Last Call Gainesvillle! Stubbies & Steins to close 9/27/14

Posted: September 18th, 2014

Dear Friends of Stubbies & Steins,

 

After a tremendous amount of personal and professional reflection, I have decided to close Stubbies & Steins after devoting more than 12 years of my life to this endeavor. This is not a decision I have entered into lightly or capriciously, and I wanted to share with our loyal friends and supporters some of the reasons why I have chosen to close it. I also want to thank you at the outset for your support throughout the years.

I was diagnosed with Celiac disease in January 2011, and am unable to drink beer or consume gluten. While the term ‘gluten free’ has become a punch line on late night talk shows about dieters, it is not a joke or frivolous thing for me. For me and other sufferers of Celiac disease, living a gluten free life is the difference between days or weeks in bed and a healthy, active lifestyle. To say that this has had an effect upon my interaction with the beer business in a gross understatement. It has changed my world entirely.

I’m sure that some of you are wondering why I simply do not sell the business or allow others to take it over completely. I certainly tried to navigate those options with some really wonderful people who would have kept the vision alive that my dad and I created. Unfortunately, there were just too many items to negotiate with the other parties to satisfy. Although there was not success in the concerted effort to keep Stubbies & Steins open, I know my father would have been proud of my attempt. Even at the end of all of this, I am at great peace with the final outcome. Our last night of business will be Saturday September 27, 2014.

I will be forever grateful for the friendship and support that Gainesville and the larger beer community has given to Stubbies & Steins, my dad, and me. It is with gratitude in my heart that I ask one last favor – let’s make the last 10 days of Stubbies & Steins’s existence a blowout party and celebration of all the amazing years we had together. So let’s drink the rest of these tasty beers, chow down on sausage and our homemade pommes frites, and create a few more memories!

Cheers!

Berkeley Hoflund

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