House of Beer opening new locationDunedin Beacon

House of Beer opening new location

Article published on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

Renderings courtesy of AUDE SMITH ARCHITECTURE INC.

Shown are artists’ renderings of two views of House of Beer’s new location, just east of the existing bar at 927 Broadway.

DUNEDIN – Months from now the owners of House of Beer plan to be serving craft beer to patrons sitting within footsteps of the Pinellas Trail.They are leasing a warehouse off Huntley Avenue just east of their existing location at 927 Broadway. House of Beer plans to brew beer in the 3,700-square-foot building and open a restaurant and bar, with outdoor seating facing the Pinellas Trail.House of Beer co-owner Andy Polce said it would be about nine months before the business will open because of renovations to the building, which now is just a shell.“The owners have a lot of work to do before we can swing any hammers. We are going to try to do as much as we can in conjunction with what they are doing,” Polce said.For Polce and the other owner, Rick Clemo, the expansion is the logical next step.“We actually have been brewing and have been serving some [beer] slowly,” Polce said. “We are home brewers at heart and I love bringing craft brew to the masses.”House of Beer has been open for more than five years. It has been expanded twice since then. Polce and Clemo also opened stores in Palm Harbor, Gainesville and Citrus Park. Besides being close to the Pinellas Trail, the new location is only yards away from the existing House of Beer, which will remain open.“Rick and I divested ourselves of the Gainesville location and Palm Harbor location so we can focus more on Dunedin,” Polce said.The owners believe that Dunedin has become a destination for craft beer lovers, with the 7venth Sun Brewery and Dunedin Brewery within walking distance of their business. Both owners live in Dunedin.“For us, it’s all about creating not only world class beer, but tapping into the local community for ingredients, creating jobs, and helping local charities,” Clemo said.Besides the inside and outside bar, the new location will have a full kitchen and restaurant. Plans call for about 20 taps.“The days of a brewery opening and having a gold, a brown, a pale ale. That’s done. Everything’s big and bold. Funky and exotic,” Polce said.

Article published on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

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