Rob Whyte began brewing in his hometown of San Diego in the early 90s but by the time he and Jen Gratz-Whyte were married, his time making beer had all but went away. It was only Jen’s work schedule that changed the narrative. Jen, a Michigan native with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, took a position which required her spent to spend a considerable amount of time back in Michigan where her career had begun.
This left Rob with plenty of idle time to rediscover his passion for brewing and he soon found himself earning some recognition in many of the uber-competitive California homebrewing competitions. Now fully engaged with his brew hobby, Rob began volunteering at a nearby brewery in Oceanside. He continued volunteering for years – and never missed a brew day – which provided him plenty of knowledge on the business of beer making.
Rob and Jen found that their favorite breweries shared more in common than great beer. They all served as a gathering place where new and old friends could mingle and a sense of community could be felt by all. It was only natural then that they would decide to open Fort Myers Brewing Company in the community they call home, Gateway, and build a place for family (including the furry family members) with an open seating plan that helps strangers become friends.
THE FM BREW CREW
Introducing the people behind the brewery
Cypress "Scooch" Whyte
About Scooch: “I own the place.”
Favorite FMBrew: Cypress Strong of course!
I’ve helped pour concrete, put together equipment, analyzed projections, written business plans, cleaned bathrooms & stressed about everything!About Jen: “I know the owner….”
Fred "2 Star" Malone
Sales/ Sanitaion Engineer/ V.P.
About 2Star: “I sell beer. Lots & lots of beer.”
Director of Brewery Operations/ Brewer
Favorite FMBrew: Yes!
Monica "Coaster" Dixon
I do the social media and plan the parties.
About Monica: SWFL born and raised, FGCU Marketing Grad and #basic. I enjoy brunching, pumpkin spice everything and scrolling through Instagram.
Taproom Manager aka Taster Board Specialist and Food Truck Taster
About Tony: Not standing still is my favorite. I have visited 47 of the 50 United States, and spent time in 18 countries on 5 Continents. I have collected water from 4 different oceans, and may try to make a beer with it some time. I love beer and coffee equally and I am glad that they both are mostly water because my doctor says that I am supposed to drink a lot of water. I married up to a woman who may actually love beer a little more than even I do. I love good food and I love people, even if sometimes the best ones might smell kinda funny. Lastly, there is no such thing as a girly beer or a manly glass, and I am 99% sure I can find a beer that you will like, even if you have already given up.
Shanna "Banana" Phillips
Full time Beertender, part time Instagram influencer
Alysa "Little One" Alonso
The Smallest Beertender
About Alysa: Regular degular schmegular girl from Miami. FGCU grad. Cardi B is my spirit animal. Okuuuuuurt!!!!
Kristen "K - Dub" Germain
Beertender / Director of Lost & Found
About Kristen: Former school teacher and Michigan native, now enjoying my upgrade on peninsulas. I’m outdoorsy if you count drinking on patios.
About Ilana: I’m a Florida native who took a short (5 years) stint in the mile high. Now I’m back to pour ya some brews & spread the love.
Favorite FMBrew: Chocolate PB Porter