Cheers erupted from more than 300 guests as the Vinoy’s Senior Operations Manager Jonathan Sullivan and Executive Chef Marc Heimann, unveiled the Vinoy’s first-ever craft beer at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club on Thursday, June 26.
Guests gathered in the Marchand’s Bar & Grill for a night of music, food and, of course, craft beer. The fun was all part of the Vinoy’s third annual Day of Discovery, an event that helps the community “discover” the history of St. Petersburg and what’s happening locally. Included were three special events—Brews of the ‘Burg, Beer Bash, and the unveiling of the Vinoy’s very own craft beer.
Jonathan Sullivan and Marc Heimann unveiled the Vinoy’s craft beer before giving out samples to guests. The Vinoy partnered with 3 Daughters Brewing to produce the citrus wheat beer, named Paul’s Landing.
Paul’s Landing is infused with both flavor and St. Petersburg history and is a reference in both name and flavor. The brew is a tribute to William Paul who, in the ‘50s, was commissioned to find a landing depot for the Navy so supplies could run between the ‘Burg and Fort Desoto. As for the flavor, the citrus undertones are a nod to the citrus grove where the hotel was built in 1925, Sullivan said.
Inspired by the community-driven nature of St. Petersburg, Sullivan and Heimann set out to partner with a local brewery. “We wanted something both new and exciting and something local,” Sullivan said. So the pair looked to 3 Daughters Brewing and began a partnership. Heimann worked alongside head brewer, Ty Weaver, to create Paul’s Landing, which is now available on draft at the Marchand’s Bar & Grill.
Sullivan and company have plans to release seasonal beers in the future, but for now, they’re enjoying the crisp, citrusy flavor of this historically infused brew—and a beer we’re sure William Paul would be proud of.