RipTide Brewing Company

About Us

Welcome to our website! This is where we get to tell you a little bit about ourselves.

Scott Alexander, Norm Scherner, Bob Menzies in their man cave brewery. (Handout photo)

Riptide is made up of three good friends, Bob Menzies, Scott Alexander and Norm Scherner.

First and foremost, we love beer, but more importantly, we like brewing beer even more. In the old days, we’d get together in our garages and brew small 10 to 20 gallon batches of beer. While that was a lot of fun, our wives didn’t always appreciate the hot water interruptions and other turmoil. Ultimately, we got the boot and had to find a new home for a hobby that was growing fast.

We found an old office warehouse in North Naples a few years ago and started brewing beer there. It turned into a sort of man cave. That secret location (known to all our friends), has been the scene of some great gatherings for beer, food and music. As we enjoyed brewing and drinking our beer, we decided it would be even more fun to go big to share with all our friends. That’s how Riptide Brewing Company came to be born. We’re excited to brew some great beers for friends, neighbors and visitors in Southwest Florida.

Our brewery open on Black Friday, November 27th of 2015 at 987 3rd Ave. N. here in Naples. We installed a 10 barrel, 310 gallon custom brewhouse manufactured by our good friends at BrewFab in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Brewhouse and fermentation tanks are in the middle of the Taproom so you can see all the action as it happens. We usually have anywhere from 10 to 12 of our beers on tap. We also have guest taps from other local brewers like Momentum Brewing in Bonita Springs or Swamphead Brewery in Gainesville. In addition, we have a selection of good wines. Since we’re really good at brewing beer and terrible cooks, we leave the cooking to others. We have some prepackaged foods for purchase and a guest menu from Bill’s Café, who will bring your order to you in the Taproom. Check out the events page for a list of rotating food trucks that set up in our backyard beer garden in the evenings.