MiraBay Homebrewers Share Love of Beer

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Apollo Beach, Florida
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Community Club Celebrates Craft Beer

Apollo Beach, Fla. (August 31, 2015) – You don’t have to look far these days to find craft beer. Tampa Bay has made an international name for its outstanding independent breweries. That interest has also helped support homebrewing clubs, like the one started in the MiraBay community more than a year ago.

MiraBay is owned in a joint venture partnership between NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC (NASH), the U.S. business unit and full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan’s largest homebuilder and leading diversified developer, and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC, whose development business, Newland Communities, is the master developer of the community. It is one of more than 30 communities the NASH-Newland partnership owns together in 11 states across the United States.

The MiraBay Homebrewers Club is the only one of its kind in the SouthShore. The unique group attracts both professional and retired men, women and couples 21 years of age and older.

“It’s a lot of fun because there are people who are first time brewers,” said MiraBay resident, Tom Tanner, who started the club in February, 2014. “It’s a place where people can learn and sharpen their skills. Plus, homebrewers love to share their beer and talk about it.”

The club offers monthly ‘hoppy hours’, and also holds regular events so that members can brew together and share the beers they’ve created. The group has also participated in MiraBay events such as the annual Dragon Boat Festival.

“There’s a great sense of community at MiraBay which is fostered by our residents,” said Pam Parisi, Director of Marketing at Newland Communities. “The MiraBay Homebrewers Club is just one of several clubs that residents have launched. From ballroom dancing to wine appreciation to bunco, our residents want to share their knowledge and passion with others. ”

The Homebrew Club attracts approximately 50 members, including a few who live outside of MiraBay. It’s one of about a half-dozen homebrew clubs throughout Tampa Bay. Nationally, more than 1.2 million people in the U.S. consider themselves homebrewers.

About MiraBay:
MiraBay by Newland Communities is a 750-acre waterfront residential community located 20 miles south of Tampa in Apollo Beach, Florida. The community features The MiraBay Club, a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse with a spa, fitness center, resort-style pool, and tennis and basketball courts. Upon completion, MiraBay will have about 1,900 single-family homes, custom homes, townhomes and villas. The community is adjacent to Wolf Creek Nature Preserve and offers a 135-acre man-made lagoon and a 3.5-mile canal system with direct boating access to Tampa Bay. MiraBay was honored by the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission for having the Tampa Bay area’s best master-planned community design in 2002, and its homebuilders have also won national design awards.

Newland is a diversified real estate company leveraging a national platform and over 45 years of experience to perform challenging and diverse development, investment, management, and advisory services across a wide range of real estate. The company’s mixed-use development business, Newland Communities, actively owns, operates and develops premier residential master-planned, commercial, retail, and urban mixed-use real estate across the U.S. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Newland and its affiliated companies have completed, or have underway, more than 140 diverse real estate developments, more than 20 million square feet of commercial and retail space, and 175,000 residential units in 14 states.
NASH was established in 2010 as the U.S. business operations unit and a full subsidiary of SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., Japan's largest homebuilder and a leading diversified developer since 1960. SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD. has built more than two million houses to date and expanded its operations to Australia, China, Singapore, and the U.S. NASH establishes joint ventures to build innovative and sustainability conscious master planned communities across the US. NASH is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.

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