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Who is Leaven Brewing?

We are KJ and Jillian and we make beer! Today is day: 2540

It was pointed out to me the other night that what we're creating is something truly unique, and individual to us. Now, I am the first person to admit that a opening a brewery is not novel, brewing a citra-hopped pale ale is nothing extraordinary (although it is very delicious), and our concrete bar tops are nothing you haven't seen before.

However, the makeup of who is behind Leaven Brewing is what makes this place, our place (soon to be your place) a really neat, individual, independent of other projects kind of place.

KJ has brewing experience that is unlike most others. Not to say it's better in any way - but it is different. KJ started at Fort Myers Brewing Co. and learned the process from Rob, the owner there. KJ quickly became the head brewer of Fort Myers, which went on to receive respectable awards at Best Florida Beer, and collect accolades on RateBeer.

After FMB, KJ became the senior brewer at Brew Hub, ultimately helping other local brands to grow their beers. Brewhub, unlike FMB, was a 100bbl system (#nbd) and produced roughly around 98,000 barrels of beer a year.

KJ is a brewer, who's learned under some super unique circumstances, but he's also now the owner of a brewery. A brewery that was built with his own hands, beer recipes written by him and brewed by him. At Leaven Brewing you are experiencing the absolute heart and soul of everything KJ has ever worked for. We are a husband and wife team who has taken everything we've had (and all of our sleep) to build a place where people can connect while drinking some dang delicious stuff. We grew this. No frills, no venture capitalists, no investment group, just us and our long list of friends that we are absolutely the most grateful for.

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We are Leaven Brewing.

(and we're super excited to meet you)

Brewery

Here's where we make the beer! Come on in and try a sip!

Meet Brewhouse Mc Brewface, a big hunk of 304 stainless steel construction with glass manways, American made Baldor SS washdown pumps, and an available production of 5bbls. He likes long rinse cycles of brewer's no. 5 and can't resist a good caustic cycle. Most brewhouses his size don't come with automatic rakes and plows, but Brewhouse McBrewface does.

Brewhouse McBrewface

So come on in and join us for a pint! You can find us right in the heart of Riverview at:

11238 Boyette Rd, Riverview, FL 33569

Brewery Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday 12:00 - 10:00 PM
  • Friday & Saturday 12:00 PM - Midnight
  • Sunday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Our Beer

We make beer we like to drink, but don't worry... We'll make beer you like to drink too.

We make beer we like to drink, but don't worry... We'll make beer you like to drink too. We always thought it was a fun process brewing new beers, trading different styles in and out to create a set of flagships. The goal here at Leaven is to become a neighborhood brewery with a hyper-local mindset. We're here to make beer for you, Riverview! Join us at the bar, tell us the styles you like. Let's start a great conversation about beer and figure out our core beers together.

We aim to have 5 flagships which will be on at all times, and 5 rotational beers that will lend themselves to a more seasonal flair.

What's on Tap, RIGHT NOW?

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AGING HIPSTER

HAZY IPA - 6.5% ABV

This hazy IPA is double dry hopped with Citra, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops... effortlessly and classically cool.

ALLIANCE OF OLD FRIENDS

ESB - 5.5% ABV

A collaboration with the Tampa Bay Brewers Alliance, this English-style pale ale features East Kent Golding hops for it's earthy, herbal aromas.

BIG PAW PAW

BERLINER WEISSE - 4.1% ABV

Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw; when you pick a pear, try to use the claw! I know it doesn't apply here since this is a prickly pear & lime beer, but it's still good advice...

CHEEKY BLONDE

Blonde Ale - 4.6% ABV

Calm down folks, we’re talking about her … personality, This cheeky blonde serves as a great refresher on a hot summer day. Light in color, clean, crisp flavor, with a balance of floral hops.

HONEY BUSINESS

TRIPLE IPA - 9.5% ABV

How sweet it is to be turning 6 years old! So we made this Triple IPA brewed with 40lbs of orange blossom honey and dry hopped with Amarillo hops!

IS BLUEBERRY

Blueberry Kolsch - 4.4% ABV

Is Kölsch. Is blueberry. Is good.

IS GOOD KÖLSCH

Kölsch - 4.4% ABV

Karl would take a sip of KJ’s Kölsch and say: “Is good KJ, is good.” So, we stole the name from him. Brisk carbonation, a light malt sweetness, alongside traditional German hops.

PIPELINE POG

FRUITED WHEAT ALE - 5.3% ABV

Hang 10 with this American wheat ale fruited with the Hawaiian classic POG juice ingredients of Passionfruit, Orange, and Guava!

QUAKER GOATS

Oatmeal Stout - 5.5% ABV

This may be our Greatest Of All Time Stout. Delicious goodness, in a wholesome way. Nourish your soul morning to night with this healthy breakfast … err, uh .. beer. Quaker Goats - enjoy a hassle free beer!

SUNDRESS SEASON

SAISON - 7% ABV

Crisp & tart with a dry finish, its the drink of summer!

THE RED

Irish Style Red Ale - 6.7% ABV

… And the cheers were heard throughout the city that day, The Red was back on! This robust blend of pilsner, caramel and roast malts is our hero. A single bugle plays when it taps.

THE WAGON

DDH DIPA - 8.6% ABV

A WAGON FULL of Azacca, El Dorado, and Idaho-7 were used in this double-dry-hopped, double-IPA. Smooth with bold tropical fruit and citrus notes.

Find our Beer NEAR YOU!

Looking for Leaven 'in the wild'? Here's where you can find our beer.

Contact Us

Give us a call at: (813)677-7023

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