Cypress and Grove Brewery
Cypress & Grove Brewing Company began, like many good things, in the back of a dusty garage. Patrick Burger’s passion behind home-brewing started over 20 years ago. His first date with Sally, his wife, involved home-brewing - a testament to his fervor. Although thousands of Pat’s homebrewed pints have been shared over the years in his garage, the idea of starting a brewery was always a pipe dream. It was Pat’s two brothers-in-law Ward Huntley and Mike Oates who are appreciators of the fine arts of life and who stepped in to help make Patrick’s pipe dream a reality. Pat invited microbiologist and brewing enthusiast Gary Heil to join the venture.
Gary was given his first homebrew kit by his future wife, Anna, after dating for only a couple of months. He attacked the kit with full force. His second batch of home-brew won Best-of-Show at their regional Iowan Oktoberfest.
The name Cypress & Grove is rooted in place. The name is an ode to the well-rooted space, geography and history of our spot. Our historic building was built at the corner of Cypress and Grove streets – in present day terms referred to as NW 10th Avenue and NW 4th Street. This location was built adjacent to the crossing of two important rail lines – the Seaboard and Atlantic lines. Our building, once a turn-of-the-century Ice House, contains a well that reaches to the Floridan aquifer. The ice was used by the rail lines to deliver fresh goods to multiple locations in Florida, as well as by locals for ice boxes that kept food well preserved and cool in the hot Floridan climate.
The names Cypress and Grove also denote a history of Florida’s natural environment. Great Cypress trees dominate many wetlands in Florida and iconically represent the beautiful wild nature of our state. They likely populated areas near the brewery before it was developed as we sit along the historical headwaters of Sweetwater Branch Creek. Grove represents the human influence on the wild Florida environment. Many beautiful wildlands of Florida were converted, for a time in history, to productive citrus groves. These non-native fruit trees have also become important icons of Florida. Together the names Cypress & Grove represent our present day environment - both wild and altered by human culture.