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Fort Myers Brewing Company announces plans for 40,000-square-foot brewery destination

 

Lee County's first craft brewery’s new location to feature a large tasting hall, grand event lawn, flex-work

space, food-truck zone, expandable manufacturing space and lots of eco-friendly green space

FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 27, 2019) – Fort Myers Brewing Company has big plans on tap as the first

microbrewery in Lee County announces plans for expansion. Today, Fort Myers Brewing Company

Founders and Co-owners Rob and Jen Whyte received unanimous approval from the Lee County Board of

County Commissioners to purchase just over 22 acres of property from the Lee County Port Authority

referred to as the Commerce Lakes Drive Parcel.

Adjacent to the brewery’s current location in the Gateway community of Fort Myers, the new space will be

comprised of both commerce and community, featuring a multi-purpose 40,000-square-foot facility with

malt beverage manufacturing and packaging, a large tasting hall, private event space, outdoor beer garden,

plenty of parking and lots of green space.

“We are thrilled to share our plans to bring the community together in new and creative ways through this

destination brewery,” said Jen Whyte, co-owner of Fort Myers Brewing Company. “Our grand lawn will

provide a sizeable gathering place and a large tasting hall that will greatly expand the number of guests we

can serve and private events we can accommodate. We will continue to bring in local musicians and food

trucks, and our new space will provide an enhanced venue to showcase the talent, vibrancy and hospitality

that Fort Myers has to offer our locals as well as visitors to our region.”

“We’re taking all the features that our regulars have come to love and building upon those experiences, so

Fort Myers Brewing Company will still have that same friendly and familiar vibe, now with even more

offerings for our community to enjoy,” said co-owner Rob Whyte. “One of the new features is the addition

of flex-work spaces, and as entrepreneurs, we are looking forward to offering a place where business professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs can collaborate and be inspired in a high-tech, yet casual and

creative environment.”

Fort Myers Brewing opened in 2013 with 1,500 square feet and now occupies just under 20,000 square feet.

In addition to expanding its capacity for community events, the new facility will also allow the company to

streamline and build operations.

“This expansion has been in the works for over two and a half years as local real estate agents courted us and

showed us multiple properties, however, we remained committed to doing everything possible to stay and

continue to grow our business in Gateway,” added Jen Whyte. “It’s a dream come true for us to expand our

locally grown brewing operations, and this opportunity is all due to our loyal friends, neighbors and

community who have supported us from day one!”

The closing on the property is expected to be completed within the next 60 days.

FORT MYERS BREWING COMPANY VOTED BEST LARGE BREWERY IN FLORIDA

2016 Best Florida Beer Competition

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Fort Myers Brewing Company

12811 Commerce Lakes Dr. Suite 28

Fort Myers FL, 33913

 

Tasting Room Hours:

Mon. 3pm - 9pm, Tues. - Wed. 3pm - 10pm,

Thurs. - Fri. 3pm - 11pm, Sat. 12pm - 11pm, 

Sun. 12pm - 8pm

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