Sanford Brewing is just off First Avenue, which is the main street through Downtown Sanford. A big part of our journey coming to Florida from Michigan began in Sanford. Matt’s first job in Florida was located in Sanford, so when we were planning our move down, we spent time in the town. We drove around, looked at some rental homes, and got to see part of the downtown area. We were instantly intrigued by the downtown area, with it’s historic buildings, and brick roads. So spending an afternoon in Sanford to review some breweries is a “tough” job!
Sanford Brewing is in a corner building with exposed brick inside, and beautiful woodwork.
Love how you can look at walls and just see history.
There are also two large glass garage doors, next to the main entrance which they can open up. Our second visit was in the middle of January on a day with weather in the upper 70’s, so having the doors open on a beautiful day was perfect.
Red Otter, Red Ale. This was a bit more bitter than Matt thought it would be.
Panty Dropper, Belgian Strong Golden Ale had light hints of apple, pear, and oranges. We both thought this one was really light and easy drinking good.
The My Precious, New Zealand Pale Ale was Matt’s favorite from our flight because it was floral, hoppy, and just really good.
Peachy Keen, Saison was pretty peachy, with hints of ginger. Matt was not a fan, but I thought it was pretty good.
Uptown Brown, English Brown Ale was a nutty, coffee, really good, brown ale according to Matt. I am not a coffee drinker, so I am not a fan of coffee beers. So I leave those tastings to Matt.
BluBeary, American IPA was, can you say, YUM!!! Matt stole my sample, and then we both enjoyed a glass. This ended up being the favorite for both of us. At 55ibu, it was not very hoppy, and we grabbed ourselves a growler to go, so we could enjoy it again!
Both of us had heard really good things about the food at Sanford Brewing, but we did not eat while there our first visit. So when we went back, we made sure to get ourselves something to eat.
The above menu is just a sample, because when we went back, the choices were different.
We had a cheddar, taco seasoned ground beef, with grilled peppers, MYOMAC. We didn’t order the grilled peppers, we ordered the crushed Doritos on top, but we didn’t realize until we had already eaten half the order, it was that good.
During our second visit Matt tried the Sanford Proud Mary, which is a bloody mary mix with Sanford Brewing Celery City Pale Ale. Matt figured it was worth a try, since his college buddy adds beer to his Bloody Marys. He wasn’t a big fan of it, so he ordered the SmashLager to add some more beer to the drink, and he had previously tried the SmashLager at a beerfest.
Sanford Brewing will be a place we return to several times. It’s a friendly atmosphere, and the first time we went they had live music. They seem to host lots of events too.
Looking for more Central Florida breweries? Check out our post on the Central Florida Ale Trail.