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After two years in the works, the Port St. Joe Brewing Company will hold its launch event on Aug. 16.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 at 09:40 AM.

Port St. Joe is known for many things, and soon, a brewing company will be the latest.

Port St. Joe Brewing Company, founded by Steve Wich, Bill Kennedy and Mike Cohoon, will release its first draft, White Sands Wheat, at a launch party to be held at the Haughty Heron at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 16.

The event will mark the first time the beer is available. After being exclusive to the Haughty Heron for two weeks the beer will be available in stores from Pensacola to Apalachicola.

The brewing company has been almost two years in the making.

Kennedy, who has a background in food and pharmaceuticals, was approached in 2012 by Cohoon, who ran the Chicago Brewing Company for many years before moving to Gulf County. The men then contacted Wich, who operates the Port Cottages, due to his background in sales.

“A brewing company was something I always wanted to see, I just didn’t have the expertise,” said Wich, who is president of the company.

Together the group spent six months creating a business plan and began seeking the required government approvals. After filing the paperwork to brew, the next step was a tricky one… Wich and his cohorts had to actually make the beer.

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