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Florida Avenue Brewing Co. sold, tasting room closed

The Seminole Heights brewery and tasting room Florida Avenue Brewing Co. has been purchased by Tampa-based beer tour company Brew Bus, Florida Avenue founder Bruce Talcott said today.

Brew Bus, which provides tours between Tampa Bay area breweries and also brews its own branded beer, will continue to produce Florida Avenue Brewing Co. beers, such as flagship brew Florida Avenue Ale, in the facility at 4101 N. Florida Ave., Talcott said.

Talcott plans to remain in place through mid-January to help with the transition.

“We have 17 distributors, and they’re counting on us,” Talcott said. “But I’m 68 and it’s time for me to get out and enjoy things. It’s an opportunity for the brand to continue and grow. We’re excited to see it.”

The tasting room and bar at Florida Avenue Brewing Co. closed Tuesday as Brew Bus prepares for renovations.

“We’re looking at a complete transformation,” Brew Bus founder and president Anthony Derby said. “We’re going to raise the ceilings, put in some windows that look into brewery area and we’re looking at adding a patio.”

That remodeled tasting room is expected to open in mid-February and serve as a hub for Brew Bus’ tour operations. Florida Avenue’s more popular events such as live music and trivia nights will return with a new spin, Derby said.

Brew Bus plans to continue producing its beer Brew Hub in Lakeland for now, but will eventually move that operation to the Tampa facility as well.

Florida Avenue Brewing Co. opened in 2010 as Cold Storage Craft Brewery, but changed its name in 2013.

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