How We Got Started

Florida has lagged behind the rest of the nation in producing local, craft beer.  Long seen as the province of the north east and west, craft beer has made a huge impact on beer sales nationally.  We wanted to see Florida rise up amongst the ranks of quality craft beer producing states and took it upon ourselves to help see that happen.

Aaron Libera and Gary Holmes decided to open a homebrew shop within the walls of Theo Hollerbach’s Magnolia Square Market in 2011 with his blessing and help with business savvy.  From there we took it to another level with Sanford Homebrew Shop in downtown Sanford, where we could watch and help influence the burgeoning craft beer production industry grow.  In doing so we learned many things about the state of beer in Florida and the problems that arose in the first waves of new breweries opening.

Our Facility

Community Brewhouse is currently using it’s pilot system onsite. Our objective is to make small batch artisan beers that feature classic styles, new ingredients, and new ideas. We will have a 5 bbl system offsite later in 2022 that will be available for small contract and custom brews as well as making some of our more popular in house beers!

Who We Are

The team is comprised of prominent figures within the brewing community to include: Aaron Libera who is one of only 63 Advanced Cicerones, previous head brewer at JW Marriott, and a BJCP certified judge; Gary Holmes who is also a BJCP certified judge and was the bar manager at The Willow Tree Cafe, one of the largest production bars in the South East; Robré “Rob” Shash, long time brewer, applied anthropologist, and experienced business manager.

Open Door to New Brewers

Beer and Brewing Education

Taproom Hours and Location

Sun – 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Mon – 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Tue – 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wed – 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Thu – 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Fri – 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sat – 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM


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