Best Central Florida Breweries Guide

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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.

Couple at Wops Hops Brewing in Central Florida

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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

Central 28 Beer Co Review

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

Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co Review

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.

Lake Mary

Orange County Brewers 1117 International Parkway #1701, Lake Mary, FL 32746

Couple at Orange County Brewers Florida

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.

Orange City

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

Deviant Wolf Brewing Sanford

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

Sanford Brewing Florida Review

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

Wops Hops Brewing Co Review

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.

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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 flight in Orlando

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

Ladies at Rockpit Brewing in Central Florida

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!

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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

Clermont Brewing in Central Florida

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

Couple at Suncreek Brewery in Clermont

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

Wolf Branch Brewing Eustis

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

Great Chicago Brewery in Central Florida

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!

Mount Dora

Wolf Branch Brewing 100 E 4th Ave, Mount Dora, FL 32757

Inside Wolf Branch Brewing Mount Dora

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

Toll Road Brewing in Central Florida

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.

Winter Garden

Crooked Can Brewing Company 426 W Plant St, Winter Garden, FL 34787

Crooked Can Brewing Winter Garden

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

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.

Central Florida Ale Trail

Be sure to get your map stamped, after enjoying some brews.

Central Florida Ale Trail

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!!

Share Our Happy!!

Julie Gazdecki

Julie is owner and founder of How We Find Happy. As an optimist, the name is perfect as we share the ways we find happy living in Florida, visiting breweries, spending time with our adult children, and getting away on some couples trips. As previous residents of Michigan, we still spend lots of time each year visiting our family up there, along with new and favorite places. My hope is to encourage others to spend time exploring this beautiful world, and finding happy in unexpected places.

24 thoughts on “Best Central Florida Breweries Guide

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  • You guys need to come here! We have a couple of great breweries! These look amazing too!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    We sure do. We’ve been to a couple over that way already.

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Yes!! Let us know when you get over our way!! Would love to meet up!

  • Tammie

    This looks like so much fun! I love that you added the addresses of the participating breweries!

  • Brandi

    This looks great! I bet it was a load of fun!!

  • Hera

    Great list! I used to live in Winter Park, I’ll pass this on to my friends there who would totally appreciate this.

  • Divya Saggar

    Looks like a great list. I am in Atlanta and will def. hop on to a few when I come to Orlando next.
    – Divya

  • I was not aware of this! This is a must do for us! We did the Urban Bourbon Trail in Kentucky this past November and it was so much fun! We need to try this and its not far away : )

  • I love maps and trails. It is like a scavenger hunt for adults.

  • Vessy Smith

    This is such a great and informative guide…and we are most definitely GOOD BREW LOVERS! I am going to save this post for sure…How fun! 🙂

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Yay!! Love meeting more gals who love a good brew!!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Goals!! It’s like checking off a to-do list, but there’s no work involved….just fun!!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    When you head to Wolf Branch, let us know. That is in our home town!!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Atlanta has some great breweries we’d like to hit up too!!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Winter Park is such a pretty area. We head there often.

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Not yet!! Typically we only do 1-3 per day out. Sometimes not even that. We have many more to go!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    So far it’s been great!! We have lots more to visit!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Thanks!! Hoping to make it easy for those visiting!!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    We can’t wait to visit Asheville. I think they are battling with Grand Rapids, MI for the title!!

  • How have I only been to two of these! Probably because I love Crooked Can so much! 😉 I will be saving this for future reference! Hahah

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