The Associated Press reported that Tampa Fire Rescue Capt. Lonnie Benniefield released the damage estimate early Sunday.
A Tampa Fire Rescue statement said the fire was been ruled accidental by investigators, who are still trying to determine the precise cause.
Authorities told the Tampa Tribune dozens of firefighters backed by aerial ladder trucks put out the blaze and one firefighter suffered a minor injury and was treated at a hospital and released.
In a telephone interview Sunday, Jim Helmke, director of operations at Yuengling Beer Co. of Tampa, offered more information about the brewery fire Sunday evening.
"The brewery will be running normally tomorrow," Helmke said.
"None of the product was jeopardized," Helmke told the Tampa Tribune
Helmke said that the damage was in one section of the building in the far corner of the top floor where tanks are stored.
"The fire looks terrible, but the damage is a lot less," he said. "It scared me to death."
As a result of putting it out, he said that a lot of the outside sheeting was been taken away. He said a false wall of insulation was put up and the brewery will continue to use the cellar.
Workers at the brewery started the cleanup Sunday, according to Helmke.
According to newspaper archives, Yuengling announced in April 2012 that the brew house it had been running its operations out of in Florida was about 60 years old and a larger facility was badly needed, so work began on a new brew house.
Helmke said that the new brewery started running in March or April.
The original factory in Florida was a 450- to 475-barrel system and the new brew house brought a larger capacity, 675 barrels. The project was placed at $5 to $10 million.
Helmke said that the fire was not in the new section but in a building built in 1955.
"This was just a totally different section of the building," Helmke said.
An attempt to reach Richard L. Yuengling Jr., CEO of the firm, was unsuccessful.
Yuengling, based in Pottsville, is the oldest brewery in the U.S. and was founded in 1829.
Written by Republican and Herald