A look into Northeast Florida's popular craft brewing industry.
Pinglehead Brewing Company/Brewer's Pizza, Inc.
14B Blanding Blvd
Orange Park, FL 32073
Pizza and beer has been the staple of college students for decades. There is nothing more satisfying after a late night cram session than a cold one (or two) and a warm slice of your favorite pizza. Brewer’s Pizza started out as a small restaurant with only a handful of seats at the bar and a few booths.
“It’s really easy to make a pizza place work. Someone has to care and push it forward… I was [there] an hour before open and an hour after closing every day. While Bold City was basically the only place in town, it took a long time to get licensed. We first were a brew pub and eventually transitioned to a brewery over the course of 6 months.”
Troy Maas graduated college with a business degree, but that didn’t prepare him for the reality of running a business. Even with the knowledge he had from school, he felt like he had to start over and learn everything from scratch. Today, Brewer’s Pizza is the home base for Pinglehead Brewing. Their bar features many popular craft beers from other local breweries, along with their own. The brewers at Pinglehead boast that they only make “big beer.” On their website, they satirically explain how fans of commercialized light beers “probably won’t be able to appreciate” their strong and flavorful brews.
“If those awesome Superbowl beer commercials have convinced you that you “belong”, DON’T BOTHER LOOKING OUR WAY! Our craftsmen make BIG BEER, full of flavor with the most incredible ingredients available. We call it ‘Beer with Attitude!’ “
But beer isn’t the only thing they know how to make. At Brewer’s Pizza, they have a full menu featuring many mouth-watering entrées. The most popular item on the menu is their “Florida Smacker.” It’s Brewer’s own spin on a southern style pan pizza that will make your head spin with flavor. It may be square, but it is far from ordinary. The crunchy, beer infused dough is perfectly complimented with an array of high quality toppings of your choice. It’s worth stopping by just for a bite to eat, even if you’re not in the mood for a beer.
Keep up to date on Brewer's Pizza and Pinglehead on their websites!