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Local brewery taps into community garden

Posted at 10:33 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 22:33:52-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Point Ybel Brewing Company is tapping in to local ingredients.

“A part of what we do here is experiment,” said Jordan Weisberg, Owner, Point Ybel Brewing Company.

And two weeks ago, Jordan Weisberg and his good friend Arlo Simonds started collaborating.

“So I just came to him with the idea, that we could use purple potatoes and rosemary from the garden and we weren’t really sure how it was going to turn out and if the color was going to be achieved in the way we wanted it to be so we were pleasantly surprised on how it turned out,” said Alro Simonds, Garden Manager, Pine Manor Community Garden.

“Arlo and I are good bros, so Brose it was the right thing to do with that.” said Weisberg.

Another beer on draft that uses lemongrass from the garden is called Mind Your Manner. The duo plan to use mangos to create a New England IPA in the near future. They both value using local ingredients.

“I’ve always been an advocate for using local ingredients and real ingredients," said Weisberg.

“It’s critical in order to create an economy that’s going to work for this area you need to be supporting local businesses and local entities like this providing access to ingredients we can grow here in southwest Florida,” said Simonds.

Using ingreidents from Pine Manor Community Garden also raises awareness, "you are supporting a cause, you’re actually creating positive change in a neighborhood that needs it,” said Simonds.

Weisberg has also teamed up with Chocolattes to create a coffee infused beer called Death by Decaf.

For more on Point Ybel Brewing Company click here.