Darwin Brewing Co Grand Opening: Sat, May 24; Sarasota restaurant brings Peruvian-influenced brews to Bradenton

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Sarasota restaurant comes to Bradenton with Peruvian influenced brews.

Darwin Brewing Co Grand Opening: Sat, May 24

Sarasota restaurant brings Peruvian-influenced brews to Bradenton

May 14, 2014   Bradenton, Fla.

The first first full scale production brewery in America making Peruvian beer is now open in Bradenton, Fla. Darwin Brewing Co. (803 17th Avenue West, 747-1970) welcomes the community to celebrate with a Grand Opening event from noon to 10 p.m. on Sat., May 24. The event is free and open to the public and includes live music, food and more.

“It was just a dream until we worked up the nerve to make it a reality, and it’s been a hard but exciting journey ever since,” said co-founder, chef and brewer Darwin Santa Maria of the new brewery. “On behalf of myself, Brewmaster Jorge Rosabal, co-founder and Director of Operations Matt Cornelius, and our entire team, I’m happy to announce that Darwin Brewing Co. is the first full scale Peruvian production brewery in America!”

Darwin Brewing Co. features eight brews on tap inspired by both Peruvian flavors and locally sourced ingredients, plus four guest taps. The 15-barrel production brewery also includes a tasting room, beer garden and performance space for local live musicians. The production line includes canning, kegging and growlers. Local food trucks will be on hand with a Peruvian street food truck coming soon from Darwin’s as well.

The grand opening on May 24 will feature live music from Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones (last year’s winner of the Blues Blast Sean Costello Rising Star Award) from noon to 3 p.m. followed by Peruvian-influenced world music from Nuna, from 7 to 10 p.m. Both are part of a pre/post party for the Bradenton Beer Festival across the street at McKechnie Field, also on Sat., May 24, from noon to 7 p.m. 

Permanent fixtures on the Darwin Brewing Co taps include a Summadayze IPA, Charapa Spiced Porter, Ayawasca Belgian Dubbel, Circa 1926 Tangerine Wheat Ale, Pirata Pils and a Finch Pale Ale (or Belgian). Several other brews like their well-loved Chicha Specialty Grain and Chapo Weizenbock will rotate in seasonally alongside other outside favorites on four guest taps.

More information about all the beers is available online at darwinbrewingco.com.

As of Thurs., May 22, tasting room hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. with brewery tours available noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and live music from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

Darwin Brewing Co Tasting Room Grand Opening: noon to 10 p.m., Sat., May 24, Darwin Brewing Co., 803 17th Avenue West, 747-1970 or darwinbrewingco.com, free.

Courtesy photos: click here to download several high res photos, credit Max Kelly.

Media contact: Veronica Pastore, 941.330.4838 or [email protected]

More about Darwin Brewing Co.
This story begins in January, 2012, on a modest brewing system situated within the internationally renowned Peruvian gastro-brewpub and restaurant Darwin’s on 4th in Sarasota, Fla. Chef Darwin Santa Maria opened the restaurant to much critical acclaim, offering authentic Andean cuisine alongside live music and Brewmaster Jorge Rosabal’s complex and flavorful artisan beers.

Through beer dinners, festivals and rave reviews within the craft beer community, Rosabal’s brews became well known and extremely popular. Darwin Brewing Company was born to meet the demand for these beers, and Rosabal expanded his operations to a newly-constructed 15 barrel production facility, tasting room and beer garden in nearby Bradenton, Florida.

Named one the top brewpubs in the country by USA Today in January, Darwin’s on 4th continues to offer Rosabal’s unique brews paired with Chef Darwin Santa Maria’s world-class cuisine, and carries on its tradition of hosting premier beer dinners.

Darwin Brewing Company earned thirteen medals at last year’s Tampa Bay Beer Week including second runner up for best beer in Florida and Brewmaster Jorge Rosabal’s new brews continue to receive rave reviews including being named one of “4 Great American Beer Festival beers we love” by Draft Magazine in October 2013.

Darwin Brewing Co.: 803 17th Avenue West, 747-1970 or darwinbrewingco.com, 4-10 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturdays, noon-8 p.m. Sundays.


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