Bishop got his feet wet in a commercial brewery working for Dunedin Brewery before opening Big Storm in June, 2012. The brewery name and all of their beers are inspired by a fact of life living here in Florida... Hurricanes! We got to try three beers in studio while we chatted, starting with Wavemaker Amber Ale. Wavemaker has a delicious aroma of caramel and raisins. Flavors are similar, rich, a little herbal, not too sweet.
|Sales Rep Chris (if you couldn't read his shirt)|
Besides a core line of beers, Big Storm has a "one-off" series called their Forecast Series. We heard that the next in the series will likely be a German-style Kolsch this summer followed by a Honey Wheat and Imperial IPA with smoked malt down the road. Bishop said that while they like to be creative, the brewery has limits based on personal preferences. You will never see a sour beer from them, and they all blasted my love of rye beers. Oh well.
|That reminds me. I forgot to take my glass.|
Look for Big Storm at festivals like Brew at the Zoo, Sprung! and others. They are putting themselves out there so say hello. And if you ever find yourself in Odessa, you better stop by the brewery and their tap room. We heard it's pretty cool--located in the middle of the brewery, surrounded by brewing equipment, no TVs, live music, intimate and fun!