“Obviously, we’re ecstatic that our business is getting that kind of recognition,” said Mastry’s founder and CEO Matthew Dahm. “We started as a very small operation, a labor of love. This kind of tells us that all of our hard work and efforts are being noticed.”
Mastry’s, which began in 2014 as a brew pub and tasting room operating out of the family-owned restaurant CD Roma, produces 60 styles of beer. Through Cavalier Distributing, the product is sold in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Sarasota counties, as well as in the St. Pete Beach brewery and headquarters.
According to the Brewers Association report, median growth from 2016 to 2017 for the 50 breweries on its list was 216 percent; the median size of breweries on the list went from 284 barrels in 2016 to 963 barrels in 2017.
As an independent startup in 2015, Mastry’s began with 50 barrels annually. In 2017, the brewery produced just over 500 barrels.
The craft beer business, said Dahm, “is competitive, and it isn’t. Obviously there are a lot of breweries out there in the world. There’s a whole lot of wineries; there’s a whole lot of distilleries and spirit businesses.
“The great thing about the craft beer business, for us, is really the local community. Mastry is a longstanding name in the community; it’s my family name. And whether you’re just getting into beer, or you’ve been a craft beer guru for years, we want everybody to feel welcome and supported, and that’s something we can offer them.
“While maintaining who we are as a brand. Really just doing our best to tie it all together.”
Bradenton’s Darwin Brewery was ranked No. 34 on the Brewers Association list.