20 Florida Craft Breweries You Need to Visit
By Stephen Kubiak
Sip suds in the Sunshine State
There are more than 100 Florida craft breweries across the state. Here are 20 to get you started.
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
Also Visit: GrassLands Brewing Company in Tallahassee
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.
Try: Floridian Hefeweizen
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
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.
Try: 1890 Founder’s Ale
Also Visit: Idyll Hounds Brewing Company
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
Also Visit: Intuition Ale Works
6. Engine 15 Brewing Company, Jacksonville Beach
Jacksonville Beach was something of a Florida craft breweries wasteland before Engine 15 pulled up in its 1970 Ford firetruck. The brewery quickly grew and is now operating a location near downtown Jacksonville.
Try: Nut Sack Double Brown Ale
Also Visit: Green Room Brewing Company
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 OBC beers at the restaurants and bars at Walt Disney World Resort.
Try: I-4 IPA
Also Visit: Ten10 Brewing Company
8. Orange Blossom Brewing Company, Lakeland
Try: Orange Blossom Pilsner
Also Visit: Lakeland Brewing Company
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.
Try: Roasted Jalapeno Blueberry Porter
10. Big Storm Brewing Co., Odessa
Big Storm Brewing Co. sits at the very edge of the Tampa Bay craft beer scene. As one of the fastest growing breweries in Florida, cans of its Arcus IPA and Wavemaker Amber Ale are easily found across the Sunshine State.
Try: Wavemaker Amber Ale
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
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. Visit the taproom in Tampa and you might just see someone hand-rolling cigars in the corner.
Try: Jai Alai India Pale Ale
Also Visit: Ulele Spring Brewery in Tampa
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
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
Also Visit: Silverking Brewing Company
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
Also Visit: Pensacola Bay Brewery in Pensacola
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
Also Visit: Cycle Brewing in St. Pete
18. Crooked Can Brewing Company, Winter Garden
Located in a market in beautiful downtown Winter Garden, this young brewery has become a Central Florida staple with 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
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
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 can be found in cans throughout Northwest Florida.
Try: Blonde Bomber Ale