When Mike and Sandra Krail saw that the Bradenton brewing scene was hoppin’, they decided to get in on the game.
The Krails are in the process of opening the Good Liquid Brewing Co. at 4824 14th. St. W., inside of the shopping center anchored by Grand Buffet Chinese restaurant and fast-casual Mexican chain Fuzzy’s Tacos. If all goes well with construction, they hope to open in late October, complete with an outdoor beer garden in front of the brewery.
Mike Krail, 41, has been home brewing since he was 18. He brewed on and off at home for 20 years before he decided to go to school for it at the American Brewers Guild. After graduating three years ago, he was a partner in developing Legal Remedy Brewing, located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. At the end of last year, the Krails decided they wanted to get closer to the beach.
“We’re beach people so we were like, ‘Maybe it’s time to move to the beach so we don’t have to keep going to Mexico,’ ” Mike Krail said. “And the beaches here are very similar to Mexico’s.”
The Krails were surprised when their South Carolina home sold in three days. The couple, whose children are both grown, packed everything and moved to Florida.
The Krails looked around Bradenton for a potential brewery site for a few months. Mike Krail said his brother-in-law, Steve Horn, who works for Ian Black Real Estate, led them to the roughly 5,200-square-foot space on 14th Street West. The property is owned by RH Holdings Bradenton LLC, a New Jersey-based company that bought the shopping center for $2.1 million three and a half years ago.
The Krails will use the brewery version of the Picobrew system, the Zymatic, which Mike Krail described as “a Keurig for beer.” Eventually they hope to share their beer with people across the U.S. via the kitchen-counter Picobrew system. For more information about Picobrew, visit picobrew.com.
At Legal Remedy, the Krails’ creative flair came out in the brewery’s beers. A Krispy Kreme stout, a peanut butter and Captain Crunch beer and a chocolate cake beer are just a few flavors the Krails have successfully experimented with. All told, Mike Krail estimated he brewed more than 80 different beers by the time his two-year tenure with Legal Remedy ended.
Sandra Krail, 40, used to be a nurse and employs her experience in a doctor’s lab in the Good Liquid lab, where she will develop beer and coffee flavors.
Though beer is the Krails’ main thrust, they also recently purchased a coffee roaster, which they’ll use for roasting coffee to sell and to infuse beer. Mike Krail said they also plan to do packaged goods, canning and bottling, and bombers and growlers. Eventually, they hope to open Good Liquid Cidery and also venture into homemade sodas and wine making.
The landlords agreed to four beer festivals per year in the shopping center parking lot, Mike Krail said, and he plans to book live music frequently at Good Liquid.
The more breweries in Bradenton, the better.
Matt Cornelius, Darwin Brewing Co. owner and general manager
For now, the Krails don’t plan to serve food because of the bevy of food options available immediately around them. They also want to invite local food trucks to park behind the brewery. The Krails didn’t install a kitchen in the brewery, though they’re not opposed to serving food in the future.
A few months ago, the Krails stopped in to 3 Keys Brewing and Eatery. Owner Jeff Douglas said he was happy to welcome them into Bradenton’s brewery business family.
“I call Matt (Cornelius, owner and general manager of Darwin Brewing Co.) all the time and the guys at Calusa (Brewing) help me out all the time,” Douglas said. “I’m a brewpub, so I compete more against Evie’s and Gecko’s and Applebee’s than I do with other breweries.”
Cornelius has a similar view of Bradenton’s beer culture and he always encourages additions to Bradenton’s brewery scene.
“The more breweries in Bradenton, the better,” Cornelius said.