Brewery owners discuss past, present and future of craft beer


Pictured (l-r): Brittney Barrie, Charlie Meers, Devon Kreps

The owners of three of Florida’s best breweries discussed the past, present and future of craft beer and the challenges women have faced in the male-dominated industry.

Devon Kreps, owner of 7venth Sun Brewing in Dunedin and Tampa; Charlie Meers, co-owner of Magnanimous Brewing in Tampa and Bradenton; and Brittney Barrie, co-owner of BarrieHaus Beer Co., have been making waves in the Tampa Bay craft beer scene for years.

When Kreps opened her first brewery in Dunedin, only about a half-dozen breweries were operating around Tampa Bay. Elven years later, 10 times as many breweries are up and running. A few have come and gone. But one thing that hasn’t changed, she said, is the collaboration that exists among the breweries. New breweries learn from the old, and the old feed off the energy and excitement the new breweries bring.

Only a handful of brewery owners in the Tampa Bay region are women, but they are a growing group, and more and more women are working as brewers.

Listen to the latest WaveMakers.


You may also like

The Incarceration Nation

Alexandra Bailey calls in to the Forum to discuss efforts...

climate change storm rain
Hurricane Ian, one year later: A story of resiliency and hope

Hurricane Ian was the 3rd-costliest natural disaster to hit the...

Transgender and nonbinary people sue Florida over its “discriminatory” bathroom law

A federal lawsuit challenges a new Florida law requiring people...

The Scoop: Fri., September 29, 2023 Tampa Bay & Florida headlines by WMNF

Naples Capitol breacher caught A member of the ‘Proud Boys’...

Ways to listen

WMNF is listener-supported. That means we don't advertise like a commercial station, and we're not part of a university.

Ways to support

WMNF volunteers have fun providing a variety of needed services to keep your community radio station alive and kickin'.

Follow us on Instagram