In The Loop Brewing Company, at 3338 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., is hoping a new mural covering an entire wall will catch the eyes of the thousands of motorists who pass by the brewery on a nearly daily basis. The colorful artwork was created by Vanessa and Juan Parra, of Capco LLC, and their assistants, Ashley Cantera and Cassie Seckman. Peter Abreut, of the brewery, said the stars in the mural are part of the company’s logo, and the hops are used in making beer — something they hold close to their heart.
In the Loop Brewing
Fred Chandler relishes a good musical challenge.
It is why he’s seemingly always working on the craft — whether it be playing in solo and band shows, tinkering with a new instrument, or laying down new tracks in a recording studio.
Sometimes, when he wakes up, he has locked, bloody fingers and a hoarse voice — following a busy week of performances.
His creativity, however, is never the worse for wear.
“If my imagination gets burnt out, then you may as well just throw me to the coroner, because, that’s the most enduring part,” Chandler said.
Music means just about everything to the 58-year-old Lutz resident.
He’s been playing guitar and writing songs for more than 40 years, dating back to when he was living in Bennington, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York.
And, he has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
“I’ll probably be like Tiny Tim — die twice doing your show,” Chandler jokingly says, referencing the multiple heart attacks the well-known ukulele player suffered during live performances that led to his passing in 1996.
Since moving to Florida 17 years ago, Chandler has become a familiar name in the local music scene— primarily as a rock-and-roll guitar player who’s also gained popularity as a violinist.
He regularly performs at venues all throughout Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, such as Ukulele Brand’s, Craft Life Brewing, Whiskey Willy’s and In the Loop Brewing.
He also hosts a weekly open mic night each Wednesday at Uncle Fats 2, in Tampa.
Over the years, he has opened for such acts as Foreigner, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Blue Oyster Cult, Phish, and many others.
Career highlights include working on stage with Buddy Cage, the pedal-steel player for the country rock band New Riders of the Purple Sage; playing violin for the Woodstock 25th Reunion in New York’s Catskill Mountains; and, performing on stage at Nashville’s famous 3rd & Lindsley venue.
Now a member of two bands — Magnum Opus and The Band 4X — Chandler can be seen at venues throughout the greater Tampa Bay area, including Jannus Live and Skipper’s Smokehouse. And, they play everywhere in between Englewood and Crystal River.
Chandler’s groups perform a wide range of original tunes, as well as covers of hit classic and alternative rock songs, plus some modern pop.
Basically, their repertoire includes everything from Kansas to Queen to 21 Pilots.
Often, he performs five or six gigs a week, and no two shows are alike, Chandler said.
He said he tries to put a twist on each performance, with his improvisational skills and deep catalog of songs.
“I like to keep it fresh. That’s why I constantly learn new material,” the musician explained. “I’m not one to just learn a solo from a record and play it at you. I want to play to you. I want you to go, ‘Wow, he was totally on that night. He had something going on.’ The people that come to see our shows get that because they know we’re all just going to kind of play from the hip, from the heart a bit and change it up,” he said.
Chandler’s knack for learning a wide array of instruments has also made him a local fixture.
In fact, it takes two hands to list them all —viola, cello, mandolin, dobro, lap steel, banjo, bass, ukulele and most recently, the saxophone.
“If I own it, I can play it, at least to some degree,” Chandler said.
“String instruments are fast for me because I understand the mechanism. I understand the geometry that goes along with them,” he explained. “Every stringed instrument is a hall of mirrors because of the way they’re tuned.”
Chandler also takes pride in his lyrics and songwriting. His subject matter spans everything from love to nature.
“I really want them to say something,” Chandler said of the songs he composes. “I don’t just want to jot down something, just because the music’s good. If I’m going to put lyrics, then it’s got to be dead on.”
Chandler, curiously, draws much of his musical inspiration from his Maltese dog, Olivia Marie, whom he describes as “the best listener in the world.”
He put it this way: “She doesn’t care if it’s disco or it’s a pop tune or if it’s country, she just likes whatever I’m doing. I love that.”
Meanwhile, Chandler’s next big performance is happening later this month.
On Sept. 29, The Band 4X will compete in the Battle of the Bands at Harley Davidson New Port Richey.
It was one of just six bands to earn an invitation. The winner goes on to perform at the Cotee River Bike Fest in October.
For information on Chandler’s music and future shows, visit FredChandlerMusic.com.
Published September 19, 2018
Penny Foote felt the need to help families — after the largest sinkhole in Pasco County history opened July 14 on Ocean Pines Drive in Land O’ Lakes.
“When I saw the two homes go in, my heart hit the floor,” Foote said. “I knew we had to do something and try to pull people together because it could’ve happened to anybody, even me.”
That same day, Foote created the Lake Padgett Families Sinkhole Relief Facebook page.
Through the group page, which now totals more than 2,200 members, Foote has coordinated the delivery of donations and supplies to displaced sinkhole families, and adjacent properties on Ocean Pines Drive and Canal Place.
Foote, who has partnered with United Way of Pasco and Pasco County Human Services, has met individually with each of the sinkhole victims, to inquire about various essentials — everything from food and clothing, to baby supplies and furniture.
Then, she posted to the Facebook page, soliciting needed items from group members and local businesses.
“Somebody comes and just brings it,” Foote said. “The community’s just been donating tons and tons of stuff, and the families have been at my house multiple times getting everything they want.”
Besides donations, Foote also rallied numerous volunteers to assist displaced families in moving belongings from their condemned homes.
Including Land O’ Lakes residents, Footed said people from Tampa, Wesley Chapel and Odessa have all offered assistance, in some form or another.
The widespread community support, is “absolutely incredible,” she noted.
“There have been a lot of people pulling for them,” Foote said. “I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”
Now, Foote, with the help of Tampa-based realtor Danielle Sullivan, has organized an upcoming fundraiser benefiting families affected by the sinkhole.
The Lake Padgett Estates Sinkhole Family Day Fundraiser will be held Aug. 26, from noon to 5 p.m., at the Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes.
Besides numerous food trucks and local vendors, the event will feature a live band, yard sale, raffle and silent auction, and kid-friendly entertainment, such as a bounce house and face painting.
Foote hopes to raise at least $20,000. All of the proceeds will go to sinkhole victims shortly after the event.
It’s not the only sinkhole fundraiser going on this weekend.
The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Skipper’s Smokehouse for a benefit concert on Aug. 27. The show, beginning at 5 p.m., will feature performances by several local acts, including, Stonegrey, Peace of Woodstock, Solar Exposure, and 4X.
And, other fundraisers have been held the past several weeks, including events hosted by Plantation Palms Golf & Country Club, Beef O’ Brady’s of Sunlake and In The Loop Brewing.
Foote, who runs a child day care business, lives about 1.5 miles from the actual sinkhole site.
She remains heartbroken by the sinkhole victims’ personal stories in the aftermath of the catastrophic event.
“These families are still struggling today, just like they were on Day 1. It’s still very difficult and very hard for them,” Foote said.
One of those affected is 77-year-old Emily Geldbaugh.
The retiree’s home was one of seven that’s been condemned, meeting the criteria for demolition.
The loss of her house, which she has owned for 14 years, was tough to grasp.
“It was shocking, and of course, sort of painful at the same time,” Geldbaugh said. “I felt pretty sad about it.”
Since the condemnation, Geldbaugh has been staying with her son’s family while she searches for an affordable rental home.
She noted the catastrophic event could have been worse.
“I’m just glad everybody got out, because if it happened earlier I don’t think they would’ve,” she said. “(My house) could’ve fallen in, too, who knows? I’m lucky that it’s still standing.”
The efforts of Foote and others have not been lost on Geldbaugh during this difficult time.
She is “totally amazed” by the community outreach received over the past several weeks.
“There’s a lot of wonderful people out there, and a lot of them came to help me move,” Geldbaugh said. “I mean, there’s been donations and a lot of good is going to come from all that.”
She continued: “(Penny’s) a wonderful lady. I know she can’t do it alone, but she’s been real gracious, and she’s really caring about all these people and their problems, and I think that’s wonderful. You don’t have very many people in the world like that.”
Terence Doohen, another sinkhole victim, expressed similar sentiments.
The 44-year-old also is “floored” by Foote’s efforts and the amount of donations others have provided, specifically mentioning nonperishable food, bottled water and toiletries.
“In my mind, it restores the idea that there is humanity left,” Doohen said. “At the end of the day, when something like this happens, and you see good people doing thoughtful things, it really restores your perspective on humanity once again.”
He added: “It’s eye-opening, and it really is heartwarming to know that people care out there.”
Doohen, along with his wife and 10-year-old son, were displaced over two weeks ago, when the Pasco County Building Inspectors Office red-tagged their lake house property — which they had owned for about two years.
The family is currently staying at a neighbor’s home, until they find a suitable rental.
“It kind of stinks in a way because that was our little house on the lake. When we bought it a couple of years ago, we put a lot of money into it — new kitchen, new windows, everything,” Doohen explained.
Doohen said his family — along with others affected by the sinkhole — will never be able to recover the full value of their house and property.
“Once that hole opened up — even if you’re living within five houses and didn’t have the condemnation letter — the value of your property just got slapped in half,” Doohen said. “At the end of the day, everyone (affected) is going to be worse off; that’s the sad part about it.”
A month later, he still recalls witnessing the sinkhole develop as he got ready for work that Friday morning in mid-July.
“It starts out as a 20-by-20 little puddle, and then all of a sudden it just starts opening up like a big reservoir and starts chasing the house next to it, and then the one on the other side of it,” he said.
“My blood pressure started rising when it started eating at the road,” Doohen said.
Lake Padgett Estates Sinkhole Family Day Fundraiser
Where: Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes
When: Aug. 26, noon to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
Details: Food trucks, local vendors, live music, yard sale, raffle and silent auction, kid-friendly activities.
Build it Back Sinkhole Relief
Where: Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa
When: Aug. 27, at 5 p.m.
Cost: Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Details: Benefit concert featuring local bands Stonegrey, Peace of Woodstock, Solar Exposure, and 4X
Published August 23, 2017
Patrons of In the Loop Brewing will be able to quaff their favorite craft beers while enjoying live music on an outdoor deck on the shores of Lake Padgett.
Pasco County commissioners approved a request from the brewery’s owners to allow live music that previously had been banned. The hours of operation also were expanded to allow more flexibility for hosting special events, yoga classes and private parties.
In the Loop opened in 2016, at 3338 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in a restored two-story home. There is an on-site brewery, tap and tasting room. A beer garden, with a deck, overlooks Lake Padgett.
Co-owner Joe Traina has described the live music as acoustic guitar playing, similar to Jimmy Buffet’s style. Typically, live music would be on weekends, and would complement the relaxed atmosphere of In the Loop, said Traina, speaking at a hearing before the Pasco County Planning Commission in June.
The expanded hours, as approved by the county, would allow In the Loop to operate from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Live music would be allowed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Monday through Friday; and, from noon to 9 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday.
Owners have said they plan to schedule operating hours that are less than what is allowed.
The first live music event will be “Rhythm & Brews” on July 28 at 7 p.m., according to the brewery’s Facebook page.
For information, visit Facebook.com/InTheLoopBrewing.
Published July 19, 207
Owners of In the Loop Brewing want to expand the hours of operation and bring live music performances to their outdoor beer garden.
It’s about staying competitive in the local market and building on their success, they say.
Members of the Pasco County Planning Commission approved both requests at its June 7 meeting in New Port Richey.
The Pasco County Commission, which has the final word, is likely to consider the matter at its July 11 meeting in New Port Richey.
In the Loop opened in 2016 at 3338 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in a restored two-story home, with an on-site brewery, tap and tasting room. A landscaped beer garden, with a deck, overlooks Lake Padgett and its lakefront residences.
As approved by the planning commission, In the Loop could operate from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Live music would be allowed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Friday; and, from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Noise levels which currently apply to recorded music would remain the same, and also would apply to live music. Those levels are equivalent to conversational speech, background music or an air conditioner, according to comparative decibel charts.
“We want to be able to offer the same hours of other breweries,” said In the Loop co-owner Joe Traina.
The live music would be “acoustic guitar playing” – typically on weekends – that suits the relaxed atmosphere of In the Loop, he added.
“We want to be good neighbors,” Traina said.
County staff members had recommended an increase in operating hours, but not as many as the planning commission.
County staff recommended against live music.
No one spoke against the proposal at the June 7 public hearing.
In the Loop started with a friendship and a home-brewing hobby in a garage on Cherbourg Loop.
In 2016, Traina, Mark Pizzurro and Peter Abreut took the leap and opened their brewery.
Traina said they want In the Loop to be a catalyst for redevelopment in Land O’ Lakes, along U.S. 41.
“We want a nice, classy place like in Seminole Heights, in Tampa,” Traina said.
In the Loop is a destination on beer bus tours organized by Tampa Bay Brewing Tours, with headquarters on Florida Avenue in the Seminole Heights’ neighborhood.
Yoga classes are held every other Sunday in the beer garden.
Chambers of commerce and other organizations want to use the business for breakfasts, parties and special events, Traina said. Current operating hours can’t accommodate that, he said.
At present, In the Loop is closed on Monday and Tuesday. It opens at 4 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday, and, at noon on Sunday. Current closing times are 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Published June 14, 2017
In the Loop Brewing is ready for beer lovers to belly up to the bar.
The craft brewery, in a renovated two-story house, and an outdoor beer garden, along the shores of Lake Padgett, is the setting for the newest addition to the craft beer scene in Pasco County.
It is the dream-come-true for three friends who spent weekends in a garage on Cherbourg Loop, brewing beer that got kudos from friends.
Now, Mark Pizzurro, Peter Abreut and Joe Traina are inviting the neighborhood to share in the hoppy pleasures of craft brew at In the Loop, at 3338 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.
“It’s been a good, solid opening,” said Traina. “We’re meeting neighbors and making new friends.”
On a recent afternoon, Traina poured brews for first arrivals to In the Loop.
“It’s amazing and exciting to have a local place that harkens back to the old-fashioned bar,” said Steve Flom, who was visiting family in Land O’ Lakes. “Everybody wants a place like Cheers, where everybody knows your name. Joe knows our names.”
The journey from renovations to opening day took nearly two years of entanglements in bureaucratic red tape. Licenses and approvals to brew their own craft beer brands just arrived.
Within a month of so, five In the Loop brews will be on tap, with more to come. First arrivals will be an IPA, a vanilla espresso porter, a Vienna lager and a pale ale.
Pizzurro is the brewmeister. He served an internship at Big Storm Brewing in Odessa.
Abreut is a former firefighter who owns Crossfit En Fuego, located next door to In the Loop. He focuses on the brewery’s marketing.
Traina deals with sales, and they all handle bar duties.
For now, beers on tap include local and Florida-based brews such as Funky Buddha and Sunshine City IPA.
Looking for something different? Try a Swedish cider in a tall, cool glass.
But, the In the Loop brews aren’t the final touch for what the partners see as a slow, deliberate introduction to the neighborhood.
More is to come.
A staircase from the tasting room to the second floor eventually will open into a special events room.
Before that can happen, though, a second exit must be installed to meet county building and safety codes.
In the moment, however, guests can enjoy the bar, and a tasting room with dark concrete floors and a brick chimney. Old-style suitcases, cut in half, jut from a wall and serve as drink rests. Outside, the patio and a wooden deck roll out toward Lake Padgett, with peaceful views of the lapping waters.
Games of Jenga and corn hole are at the ready for friendly competitions.
“We want it to be a good time to kick back and relax,” said Traina.
Published November 23, 2016
Cooking home brewed beer started as a hobby five years ago, with three friends in Land O’ Lakes meeting up in a garage on Cherbourg Loop.
All anyone had to say was – “See you at the loop.”
And, the next few hours were devoted to brewing beer.
The compliments rolled in.
“We had a lot of people like our beers,” said Peter Abreut. “That made us think we could really start something.”
By spring, a garage hobby will become In the Loop Brewing with an on-site brewery, tap and tasting room, and nearly 7,000 square feet for an outdoor beer garden.
The brewery, tap and tasting room will open first, with the beer garden opening later on.
Abreut and partners, Mark Pizzurro and Joe Traina, are busy renovating a former residence at 3338 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard. The two-story house is next door to a building that houses Interior Elegance and Abreut’s gym, Crossfit En Fuego.
The upstairs can be rented for private parties or special events such as birthdays, weddings and office parties.
“We’re trying to keep the house as is,” Pizzurro said. “It has its own character.”
A shed on the property will be converted into the brewery.
An outdoor patio, decks, an inside/outside serving window and landscaping will complement the beer garden.
Noise will be kept at a minimum, Traina said, with low-level background music for the beer garden.
“It’s very community oriented,” he said. “That’s our goal.
Everything is coming into place.
In the Loop Brewing already has a fan base with nearly 900 likes on Facebook from beer enthusiasts who identify as “loopers.”
A Portland-based company is delivering brewing equipment. The Pasco County Commission, in January, approved the brewery’s beer and wine licenses. A federal license to brew beer is expected soon.
“I’m excited about this. This is a great day for Land O’ Lakes,” said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. “This is great for the area’s development. This is also tourism for the county if you think about it.”
Three years ago Big Storm Brewing, located in Odessa, was Pasco’s only craft brewery.
“For years you’d seen nothing of this kind of thing,” Traina said.
Pasco now is seeing a burst of new breweries.
The vacant ClassB screen-printing business in downtown Zephyrhills will soon open as Zephyrhills Brewing Co. Pasco County commissioners also approved a beer and wine license for Rebel Dog Brewing Co., in New Port Richey.
According to 2014 data from the Brewers Association, Florida ranked ninth nationally in numbers of craft breweries, with 111 locations. The state held the fifth spot in production at 1.1 million barrels of craft beer.
But, Traina said the trend for more breweries isn’t about competition, but camaraderie. “The whole culture of the (brewing) community is to be tight- knit,” he said. “It’s so diverse.”
Pizzurro is head brewer among the partners. In addition to home brewing, he served as an intern at Big Storm for about a year.
In the Loop’s beer selections so far include an IPA, American pale ale, a Vienna lager and farmhouse ale.
It is a true partnership, however.
Everyone can contribute on beer recipes.
Abreut is skilled in marketing; Traina in sales.
“We all bring something to the table,” Traina said.
And, they take pride in bringing a unique experience to Land O’ Lakes.
“It’s helping revitalize this area,” said Abreut. “That’s what we want to do.”
More information about In the Loop Brewing can be found on their Facebook page.
Published February 3, 2016
Recent rezoning applications suggest that Land O’ Lakes is on the radar for new development.
Potential projects on tap are a craft brewery, new retail and townhomes —all along a single stretch of Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, north of State Road 54.
Each project received a recommendation of approval on Jan. 13, from the Pasco County Planning Commission, a voluntary group that advises the Pasco County Commission, after reviewing recommendations from the county’s planning staff.
The Pasco County Commission is scheduled to consider the three proposals at its Jan. 26 meeting.
Representatives of Interior Elegance Inc., and In the Loop Brewing have applied for a beer and wine license at a building located at 3338 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.
County records show plans call for a 540-square-foot brewery, a 2,800-square-foot tap and tasting room, and an outdoor beer garden of nearly 6,800 square feet.
Just south of the proposed brewery, owners of E List Properties are proposing to build about 7,500 square feet of retail, and five townhomes with a boat dock fronting Lake Padgett.
That nearly two-acre site is at 3300 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., north of Stiverson Road.
Real estate broker Jim O’ Brien represented E List Properties at the planning commission meeting.
O’ Brien told planning commissioners that no decisions had been made yet on the type of retail the project would include.
After the meeting, O’ Brien said it is not surprising to see new interest in the Land O’ Lakes area based on residential development on U.S. 41, given the county’s new growth spurt. “It’s going to create more opportunities,” O’ Brien said. “People want to work where they live.”
He doesn’t anticipate a quick start to construction by E List, but he said, “Everything north of State Road 54 is booming.”
Brother Investments Inc., rounded out the three proposals, with a plan to build a contractor’s office, with storage, at 3228 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The zoning, if approved, would change from residential to commercial and light manufacturing.
In other rezoning requests in Land O’ Lakes, Imperial Buffet in the Village Lakes Shopping Center, off State Road 54, is seeking a beer and wine license. The restaurant opened Jan. 15 at the former location of Ichiban Buffet.
In another request, John D. Jones is seeking to rezone property at 7329 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., north of Gator Lane, from general commercial to commercial and light manufacturing. He proposes to remodel an existing building as a contractor’s office, with storage space.
Published January 20, 2016