The 20 Best Breweries in Orlando to Tour And Explore!
“Nothing ever tasted better than a cold beer on a beautiful afternoon with nothing to look forward to than more of the same.” – Hugh Hood
Begging off a day or two on vacation in search of the best breweries in Orlando, FL? Ever get a real craving for an ice-cold, thirst-quenching craft brew and nothing else will do? Not just any old craving, but the kind of yearning for quality homegrown beer perhaps best exemplified by “Barry Badrinath” in the hit 2006 cult comedy Beerfest when he exclaims his love for Schnitzengiggle Beer, “I wish it were winter so we could freeze it into ice blocks and skate on it and melt it in the spring time and drink it!”
Fortunately, Central Florida (and Orlando in particular) has evolved into a mecca for craft breweries over the past decade, so quenching your thirst for a well-made, invigorating Orlando craft brew has never been easier! In fact, the popularity of craft breweries continues to climb not only in Florida (which boasts more than 200 craft breweries at last count) but throughout the United States with craft brews accounting for more than 13 percent of the U.S. beer market by volume, according to the Brewers Association. The Florida Brewers Guild states that “the hallmark of craft beer and craft brewers is innovation … Craft brewers have distinctive, individualistic approaches to connecting with their customers.”
The truly adventurous Orlando craft brew aficionado will want to take a self-guided “pour tour” along the Central Florida Ale Trail. Simply grab the official Central Florida Ale Trail Map at any participating Central Florida brewery (or check out our interactive Orlando Brewery Map below at the end of the post) and get it stamped at each Orlando brewery location. Once you complete the entire Ale Trail at your leisure, the final brewery will reward you with your own special growler, which you can use to get $1 off fills at participating breweries in and near Orlando. Getting thirsty yet? Here are the 20 best Orlando breweries for any season, but especially summer:
1 | Orlando Brewing Company | Florida’s only USDA certified organic brewery (whatever that means!), Orlando Brewing Company kicked off Central Florida’s craft brew frenzy when it first opened in way back in 2004. Nestled in the industrial district just south of downtown Orlando near the Amtrak station, the immensely popular brewery features 24 different craft beers on tap, live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and Drink N’ Trivia every first and third Monday of the month.
Sample Brews: Blonde Ale, Pale Ale, Right on Red! Ale, O-Town Brown Ale, Eminent Domain Scottish Ale, Olde Pelican English Pale Ale, Hopsgasmic West Coast IPA, Papa Midnight Imperial Stout
WHERE: 1301 Atlanta Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806 | WHO: (407) 872-1117
2 | Crooked Can Brewing Company | Opened in 2014 within Plant Street Market in charming downtown Winter Garden, Crooked Can Brewing Company has evolved into one of the top local craft brewers in Central Florida. In addition to 15 unique craft beers on tap, Crooked Can features brewery tours and a lively pet-friendly patio with live entertainment.
Sample Brews: High Stepper, Cloud Chaser, McSwagger’s Own, Mr. Tractor, Domestic Bliss, McStagger, Freedom Ride, Workaholic, Tri Wishes, Citrus Kicker, Burgermeister, Florida Sunshine
WHERE: 426 West Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787 | WHO: (407) 395-9520
3 | Dead Lizard Brewing Company | Ideally located in an industrial park behind Holy Land Experience and just a short drive from both the Mall at Millenia and Universal Orlando Resort, Dead Lizard Brewing Company had its humble beginnings in a family garage converted “into an elaborate home brewing facility.” Today, Dead Lizard features a brewhouse and tap room with 10 different beers on tap. As for the unusual name? One of the owners reportedly came across “a couple of mummified lizards curled into an almost perfect Ying-Yang symbol” on a back porch and Dead Lizard Brewing Company was born!
Sample Brews: Trippy Pippy’s Red Dread Ale, Purple Skink IPA, Roasted Pistachio Nut Brown Ale, Uncle Pudgy’s Two Fisted Porter, Komodo “Koko” Dragon Stout
WHERE: 4507 36th Street, Suite #C, Orlando, FL 32811 | WHO: (407) 777-3060
4 | Ten10 Brewing Company | Nestled in Orlando’s bustling Mills 50 District, Ten10 Brewing Company has been churning out quality craft brew since 2015 – making Ten10 a Top 10 Orlando craft brewery. In addition, Ten10, which bills itself as a “local brewery, tasting room and meeting place for friends and strangers,” hosts a popular weekly fun run every Tuesdays at 6:30 PM. Brewery tours are also available.
Sample Brews: Awaken My Love Imperial Stout, Shambolic American Red Ale, Arson Juice Double Hazy IPA, Nocturnal Majesty Imperial Stout
WHERE: 1010 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803 | WHO: (407) 930-8993
5 | Hourglass Brewing | Founded in 2012 with the goal of making “world-class beer,” Hourglass Brewing features a spacious and lively 240-seat taproom decorated with “geek culture” and the works of talented local artists. The “oldest brewery in Longwood” also offers tours, a dog-friendly patio and occasional onsite food trucks.
Sample Brews: Giant Dwarf, Cloudberry Farmhouse, Stormgazer, Fatty Boom, Longwood Landbier, Drunken Irish Curse
WHERE: 480 South Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Suite 1020, Longwood, FL 32750 | WHO: (407) 262-0056
6 | Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour & Brewery | Located just east of Harry P. Leu Gardens near the East End Market in Audubon Park, Redlight Redlight is an Orlando craft beer bar/microbrewery that offers an extensive selection of craft beers, both draft and bottled, including several house originals. In fact, there are more than 250 bottles to choose from, making Redlight Redlight perhaps the closet place in Orlando to craft beer heaven!
Sample Brews: Red Cypress Wild Roots Sour Ale, Ete Grissette Farmhouse Ale, The Gnostic Sour Ale
WHERE: 2810 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803 | WHO: (407) 893-9832
7 | Ocean Sun Brewing | There’s always something going on at Ocean Sun Brewing such as live music, trivia nights, fun runs and even yoga sessions! Opened in 2016, this casual neighborhood hangout (part taproom and part brewery) is located at Curry Ford East Shopping Center within Orlando’s trendy Hourglass District and features a dozen house-brewed beers on tap for your drinking pleasure.
Sample Brews: Bumby Blonde, Blue Bags IPA, Conch Cruiser Hefeweizen, Buchi Espresso Milk Stout
WHERE: 3030 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32806 | WHO: (407) 745-5551
8 | Deadly Sins Brewing | In the mood for “Sinfully Good Beer”? Head up to Winter Park to sample the delicious craft beer offerings of the dog-friendly Deadly Sins Brewing, which is one of the newest breweries in Central Florida and located in an industrial area behind 4Rivers Smokehouse. In addition to its dozen or so core beers on tap, Deadly Sins features a seasonal rotating craft beer selection.
Sample Brews: Grove IPA, Side Chick Blonde, A Little High IPA, If I Had a Nickle Brown Ale, Does the Body Good Imperial Milk Stout
WHERE: 750 Jackson Avenue, #102, Winter Park, FL 32789 | WHO: (407) 900-8726
9 | Ellipsis Brewery & Taproom | Seeking an Orlando craft brewery near the Orlando International Airport? Whether your flight is delayed or you just want to grab a quick brew before take-off, the family- and dog-friendly Ellipsis Brewery has you covered! The spacious, 7,500-square-foot brewery and taproom features a notable array of original brews for you to sample. To top it off, Ellipsis earned a “People’s Choice Award” from the Florida SMaSH Beer Festival.
Sample Brews: Black Sheep Dark Ale, Y Can’t IBU Pale Ale, Happy Pils Pilsner, Highly Doubtful Imperial Stout
WHERE: 7500 TPC Boulevard, #8, Orlando, FL 32822 | WHO: (407) 250-5848
10 | Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company | A relatively new Orlando brewery, Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company opened in 2018 as an independent craft brewery and tasting room within Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village District and less than a half mile from Ten10 Brewing Company (see No. 4). Brewery tours are available upon request.
Sample Brews: Joyland, Bungalow, Toboggan, Tupac Shaporter, Suck it Trebek Sour Farmhouse IPA.
WHERE: 1300 Alden Road, Orlando, FL 32803 | WHO: (407) 270-6749
11 | Tactical Brewing Company | The motto of Tactical Brewing Company is “Strategically Chaotic Beer for Those Who Have Been There and Done That.” Owned and operated by military veterans, Tactical Brewing Company is located in the heart of the Baldwin Park downtown district and offers “high quality craft beer” in “an exhilarating atmosphere.”
Sample Brews: Marsh on 51, Tricarrothops, Blood Stripe, Hammer Darts, Crayon Eater, Thirsty? Why Wait?, Tank You, Kiweekend Warrior
WHERE: 4882 New Broad Street, Orlando, FL 32814 | WHO: (407) 203-2033
12 | The Bear and Peacock Brewery | A rustic-style taproom within the Brewstillery facility (a fully functional liquor distillery) in Winter Park, The Bear and Peacock Brewery opened in 2016. The craft brewery’s eclectic name derives from the first two brands produced by the distilling company: Bear Gully Classic Whiskey and Genius Vodka. Today, the Bear and Peacock offers 12 brews on tap, as well as tours throughout the week (based on advance requests and availability).
Sample Brews: Bikini Bottom Pineapple Wheat, Foxy Cleopatra Coffee Blonde, Eastbrown & Down Hoppy Brown Ale, Smokey the Beer Smoked Porter
WHERE: 1288 N. Orange Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789 | WHO: (407) 801-2714
13 | Broken Strings Brewery | Ideally located in downtown Orlando between Camping World Stadium and Exploria Stadium (home to the Orlando City Soccer Club), Broken Strings is a laid-back Orlando brewery known for hosting “crazy awesome music.” Founded in 2016, Broken Strings offers 12 different beers on tap and is full of raucous fans during home games of the Orlando City Lions. The brightly colored walls of the brewery feature murals depicting such late, great musicians as Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Jim Morrison, John Lennon and many others.
Sample Brews: Cholaca-Laca Bang, Penny Layne, A Tribe Called Hops, Lion’s Lager, Miami Sour Machine, Koltrane, Gainesville Hop City, Millennial Whoop, Liquid Vinyl
WHERE: 1012 W. Church Street, Orlando, FL 32805 | WHO: (407) 730-9108
14 | Deviant Wolfe Brewing | Planning to spend a day wandering around historic downtown Sanford? Stop into Deviant Wolfe Brewing for an ice-cold, meticulously crafted brew and a bite to eat (you can order to go from any of the surrounding eateries and bring your food into the taproom). Deviant Wolfe also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year such as fun runs, trivia nights and yoga classes.
Sample Brews: Strawberry Quiky, Norwegian Wizard Crisis, Str8 Off tha Hopz, Galactic Shadows, The Haze Annulment, Hissy Fit, Any Way the Wind Blows, I Ain’t Afraid of No Roast
WHERE: 121 W. 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771 | WHO: (407) 878-4367
15 | Bowigens Beer Company | Started as a garage operation by two local Orlando area musicians, Bowigens Beer Company first opened in 2015 at the former site of a pizza restaurant in Casselberry. Bowigens typically features 18 different beers on tap, so you can rest assured there will be a cold brew available at the taproom for any taste.
Sample Brews: Bow 9, trHOPical Fusion IPA, 7 Layer Milk Stout, He Loves You Very Much Francine, Frozen Tundra, Here N’ Awesome, It’s Real & It’s Spectacular, You Uncultured Swine, Ours Gose to 11
WHERE: 1014 FL 436, Casselberry, FL 32707 | WHO: (407) 960-7816
16 | RockPit Brewing | The home of “Adamantly Anomalous Ales,” RockPit Brewing lies within Orlando’s bustling SoDo District (South of Downtown). In addition to an impressive 20+ beers on tap, RockPit has teamed with neighboring Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q to deliver patrons an exclusive menu of mouthwatering barbecue that perfectly complements its offering of delicious craft beers.
Sample Brews: H.L.’s Pale Ale, Miner’s Light, Cackler IPA, Blackstrap Con Leche, SoDo Blondin, Yankee Savage, Diffusion Porter
WHERE: 10 W. Illiana Street, Orlando, FL 32806 | WHO: (407) 826-1773
17 | Sanford Brewing Company | A combination brewhouse, taproom and gastropub that offers a great lineup of craft brews, a menu of “Southern gastro comfort food” and live music, Sanford Brewing Company offers something for everyone. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample the Giant Deep-Fried Pretzel with Beer Cheese Fondue! Sanford Brewing Company lies within short walking distance of Wops Hops Brewing Company (see No. 20).
Sample Brews: Lostweekender, Miss Cleo’s Barkely Wine, Party Animal, Pink Flamingose, Going Bananas Wit, Yeaster Bunny, Red Otter Red, Knockout Stout, Razzmatazz, Celery City USA, Proud Mary Bloody Beer, My Precious, KillaVanilla, Panty Dropper
WHERE: 400 Sanford Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771 | WHO: (407) 732-6419
18 | Oviedo Brewing Company | The small but rapidly growing city of Oviedo hit the (Ale Trail) map in 2018 when Oviedo Brewing Company opened at the Oviedo Mall (in the former Bill’s Elbow South restaurant space) as the first brewery in the area. Oviedo Brewing Company features a taproom and a kitchen that serves small plates such as Carne Asada Tacos, Asian Style Pork Belly Sliders and Drunken Chicken Fries. Brewery tours are also available.
Sample Brews: Rooster’s Rising Stout, Red Bug Red Ale, Aroha Pale Ale, Oviedo-Zen Hefeweizen
WHERE: 1280 Oviedo Mall Boulevard, Oviedo, FL 32765 | WHO: (407) 542-8248
19 | Mount Dora Brewing | Home to “Florida’s only mountain-brewed beer,” Mount Dora Brewing (opened in 2010 and known simply as “the Brewery” to locals) features the Rocking Rabbit Tap Room, Beer Garden, Rocking Rabbit Café and live music every Friday and Saturday night, as well as an open jam session on Sundays beginning around 5 PM.
Sample Brews: Beauclaire Blond Ale, Dora Drawdy Drool, Rocking Rabbit Red, Dirty Blond, Rabbit Pellet Porter, Pistolville Porter
WHERE: 405 S. Highland Street, Mount Dora, FL 32757 | WHO: (352) 735-1111
20 | Wop’s Hops Brewing Company | Billed as “Sanford’s First Microbrewery,” Wop’s Hops opened in 2014 at the former site of Stokes Fish Market in a historic Sanford building that was constructed in 1916. In addition to its fine selection of craft brews, full menu (sandwiches, wings, flatbreads, appetizers and salads) and a dog-friendly beer garden, Wop’s Hops is also unique among Central Florida breweries in that it is reportedly said to be haunted by up to five spirits!
Sample Brews: Hail Caesar, Paradiso, Wicked Ole Lady, Poseidon’s Pale Ale, Mudda Pucker, Primavera, Emperor Nero, Sleepin’ with the Fishes
WHERE: 419 Sanford Avenue, Sanford, FL 32771 | WHO: (407) 878-7819
BONUS | Toll Road Brewing Company | Opened in late 2018 at the site of a former funeral home as Ocoee’s first (and only!) craft brewery, funky Toll Road Brewing Company features five to six core beers on tap, along with three to four experimental beers in rotation. Featuring a family-friendly taproom, dog-friendly outdoor patio and rotating selection of food trucks, Toll Road was named for its proximity to three toll roads: State Road 408, State Road 429 and Florida’s Turnpike.
Sample Brews: Shamrocks & Shenanigans Irish Red, The Crowdpleaser, Pseudo Sue Pale Ale, Under Duck Lager, The Sheriff Robust Porter, Syncopathic Apricot Sour
WHERE: 101 W. McKey Street, Ocoee, FL 34761 | WHO: (407) 395-2742
So What's The Best Brewery Tour In Orlando?
Far be it for us to make a hard and fast call about which beer your should try or which ambiance we consider to be awesome versus comfortably quaint, but our team of editors and longtime Orlando Florida locals came together on an informal 'panel' of sorts to decide on thing,... which Orlando brewery tour is actually the most engaging experience, irrespective of the goods, pricing, options and the rest of the things that (frankly) some people might care more about. After some heavy deliberation over a course of mild libations, our team feels like the Hop On Brewery Tour Experience is one of the BEST in Orlando, and is a MUST VISIT for both locals and visitors to the Orlando area alike. They break down their tours into bite-sized trips that go to three or four (maximum) breweries, and pair them up in ways that are unique and unexpected. If you're out and about, give Hop On a try and see where it leads you,... even if it's in a wavy line. ;)
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