Central Florida has an ever growing community of craft breweries. Whether you’re a local, or happen to be traveling to area, there’s sure to be something for all the craft beer enthusiasts spending time around town. We’ve taken many day trips to find the best Central Florida breweries. Although there’s several we still need to visit, we hope our input guides you in the right direction to find what you are looking for.
Best Breweries in Orlando North
Bowigens Beer Company 1014 FL436 Casselberry, FL 32707
Matt and I did a brewery hopping day with our friend Ken on a Saturday afternoon, a couple years ago. Bowigens was our meeting place, and first stop. We arrived at opening, so there were only a couple other people around. This makes it a little tough to get a good feel for the atmosphere of the brewery.
Central 28 Beer Company 290 Springview Commerce Dr, DeBary, FL 32713
Nestled back in an industrial area, Central 28 Beer is a nice quiet, relaxing place to hang out. They’ve even earned a spot at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in the past. Read about it in our full review HERE.
Persimmon Hollow Brewing 111 W Georgia Ave, DeLand, FL 32720
In the heart of historic Deland, we’ve enjoyed a couple visits to Persimmon Hollow. Including their 6th anniversary event, and we got to try lots more beers.
Orange County Brewers 1117 International Parkway #1701, Lake Mary, FL 32746
Ok, I’ve been wanting to check out Orange County Brewers since they were located in Downtown Orlando. Finally, we made a quick stop on our way to a wedding reception out in Lake Mary. Totally worth it! I like everything in my flight, and Matt liked it too. Would love to go back and try some of their food menu. It looked great!
Hourglass Brewing 480 S Ronald Reagan Blvd Longwood, FL 32750
Known for using local ingredients and creating exotic brews, we thought this was a pretty cool place. They consider themselves lovers of nerd nostalgia, and welcome families to hang out.
Blue Springs Brewing 1070 S Volusia Ave, Orange City, FL 32763
Our only visit to Blue Springs Brewing was during the pandemic, so offerings were limited. This also didn’t allow for what consider to be a true experience, so we look forward to going back again. They had lots of different seltzers, and the poutine was pretty good. I’ve also seen they’ve combined with a pizzeria.
Oviedo Brewing Company 1280 Oviedo Mall Blvd, Oviedo, FL 32765
Another Central Florida Brewery we have not visited as of yet. Haven’t heard much about them, since it’s pretty far from us, and I don’t really know people who live out that way. Of course, we’d still like to check it out.
Dees Brothers Brewing 210 Magnolia Ave, Sanford, FL 32771
Newest brewery to the historic district of Sanford, this quickly became another favorite for us. Be sure to come hungry, and get the All the Grilled Cheese sandwich.
Deviant Wolfe Brewing 121 W 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771
After our first visit to Deviant Wolfe, we weren’t impressed. But, we are all about second chances, and a couple friends had told us how much they like it, so we decided to go back. This time, it was much better. We can see now how they are an award winning brewery.
Sanford Brewing 400 Sanford Ave, Sanford, FL 32771
Another brewery close to us that we’ve been to several times. Lots of brews we like, and they have a great food menu, including create your own Mac ‘n Cheese.
Wops Hops Brewing Co 419 Sanford Ave, Sanford, FL 32771
Home of my favorite beer, Paridiso, a coconut ale. Matt and I love coming to Wops Hops. One other surprise we both like is their Smokin’ Hot Italian. During our first time there, the beertender was trying to push us to try it. Finally, Matt gave in. He was shocked he liked it as much as he did. After tasting it myself, I was also surprised at how much I liked it. Their beer and food menu is great too. I really need to get on writing up a full review.
Breweries in Orlando
I’ll begin by saying, we have not spent enough time exploring Orlando breweries. Therefore, here’s a little bit about each, and hopefully we can get down there more.
Brew Theory and Community Brewhouse 400 Pittman St, Orlando, FL 3280
Home of Central Florida’s full service brewery establishment. They will also be first to partner with local colleges to offer brewing courses. With all the brewing taking place onsite, it’s no wonder they have a tap room. We’ve not been yet, but it sure sounds interesting.
Broken Strings Brewery 1012 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805
Music inspired brewery, with what looks like a great beer menu to me. Offering live music and comedy nights.
Dead Lizard Brewing Company 4507 36th St, Orlando, FL 3281
Family owned and operated by a third generation brewer. Who also happens to be teaching his daughter to become a fourth generation of taking on the tradition.
Ellipsis Brewing 7500 TPC Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822
Veteran owned, you can find Ellipsis not far from Orlando International Airport. Looks like they offer a wide range of IPAs if that’s something you like.
Hourglass Brewing at Hourglass District 2500 Curry Ford Rd #4, Orlando, FL 32806
We’ve only been to the Longwood location, but if this one’s anything like it, I know we’ll enjoy.
Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co 1300 Alden Road, Orlando, FL 32803
Paying tribute to Orlando’s past, the brewery is located in the historic Ivanhoe District. My friend Tonya, from Detail Oriented Traveller had great things to say about them.
Motorworks Brewing 131 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801
After visiting their original location in Bradenton, we were happy to see one open in the heart of Downtown Orlando. Matt loves the V-Twin, and they have a big menu of brews I like!
Persimmon Hollow Brewing 227 N Eola Dr, Orlando, FL 32801
Another great brewery we were happy to see make a second home in Downtown Orlando. Persimmon Hollow has he perfect outdoor seating area, overlooking Lake Eola. Unlike their Deland location, they also offer a menu of creative eats.
Orlando Brewing 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806
Known for being Florida’s only USDA certified organic brewery. Although we’ve not visited the tap room, I have bought their beers at our local stores.
Rockpit Brewing 10 W Illiana St, Orlando, FL 32806
When we decided to get a limo for my 50th birthday, I knew we had to head to Orlando. Since we don’t get down there often enough, I picked Rockpit because of their large menu of beers I wanted to taste. To our surprise, when we got there, they were hosting Beerlymics! It looked like a blast. We will definitely go back.
Sideward Brewing Co 210 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL 32803
Back in October 2020 we stopped in, but with the restrictions still in place they weren’t offering tasters or flights. Intrigued by their menu, we would like to return.
Tactical Brewing Co 4882 New Broad St, Orlando, FL 32814
Priding themselves on continuously pushing the boundaries of creating good beer. They are also veteran owned, with a passion to support other veterans and first responders.
Ten10 Brewing Company 1010 Virginia Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
Along with brewing beer, they also offer ciders and seltzers. Located in the Mills 50 District, close to the science center, and several theatres.
The Bear & Peacock Brewery Relocating to Orlando and coming soon!
Best Breweries in West Central Florida
Three Odd Guys Brewing 48 E 5th St, Apopka, FL 32703
What started out as “we can brew our own beer?” has become Apopka’s first brewery. Bravely pushing through and opening during the pandemic, I look forward to choosing to be different.
Clermont Brewing Company 750 W Desoto St, Clermont, FL 34711
Matt and I took a Saturday day trip down to Clermont after shooting at a range in Ocoee. We both loved the atmosphere of Clermont Brewing Co. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, with two large bars, and live music. Their food menu looked pretty good, but sadly we had already eaten.
Suncreek Brewery 790 W Minneola Ave Clermont, FL 34711
My friend Tonya’s favorite local place to hang out. She does a lot of her blogging work while sipping on their brews. Now that we’ve visited, I see why she hangs out there so much. There’s a couple different food vendors inside, and we enjoyed some coal fired pizza.
Wolf Branch Brewing 119 N Bay St, Eustis, FL 32726
Our local hometown brewery, so you know we spend some time here. A small batch brewery, therefore the menu is ever changing. Some of our favorites are Uncle Mikey’s Peach, Beastwood, and Parch’d. If visiting during the week, we have fun at bingo night, or trivia.
Bully Brewing Inc 2204 Griffin Rd, Leesburg, FL 34748
Another accidental find thanks to Google maps. I told Matt this looks like a pretty cool brewery. Not too far from us, I’m surprised I didn’t hear anything about it opening.
Great Chicago Fire Brewery 311 W Magnolia St, Leesburg, FL 34748
When one of my besties comes down from Michigan, we always meet up in Leesburg for lunch. Last year, after lunch, we decided to hang out a bit, so we walked over to Great Chicago Fire Brewery for a drink. I’ve met the owner through networking, but never realized he brewed his own beer. It turned out to be a pretty cool place.
Matt and I did a day trip to Leesburg so he could try out the food at the Great Chicago Fire Brewery. We had just went to the new Portillo’s down in Orlando, so he wanted to compare them. Let’s just say, he was pleasantly surprised it was as good! I decided to try out the thin crust Chicago style pizza, and loved it. Nice crispy crust, and lots of cheese!
Mammoth Oak Brewing Company 117 W N Blvd Suite 26, Leesburg, FL 34748
I happened to hear about Mammoth Oak Brewing way before opening, and followed their progress. It took way too long before we finally made our first visit, but it was way worth the wait! Of course we have our beer styles we prefer, but we’ve yet to taste a beer we didn’t like at Mammoth Brewing. They’ve brewed up some great cream ales, and collabs with Donut King! Like their Blueberry Cake Donut Wheat Ale, and Boston Cream Donut Wheat Ale.
Be sure to come hungry, because we missed eating the first time. But, our second visit was to try out their complete menu of BBQ. Everything we ordered was so good. Our girls gave the pretzels and beer cheese two thumbs up!
Wolf Branch Brewing 100 E 4th Ave, Mount Dora, FL 32757
Even though close to their original location in Eustis, we were happy to see Wolf Branch Brewing come to Mount Dora. It was in dire need of a good brewery. Wolf Branch is the core tenant in the fairly new Mount Dora Marketplace. Since we spend lots of time in Mount Dora, it’s good to have them there. Mount Dora allows you to walk with drinks, therefore grab a brew and take a walk around town.
Toll Road Brewing Co 101 W McKey St, Ocoee, FL 34761
It’s been a while since I’ve been to Toll Road, but Matt has been several times because his work is not far away. Cute little location in old Ocoee area, they also have food trucks often.
Crooked Can Brewing Company 426 W Plant St, Winter Garden, FL 34787
One of the Central Florida breweries we’ve probably been to the most. Located in the Plant Street Market, it is a hub for hanging out. Family friendly, with lots of other vendors in the marketplace, they also host lots of events. There’s a very large outdoor seating area, and two bars to walk up and place your orders. Plenty of award winning beers to choose from.
Central Florida Ale Trail
For those who live or spend lots of time in the area, you can also check out the Central Florida Ale Trail. How exactly does the trail work? At your first brewery, ask for your Central Florida Ale Trail map, and choose your brews. Not all Orlando area breweries participate, so be sure to check out their website.
Be sure to get your map stamped, after enjoying some brews.
After you visit all the breweries on your Central Florida Ale Trail map, you receive this special growler at your final location. The growler gets you $1 off fills at participating breweries. Plus, there is no time limit to complete your map. Bookmark this post for quick links to all the Central Florida breweries, because the ale trail site does not have all the most current information.
As we make our way around town to visit the best Central Florida breweries, you can find our reviews linked to this post. Cheers!! Let us know if you visit!!