Gold Light Light Lager
Indian River Brewing Company Amberjack Amber Lager
Indian River Brewing Company Shoal Draft Pale Ale
Beachside American Lager American Lager
Beachside Sun Light Light Ale
Beachside Porter American coffee porter
JJ Kelly's Hard Apple Cider Irish Cider
JJ Kelly's Hard Apple Raspberry Cider Raspberry Flavored Irish Cider
Seasonal beers
Name Type
Florida Chocolate Stout Chocolate Stout
Florida Conchtoberfest Octoberfest

Florida Beer Company is an independent craft brewery located in Melbourne, Florida.

History[edit]

Florida Beer Company is organized in the state of Florida as a C Corporation. Originally founded in 1996 as Indian River Brewing Company, the 11,000 square foot brewery on South US 1 in Melbourne produced its first beers, Indian River Shoal Draft and Indian River Amberjack in June 1997; production of Kelly's Irish Hard Cider and a variety of private label beers began in late 1997-1998. This company was capitalized by a private placement to approximately 65 mostly local shareholders, an SBA-guaranteed loan and original founder contributions.

The Company was recapitalized and reorganized in August 2003 with the addition of the current ownership group as Indian River Beverage Corporation. Indian River Beverage Corporation does business as Florida Beer Company. Florida Beer Company is engaged in the manufacturing, packaging, marketing and sale of alcoholic beverages specifically malt based products (beer). The Company participates in the premium craft beer market.

In March 2005 the company entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with Ybor City Brewing Company to acquire the brands, marks, intellectual property, inventory and all business assets of Ybor City Brewing Company and the related entities. The assets and brands included Key West (Key West Brewery, originally of Key West, Florida), Ybor Gold (Ybor City Brewing Company originally of Tampa, Florida) and Hurricane Reef (Hurricane Reef Brewery originally of Miami, Florida).

Florida Beer Company is the largest craft brewer in the State of Florida. The State of Florida is the third largest beer market in the country. While Florida ranks among the top for beer consumption in the United States historically the craft segment has lagged versus other parts of the country. In recent years this has changed. The craft market is now out pacing all other segments of the beer industry and the craft market has grown at 22% in Florida versus 11.4% in the rest of country.[1]

During 2008, the Company sold 19 different beers (malt beverages) and two ciders entirely manufactured and packaged at its company-owned brewery in Melbourne, Florida. The Company also engages in contract brewing for a small number of customers. One of these is Original Sin Premium Hard Cider of New York, NY, the other is Kelly's Irish Cider, winner of three gold medals from the North American Brewers Association.

The Company sells its products through a network of wholesale distributors who then sell to bars, restaurants, grocery stores, package stores and other specialty beverage retailers. The Company sells its products predominantly in the state of Florida (80%+), but also markets in New York, Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Carolina and the Caribbean. Florida, which represents the bulk of the Company sales, is a three-tier state governed by a beer franchise law. Florida Statutes Title XXXIV Chapter 563.[2] In many states, specifically Florida, laws affect enforcement of certain terms of the distributor agreements.

In 2014 the company opened a new facility in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Brevard County. The production brewery is located at 200 Imperial Blvd. This building is 60,000 square feet (5,600 m2) and houses all production related activity and equipment, a visitor center and tap room with retail store.

It is rumored that the company also produces the "Duff Beer" sold at Universal Studios Orlando theme park's Simpson World.[3]

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