Something's Brewing in Central Florida
This ones not for you, wine snobs. Check out a few of the coolest places around town to grab a "cold one."
Ocean Sun Brewery
There are quite a few details about this brewery that make it unique. For instance, it's BYOF (bring your own food) option or welcoming man's best (furry) friend to pull up a chair at their inside tables. This place proves to be rather hospitable when it comes to making you feel comfortable. Ocean Sun produces traditional ales and lagers, but sometimes they'll serve up a twist like their Big Buchi - a stout that's deep, rich and chocolately, topped with espresso. If you're not a frequent beer guzzler, not to worry. The spot arms you with a beer guide for pairing suggestions to satisfy your thirsty palate. If all this drinking makes you hungry and you forgot to BYOF you can choose from their menu of fresh local food while you enjoy their live entertainment. Have brewing skills of your own? While you're there inquire about becoming a guest brewer!
Ocean Sun Brewing is located at 3030 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806
Mon-Tues: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wed-Thurs: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 12:00 PM - Midnight
Sun: 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Orlando Brewing Company
This Orlando hangout has been around for a while, but there are probably some things you didn't know - like how they are the only U.S.D.A. certified organic brewery south of Vermont and east of Colorado, or that their home brews can be found in over 500 locations across the state of Florida. They also follow what is called "the Reinheitsgebot," the German Purity Law of 1516 which decreed that beers should only be brewed with four ingredients: water, hops, yeast and malted barely with no adjuncts or additives - in other words organic. Graeme Lay is their Brewmaster and while he is very strict on following the Reinheitsgebot, 4 times a year he releases a beer that violates the law which they have appropriately dubbed "The Violator Series." Having a party? Pick up a 6-pack or even a keg of their in-house brews!
Orlando Brewing is located at 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806
Mon-Thurs: 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Fri-Sat: 1:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sun: 1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Sea Dog Brewing
Not only does this place have great beer, but they have great food, too. Choose from their beer-infused "creative pub fare with a flair" menu including things like "Cheesesteak "wit" Beer Wiz" (beer wiz: beer and cheese sauce, apparently) or their "Export Beer Braised Chicken Quesadilla." Originating in Maine, Sea Dog also offers a wide variety of delicious seafood options. Pair your pick with a handcrafted ale and dig in!
Sea Dog Brewing is located at 8496 Palm Parkway, Orlando, FL 32836
Mon-Thurs: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Sat-Sun: 11:30 AM - 12:00 AM