Pair O’ Dice Brewing Co., Clearwater’s first production microbrewery, was founded on October 31, 2013. Since then, husband and wife team, Ken and Julia Rosenthal, have won five Best Florida Beer Championship medals. The key to their success — outside of meticulous brewing practices — is taking advantage of Florida’s native flora. Their newest year-round beer, Lucky Lucy Strawberry Blonde, is brewed with Plant City strawberries and the Clearwater Honey Cream is brewed with Florida orange blossom honey. Their love of hops and their pilgrimages to the west coast has led them to craft award winning IPAs as well. The name, Pair O’ Dice, is a play on the word “paradise” and it‘s how these native Floridians pay homage to their home state of Florida.
Pair O’ Dice Brewing Co. is situated in a 9,000 sq. ft. warehouse in the Regent Commerce Center on 118th Avenue N in Clearwater, FL. We have a Premier Stainless 15 barrel brewhouse with four 30 barrel fermentors and a two head Wild Goose canning line that allows us to produce up to 30 cans per minute. Quality is a major priority and as such rigorous quality control practices have been put in place including a QA laboratory.
There is a 750 sq. ft. tasting room with a large observation window that looks out into the brewery where more seating and games are available for patrons to enjoy. With 18 beers on tap there is always a delicious selection of Pair O’ Dice brews to sample.
A LITTLE HISTORY
Their passion for brewing started in 2003 when they both worked for Anheuser-Busch breweries; Julia on the operations side and Ken on the brewhouse side. While Julia kept the brewery running efficiently, Ken was supervising the 10,000,000 barrel/year brewhouse and attending the Brewmaster’s taste panel learning how to properly taste and quality control beer.
They both moved out of the brewings industry and into engineering finding themselves living in Austin, TX where the local craft beer scene was just starting to rumble. The brewing bug followed them though and as avid homebrewers they immersed themselves in the brewing sciences and perfected their own recipes. They would travel across the country to sample beers from their favorite breweries fresh from the source. Inspired by the fresh, aromatic ales from their travels to the West Coast coupled with their rigorous training at Anheuser-Busch, the two focused on quality and consistency from the start. It didn’t take long for them to decide it was time to return to brewing industry, but this time on their own terms.
In 2011, the pair moved back home to Clearwater with the ultimate goal of building their “paradise.” Their technical understanding of the brewing process and ingredients allowing them to elegantly craft each brew. They bring a passion for craft brewing and pursuit of perfection to Pair O’ Dice Brewing beers; they are Florida inspired and always of the highest quality.
Pair O’ Dice Brewing Co. beer can be found in their taproom or at select retailers and restaurants throughout Tampa Bay. Learn more about Pair O’ Dice Brewing on their social media profiles and locate where to #GetAPair using the Beer Finder.