NEW PORT RICHEY — When Bryan Hackman decided to open a business in the historic district of the City of New Port Richey, he knew exactly what he wanted to do.

Hackman, a lifelong resident of Pasco County, as always appreciated the fine craft of making beer locally, and felt it was time at the City of New Port Richey had its own fresh beer for residents and guests to enjoy.

The Cotee River Brewing Company, named after the Pithlachascotee River that runs through the heart of downtown New Port Richey, officially opened on Friday, July 27. Since that day, the brewery has stayed busy offering guest taps from around the state of Florida.

“We wanted to work with our fellow Florida brewers to bring some unique craft beers to our area while our beers are being made,” Hackman states in a press release.

The first craft beer that Cotee River Brewing Company made is his Market Fresh Wheat beer. It’s a blend of a traditional wheat beer combined with a very special ingredient, his wife’s Market Fresh Herbal Tea.

Hackman’s wife, Kelly, is the owner of The White Heron Tea & Gifts, and its Driftwood Tea Company tea brand, in downtown New Port Richey. So, they thought it only fitting to combine his love of beer and her love of tea on their first collaboration event, making the city’s first beer special.

“We had this idea of using natural ingredients with our beers and this herbal tea just lent itself so nicely to the lightness of the wheat,” says Hackman.

Hackman also is brewing traditional favorites such as porters, reds, India Pale Ale and other Pale Ales.

The Market Fresh Wheat beer brewed in the brewery’s downtown, location on Main Street, is expected to go on tap in late August, with its Main Street Pale Ale next.

From there, guests can expect a new beer to be released every three to four weeks, until the brewery has 12 of its own beers on tap.

The Cotee River Brewing Company is at 5760 Main St.

For more information about Cotee River Brewing Company, its current tap list or events, go to www.coteeriverbrewing.com or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/coteeriverbrewing.