SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01: Nick Calder-Scholes, head brewer at One Drop Brewing carries raw Australian cane sugar to boiling water during the first step in making sugar wash on April 1, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Brewers and distillers across Australia have transitioned from making craft beer and spirits to hand sanitiser in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. In the Sydney suburb of Botany, One Drop Brewing Company have turned their craft beer micro-brewery into a hand sanitiser production facility. In addition to using their own distillation equipment to make small quantities of hand sanitiser, the brewery is repurposing their existing fermentation equipment to make large amounts of sugar wash for a nearby gin distillery to assist their production. Effective hand sanitisers have an ethanol content of at least 60 per cent and with demand surging due to coronavirus (COVID-19), alcohol producers are stepping in to help maintain supply. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

One thing, of many, that I love about SWFL is the number of breweries we have, and a new brewery is coming to Fort Myers.

At the corner of Fowler Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard is an old church that has been a few different things over the years, but nothing ever stuck. Soon, however, there will be a new brewery taking over that building called Swamp Cat Brew Co.

Swamp Cat owner Chris Gutierrez told NBC2 that they’ll be renovating the church to give it a modern feel, but still keeping a bit of its history.

The hope is that project will be ready by early next year, and they plan on building an outdoor beer garden, indoor seating and full-size kitchens for food vendors.

There’s already about 20 breweries in SWFL in Marco Island, Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, Cape Coral and LaBelle but with the way that microbreweries have gained popularity especially over the last few years, it’s exciting that we’ll be getting another one. And with a name like Swamp Cat, they’re definitely embracing the Florida vibe.


20+ Breweries In Southwest Florida

Today is National Beer Lovers Day and it’s so cool that here in Southwest Florida we have a lot of breweries to celebrate, over 20 of them in fact.

It seems these days there’s a silly holiday everyday, however this is one that I can get behind. And if you enjoy beer too, you are literally doing as the Romans do as beer and drinking it dates that far back.

What better way to celebrate than to throw back a cold one and exchange some great beer quotes from some notable drinkers.

“Beer, it’s the best damn drink in the world.” — Jack Nicholson

NBA All-Star Game 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: Jack Nicholson attends the NBA All-Star Game 2018 at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

“I’ve only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.” — Sid Vicious

Johnny Rotten

NEW YORK – AUGUST 21: John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten poses for a photo during the after party for the Sex Pistols reunion show at Serena in the Chelsea Hotel August 21, 2003 in New York City. The Chelsea Hotel is the location where former Sex Pistols band member Sid Vicious stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen to death in 1978. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

“Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger

Digital X 2020/21 In Cologne

COLOGNE, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 07: Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks in his keynote about digital sustainability during the Digital X event on September 07, 2021 in Cologne, Germany. More than 200 national and international top speakers – experts, visionaries, politicians, entrepreneurs, opinion leaders and critical voices – take part to discuss in two days of a full digitisation programme. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

“Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Soldier Ike

9th July 1942: Dwight D Eisenhower (1890 – 1969), Commander of the American Forces in Europe, soon after his promotion to Lieutenant General. Eisenhower was later elected the 34th President of the United States. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

“I’m a beer man. I tried to drink whiskey and Scotch, but I don’t get it. It smells like a girl who didn’t shower and just splashed a lot of perfume on.” — Mads Mikkelsen

"Cannes 75" Anniversary Dinner - The 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 24: Mads Mikkelsen attends the “Cannes 75” Anniversary Dinner during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at on May 24, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

“I’m gaining weight the right way: I’m drinking beer.” — Johnny Damon

NASCAR Xfinity Series A-GAME 200

DOVER, DELAWARE – APRIL 30: Former MLB Player Johnny Damon gives the command to start engine prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series A-GAME 200 at Dover Motor Speedway on April 30, 2022 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


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Marija was born and raised in Illinois, but moved to Florida in 2018. She loves dogs, kayaking, concerts, beachin', checking out new restaurants & is always planning her next vacation. Follow her on Instagram @marija127