About 3rd Planet Brewing
3rd Planet Brewing is Niceville, FL’s first craft brewery and now has two locations creating a vibrant atmosphere in the community. 3rd Planet Brewing opened the “Launchpad” in April 2016 brewing 8 quality in-house taproom craft beers on a 2-barrel Ruby Street system. The goal was to serve great tasting craft beer in a cool taproom that the community supported. 3rd Planet Brewing focused on in-house sales, quality beer in a comfortable environment, and exceptional customer service.
The two original owners and founders Tim McCool and Jason Doster are military veterans and engineers. They decided that producing a quality product in a cool environment would result in natural growth leading to distribution. Another key decision was to utilize food trucks and create a “food-friendly” environment allowing the customers to bring in food too. At the time Niceville did not have an ordinance allowing food trucks, so the owners worked hand-in-hand with the city to establish a food truck ordinance prior to opening their 2nd location.
The 3rd Planet Brewing “Mothership” opened in 2018. The 2nd location started with a 15-barrel brew house and four 15-barrel fermenters. They added two 30-barrel fermenters in early 2019 and are adding a 3rd 30-barrel fermenter in December 2019. The support from the local community increased significantly after opening the 2nd location that propelled an increased taproom and distribution demand. The original 2-barrel brewery is used to release new beers at the Launchpad regularly. 3rd Planet Brewing gives back to the community that supports them and averages a charitable event monthly.
Brian Detweiler, our head brewer and new co-owner, joined us in late 2016 as a part-time brewer while still teaching high school and took over all brewing operations and recipes in the summer of 2017 when he joined us full-time propelling us into our new brew house, taproom and distribution. Francis Camosse was employee number 1 and now runs the Mothership taproom. He became the 4th owner in 2019.
3rd Planet Brewing’s yearly production increased significantly since 2016 resulting in 3rd Planet Brewing being named the 2018 14th fastest growing craft brewery in the USA by the Brewers Association. Additionally, 3rd Planet Brewing garnered local recognition being voted the 2018 and 2019 “Finest on the Emerald Coast Craft Brewery” and the 2019 “Finest on the Emerald Coast Best Beer selection” by local consumers from the Northwest Daily News. Most recently the Niceville, FL Chamber of Commerce named 3rd Planet Brewing as the 2019 Small Business of the Year. Their growth continues into 2020 with expected production estimated at 1,300 to 1,500 barrels.