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Cape Coral Brewery Company opens

By Staff | Sep 18, 2015

After working at charity events and entering beer competitions the last few months, the Cape Coral Brewing Company opened Thursday at 839 Miromar St. in the South Cape.

It’s being promoted as the only brewery in Cape Coral that will infuse a unique beer culture with the help of other local businesses.

The craft brewers were scheduled to open its doors to the public at 4 p.m. before sounding the conch for an Extra Happy Hour from 5 to 6 p.m., to include the Sizzle Truck food truck.

Both are planned regular features at the company.

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.

Her husband, who was a home brewer for 10 years, seized the opportunity and started his own craft beer, offering samples of it at local charity events.

Moore-Hart said she is confident the venture will be successful and provide a boost to the downtown area.

“The response has been tremendous,” she said.

The location will not be a restaurant or even a conventional bar. It will be a production brewery with a tasting room. Craft beer and wine will be featured as well as a non-alcoholic beer.

Moore-Hart said the brewery will offer a unique beer-tasting experience.

“We do not have a kitchen and will not serve food. You can bring your own food and the restaurants downtown will deliver in,” Moore-Hart said. “We’re going to have food trucks all weekend long. You don’t have to starve.”

The Extra Happy Hour will feature $1 off all pints for the next 60 minutes. A playing of “The Beer-Barrel Polka” will get patrons in the right frame of mind, Moore-Hart said.

Among the food trucks expected to come include the Rollin’ Raw Bar and Red Rock Cravings, which will be featured for Food Truck Fridays.

Other events will include Small Batch Saturdays featuring “one-off” brews and Growler Fills, where they will fill you up with a large portion of beer, with $1 of each filled growler going to charity.

Moore-Hart added there will be a “Locavore” menu, where a couple local restaurants will infuse their dishes with the brewery’s beer to be purchased and delivered to the brewery.

“If you come in for a beer, you can look at the six or seven items on the menu, call them and have the food delivered to you,” Moore-Hart said.

“It’s a brewery culture that they do in the rest of the country. It’s not an unusual model at all,” Moore-Hart said. “This is new coming into the area. We don’t have a lot of breweries and it hasn’t made it down this far. I don’t expect people to be familiar with it.”

The Cape Coral Brewing Company will be open Thursdays from 4 to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information go to www.capecoralbrewing.com