The Mission

We have a simple mission at Proof Brewing Company. Create a business the community is proud of and believes in. This is achieved through producing world class beer, creating quality jobs that generate a stronger local economy, and lifetime customer experiences. We are approaching our third move and expansion, and continuing to reinvest in our community at 1320 South Monroe Street. This investment will result in creating an estimated 20 new jobs over the next two years, a few of which have already been filled. An investment we believe in!

For Proof, when it comes to brewing—growth equals greater quality. One of the highlights of our new facility is the addition of laboratory infrastructure. We are investing in lab equipment, technology, and efficiency for quality control and quality analysis. This will expand our brewing process to enhance consistency and stability through repeatability. We have acquired larger tanks to grow our fermentation capacity.  The largest tank will be 100 barrels, or 24,800 beers! The facility is uniquely designed for continued expansion and investment. As demand increases, we can add additional fermenters and acquire a larger brewhouse. We are committed to producing a higher quality product then we have ever achieved!

The beloved beer garden and tasting room, will continue at our new facility but with a larger, improved atmosphere. Each element has been hand designed by owners Byron and Angela Burroughs with careful thought and meticulous process. One addition to the main tasting room, will be a full-service bar providing cocktails in addition to beer. The outdoor beer garden will feature an all-weather covered patio area with seating and projection, including built in gas heaters and fans. The new facility will also feature an on-site restaurant called Proper. Food will be available during tasting room hours ranging from tasty small bites to delicious plates. Finally, Proof will also feature a beautiful event space for rentals with its own private bar and private beer garden.

We are so excited to announce our grand opening within the next couple weeks. We currently have a projected opening of late January. The team at Proof Brewing is devoted to our community and continuing to reinvest. The future is bright for Tallahassee and we can’t wait to share our dream with you in our new forever home.

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The Final Countdown

So much has happened since the last update! The construction timeline is still on schedule, and the project is on track to have the facility opened toward the end of January 2019. It’s officially less than three months from opening! Progress continues from demolition to construction, and it is finally shifting towards the final phase. Installation of major equipment like HVAC, electrical paneling, coolers, and more is proceeding.

The new grain silo has arrived, and you can’t miss it, at over thirty feet tall! In fact, you can make out the silhouette below looking South from the 22nd floor of the downtown state capital building. The brewery floors have been purposed and sealed— a special floor that prevents puddles and allows for even drainage. Electric, gas, and water are all within days of turning on. The large distribution cooler for kegs is set up and is ready to turn on. It’s over three times the size of our current distro cooler providing us with over 18,000 cubic feet of cold storage! December is going to be a busy month for us as we start to break down tanks at our current brewery and move them over to 1320. The brewhouse and fermenters will start to move during that first week. If you’re in the area, you may see some shiny tanks moving down the road!

But what about the tasting room? All the walls are up throughout the building and are ready for paint. The bar wall has started to take shape adjacent to the gift shop where you can access the brewery for tours. The framework for the bar windows to see into the brewery are ready for glass to be inserted. Heading outside you're greeted by the large covered outdoor space. This enclosure will contain gas heaters for the winter and fans for the summer. From the covered space, you see the outline for the beer garden as the drainage is being installed to make way for the turf. Walking into the event space you see the bar that’s been framed. Behind the bar is a large piece of glass to see into the brewery operations. Next, the full audio/video will be installed that can be used for rentals. Immediately through the roll up door is the private beer garden, an amenity included with renting the space. Proper, the onsite kitchen, next to the event space and main beer garden, is starting to finalize and will soon be ready to receive equipment. The food menu is shaping up as well. There will be around ten main courses with additional sides and bar-food style snacks. It's taken a lot to get here, and there's still a long road ahead. We can't wait to open up the doors and welcome you to our new home. Be sure to check back during December to get updates on moving and more!

Project Progress

We are so excited to share an update on the construction of our new brewery at 1320 South Monroe. We still anticipate a January 2019 opening at the new facility. If you haven’t already, we encourage you to drive by the building and look at the progress that has been made. On any given day you may see dozens of trucks and hardworking construction personnel.

So, what's been happening, you ask? We have dug up and laid floor drains and plumbing for the brewery and tasting room.  Every surface, inside and out, is being painted, breathing new life into the 70-year-old building. Concrete trucks have poured the slabs for the brewer's office and lab, the event space, and kitchen, and the outside covered beer garden. The skeleton frame of the walls has started to take shape, which helps provide the perspectives of the layout and dimensions of the rooms. The HVAC system is being installed, from recessed anchors in the tasting room ceiling over 20 feet high. From within the walls, electrical conduit is starting to snake its way throughout the building. To think, in the not so distant future, once powered— these conduits will light the future of craft beer in Florida.

In the next couple of months, we'll be moving all of the brewery operations to the new facility. Thank you, Tallahassee, (and beyond!) for your continued support. Thank you for continuing to grab that six-pack on the way home after work, thank you for standing in line to get a limited release beer, and thank you for ordering a pint at your favorite local bar or restaurant. It all makes this project happen! Cheers to you!

Beer For the Future

We’re excited to share renderings of our new location at 1320 South Monroe. These renderings will give you a vision of what’s to come in the near future. How exciting is it to finally see the vision transpiring? You can see the grain silos, front entrance, and the beer garden. We’ll be opening by January of 2019.

Have you driven by the new location? Demolition is still underway. Floor drains for the building and brewery have been dug up and will soon be filled in. Walls have been blown out to add lighting and windows. Progress is being made! Keep checking back and we’ll continue to update you on more news and information.

-Proof Team

Born On Local

David Kant-Rauch

David Kant-Rauch

When I graduated from Rickards High School in 2007, I never thought I would end up back in Tallahassee. I was 18 years old and eager to leave. I thought that if I could only live in New York or San Francisco, I would lead a more interesting life. What I didn't realize at the time is that I was surrounded by a small but passionate community and that a decade later I would be helping lay the groundwork for Tallahassee's biggest brewery to expand for the second time.

When I travel around the state pouring at beer festivals, I find many people that have never been to Tallahassee or have any idea of what our city is like. The transient nature of this town has played into the idea that Tallahassee is a temporary space. People come for a degree, a session and then move on. But this is changing.

When I moved back in 2012, I was amazed at how much the city was growing. I saw buildings and places being built and people choosing to stay here and do something awesome. Many of the Blueprint 2000 projects that were talked about for years were finally coming to fruition. Initiatives like the Knight Creative Communities Institute and others have brought us programs like #IHeartTally, farmers markets, and festivals. These campaigns promote the natural beauty and outdoor activities of our area. Some of my personal favorites include the new parks and trail extensions. Visit Tallahassee has been a beacon for tourism that showcases the many locally-owned businesses and organizations that our community has to offer.

When I first heard that someone was trying to open a microbrewery in Tallahassee and on Tennessee Street of all places, I laughed. That changed when I walked in the door at Proof. I saw passion, excitement and an attitude of "build it, and they will come." I knew right then that this was something I wanted to be a part of.

For many years Florida was considered a beer wasteland. Restrictive laws had made us one of the worst states for selling beer. When the laws loosened in the 90s, Florida entrepreneurs started paving the way for local craft breweries. My first beer was a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and I loved it. At that time, most good beers were coming from the West coast. My first Florida beer was from Cigar City Brewing in Tampa. I was blown away that a beer so good could come from my state.

Arin Brown & David Kant-Rauch at Best Florida Beer Championship

Arin Brown & David Kant-Rauch at Best Florida Beer Championship

When I started with Proof, I worked in the liquor store, formerly called Liquor Loft. At the time there were very few Florida beers on the shelves. The Florida beer we did have always sold out. Tallahassee was thirsty for craft beer.

From the beginning of our brewing operation, we have been in a constant state of growth. When I started helping in the brewery, washing kegs and mopping floors, there was only one production employee. Over the years I worked my way up to the position of Lead Brewer and now help oversee a production staff of ten. With our expansion, we will help to generate an estimated 102 jobs in the community over the next few years. It has been incredible to be a part of a growing company. The staff here are some of the most dedicated and passionate people I’ve ever worked with.

Breweries have been shown to be an economic and community catalysts for growth. The Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) has estimated that we will have a $23 million total economic impact on our community. Proof has contributed $60,000 in charitable contributions in the last two years. Additionally, we are revitalizing a seventy-year-old building on the South side of town. I’m excited to work for a company that is engaged in this community. The city in which I grew up.

Brewers visiting the new building under construction.

Brewers visiting the new building under construction.

It's amazing to go grocery shopping or eat at a restaurant and see a beer I brewed being enjoyed. I am proud of everything we have accomplished and happy that I am able to do this in the city I love. Our team has won many awards over the years, this year we placed #1 best beer and #1 best brewery at the annual Hunaphu’s Day. It’s considered by many in the craft beer scene to be one of the best beer festivals in the world. We recently attended our first international beer festival in Madrid, Spain. I’m deeply humbled to help put Tallahassee on the craft beer map and help us become an internationally recognized brewery. This community, which has been here for years, has embraced us and many other local businesses and is helping to make Tallahassee the city it should be.

Great things can happen anywhere when dedicated people work together.

-David Kant-Rauch (Lead Brewer at Proof Brewing)

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RENOVATION HAS BEGUN

We are so excited to share with you that demolition has begun in our future home at 1320 South Monroe Street. The support and encouragement we’ve received from our community about the news of our expansion has been incredible. It’ll be here before we know it. The team has entered the excitement phase as all the final details are getting plugged in! From hand sinks to draft lines to lighting—every detail is getting hammered out. For now, we're continuing with business as usual at our current location at 644 McDonnell Drive. In fact, we just celebrated our Anniversary during American Craft Beer Week. Our bottle release of Bourbon Barrel Aged Glass Emperor and its varietals was a success! When we move to 1320 South Monroe, we'll announce it on all social media outlets. We’re expecting to be open no later than January of 2019.

You may have driven by the building and started to see trucks making deliveries outside. We've already begun receiving new equipment. Two brand new, shiny sixty-barrel fermenters have arrived in preparation for our expansion. Sixty barrels fermenters are the largest size we currently have in-house. We’ll be getting more tanks in the future, and they'll be even bigger! Arin, our Head Brewer, has worked many long days sourcing all the necessary equipment for the brewery. As crazy as it sounds, although the brewery is moving into a location over three times the size, every square inch is getting positioned with something. It's a meticulous process, but we know Arin can get the job done! The new space will allow us to take on several fun new projects— from seasonal and year-round cans to more barrel aged beers. We have even more exciting projects that we can't announce just yet. 😉 Be sure to keep checking back for more news and construction updates.
-Proof Team