There are somedays when you need a drink and today, just happens to be one of those days. So, gather up your thirsty friends and drink like a local — and head to a local craft brewery. From Miami to Tampa and everything in between, you’ll find a local brewery in every part of the state. Did you know that Florida has over 90 breweries? Whether you’re just starting out exploring the craft beer scene in Florida or are a seasoned veteran, let’s raise a glass to the incredible options we have available to us in Florida. Now, to kick things off, here’s our guide to ten Florida craft breweries to add to your list.
7venth Sun Brewery
1012 Broadway, Dunedin
Devon Kreps and Justin Stange run this Belgian-style brewery, producing IPAs, spirit barrel-aged beer, and oak-aged sour beer. They operate a tiny storefront with a 4.5 barrel system. Brews include Time Bomb, EdDie Pale Ale, Jammin Four Fun, Naked & Famous, Unstoppable Anger, Intergalactic IPA, Come Toward the Light, Mangrove, and Graffiti Orange.
3924 W Spruce St, Tampa
Capitalizing on the Latin culture and tobacco-manufacturing history of Tampa Bay, Cigar City highlights its heritage in its beer recipes. Brews include Jai Alai IPA, Tocobaga Red Ale, and Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale.
534 Central Ave, St. Petersburg
Doug Dozark of Cycle Brewing knew craft beer wasn’t a fad. It was a trend, he knew, back in 2010. Cycle began as a nanobrewery at the Gulfport Mexican joint Peg’s Cantina, building a reputation on Clyde’s low-alcohol IPA Fixie, a favorite quaff of local brewers. Now he’s got Dozark’s stand-alone Cycle downtown brewpub. Think “industrial chic” with artwork by local artists. Brews rotate and include Unicycle Mandarina Crank IPA, Unicycle Motueka, Bottom of the 9th Brown Ale, and Freewheel Session IPA.
Due South Brewing Co
2900 High Ridge Rd, Boynton Beach
Due South Brewing opened in May 2012 and, since then, has distinguished itself as one of the top craft breweries in the state. The 15,000 square-foot, 15-barrel brewhouse produces their signature Caramel Cream Ale, and the taproom offers several rotating taps. Food trucks on-site. Distributed to bars and restaurants from Orlando to Key West.
Florida Keys Brewing Co
200 Morada Way (MM 81.6), Islamorada
Craig and Cheryl McBay opened their brewery in 2015 to bring craft beer to Florida’s southernmost islands. The brewmasters use local honey, mangoes and Key limes to brew their beers, including Honey Bottled Blonde, Triple Tail, SunSessional IPA, Hogfish Amber and Hurricane Hole Red. Brewery Tours are offered daily.
Fort Myers Brewing Company
12811 Commerce Lakes Dr, Fort Myers
Rob Wyte and wife Jennifer opened FMBC, the first microbrewery in the city and in Lee County, in March 2013. They’ve been growing ever since. Beers include Tamiami Tan, Black Raspberry Berliner, Caloosahatchee Kolsch, Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, City of Palms Pale Ale, Cypress Strong Ale, En Fuego, Gateway Gold, Hefeweizen, High Five IPA, Incognito Imperial Black IPA, and Jack Daniels Barrel Aged Cypress Strong Ale. Dog-friendly, with food trucks on-site.
Funky Buddha Brewery
2621 N Federal Hwy,, Oakland Park
At 40,000 square feet, this Oakland Park brewery may be the largest in South Florida. It’s 30-barrel, three-piece brewhouse rotates its brews. Seasonal brews include Big Guava Jelly Blonde Ale, Crusher Session IPA, Doc Brown Ale, and Floridian Hefeweizen. Taproom is open seven days. Tours available.
Orchid Island Brewery
2855 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach
Known as a Grove to Glass Craft Beer Project, Orchid Island Brewery (OIB) prides itself on making citrus IPA’s (using Indian River citrus) and custom barrel aged sours. OIB brews beer using Indian River citrus. Brews include Star Ruby, Citron, Jjungle Trail, Block 3 Honeybell Session IPA, and East Coast Ruby IPA. They also serve other craft beers on tap.
Three Palms Brewing Co.
Centro Ybor, 1600 E. Ninth Ave., Tampa
Three Palms Brewing was founded in 2011 by veteran home brewer Randy Reaver in a small warehouse space in Tampa where he brewed his first beers. He’s come a long way, winning gold and second runner-up for Best of Show — Small Batch in the Best Florida Beer Championships in 2014. Other brews include Hot Schtuff, Coconut Cream Pie Ale, Money Buns, Cinnamon Bun Ale, Get Up & Gose! Disco Bot, Cucumber/Ginger/Elderflower Saison and Caramel Apple Stout.
Wynwood Brewery Co.
565 NW 24th St, Miami
This craft brewery in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District produces Blonde Ale, India Pale Ale, Robust Porter, and seasonal brews.
If you’d like to explore the craft beer scene further, be sure to check out our guide to Florida breweries.