"When we look back on good times we sometimes realize that one person in our life made a difference in your mindset and pushed you to reach your goals. 
So always remember the people that helped you be all you can be. Thanks, Greg. You will be missed, but not forgotten." J.T.W. — with Greg Rapp.


Jay the Welder was greatly influenced and inspired by the legendary Greg Rapp of Rapp Brewing. He is a strong advocate for home brewing and has a developed a series of workshops for Backyard Brewmasters.

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming dates for workshops!

Stay tuned for more information about upcoming dates for workshops!

Backyard Brewmasters

Home Brewing Photo Album

The Beer gun Backyard Brewery

Clearwater, FL 2015

On March 10th, 2019, the Florida craft beer community was rocked by the news of Greg Rapp’s passing after a long fought battle with cancer. He was a monumental figure in the community, having been a launching pad for many brewers in his work creating the Pinellas Urban Brewer’s Guild, proving the business model of nanobreweries by starting Rapp Brewing Company, and introducing long-forgotten styles to the area, such as the Gose, Lichtenhainer, and Polotmavy Czech Amber Lager. His legacy in this area is far-reaching, and his work and dedication to the promotion of craft beer in this area should never be forgotten.

In that, Best Florida Beer is offering a scholarship in Greg Rapp’s name to the University Of South Florida’s Brewing Arts Program, a Master Brewer’s Association of the America’s (MBAA) certified program for the education of brewers at all levels. This scholarship will be awarded annually at Rapp Brewery’s memorial event.

Learn more about the scholarship fund here.