Sanford Brewing is just off First Avenue, which is the main street through Downtown Sanford, Florida. 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! Hoping our Sanford Brewing Review is helpful if you are considering a visit.
Where is Sanford Brewing Located?
Located in a corner building on Sanford Ave, and part of the historic Georgetown neighborhood of Sanford. Previous home to many businesses over the 100 plus years of life of the building.
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.
Beer Flight at Sanford Brewing
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!
Does Sanford Brewing have food?
Both of us had heard really good things about the food at Sanford Brewing, but we didn’t eat while there our first visit. So when we went back, we made sure to get ourselves something to eat.
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.
UPDATE to our Sanford Brewing Review
We’ve made several more visits to Sanford Brewing since our original blog post. One night was to have dinner and drinks before attending the John Michael Montgomery concert at The Barn in Sanford. So, we had the chance to try more off their food menu. Matt and I shared a Shrimp Po-Boy sandwich, and my sister had the Beer Bang Shrimp with sweet potato fries. Everything was so good, again!
Our girls are big on trying the big pretzels with beer cheese. Even though they weren’t with us, we had to try it. Now I need to take them back, because we think they have the BEST pretzel!
The Mac n’ Cheese menu has been updated since we last ate there, and they offer a Taco Mac. My friend Michele got it, and boy did it look amazing!! Another thing I need to try next time.
Is Sanford Brewing Worth Visiting?
In conclusion of our Sanford Brewing review, we will return several times to enjoy the atmosphere, beers, and food. Therefore, it would be a big fat YES, you should visit!
Looking for more Central Florida breweries? Check out our post on the Best Breweries Around Central Florida
Plus our review on Wops Hops Brewing, which is just across the street from Sanford Brewing.