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Who is Leaven Brewing?

We are KJ and Jillian and we make beer! Today is day: 2474

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.


We are Leaven Brewing.

(and we're super excited to meet you)


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


Strawberry Blonde Ale - 4.6% ABV

The Cheeky Blonde that you already know and love brewed with strawberries and extra mischief!



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...


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.



This smooth drinker has a toasty malt flavor with a sweet caramel finish; perfect for days you are throwing heavy things for fun or just sitting by the water watching for Nessie.


IPA - 7% ABV

Hwat did you say? Oh this brewed with FRESH, LOCALLY grown cascade hops, you say? This is an assertive, hop-forward IPA balanced out with a hwheat smoothness.


Czech Pilsner - 5.4% ABV

Easy drinking lager in the style of the birthplace of the Pilsner. Crisp, clean, authentic Czech Pilsner with Saaz hops.


Porter - 5.2% ABV

Life is easier, so much easier now that Ray remembered his son-in-law is a brewer. Mr. Pleasant Porter is the result of Dad complaining that he couldn’t find any good porters on the shelves. As long as Mr. Pleasant’s all right with this medium bodied, low gravity, and restrained roastiness, then the whole wide world is on his side, hey … hey.



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


Dry Irish Stout (Nitro) - 4.3% ABV

For the love of beer, and Mr. Sully himself!



Sometimes you get to make beer with your best friends and when you do, you go BIG! This full bodied, imperial lager was brewed with our BFFs at Barriehaus!


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.

Find our Beer NEAR YOU!

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Contact Us

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

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