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
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.