Interview – Geoff DeBisshop, Central 28 Brewing @central28beer

Debary-based Central 28 Beer Co. is pretty new to the Central Florida brewing scene, but they’re already starting to make a handy little name for themselves along the I-4 corridor. Between gold medals and their first can, UpRiver, well into distribution, they are poised to be much more visible in the coming years.

I spoke to Geoff DeBisshop, brewmaster and co-owner, about disc golf, Spanish restaurants, and the joy of blood oranges.


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Brew Review – Dancing Pierre by Central 28 Brewing @central28

When I first found out about Central 28 in DeBary, they had plans and artwork for three canned
releases. Of those, only the first, UpRiver, is out and available in stores along the I­4 corridor
(along with a really cool can­looking coozie that they posted on their Instagram feed).

The other two will be coming very soon, hopefully. And if they are, one of those, Dancing Pierre
(Pale Ale, 5.9% ABV, 30 IBU), needs to be in beer fridges along that same swath of land.


I would assume Pierre is the bear.

Don’t know. Didn’t ask.

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Brew Review – El Bulli by Central 28 Beer Co @central28beer

If you were lucky enough to be in Catalonia, Spain, between 1961 and 2011, you might have made it to elBulli (Spanish for ‘the bull’). The restaurant, and its celebrity chef Ferran Adria, were world renown for innovative cuisine and molecular gastronomy.

Reservations for each season were usually gone the day they opened, and the restaurant eventually earned three Michelin stars. It closed in 2011 and reopened as a cooking laboratory and think tank in 2014.

That restaurant and the legacy it left is what inspired Central 28 brewmaster Geoff DeBisshop to create and release the incredibly limited El Bulli (Imperial Milk Stout, 9.7% ABV).


El Bulli from Central 28.

If that restaurant was half as good as this beer, then I think I missed out on quite the experience.

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Brew Review – Up River by Central 28

Understanding DeBary, Florida means understanding the St. John’s River.


It’s the longest river in the state, one of the few that flow north, and has been home to quite a few civilizations from the earliest Native tribes to scores of snowbirds today.

It’s also incredibly endangered, ranking as one of the most endangered rivers in America in 2008. Over the years, fertilizers, pesticides, wastewater, and other things have ended up in the river, causing damage to the fragile ecosystem it supports.

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