I am disappointed to announce that, at least in my opinion, the most influential brewer in the Tampa Bay area, Greg Rapp, has passed due to prostate cancer. Greg has been fighting cancer for the last three years.
If you've ever been to Tampa, Rapp Brewing has been my number one choice brewery for people to visit. Greg started the gose trend in florida (possibly in the US) and won national awards for his classic style interpretation. More than that he was a feeder brewery for aspiring brewery owners. At least four of his employees have gone on to start their own breweries. He did it all on a 2bbl, 4 vessel, blichmann system and still managed to have 20+ taps in rotation every day. He fermented in plastic conicals that he rolled into ferm chambers. It was very basic brewing, but the beer was still fantastic. He focused on beers he loved, mainly German beers, and didn't give in to pressure to create stupid gimmick beers. The beers are balanced, well crafted, and still taste like beer. Greg was extremely giving to the brewing community. He always had a smile on his face and a beer in his hand. He will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace, Greg Rapp. Prost.