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Big Storm Brewing captures another gold medal at 2020 U.S. Beer Open Championship

By Staff | Dec 23, 2020

Big Storm Brewing Co. has again won another national award, this time striking gold at the 2020 U.S. Beer Open Championship. The Brewery’s Maple Rum Huracan Imperial Stout won in the Rum Barrel-Aged Beer category.

Big Strom’s sister brewer, Fat Point, also took home a silver medal in the English Summer Ale category for its Big Boca Ale.

“This honor is a reflection of the team we have built at Big Storm,” said Big Storm co-owner L.J. Govoni. “Our team is passionate about creating beers that are not only mixed with unique flavors, but are also really drinkable, crowd favorites. While we’re just doing what we love, it feels great to be recognized as one of the best in the nation year after year.”

Big Storm has now medaled each year the Florida brewer has entered in the U.S. Open Beer Championship.

“Medaling for the second straight year and to be recognized by our peers as one of the best only validates what we are doing in Punta Gorda,” added Fat Point’s Head Brewer Jessy Abbate.  “We focus on creating a meaningful experience, with excellence and attention to detail and again winning a national honor is an added bonus.”

The U.S. Open is the only competition to include beers from professional breweries and award-winning home breweries.  This year more than 6,000 beers representing over 140 different styes were submitted to the competition.

The 11.0% ABV Maple Rum Huracan Imperial Stout is bold and aggressive like the Mayan god of wind, storm, and fire for which it is named.  This rich and complex imperial stout has notes of dark chocolate, espresso, and dark pit fruit.  The addition of blackstrap molasses adds layers of caramelized sugar and a subtle smokiness.  A combination of British and American hops add balance to the deep malt complexity for an exceptionally smooth experience.

Fat Point’s Big Boca is a 5.1% ABV light ale brewed with a Pilsner base and a blend of Caramel and Vienna malts.  It is smooth and easy to drink. It has a mild and pleasant hop character that subtly hits you up front and finishes with spicy, herbal, and citrus tones.

Founded in 2012 in Pasco County, Big Storm currently has three taprooms in the Sunshine State — Clearwater, Odessa and Cape Coral.

Big Storm has embraced its tagline of “Florida’s Craft Beer Forecast,” by developing a dynamic lineup of Florida favorites like Tropic Pressure Florida Ale, steeped with hibiscus flowers, and Key Lime Shandy, brewed with key lime puree. 

With a commitment to exceptional customer service, dedication to quality products and the ambition to explore opportunities left unexplored, Big Storm has become a leader in the craft beer industry and beyond.

To learn more about Big Storm, visit www.bigstormbrewery.com.

As Charlotte County’s first craft brewery, Fat Point’s name pays tribute to its hometown. Punta Gorda literally means “Fat Point,” or the area where the pristine waters of Peace River and Gasparilla Sound meet.

Since launching in 2012, the brewery has won critical acclaim for its flavorful and original beers inspired by this region of Southwest Florida. Fat Point’s Bru Man Chu, a Belgian Trippel and its rye IPA, Ryeght Angle, and Oatmeal Stout have won gold, silver and bronze medals at the U.S. Open Beer Championship and Best Florida Beer Championships.

Fat Point’s taproom is located at 611 Charlotte St. in Punta Gorda.

To learn more about Fat Point, visit www.fatpoint.com.