When co-founders Ryan Dowdle and Shane Mozur opened Tampa, Florida’s Angry Chair Brewing in late 2014, they hoped to establish easy-drinking styles as their core beers; now, with just more than a year under its belt, Angry Chair is known more for its stouts and sours.
For its first anniversary party in November, Angry Chair—named from a desire to escape from being stuck in a seat at work, rush hour, etc.—tested its recently acquired bottling line with a limited 750-mL release of big Debbrah, an oatmeal cream pie ale brewed with Mikkeller and Cigar City Brewing (both Dowdle and Angry Chair head brewer Ben Romano once worked for the Tampa mainstay). Dowdle says the next packaged brew will be customer favorite German Chocolate Cupcake Stout, a milk stout with vanilla beans, cacao and toasted coconut, which arrives in early January.
Though its clientele have clamored for beers such as German Chocolate Cupcake and The Awakening Coffee Milk Stout, it’s lower-ABV beers like 3 Little Birds—a Berliner weisse with guava, passionfruit and guanabana (also known as paw paw fruit)—that remain a key part of Angry Chair’s portfolio.
“We want to concentrate more on full-flavored, sessionable beers,” Dowdle says.
As an integral part of its Seminole Heights neighborhood, the brewery encourages both patrons and staff to bike to the tasting room; Dowdle says advocating two-wheeled transport stems from a lack of abundant parking and a cycle-oriented mindset already present in the community.
Mozur enjoys outdoor activities in his limited spare time (he still works for a financial firm as well as Angry Chair). He says he’s an avid hiker who tries to get to the Appalachians once a year, adding he’s planning a trip to Grand Teton National Park in 2016. “My wife and I have done the North Rim of the Grand Canyon a couple of times, and in the past, we’ve tried to make out to any national park that we can,” he says.
Looking ahead, Mozur says they hope to expand Angry Chair’s barrel-aging program, which is hindered currently by lack of space in the brewery’s 2,900-square-foot facility.