Delicious Brews Await on the Central Florida Ale Trail and Beyond
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!
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Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite breweries for their current status.
Breweries in Orlando
The following breweries are all located in the City of Orlando and unincorporated Orange County, and they are all delicious!
The Bear and Peacock Brewery
Originally located in Winter Park, The Bear and Peacock Brewery is one of the area’s most unique in that it is one-half of the Brewstillery Complex (formerly The Brewstillery), with Winter Park Distilling Company comprising the second half. Once they move into their new digs in downtown Orlando in late 2021, you’ll be able to chase locally produced whiskey, vodka and rum with locally produced beer at their multi-tap venue.
Both operations are owned and operated by the same team, who are dedicated to making high-quality libations. The new facility is also expected to continue its predecessor’s near-daily tours and tastings, with tours lasting about 35-40 minutes.
Big Storm Brewing Company
Amway Center, Downtown Orlando
There’s a brand-new reason to attend professional sports, concerts and other experiences at downtown Orlando’s Amway Center, and it has nothing to do with the action on the court! Based in Tampa, Florida, Big Storm Brewing Company is only open when the venue is hosting events, but beer-lovers won’t want skip visiting it early and often while they’re there.
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Another thing that sets Big Storm apart from other local breweries is a lineup of coffees made with locally roasted beans using the same attention to quality that they give to their beers. As to the latter, options include Florida-infused flavors such as Tangerine IPA, Golden Ale, Gulf Coast IPA and many more, making each visit to the Amway Center a delicious affair.
Broken Strings Brewery
Located close to Exploria Stadium, which is home to the MLS' Orlando City Soccer Club and NWSL's Orlando City Pride, Broken Strings Brewery produces distinct lines of beer on a rotating, 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.
Cask & Larder
Orlando International Airport
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 and Disney Springs' The Polite Pig. Cask & Larder used to be a standalone restaurant in the same building currently used by The Ravenous Pig — but the name lives on at its new location inside Orlando International Airport.
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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 given that this brewery offers exceptional food, there's no fear of going hungry!
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. They take spiritual guidance from a long-gone Orlando amusement park called Joyland, which used to be located on the shores of Lake Ivanhoe.
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Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. has attracted a dedicated fan base, thanks in part to innovative brews made with quality ingredients and names that evoke Orlando’s spirit, such as Park Hopper Golden Pilsner, Joyland American IPA and Bungalow Belgian Witbier. The staff is also committed to educating the public about the joys of craft beer.
After seven years of brewing acclaimed craft beer in Bradenton on Florida’s west coast, Motorworks Brewing has finally opened a taproom and brewery in downtown Orlando. The new location features a seven-barrel brewhouse with 15-barrel tanks for onsite production, ensuring plenty of volume for award-winning brews like Adoptable Lager, Pulp Friction® Grapefruit IPA, Midnight Espresso Coffee Porter® and more.
In addition to offering 24 of their acclaimed drafts on tap, Motorworks’ Orlando location boasts more than 30 packaged beers, wine, a robust kitchen menu and even a full liquor cocktail menu. Motorworks Orlando is also dog friendly with an open-air deck out back, so feel free to stay awhile!
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 traditionally 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. Check with Orlando Brewing for current availability.
Park Pizza & Brewing Company
Few things go together better than pizza and beer! Located about 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport, Park Pizza & Brewing Company serves up wood-fired pizza and house-brewed suds, plus a sense of neighborhood pride.
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Whether inside their dining room, at the bar or on their patio, you'll find a place to grab a bite and a pint, watch the game, hang with your kids and catch up with friends.
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 DeLand back in 2014, and has since relocated to downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola Heights neighborhood. 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.
Persimmon Hollow’s beer is so good that three of its brands are sold in cans at retailers throughout Central Florida. They also offer a curated selection of wines, and the taproom hosts a full schedule of recurring events such as bingo, yoga, trivia and more.
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!
Rockpit Brewing’s motto is “You’ll dig our beer,” and for good reason. Their taproom boasts 20 drafts with a huge variety of in-house crafted beer and hard seltzer waters. In addition to three to five IPAs on any given visit, you can also look forward to sours, Belgian and German beers, lagers, pilsners and more. Plus, you can get them to go courtesy of Rockpit’s online store.
While you’re there, you can also dig into some hot and fresh Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q courtesy of an exclusive menu developed just for beer-lovers. You’ll find Rockpit in our SoDo district, just south of downtown.
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 — right next door to a great source of cold sandwiches and subs, Stasio’s Italian Deli & Market. (And yes, the two businesses’ offerings perfectly complement each other!)
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In addition to being a well-regarded brewery with a solid lineup of popular beers, 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 hometown transition into a craft-beer destination.
Ten10 Brewing Company
Mills 50 / Ivanhoe Village
Straddling Orlando's hip Mills 50 and Ivanhoe Village districts, about 15 minutes from our tourism districts, 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, growler and “crowlers” (canned, non-refillable growlers) 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
Even more tasty breweries await you in Orlando’s nearby communities, including Winter Garden, Sanford and more.
Bowigens Beer Company
If you believe that brewing is an art form, you'll find kindred spirits at Bowigens Beer Company, about 30 minutes northeast of Orlando’s tourism districts. 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 restaurants, and guests are always welcome to bring something to eat when they visit.
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, all complemented by nearly a dozen semi-regular and seasonal brews.
Central 28 is located about 35 minutes north of our tourism districts, 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.
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® Resort. 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.
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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.
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 sour 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’s main location is a 240-seat taproom in Longwood, about 25 minutes north of our main tourism districts. 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. Appropriately enough, a second location can be found in downtown Orlando’s Hourglass District.
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.
Oviedo Brewing Company
Located at the Oviedo Mall, about 30 minutes north of Orlando’s tourism districts, Oviedo Brewing Company has a hardy lineup of brews for you to enjoy, including their Barnyard Blonde (blonde ale), Ovideo-Zen (Hefeweizen), Mama Samba (IPA Imperial), and more.
The brews pair perfectly with their food menu, and fun events such as weekly trivia nights. They’re also up for hosting memorable private events.
Sanford Brewing Company
Part of the dining and nightlife lineup in Sanford's historic downtown area, about 40 minutes north of our tourism districts, 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. And now, they have a second location in Maitland!
Wop's Hops Brewing Company
Wop's Hop Brewing Company is a microbrewery specializing in English-style ales, located about 40 minutes north of Orlando’s tourism districts. 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.
Map of Orlando Breweries
Use this interactive map to track down Orlando breweries on and off the Central Florida Ale Trail. (Click here if you found us via Google and don’t see a map or images!)