Since opening its current home in St. Pete Beach in 2016, Mastry’s Brewing Company has poured beer from more than 15 taps, has launched distribution for its five mainstay beers, and is now looking to expand. It’s doing so in a community-minded way: Mastry’s new headquarters will open in Pinellas Park not simply as a brewery location, but as the anchor for a new mixed-use development contributing to the growth of Pinellas Park’s culinary, art, and entertainment scenes.
“There are a lot of mixed components that are going into [the project], and we ultimately believe those mixed components, and working with our community supporters, is really going to be the key to success,” Mastry’s founder and CEO Matthew Dahm told What Now on Friday. “Our focus is on the community because, at the end of the day, without it, there’s really no reason for craft beer.”
Coming in at about 5,000 square feet, the new space is double the size of the St. Pete Beach location, and—as Dahm told the Tampa Bay Business Journal—it will have five times the production capacity. The fully developed site will include plenty of seating, a stage, space for a coffee roaster or pastry shop, studio rooms for local artists, and potential further space for food trucks to gather.
“If you go out to Portland, Chicago, or D.C., you see these open-forum markets in old industrial warehouses. It’s that kind of concept, but with Mastry’s Brewing Company as the anchor,” Dahm said.
Is there anything like an opening timeline yet? asked What Now.
“I would like to think we’ll get a shovel in the ground early next year,” said Dahm. “With an opening at the end 2024, or early 2025.”
In the meantime, Dahm adds, head over to the tasting room at 7701 Blind Pass Rd in St. Pete Beach and check out Mastry’s selection of beers. Core brews include the MADE Coffee Porter, the Breezy Blonde Ale, and a classic Hefeweizen. You can also follow @mastrysbrewingco on Instagram