Introducing the Founders Fund

If you’re familiar with our origin story, you’ll know that our operation begin a little differently than most. We weren’t blessed with millions in the bank or investor dollars behind us, and almost every bank laughed us out of the building, sighting lack of industry experience as our fatal flaw. Thankfully, our first venture, a small e-commerce software business known as IgnitionDeck, was sturdy enough to use as collateral for non-traditional financing, and had sufficient profits to help fund the initial purchasing and demolition.

Unfortunately, lengthy permitting delays, and frequent ones at that, meant that we were paying interest on capital that we couldn’t deploy, and to complicate things further, we were forced to lease additional space in order to meet specific functional requirements. This meant that the scope of the buildout would increase, and costs would double, all before we even purchased a single piece of brewing equipment.

We made a conscious decision early on to spend the bulk of our funds on the taproom, believing that size of brew system was less relevant than the atmosphere we wanted to create as the first craft brewery, and really the only craft beer hotspot, in our small town of Apollo Beach. As a result, we started with a (very) small 1.5 BBL system with limited capacity, a cold room instead of cold refrigerant (glycol), and a walk-in cooler that was about half the size we truly needed.

Still, fortune favors the bold, and despite the never-ending series of challenges we faced, we always found a way to make it work. It was certainly a tough couple of years, and those of us that remain have more than a few gray hairs to show for it, but all in all, our belief in the company never wavered, and we now have an incredible product to show for it.

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The (Re)Birth of Four Stacks

As I sit here thinking about the new year upon us, feeling excitement about the future, paired with the pains of the past, it all still feels so new that I have to remind myself that our brewery experiment is now almost four years old. In fact, if you include my 2014 venture to San Diego, the trip that inspired this story, we’re truly just weeks away from the four year mark.

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Episode 23

Nathan, Mike, and first official guest Keith record the first live beer show, in the middle of the tap room, partaking in 4 separate beers, including the freshly tapped fan favorite Mango Mosaico.

The Four Stacks beer show is a weekly video podcast designed to honor the craft beer geek in all of us. No snobs allowed.

Featured Beers:
Four Stacks Mango Mosaico
Big Top Gorilla Soul
Wyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout
Rogue Dead Guy Ale

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Episode 22

Nathan and Mike drink and discuss Four Stacks’ own Siege on Castle Black, and the Evil Twin sour lager Brett Yeast & Helles.   The mystery beer this episode was featured on the Four Stacks beer show previously, and the results are surprising!

The Four Stacks beer show is a weekly video podcast designed to honor the craft beer geek in all of us. No snobs allowed.

Featured Beers:

Four Stacks Siege on Castle Black
Evil Twin Brett Yeast & Helles
Dogfish Head SeaQuench Ale

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Episode 21

The Four Stacks beer show is a weekly video podcast designed to honor the craft beer geek in all of us. No snobs allowed.

Featured Bears

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Episode 20

The Four Stacks beer show is a weekly video podcast designed to honor the craft beer geek in all of us. No snobs allowed.

Featured Bears

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Episode 19

The Four Stacks beer show is a weekly video podcast designed to honor the craft beer geek in all of us. No snobs allowed.

Featured Bears

Cigar City Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
7venth Sun Do You Even Sudachi Bro?
Four Stacks Depth Destroyer
Cigar City Jai Alai

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Episode 18

The Four Stacks beer show is a weekly video podcast designed to honor the craft beer geek in all of us. No snobs allowed.

Featured Beers

Cycle Crank IPA
Zima
Hopworks Urban Brewery Ferocious Citrus IPA
3 Daughters Beach Blonde Ale

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Episode 17

The Four Stacks beer show is a weekly video podcast designed to honor the craft beer geek in all of us. No snobs allowed.

Featured Beers

Stone Ghost Hammer IPA
Four Stacks Indio’s Booty
Terrapin Hopsecutioner

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Drainpour Discussion

This mini-episode features an examination of the drain pour culture. Watch and listen as the boys explain and admonish its pretentiousness, fighting to reclaim craft beer from those that seek to disparage it.

The Four Stacks beer show is a weekly video podcast designed to honor the craft beer geek in all of us. No snobs allowed.

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