A home-brewing club brought together three Neapolitans whose collective beer-making passion grew from a man-cave warehouse space to a full-blown public brew house. Scott Alexander, Norm Scherner, and Bob Menzies, or the “Three Amigos,” as they call themselves, recently opened the Riptide Brewing Company on Third Avenue North.
The space blends urban-cool and California surf style with eco-conscious elements like rain-tree bar tops. The owners pay homage to Naples’ past with a gallery of historic photos and the stained-glass doors that once fronted St. George & The Dragon. The main stars are the massive steel tanks where the libations are concocted. About half the taps pour beers created by Riptide; the rest are beverages by other local Florida breweries.
Since opening, Riptide has been packed, says Alexander, which is not surprising. The brews are excellent and the atmosphere is just what the friends envisioned: “We have a passion for brewing and wanted to create a fun, comfortable neighborhood vibe at a classy level,” says Alexander.