Hurricane Irma: Local brewery halting beer, filling tanks for free with filtered water

Hurricane Irma: Local brewery halting beer, filling tanks for free with filtered water
Posted at 3:05 AM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-08 07:12:34-04

As hurricane Irma nears the state, breweries and other businesses across the bay area are working to support the community, offering free filtered water to whoever shows up and gets it.

Tanks at De Bine Brewing Company are about to hold a different kind of liquid.

"We'll fill all of these with fresh water," said Ben Nichols, the co-owner of De Bine Brewing Company.

He says those tanks will be filled with water until the threat is over, and there is no need for fresh water, they'll turn the water not used into beer later on.

"If you have the means to help out the community in a time of need then you should," said Nichols.

The idea came after seeing the devastation in Texas and the mad rush for water as Irma starting coming on the radar. The filled tanks hold about 4400 gallons of water, which in an emergency will serve hundreds of people.

Patty Figiel lives in Palm Harbor, just down the street and says she and her husband are still preparing.

"It's part of living in Florida unfortunately," said Figiel.

She says the idea of fresh water stored safely is comforting, especially if things get really bad.

"It gives people a place to go fill up when there may be no other places to get it. If the stores aren't open yet because of electricity being out and so forth," Figiel said.

Several other breweries and businesses in the area are offering to fill up growlers and containers with water.

This is a list of places ABC Action News has been made aware of, although there could be more out there:

De Bine Brewing Company - 993 Florida Avenue, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
Crooked Thumb - 555 10th Ave S, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Brew Bus - 4101 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603
Kozuba & Sons Distillery - 1960 5th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
Buddy Brew - 1605 W Snow Ave OR 2020 W Kennedy Blvd
Angry Chair Brewery - 6401 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
Stilthouse Brewery - 625 US-19 ALT, Palm Harbor, FL 34683
3 Daughters Brewery - 222 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
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