46 reasons to attend the Orlando Beer Festival this Saturday

Craft beer in Florida has its day in the sun

46 reasons to attend the Orlando Beer Festival this Saturday
Photo by Holly Whelden

"You Shall Not Pabst."

That's just one of the beers – a New Zealand hopped saison brewed by Bombardment Brewing Co. – that we're looking forward to tasting at Orlando Weekly's annual Orlando Beer Festival. The fest, now in its third year, happens in Festival Park (2911 Robinson St.) Saturday, Nov. 11.

Just as you can't judge a book by its cover, you can't judge a beer by its name, but nevertheless we're happily anticipating You Shall Not Pabst, as well as Ten10 Brewing's "Teaches of Peaches" peach cobbler brown ale, and just for originality of ingredients Crooked Can's cucumber gose, Rock Pit Brewing's jalapeño cream ale, Tactical Brewing Co.'s chocolate coffee peanut butter porter and Castle Church's All Saints Einbecker Medieval Ale. (What even is medieval ale? Guess we'll find out Saturday.)

While there's no 100 percent guarantee that a certain beer will be on hand on the day of the event (nothing in life is a sure thing!), here are 46 breweries – all but three are Florida operations – that will be repping their wares in Festival Park; each will have multiple brews on hand.

Accomplice Brewing & Ciderworks, West Palm Beach

American Craft Aleworks, West Palm Beach

Big Storm Brewing Co., Clearwater

Big Top Brewing Co., Sarasota

BJs Restaurant and Brewery, Orlando

Black Cauldron, Orlando

Bold City, Jacksonville

Bombardment Brewing Co., Orlando

Boricua Beer, Altamonte Springs

Bowigens, Casselberry

Brew Club of Seminole County

Brew Hub, Lakeland

Broken Strings, Orlando

Castle Church Brewing, Kissimmee

Central 28 Beer Co., DeBary

Crooked Can Brewing Co., Winter Garden

Dead Lizard Brewing Co., Orlando

Dees Brothers Brewery, Winter Springs

Ellipsis Brewing, Orlando

Fat Point Brewing, Punta Gorda

First Magnitude Brewing Co., Gainesville

Florida Beer Co., Cape Canaveral

Guinness, Dublin, Ireland

Hop On Central Florida Brew Tours, Orlando

Hops Boss Brewery, Winter Park

Hourglass Brewing, Longwood

Infinite Ale Works, Ocala

Kona Brewing Co., Kailua Kona, Hawaii

Magic Hat Brewing Co., South Burlington, Vermont

Ocean Sun Brewing, Orlando

Orange County Brewers, Orlando

Orlando Brewing, Orlando

Reprise Brewing, St. Cloud

Rock Brothers Brewing, Tampa

RockPit Brewing/Orlando Homebrew Supplies, Orlando

Roque Pub, Orlando

Sanford Brewing Co., Sanford

Sea Dog Brewing Co., Orlando

Slim Pickens Cider & Mead, Tampa

SunCreek Brewery, Clermont

Tactical Brewing Co., Orlando

Ten10 Brewing Co., Orlando

Tomoka Brewing Co., Port Orange

Toll Road Brewing Co., Orlando

Wops Hops Brewing Co., Sanford

Wynwood Brewing Co., Miami

About The Author

Jessica Bryce Young

Jessica Bryce Young has been working with Orlando Weekly since 2003, serving as copy editor, dining editor and arts editor before becoming editor in chief in 2016.
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