Retired UF prof, owner of Stubbies dead at 65


Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.

Gar Hoflund and his daughter, Berkeley, brought craft beer to downtown Gainesville before craft beer was cool.

The Hoflunds opened Stubbie Shirt Pub, later Stubbies & Steins, in 2003, inspired by their travels around the world together, often in his role as a chemical engineering professor working with scientists in other countries.

Hoflund died at 65 on Tuesday after a sudden health problem, his daughter Berkeley Hoflund said.

He had been a chemical engineering professor at the University of Florida, specializing in surface science, from 1977 until his retirement in September 2012.

Berkeley said she was interested in business and they decided to start a business together. Gar had a collection of about 2,000 beer T-shirts and was also interested in fine food, beer and wine.

“It just sort of grew from T-shirts to ‘let’s serve lots of beer,’ ” Berkeley Hoflund said. “We really aimed to make it the kind of place we would want to hang out and hoped others would want to hang out there, too.”

Stubbies opened with 60 craft and imported beers and now serves more than 400. It started offering food in 2008.

Berkeley said her father was at the pub every day greeting guests.

“It really grew out of a passion for our travel and having good times with lots of good people,” she said.

Gar Hoflund was interested in golf — having played for the University of Iowa — scuba diving, Colonial Williamsburg furniture and Corvettes.

He is survived by longtime companion Lynn Sullivan, daughters Amy Bryce Hoflund and Berkeley Hoflund, and stepdaughters Ali and Jenny Burns.

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