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.
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.
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
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. At this time we have no intention of distribution (KJ did enough of that at previous locations.) 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.
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.
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.
Who’s a g’boy? Bailey was. This tribute to a family companion sings his praises. Take your tastebuds for a walk with Citra, Amarillo and Mosaic hops.
We hear they’re too cool to use turn signals and take pride in their aggressive driving habits. Either way this Masshole is here to stay. (And we’re not just talking about John). SImcoe, Citra, Centennial and Ekuanot make for a vibrant aroma, without a sharp or harsh hop character. Hazy in color, full-bodied but smooth … our evolving NEIPA.
… 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.
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!
We took our greatest of all time stout and treated it with Chocolate. Some say it smells like Nesquik, some say tootsie rolls, we just say it smells like magic.
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.
We’re not telling you why we named this beer Tattoo Face … that’s your job. Post a photo to Facebook or Instagram with the beer, tag us and tell us your best guess on there. First person to name it right, beers on us!*
Is Kölsch. Is blueberry. Is good.
Those gosh darn kids and their social media... Always uploading things on the inter webs, and book of faces. We have a lot going on here at Leaven Brewing, we’ll keep you informed on our Facebook and Instagram. Food trucks? We got those. Music? We got that too! Events? Those happen!