Orlando loves beer — and the rise of microbreweries makes us love it even more. In fact, Orlando visitors and locals enjoy beer so much that, over the past decade, dozens of acclaimed craft breweries have popped up to slake our thirst, with new options debuting regularly.
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As a result, it’s easy to build a day trip — or even an entire vacation — around bespoke breweries in Orlando with amazing ales, superb stouts and other killer concoctions, including the brewhouses featured here. There’s also a Central Florida Ale Trail for those seeking more guidance, but no matter how you approach Orlando breweries, you’re in for a delicious time. Bottoms up!
Breweries in Orlando
Broken Cauldron Brewery & Taproom
Located close to Exploria Stadium, which is home to the MLS’ Orlando City Soccer Club and NWSL’s Orlando City Pride, Broken Cauldron Brewery is actually two Orlando breweries in one: Broken Strings Brewery and Black Cauldron Brewing. Despite sharing a roof, they produce distinct lines of beer, with each brewery rotating on the venue’s three-barrel system.
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Depending on the time of your visit, you can sample as many as 12 different taps, including output from both in-house producers and some special guests. Drafts can be taken home in 32-ounce bottles, and you can also choose from Broken Cauldron’s selection of bottled and canned beers, ciders and wines.
Dead Lizard Brewing Company
Dead Lizard Brewing Company is powered by three generations of family know-how. Using fresh hops from the family-owned Artesian Hops farm, they brew bold beers infused with a distinct bouquet of subtle flavors.
Influenced by its industrial surroundings, Dead Lizard’s large, open, no-frills taproom provides a view of their 10-barrel brewing system. Stop by their location between Universal Orlando Resort and The Mall at Millenia for a pint or flight, and get a growler of your favorite to go.
Given its close proximity to Orlando International Airport, Ellipsis Brewing is a great first stop if you’re visiting Orlando specifically to sample our craft beer scene — or just want to grab a pint on the way to your hotel. It’s run by a trio with a quarter-century of combined brewing experience who started with a 5-gallon homebrew kit, which evolved into their current 10-barrel brewhouse with five 10-barrel fermentation tanks and a 110-barrel bright tank.
Encompassing 7,500 square feet, Ellipsis’ taproom features high ceilings, and the brewhouse is visible through a double glass door in the back. They offer an impressive range of original brews, too, including pilsners, sours, IPAs, porters and more.
Half Barrel Beer Project
Just 10 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando, Half Barrel Beer Project takes pride in its unique, half-barrel brewing system, which produces smaller quantities and allows beers on tap to be changed out more frequently.
In addition to making its own beer, the microbrewery and brew pub brings in suds from other local producers. Half Barrel Beer Project is also a bottle shop, carrying a selection of rare beers from across the world.
Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co.
This independent craft brewery and tasting room is one of the newest businesses to enter the popular Ivanhoe Village district, less than 10 minutes from downtown Orlando.
Although it just launched in summer 2018, Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. has already attracted a dedicated fan base, thanks in part to innovative brews made with quality ingredients. The staff is also committed to educating the public about the joys of craft beer.
The brewhouse that kicked off Orlando’s craft beer craze has been going strong for more than a decade. The secret to their success is a commitment to producing high-quality beers by adhering to the German Purity Law of 1516 (aka the Reinheitsgebot), and exclusively using organic ingredients. In fact, they’re the only U.S.D.A.-certified organic brewery east of Colorado!
Located close to the Amtrak station just south of Orlando’s main downtown area, Orlando Brewing boasts 37 taps, all but two of which are reserved for nearly two dozen house brands — no matter what style you like, chances are they brew it. They also offer free brewery tours Monday through Saturday, excluding the 30th of each month and special occasions, with tickets being available on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are a lot of tasty reasons to visit Orlando’s trendy Audubon Park district, about 15 minutes from downtown, and this local haunt is one of them. It spent nearly a decade building a reputation as one of the top craft beer bars in the nation before becoming a microbrewery in its own right.
In addition to house originals, several other craft breweries are represented on any given night, ranging from native Florida brewhouses to eclectic imports for more than two dozen choices. And that selection pales in comparison to their extensive, 20-plus-page list of bottled and canned beers, ciders, meads and wines, presented as a book complete with chapters.
If you’re new to beer or just want to expand your knowledge, Redlight, Redlight offers a “Citizen Program” that invites you to try, rate and learn about 100 beers, divided into three passport booklets. Fast drinkers run the risk of being expelled, so don’t rush it — and definitely don’t try to finish all 100 in one night!
One of Orlando’s newest breweries, Sideward Brewing opened in 2019. You’ll find it in Orlando’s Milk District neighborhood, minutes east of downtown.
In addition to being a well-regarded brewery and taproom, the family-owned Sideward serves hearty pub fare out of its onsite kitchen. What’s more, its three co-founders grew up in Orlando and are excited about leveraging their experiences to help their home town transition into a craft-beer destination.
Ten10 Brewing Company
Part of Orlando’s hip Mills 50 district, about 10 minutes from downtown, Ten10 Brewing benefits from passionate owners who use pure ingredients and a brewing system designed to amplify their brews’ great taste. They’re also not afraid to stretch their wings, as evidenced by house-made beers that include white stouts, witbier, red ales, Kölsch and more.
Ten10 offers wine from the nearby Quantum Leap Winery, and growler sales and rentals, plus crowlers, are available. They also have a small but filling menu of sandwiches and snacks, with all bread provided by Orlando’s own Olde Hearth Bread Company.
Breweries Near Orlando
The Bear and Peacock Brewery
Located approximately 15 minutes northeast of downtown Orlando, Bear and Peacock Brewery is one of the area’s most unique in that it shares premises — referred to as The Brewstillery — with Winter Park Distilling Company. As a result, you can chase locally produced whiskey, vodka and rum with locally produced beer when you visit this 12-tap venue.
Both operations are owned and operated by the same team, who are dedicated to making high-quality libations. The Brewstillery also offers near-daily tours and tastings at a cost of $11 per person, with tours lasting about 35-40 minutes.
Bowigens Beer Company
If you believe that brewing is an art form, you’ll find kindred spirits at Bowigens Beer Company, about 25 minutes northeast of downtown Orlando. Specializing in innovative, creative beers using the best possible ingredients, the Bowigens team only brews concepts that they’re passionate about — and their passions are delicious.
Year-round beers that are available from their taproom include a citrus pale ale, a milk stout, a peanut butter Hefeweizen and even a cream ale. You’ll also discover seasonal surprises depending on the time of your visit, such as raspberry ales, a Belgian-style Tripel and a Christmas porter. What’s more, Bowigens is close to several eateries, and guests are always welcome to bring something to eat when they visit.
Crooked Can Brewing Company
It could be argued that Crooked Can Brewing Company is the heart of Winter Garden, a charming, historic community about 30 minutes west of downtown Orlando and 25 minutes north of Walt Disney World. The reason being, Crooked Can anchors Plant Street Market, which houses an eclectic collection of eateries and retailers, and in turn is the centerpiece of the city’s main strip, Plant Street.
Then again, maybe we’re just promoting Crooked Can as Winter Garden’s heart because we really like their beer, which is concocted under the supervision of an award-winning brewmaster. No matter your preferred style — stouts, Irish reds, lagers, IPAs, Belgian ale or others — Crooked Can probably brews a version. And their offerings pair perfectly with food from Plant Street Market’s vendors, including barbecue, donuts, sushi, pizza and pierogis.
Cask & Larder Brewery & Taproom
The husband-and-wife team of James and Julie Petrakis are two of Orlando’s most acclaimed chefs, and you can taste their creations at Winter Park’s The Ravenous Pig, Disney Springs’ The Polite Pig and Orlando International Airport’s Cask & Larder. The latter used to be a standalone restaurant in the same building currently used by The Ravenous Pig — but the name lives on in Winter Park at the latter’s onsite Cask & Larder Brewery & Taproom.
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Offering year-round flavors such as Belgian-style farmhouse ales and wheat beers, blonde and amber ales, porters, and IPAs, Cask & Larder Brewery applies innovative techniques tempered by meticulous care. They also offer a rotating selection of seasonal beers, and growlers are available for taking your favorite brews home. And given that this brewery is inside one of Orlando’s best restaurants, there’s no fear of going hungry!
Central 28 Beer Company
Family-owned and operated, Central 28 Beer Company was born out of unbridled enthusiasm for drinking beer, and it shows in the final product. Their takes on American and Belgian pale ales are available year-round, as is a saison ale, and they’re complemented by nearly a dozen semi-regular and seasonal brews.
Central 28 is located about 30 minutes north of downtown Orlando, and it’s kid- and dog-friendly — assuming you keep an eye on the former and a leash on the latter. (Please don’t mix those up!) And although the brewery doesn’t serve food, it does host food trucks every Tuesday through Saturday.
Deadly Sins Brewing
After years of homebrewing, Deadly Sins Brewing’s co-founders finally went pro when they opened this small-but-sophisticated brewhouse in 2016. They soon discovered that their early equipment simply couldn’t keep up with demand for their products, and they’ve since evolved into a seven-barrel system with eyes on further expansion.
Deadly Sins’ core beers, which include an IPA, a saison, and blonde and pale ales, are refreshing and delicious at any time of year, and they’ve produced more than 100 rotating and seasonal beers, too. And thanks to its Winter Park location, some of the Orlando area’s best dining is just a short drive away.
Deviant Wolfe Brewing
About 30 minutes northeast of downtown Orlando, Deviant Wolfe Brewing is crazy about sour beers, and it shows in output that includes soured ales, IPAs and stouts. But if sours aren’t your thing, don’t worry — they also brew true-to-style variations of just about every beer imaginable.
If you’re looking for something to do while you drink, Deviant Wolfe hosts a wide range of special events, such as trivia, yoga and group runs. And if you fall in love with their brews, you can get growlers to go, as well as a full range of branded glassware and apparel.
Hourglass Brewing is a 240-seat taproom about 20 minutes north of downtown Orlando. It’s decorated with nostalgic remembrances and the work of local artists, and offers a variety of table-top and console games for free play.
Hourglass’ brews includes saisons, imperial stouts, sours, ales, Belgian quads and more. Grab a cold one and relax on the dog-friendly patio, or take a peek behind the glass-walled brewhouse to observe the daily process.
Orange County Brewers
Although originally located in Orange County (hence the name), Orange County Brewers can now be found at its new home in Seminole County, about 30 minutes north of downtown Orlando. More importantly, this brewery has earned a rabid following with lots of plans for expansion. It’s also one of the few local breweries with a female brewmaster, who’s known for creative recipes with unique flavors.
Porters, lagers, witbiers, blonde ales and IPAs — including a green tea variety — are among Orange County Brewers’ concoctions, and they usually have a guest tap or two. The beers are complemented by a robust events schedule, including brunches, trivia and even a beer flight school.
Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co.
Founded by two best friends with a shared passion for American- and Belgian-style craft ale, Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. opened for business in 2014. In addition to a core taproom lineup of eight brews that include stouts, IPAs, porters and Belgian Dubbel, they also offer one-offs, seasonals and specialty beers, and three of their brands are sold in cans at retailers throughout Central Florida.
Persimmon Hollow also offers a curated selection of wines, and the taproom hosts a full schedule of recurring events such as bingo, yoga, trivia and more. They’re located approximately 45 minutes northeast of downtown Orlando.
Sanford Brewing Company
Part of the dining and nightlife lineup in Sanford’s historic downtown area, about 35 minutes north of downtown Orlando, Sanford Brewing Company is a brewery combined with a 100-plus-seat taproom and gastropub. They serve house-made and Florida-produced beer, cider, mead and even handcrafted sodas through 23 taps, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.
Sanford Brewing welcomes all groups with a kid- and dog-friendly environment that includes outdoor seating and live music on weekends. The food menu features gourmet takes on pub-food favorites, plus a special menu for children.
Wop’s Hops Brewing Company
Wop’s Hop Brewing Company is a microbrewery specializing in English-style ales, located about 35 minutes north of downtown Orlando. They offer craft ales, a selection of wines and sodas, and a dog-friendly beer garden that’s perfect for relaxing while enjoying the house brews. Parents are welcome to bring children, too.
The team at Wop’s Hops is very particular about what they put in their beer, going so far as to ban high-fructose corn sugars, GMOs and additives from their brewing process. You won’t go hungry here, either, thanks to pub-friendly food offerings that include menus for kids and even dogs.