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Locals sample new brewery for a cause

By Staff | Jun 19, 2015


Nobody can turn down free beer.

And they didn’t turn down beer from the new Cape Coral Brewing Co., which held a sampling Tuesday of their soon-to-be available suds, fresh from the tap at Cape Harbour Marina, in front of Fathom’s Restaurant & Bar and the French Press.

And it was done in the name of furry friends everywhere as donations made at the event went to the Gulf Coast Humane Society.

It was a chance for people to come party a little early this week while listening to the band Soapy Tuna and drinking free samples of the brewer’s three beers that will be served at Fathom’s when the brewery formally opens for business in the next few weeks.

Heidi Moore-Hart, who calls herself “Her Hoppiness,” said she and her husband, the brewmaster, were active with breweries in their home state of Wisconsin. When they moved here, there were no craft breweries.

“When the shop went away at Paul Corporation, we seriously started looking into doing a brewery in Cape Coral,” Moore-Hart said. “My husband has been home brewing for 10 years, so he had experience doing it.”

They set up shop at 839 Miromar St. and are on the brink of opening. The company received its federal brewing license in March, which took more than four months. The state license can only be granted when you get a certificate of use and occupancy.

Moore-Hart said that should be done sometime in July.

There were three beers to sample, all of them Cape-centric: Gongoozler Ale, which is old English for sitting idly by on a canal; Hungryland APA, which is what settlers in Fort Myers used to call Cape Coral; and Burrowing Owl Brown Ale, named after the Cape’s

official bird.

Kathy Stephan, general manger at Fathom’s, said Tuesday is always the busiest night of the week, so the owners brought the new brewery in to add a little variety to the party for a preview of things to come.

“Once they are licensed and open, we will be carrying one of their brews on draft,” Stephan said. “Craft beer is something that’s up and coming in Cape Coral. We already carry a Fort Myers brew. It’s needed in the Cape because we’re a changing area.”

Bill Agnew and his wife, Melinda, brought their dog to the event. Bill tried a sample and liked it.

“It’s excellent. We’ve been looking forward to the brewery opening. We’re from Pennsylvania so we’re used to drinking craft beer,” Bill said. “It tastes like a good brew, so we’re looking forward to going there when it opens.”

“I found them on Facebook and have followed them ever since. I’m just waiting for them to open,” said Melinda, who added a donation to the Humane Society.

Cape Coral Brewing Co. will be heavily involved in the community, and donating money to charity is going to be a key component to its business strategy, Moore-Hart said.

“It’s a big part of our business model. We have Growlers for Good and a charity of the month, so we plan to give back to the community,” Moore-Hart said.

For more information on Cape Coral Brewing Co. go to www.capecoralbrewing.com.