Stuart’s new Frazier Creek Brewing and Distilling Co., which opened its doors in May, started out as a business idea eight years ago. It began with a group of local friends—Etienne Bourgeois, Aron Trocchia, Peter Hibberd, Dan Rogers, and Rory Macey—who all have a passion for craft beers, home brewing, and homemade libations. They decided to combine their individual talents, skills, and enthusiasm and open a “brewstillery” (brewery and distillery) in downtown Stuart.
Frazier Creek currently offers 18-plus craft beers on tap (made in-house) including the best-selling, double dry-hopped Turbo Series IPA, while slushie machines serve up piña coladas and rum runners. The brewstillery makes its own vodka, gin, limoncello, and rum, which are available for purchase by the bottle. “We do not purchase neutral spirits made elsewhere or take any shortcuts,” says Bourgeois. “We make our beverages the way they were made in Potsdam, Germany in the nineteenth century, with the help of modern technology of course.” (A bit of history: Stuart, Florida was originally named Potsdam by Otto Stypman from Potsdam, Germany.) Adds Bourgeois: “We love our local history and believe that incorporating that history and geography into the brewery is important for our community.”
On the food front, Frazier Creek has partnered with local restaurants that will deliver to customers. Thursday through Sunday, there is also a food truck on-site, and Bourgeois says the team is working with the city to be able to expand that service at Frazier Creek. The 9,000-plus-square-foot establishment is aptly located near Frazier Creek on U.S. Highway 1 in downtown Stuart within The Creek District. Visit fraziercreekstuartfla.com.