Fed Up Florida Fire Fighters Turn Anger Into Beer
5, 2013 – Three Hollywood, FL Local 1375 fire fighters upset about the way
their city has treated them have decided to start a brewery – Angry Union
In 2011, citing financial despair, City leaders in Hollywood forced police and
fire fighters to take a 12.5 percent pay cut and put a freeze on merit raises.
Hollywood residents also voted to cut police and fire fighter pensions.
That same year, Hollywood Local 1375 fire fighters Eric Guerrero, Mark Fee and
Jeff Evans decided to turn their passion for making craft beer into a business.
“We were brewing a batch of beer one day and venting our frustration at the City
and wondering what to do about,” says Guerrero. “One of us said, ‘we’re like
angry brewers!’ The name stuck and we decided to take our hobby to another
While Angry Union Brewing is more of a goal than a business at this point, the
craft beer is real and so is the anger. They also have a
page to sell T-shirts and, if you’re in the right place at the right time,
you might get to drink their beer.
leap from amateur brewer to professional beer maker is fraught with challenges.
Guerrero likens the process to looking through a glass of mud. There’s a ton of
paperwork and the financial investment is certainly daunting, especially for the
three fire fighters who had their pay cut.
Still, the trio is serious about making beer, brewing a variety of styles in 10-
to 15-gallon batches. At the moment they are focused on perfecting the craft,
competing for awards and building a name for themselves. In addition, they are
starting to price out bigger brewing systems and exploring various business
Not surprisingly, the men take inspiration from Sam Calagione, founder and owner
of Dogfish Head Brewery, who got his start brewing similar amounts for his
restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
“Our dream is to have at least one of our beers on the menu at a restaurant. Our
goal is to one day have a brewpub,” says Guerrero.