A Sampler of Florida's Craft Breweries
By Stephen Kubiak
There are more than 200 Florida craft breweries across the state. Here are just a few to get you sipping suds in the Sunshine State.
1. Proof Brewing Company, Tallahassee
Located in a historic former Coca-Cola Bottling Company building, 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: Lake Tribe 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
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
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
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
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 visit: Rebel Dog Brewing Co.
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
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
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
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
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