The roots of Double Branch Artisanal Ale (DBAA) run deep in the history of Wesley Chapel, beginning with its name.
Double Branch, named after twin creeks that once flowed through the area, preceded what we now know as Wesley Chapel. It wasn’t until the postal service was established inside a Methodist chapel in the Wesley district, that the name Double Branch was lost.
But thanks to this local brewery, this historical name is no longer forgotten. “We wanted a name that calls back to our community,” said co-owner Ryan Clarke.
During prohibition, the Wesley Chapel area was a refuge for moonshiners. Nowadays, these brewers of old would be impressed with the lineup of 29 taps that DBAA offers. Guests can try entry-level craft beers, as well as drinks on the more experimental side, all of which are rotated throughout the year and handcrafted on site. This keeps things fresh, and allows guests to come back for another love-at-first-sip experience.
“We see what space needs to be filled on our list and we fill it. It’s what we have fun doing,” said Clarke, who has dreamed of owning a bar since he was very young.
DBAA is the only brewery in Tampa Bay to use dedicated laagering tanks, which provide the necessary space and temperature for their pilsners and other lagers. A crowd favorite, the “Grove Gold” pilsner, is named after Grove owner Mark Gold, and is crafted in these one-of-a kind tanks. The pilsner calls back to the essence of our area once again, with notes of citrus.
DBAA also bottles and distributes its beers farther into the community and throughout Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
Outside of what’s brewing in the back, the family friendly brewery offers just as much excitement in the dining room. There’s ample room for entertainment with sports TV and arcade games, complete with a dedicated scratch kitchen. A diverse, high-end menu is not your run-of-the-mill bar food — everything from the smoked brisket to sauces are homemade, boasts co-owner Travis Glenn.
“I grew to enjoy craft beer and I loved the environment, and now we are here. We’re welcoming, we’re open, we have a lot of options, and we really do have something for everyone,” said Clarke.
With strong ties to the community, DBAA is dedicated to giving back by supporting local charities throughout the month with day-long events. The brewhouse also celebrates with its guests holidays and special events, including its upcoming Oktoberfest from Sept. 17 through Oct. 3.
813-492-8800 • 5956 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
Published on 9/22/21