Hernando Sun Article
This article was submitted to the Hernando Sun Magazine
There is a new microbrewery called Brooksville Brewing Company located on US 19 a little south of Spring Hill Drive in the former Rookie’s Restaurant location. They are not new to brewing beer since they have been brewing in the location off and on since 2010.
The location has been home to a number of restaurants: Longshots, Duke’s, American Grill, Passports, and Rookies. The Brooksville Brewing Company is comprised of a portion of the building that held these restaurants. They purchased the tap room, patio, and brewery. They do not own the other area or sign. This means that the Rookie’s sign will stay there even though the brewery is open.
Seating is cozy in the tap room which can hold up to 45 people. There is a large couch and the feel is more of what you would expect from a coffee shop than a bar. The owner Keith Krueger said he wanted to “Create an atmosphere where people can have a beer and communicate.” He intends for it to be a quiet place to have a drink and talk with friends. They do not plan to have loud music. The tap room is currently open Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 10pm.
They plan to improve the patio by adding around 50 more seats outside and adding a covered area. They also plan to add a fire pit for cool nights.
Brooksville Brewing Company has eight beers on tap: Mermaids Gold, Coffee Pale Ale, India Pale Lager, Hot Head Red, American Brown, Oak Aged Red, Lucky’s Milk Stout, and Galaxy IPA. The will have two additional taps that will rotate other craft beers. If you do not drink beer, they serve wine from two local wineries: Brookstone and Copp. If you do not drink alcohol they also have soda and water.
I tried a couple of their beers: Lucky Milk Stout and Galaxy IPA. The Lucky Milk Stout was dark, rich, and very smooth. I enjoy a Guinness from time to time and would not mind having a Milk Stout instead. The IPA was flavorful and had a dark rich color.
Brooksville Brewing Company offers a tour of the brewery Saturday, October 8th at 3pm. They plan to offer the tour for several Saturdays. You can sign up for the tour on facebook and it costs $15. The tour includes a private tasting and you can take home a 64 ounce growler with your choice of their beers.
Keith owns Bagels and Beyond and a number of Papa John’s pizza restaurants throughout the state. He apparently really loves carbs, so adding a brewery was a natural fit. He says he grew up hearing stories of a relative from Brooksville who use to brew beer a long time ago. He used those childhood stories to create the legend of Duke. The name Krueger is well known in the beer industry Krueger Beer was the first to can beer in 1935.
Keith also owns LMD Distributors, which can sell Brooksville Brewing Company’s beers to restaurants and bars. The law requires alcohol to be distributed by a licensed distributor, so many craft brewers are only able to sell their beer on the premises of the their brewery. Keith said that the capacity of the brewery was 100,000 gallons a year, so he intends to distribute Brooksville Brewing Company’s beers throughout the local area. Keith mentioned they started contacting local restaurants a week ago and they have signed up the Rising Sun Bistro, Lucky Dill, Brian’s Place, Jersey’s, Evom and Horse and Crown.
The Brooksville Brewing Company has big plans and they make a good pint. You can try their beer at the tap room or in the near future your favorite restaurant.