Playalinda Brewing Company Opening Soon
There were 66 craft breweries in Florida as of 2013, ranking 13th in the nation, according to the Brewers Association. With an economic impact of $875.8 million and 129,946 barrels of craft beer being produced in the state each year, the craft brewing industry has skyrocketed from a garage pastime to a growing business sector.
Driving through historic downtown Titusville, one may not expect to see one of these blossoming breweries setting up shop, but underneath the nostalgic hardware sign on Washington Ave., a little bit of history is coming to life with the opening of Playalinda Brewing Company.
From Lighting to Brewing
Bryan Scott is the co-owner of Barn Light Electric, an American lighting manufacturer specializing in original, warehouse styled lighting. With his wife Donna, Barn Light Electric has grown from a one-time hobby to a full-time career, becoming the only company in America manufacturing porcelain enamel lighting.
Now, Scott is adding another venture to his portfolio of success with Playalinda Brewing Company, which was formed along those same lines: what started as a side hobby two years ago is now taking shape as a hot spot in historic downtown Titusville, set to open in November 2014.
The Local Flare
One of the signature aspects of craft breweries and their recipes is their tip of the hat to the local scene. Here, the brewery name is derived from Playalinda Beach within Canaveral National Seashore.
“We met some guys a few months ago up at Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company in Deland, and we asked them where their name came from. And actually, before Deland was Deland, it was called Persimmon Hollow,” said Scott. “So we bounced some things around and decided on Playalinda.”
To prepare for the fall opening, Scott is working on testing recipes to pin down eight to 10 beers on draft. A few tests have included a peanut butter stout and a blueberry ale made with local blueberries from Mims.
“Big breweries just cannot produce craft beer; it doesn’t have the same taste. I think my worst craft beer I’ve ever made tastes better than what the big breweries put on the shelf every day. It’s that local flare.”
A Taste of Nostalgia
The building that houses the brewery was built in 1910. Early on, it became a hardware store until the early 1980s when it became a children’s consignment store and then an antique store. Barn Light Electric was also in the building from 2009 to 2011.
The interior renovations are being done by Titusville-based RUSH Construction, who are no strangers to the Scotts, since also working on previous projects for Barn Light Electric. In order to protect its history, every effort is being made to keep as many original items as possible in the space. The cabinets that were part of the hardware store will remain as well as the antique tin ceiling, the storefront, entrance and doors.
“By far the most exciting part of the project is the opportunity to work with the Scotts again and to be a part of their exciting new business venture,” said RUSH Construction President William Chivers. “We are also excited to be a part of the first microbrewery in North Brevard and the opportunity to work together to design, engineer and blend the state of the art system like a new microbrewery into a historic building while retaining the historic elements as much as possible.”