Friends Mark Pizzurro, Pete Abreut and Joe Traina weren’t thinking about helping to revitalize their community or supporting local businesses when they decided to open a craft beer brewery.

“We’d been brewing beer in my garage for about five years, and we just wanted to take it to the next level,” Abreut said.

The owner of the CrossFit En Fuego gymnasium at 3320 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Abreut noticed the 1903 Spanish-style house next door to the gym was vacant. He approached the owner about converting it into a brewery, tap room and beer garden.

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