Florida CANE Distillery Announces New Ybor City Location
The Florida CANE Distillery will move Distillery and Tasting Room to Ybor City in Spring 2016.
By: The Florida CANE Distillery
“After over a year of exploring locations in Seminole Heights, Tampa Heights, and Channelside, we chose a historic building in an up and coming section of Ybor City that best embodies our brand and who we are,” said co-founder Pat O’Brien. “The Ybor location will allow us to open our doors full-time for tours and tastings, expand our production capacity, enable us to continue to launch new brands, and continue to experiment with new spirits.”
The Florida CANE Distillery tasting room will have regular hours for bottle sales, tours and distilling classes, while also featuring locally made items for sale in the gift shop. The current Brandon distillery and tasting room will remain open until the end of February. Since opening in September of 2013, there have been over 15,000 visitors to the tasting room, making it one of the most popular craft distilleries in the state.
Co-Founder Lee Nelson is excited about taking inspiration from both the historic elements Ybor has to offer and the established artists and craftsmen that give Ybor its own unique style. Nelson said, “This distillery was all about an idea – taking the great resources we have here in Florida and Hillsborough County and aligning them to produce a world class product. In the past three years, we’ve seen bakers use our Key Lime flavors, local food trucks cook with our Jalapeño vodka, and ice cream parlors make decedent creations with our moonshine. When we embed our distillery into a creative community, particularly one that is surrounded by great bars and restaurants, we’ll be able to get immediate feedback on our ideas and new products so we can innovate quickly.”
The Florida CANE Distillery has been steadily building an almost cultish following since it was founded in 2012. With three appearances at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival and 8 awards at international spirits competitions, the small batch, hand crafted spirits are available across the state in over 300 retail locations. They currently produce Florida CANE flavored vodkas, Sunshine Moonshine, and Tamiami Gin.