First Brewery opens in Hendry County

(Caloosa Belle Danika J. Hopper) The LaBelle Brewing Company is the first brewery to open in Hendry County.

LaBelle Brewing Company celebrated its Grand Opening on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. This microbrewery is the first of its kind in Hendry County, serving a wide range of beer that has been crafted in house, by brewmaster Corey Purcell. The place was filled with locals, and had a few tourists, as the friendly staff greeted everyone and explained the menus.

While Madison Humphries was tending bar, she said that choosing a favorite beer would be just too hard. “Really, it depends on a person’s preference,” she said, “But the Cowboy Way IPA is definitely at the top of the list, followed maybe by the Courthouse Cream Ale, and a close third, Belle of the Barn blonde ale.”

Daegan Veal, one of the Brewery’s first and repeat customers, was greeted warmly by Humphries as he sat down at the bar and ordered a flight of beers, during the Grand Opening. “Yeah, I’ve tried them all, except Belle of the Barn.” he said with a huge grin, “They’re all great!”

The building design was a collaboration between Naples-based MHK Architecture & LaBelle company RockTide Construction. The brewery is absolutely gorgeous. Upon entering, guests are greeted with a stunning slice of 100-year-old cypress root displayed along the bar, an open area complete with cozy lounging areas, inviting dining room full of of nooks, covered patio aside a small picturesque pond.

(Caloosa Belle/Danika J. Hopper) The slice of 100-year-old cypress root in the entry way of LaBelle Brewing Company.

Seated on the patio were Mike, Sallie, and Michael Harndt, who were enjoying the food displayed in front of them was the Farmer’s Market Panini and Crab Cake Salad, “It’s all delicious, well done,” said Sallie.

“We wanted to provide a nice venue that can serve as a living room and back porch for the people of LaBelle — a place where you can hang out with your friends, and it feels like home. Most breweries are in industrial zones. LaBelle Brewing Company will be a comfortable, homey place with games, good music, good beer and good company,” says owner, Daniel Peregrin. There is also an upstairs balcony that can be booked for private events. The event space will be available in 2020.

LaBelle Brewing Co. is located at 670 West Hickpochee Avenue, LaBelle, Florida. The brewery is now open for regular hours of operation: Tuesday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8pm. For more information, visit them online at LaBelleBrewingCo.com.

(Caloosa Belle/Danika J Hopper)Mike, Sallie, and Michael Hardnt enjoying the food at LaBelle Brewing Company’s Grand Opening.
(Caloosa Belle/Danika J. Hopper) A Flight of Beers, at the LaBelle Brewing Company’s bar.

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