20 Florida Craft Breweries You Need to Visit

    By Stephen Kubiak

    Sip suds in the Sunshine State

    There are more than 200 Florida craft breweries across the state. Here are 20 to get you started. 

    Florida craft breweries

    20 Florida Craft Breweries You Must Visit

    - Stephen Kubiak for VISIT FLORIDA

     

    1. Proof Brewing Company, Tallahassee

    Located in an industrial art park, Proof Brewing Company is helping put Florida’s Capital City on the map for craft beer with brews like Eightfive-O American Pale Ale and Mango Wit, which is made with organic mangos.

    Try: Mango Wit

    Read More: Florida Craft Beer: Proof Brewing Company in Tallahassee

    Also Visit: GrassLands Brewing Company

    2. Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park

    Using flavors like sweet potato casserole and blueberry cobbler, Funky Buddha brings bold flavors to South Florida’s craft breweries scene. To celebrate those funky flavors, the brewery hosts an annual Maple Bacon Coffee Porter Day, a street festival where guests can pick up a bottle of the namesake brew, made only once a year, and try nearly 100 different and unique beers.

    Try: Floridian Hefeweizen

    Read More: Funky Buddha Brewery Taproom & Beer Tours in Oakland Park

    Proof has a great outdoor space that's perfect for families.

    Proof has a great outdoor space that's perfect for families.

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    Looking for unique flavors in your beer? Funky Buddha has them.

    Looking for unique flavors in your beer? Funky Buddha has them.

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    3. Oyster City Brewing Company, Apalachicola

    Apalachicola is known for its oysters, but Oyster City Brewing Company is making a name for itself with its beers, which are popping up on menus at bars and restaurants around North Florida. Oyster City also uses local ingredients, like tupelo honey, in many of its brews.

    Try: Hooter Brown Tupelo Honey Ale

    Read More: Florida Beer Pairings: Oyster City Brewing Company

    4. Grayton Beer Company, South Walton

    Made famous by its 30A Beach Blonde Ale, Grayton Beer Company bottles that laid-back, South Walton state of mind with each beer it makes. The brewery cans its Beach Permit Blonde Ale, which means you bring it with you when visiting one of the area's famous sugar-white sand beaches.

    Try: 1890 Founder’s Ale

    Read More: Florida Craft Beer: Grayton Beer Company, South Walton

    Also Visit: Idyll Hounds Brewing Company

    Oyster City celebrates the oystering history of Apalachicola

    Oyster City celebrates the oystering history of Apalachicola

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    Bottled beers from Grayton Beer Company

    Bottled beers from Grayton Beer Company

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    5. Veterans United Craft Brewery, Jacksonville

    This veteran-owned brewery in Jacksonville started as a passion project for Ron Gamble, a former Naval Flight Officer. Now, Veterans United beers like Raging Blonde Ale and HopBanshee IPA can be found throughout Northeast Florida.

    Try: HopBanshee India Pale Ale

    Read More: Florida Craft Beer: Veterans United Craft Brewery, Jacksonville

    Also Visit: Intuition Ale Works

    6. Engine 15 Brewing Company, Jacksonville Beach

    Jacksonville Beach was something of a craft beer wasteland before Engine 15 pulled up in its 1970 Ford firetruck. The brewery quickly grew and is now operating a location near downtown Jacksonville. If you visit the Jacksonville Beach brewpub, be sure to save room for their famous Frito pie.

    Try: Nut Sack Double Brown Ale

    Read More: Florida Craft Beer: Engine 15 Brewing Company, Jacksonville

    Also Visit: Green Room Brewing

    Raging Blonde Ale from Veterans United Craft Brewery

    Raging Blonde Ale from Veterans United Craft Brewery

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    Beer flight from Engine 15 Brewing Company

    Beer flight from Engine 15 Brewing Company

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    7. Orlando Brewing, Orlando

    Orlando Brewing in Downtown Orlando has made a name for itself by using organic ingredients in its products and was certified as an organic brewery by the USDA in 2006. You’ll find several Orlando Brewing beers at the restaurants and bars at Walt Disney World Resort.

    Try: I-4 IPA

    Read More: Florida Craft Beer: Orlando Brewing

    Also Visit: Ten10 Brewing Company

    8. Orange Blossom Brewing Company, Lakeland

    From the heart of Central Florida comes Orange Blossom Brewing Company which calls Brew Hub in Lakeland home. Its signature beer, Orange Blossom Pilsner, is made with local orange blossom honey. Looking for something a little stonger? Try OBP Squared, the big brother of Orange Blossom Pilsner at 11% ABV.

    Try: Orange Blossom Pilsner

    Read More: Florida Beer Pairings: Orange Blossom Brewing Company

    Also Visit: Lakeland Brewing Company

    Orlando Brewing is Florida's only organic brewery

    Orlando Brewing is Florida's only organic brewery

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    Orange Blossom's signature beer can be found throughout Florida

    Orange Blossom's signature beer can be found throughout Florida

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    9. Two Henrys Brewing Company, Plant City

    Located at the Keel and Curley Winery in Plant City, Two Henrys Brewing Company makes everything from the classics like its 7 Mile Bridge IPA to the adventurous Roasted Jalapeno Blueberry Porter, brewed with blueberries harvested on site. Don't like beer? Keel and Curley Winery makes both wine and cider.

    Try: Roasted Jalapeno Blueberry Porter

    Read More: Florida Craft Beer: Two Henrys Brewing Company

    10. Big Storm Brewing Co., Odessa & Clearwater

    Started in Odessa, Florida and eventually expanding into Clearwater, Big Storm Brewing Co. is one of the fastest growing breweries in Florida. Cans of Big Storm's Arcus IPA and Wavemaker Amber Ale can be found across the Sunshine State. Fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning? Big Storm has its own bar located at Amalie Arena.

    Try: Wavemaker Amber Ale

    Read More: Florida Craft Beer: Big Storm Brewing Company

    Also Try: Rebel Dog Brewing Co.

    You'll find award-winning beer, cider & wine at Two Henrys Brewing

    You'll find award-winning beer, cider & wine at Two Henrys Brewing

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    Big Storm Brewing Company in Clearwater

    Big Storm Brewing Company in Clearwater

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    11. Swamp Head Brewery, Gainesville

    A brewery that touts itself as being ‘Inherently Floridian,’ Swamp Head Brewery takes pride in its beer and also its sustainable brewing practices. Many of the spent grains used in the brewing process end up nearby at the University of Florida for cattle feed.

    Try: Stump Knocker Pale Ale

    Read More: Florida Beer Pairings: Swamp Head Brewery

    Also Visit: First Magnitude Brewing Company

    12. Cigar City Brewing, Tampa

    If you know one Florida craft brewer, it’s probably Cigar City Brewing and its wildly popular brews like Jai Alai IPA and Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale. Cigar City is also known for Hunahpu’s Day, a huge beer festival attended by beer aficionados from around the country. Visit the taproom in Tampa and you might just see someone hand-rolling cigars in the corner.

    Try: Jai Alai India Pale Ale

    Learn More: Love Beer? Visit Florida's Craft Beer Capital 

    Also Visit: Ulele Spring Brewery in Tampa

    Visitors can sample Swamp Head brews at 'The Wetlands,' the tasting room at the brewery

    Visitors can sample Swamp Head brews at 'The Wetlands,' the tasting room at the brewery

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    13. Coppertail Brewing Co., Ybor City

    Located just south of Ybor City’s 7th street, Coppertail Brewing Co. is doing craft beer in a big way. Aside from its impressive core beer lineup, which includes a Belgian-style American Trippel, Coppertail also has an extensive sour beer program that you can sample at the taproom.

    Try: Unholy American Trippel

    Read More: Florida Craft Beer: Coppertail Brewing Co.

    Also Visit: Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Ybor City

    14. St. Somewhere Brewery, Tarpon Springs

    For fans of traditional Belgian style ales, St. Somewhere is a true gem. This Tarpon Springs brewery specializes in century-old unfiltered farmhouse style ales produced in small batches.

    Try: Saison Athene

    Learn More: St. Somewhere Brewery: Craft Beer in Tarpon Springs 

    Also Visit: Silverking Brewing Company

    Find great beer in Tampa at Coppertail

    Find great beer in Tampa at Coppertail

    - Stephen Kubiak / VISIT FLORIDA

    15. Dunedin Brewing, Dunedin

    Noted as Florida’s oldest microbrewery, Dunedin Brewery offers a line of great drinkable beers, like its Apricot Peach Ale and Red Ale. If you visit the brewery, be sure to order the fried cheese curds.

    Try: Apricot Peach Ale

    Also Visit: 7venth Sun Brewing Company in Dunedin

    16. McGuire’s Irish Pub, Pensacola & Destin

    From the million-plus dollar bills hanging from the ceilings to its massive food portions, McGuire’s is a great place for a meal and a great beer. While you’ll only find its beer on-site, you can pick up a six-pack of McGuire’s Irish Red Ale in the gift shop. See what Emeril Lagasse thought of the pub in this video.

    Try: McGuire’s Irish Red Ale

    Learn More: The Famous McGuire's Irish Pub of Pensacola 

    Also Visit: Pensacola Bay Brewery in Pensacola

    Dunedin Brewery is the oldest microbrewery in Florida

    Dunedin Brewery is the oldest microbrewery in Florida

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    McGuire's brews several classic beer styles

    McGuire's brews several classic beer styles

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    17. Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Pete

    As the first microbrewery in St. Pete, Green Bench is making great beer inspired by its city. The Surrealist IPA, an American IPA blended with the tart qualities of a sour ale, was inspired by Salvador Dali’s fantastic artworks, which can be seen at the nearby Dali Museum.

    Try: Green Bench IPA

    Read More: Beer and Art in St. Petersburg: It’s Surreal

    Also Visit: Cycle Brewing in St. Pete

    18. Crooked Can Brewing Company, Winter Garden

    Located in the Plant Street Market in beautiful downtown Winter Garden, Crooked Can Brewing Company has become a Central Florida staple with its High Stepper American IPA and McSwagger’s Own Amber Ale. Why the name Crooked Can? Things tend to get a little crooked after a few brews.

    Try: High Stepper American IPA

    Read More: Florida Craft Beer: Winter Garden's Crooked Can Brewing Company

    Also Visit: Mount Dora Brewing

    On left, Surrealist IPA, a sour beer, and Green Bench IPA, which has a sweet taste.

    On left, Surrealist IPA, a sour beer, and Green Bench IPA, which has a sweet taste.

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    The beer garden at Crooked Can Brewing Co. in Winter Garden, Florida

    The beer garden at Crooked Can Brewing Co. in Winter Garden, Florida

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    19. Cask & Larder, Winter Park

    This “Southern Public House” in downtown Winter Park is a well-known hotspot for foodies, but Cask & Larder’s on-site brewery is making beer of the same caliber as the food.

    Try: 5 Points IPA

    Read More: Dining in Orlando: 5 Days of Dining in the Other Orlando

    Also Visit: Deadly Sins Brewing in Winter Park

    20. Props Craft Brewery, Ft. Walton Beach

    Founded by current and retired members of the military, the aviation-inspired Props Craft Brewery is doing big things with its beer. The Blonde Bomber Ale and Flying Coffin IPA can be found in cans throughout Northwest Florida. Heading to a Pensacola Blue Wahoos game? Props brews a beer specifically for the team.

    Try: Blonde Bomber Ale

    Read More: Florida Craft Beer: Props Brewery, Fort Walton Beach

    Also Visit: Ye Olde Brothers Brewery in Navarre

    Cask & Larder is known for it's fresh farm to table southern style food, craft beers and stylized drinks.

    Cask & Larder is known for it's fresh farm to table southern style food, craft beers and stylized drinks.

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    A Blonde Bomber Ale from Props Brewery & Grill in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

    A Blonde Bomber Ale from Props Brewery & Grill in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

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