The breweries 15-barrel brewhouse and 30-barrel fermenting tanks are looked after by some heavy hitters: head brewer Joe Pierce who spent seven years with Milwaukee Brewing Co. in Wisconsin, and assistant brewer Rob Harriage who got his wings at the well-loved Cigar City Brewing in Tampa. They keep the core beers brewing, and let their imagination soar with their seasonal one-offs. Eventually, the brewery plans to begin canning their brews, but for now, they are focusing on the craft and keeping their regulars and visiting craft beer aficionados happy.
In order to provide a little diversity to their guest, and show a little love to their fellow craft beer brewers, Lakeland Brewing Co. aims to feature a brew or two from a guest brewery alongside their mainstays and seasonal offerings.
Lakeland Brewing Co. and its taproom, The Old School Annex, can’t help but be cool when you consider the property’s previous purpose was a skate park known as the Old School Compound. The tap room’s title was partly inspired by the location’s previous title, Lakeland Brewing Co.’s interpretation is a little different. You see, “Old” pays homage to the building’s rich and slightly unusual past, and “School” refers to their goal of educating about beer and spreading the flavor of great brews to locals and visitors alike.
In addition to the ambiance provide by the Old School Annex and its lovely patio, guest can treat themselves to a more secluded sipping at the back of the building in what is being called the beer garden. Lakeland Brewing Co. also plans to host live entertainment, and they’ve already got the stage picked out. The deck adjacent to their loading dock which houses their brand new 50,000 pound silo, has been dubbed the “Silo Stage” and will be where the magic happens.
Building Lakeland Brewing Company was a labor of love; sometimes frustrating, often exhausting, but worth every drop of sweat and tear of joy. We invite you to join us in our onsite taproom. Kick back, relax, and surround yourself with others seeking refuge from our fast-paced world. Make a new friend, catch up with old ones; or just peacefully stare at beautiful Lake Mirror and enjoy the downtown Lakeland skyline.