Brewery or bust: 29 Florida microbreweries for your next staycation

Cigar City Brewing
Cigar City Brewing

We’re big fans of the staycation here at the Weekly. Why spend all that money to pack up and go to some far-flung locale when there are so many adventures waiting close to home? For instance, you could have yourself a lost weekend – you could probably have a whole lost week – touring the region’s burgeoning brew scene. We tasked a small cabal of booze nerds to find as many local breweries as they could that have tasting rooms, and we’ve organized them into three staycation brew-tour lists: One for breweries right in Orlando’s backyard, perfect for an afternoon adventure; one for breweries a little further out that make for the perfect day trip; and one for when you need a debaucherous, beer-saturated weekend getaway. Get ready to hit the road – with your designated drivers or Uber apps, please – to experience some of the best beer Central Florida has to offer.

(Note: There are other breweries in the region that don’t have tasting rooms – some of them will be pouring at the Orlando Beer Festival on Nov. 14.)

Perfect for a nooner

Bowigens Beer Co.

1014 State Road 436, Casselberry; 407-960-7816; Beers you should try: Bow 9 Citrus Pale Ale, Lost Anchor IPA, 7 Layer Stout, Toasted Almond Brown Ale, Green 18, Hefe'n Awesome

Crooked Can Brewing Co.

426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; 407-395-9520; Beers you should try: Domestic Bliss Belgian Golden Strong Ale, High Stepper American IPA, McSwagger's Own Amber Ale, Axum Chocolate Coffee Stout

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Crooked Can Brewing

The Hourglass Brewery

480 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood; 407-262-0056; Beers you should try: Four core beers: Zanloper, Prestissimo, Seminole Trail, Brown Beer

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Hourglass Brewery

Mount Dora Brewing

405 S. Highland St., Mount Dora; 352-735-1111;

Beers you should try: Dora Drawdy Drool, Beauclaire Blond Ale

Orlando Brewing

1301 Atlanta Ave.; 407-872-1117; Beers you should try: Blonde Ale, Chocolate Girl Stout

Red Cypress Brewery

855 E. State Road 434, Winter Springs;

Beers you should try: Death Roll Nitro Milk Stout

Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour and Brewery

2810 Corrine Drive; 407-893-9832; Beers you should try: Cimarrones Berlinerweisse

Ten10 Brewing Co.

1010 Virginia Drive; 407-930-8993; Beers you should try: East-West IPA, I Totally Can't Even (Pumpkin ale with Lineage coffee), Chronically Mismanaged (coffee-infused red ale)

Reprise Brewing 1124 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud; 224-280-9113;

Beers you should try: Americana, Sweet Chariot

Winter Park Beer Co.

1809 E. Winter Park Road; 407-913-2739; Beers you should try: Dave's Pale Ale

Wop's Hops Brewing

419 S. Sanford Ave., Sanford; 407-878-7819; Beers you should try: Scottish Ale, Roman Red IPA, Sweet Potato Ale, Ode to Joy Christmas Ale

Coming soon: Orlando has a few new breweries that are getting ready to open their doors. You can't add them to your drinking itinerary just yet, but check their websites for more information and projected opening dates. Black Cauldron Brewing ( and Broken Strings Brewery ( will share a space at 1012 W. Church St., right near the new Orlando City Soccer Club Stadium. Ocean Sun Brewing ( plans to take over the space at 3030 Curry Ford Road right next to Rogue Pub. Dead Lizard Brewing Co. ( plans to open at 4507 36th St., not far from the Mall at Millenia.

Day tripping

Bugnutty Brewing Co.

715 N. Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island; 321-452-4460;

Beers you should try: Dark Matter Black IPA, Rhesus Peanut Butter Cup, Zombie Blood IPA

Cocoa Beach Brewing Co.

150 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach; 321-613-2941;

Beers you should try: Cocoa Beach Pale Ale, Not Just Some Oatmeal Stout, 888 India Pale Ale

Florida Beer Company

200 Imperial Blvd., Cape Canaveral; 321-728-4114;

Beers you should try: Florida Lager, Swamp Ape Double IPA, Sunshine State Pils, Gourd Shorts Pumpkin Ale

Funky Buddha Brewery

1201 N.E. 38th St., Oakland Park; 954-440-0046;

Beers you should try: Hop Gun IPA, Floridian Hefeweizen, Doc Brown Ale, Nib Smuggler Chocolate Milk Porter

Intracoastal Brewing Co.

652 W. Eau Gallie Blvd., Melbourne; 321-872-7395; Beers you should try: The Ghost of Annie, Watermelon Wheat, Taproot

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Intracoastal Brewing Company

Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co.

111 W. Georgia Ave., DeLand; 386-973-7350; Beers you should try: Beach Hippie, Daytona Dirty Blonde, Funky Freddie Fitz, Paddle Wheeler

Playalinda Brewing Co.

305 S. Washington Ave., Titusville; 321-225-8978; You should try: Bottomless Blonde Ale

Swamp Head Brewery

3650 S.W. 42nd St., Gainesville;

Beers you should try: Stump Knocker Pale Ale, Big Nose IPA

Tomoka Brewing Co.

4647 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange; 386-256-4979; Beers you should try: Mutha Fuggle EPA, Picnic Pils, McCarthy's Irish Red Ale, Hop Quest IPA, Hazy Sunrise Wheat Ale, Lunar Eclipse Stout, Pumpernickel Porter

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Tomoka Brewing Co.

Make it an overnighter

Angry Chair Brewing

6401 N. Florida Ave., Tampa; 813-238-1122; Beers you should try: Ascension IPA

Big Top Brewing 6111 Porter Way, Sarasota; 941-371-2939; Beers you should try: Circus City, Trapeze Monk

Cigar City Brewing

3924 W. Spruce St., Tampa; 813-348-6363; Beers you should try: Jai Alai IPA, Florida Cracker Belgian-style Ale, Puppy's Breath Porter, Cucumber Saison

Coppertail Brewing Co.

2601 E. Second Ave.,Tampa; 813-247-1500; Beers you should try: Free Dive IPA

ESB Brewing Company 333 N. Falkenburg Road, Suite 407, Tampa; 813-990-0700; Beers you should try: Pieces of Eight, Don Bosco, Roasted Walnut and Butternut Squash Ale

Florida Avenue Brewing Co.

4101 N. Florida Ave., Tampa; 813-374-2101; Beers you should try: Florida Avenue Ale

Hidden Springs Ale Works

1631 N. Franklin St., Tampa; 813-226-2739; Beers you should try: Deja Moo, Sweet Potato Barley Wine

Pair O' Dice Brewing Co.

4400 N. 118th Ave., Suite 208, Clearwater; 727-755-3423; Beers you should try: Clearwater Honey Cream

Three Palms Brewing

1509 Hobbs St., Tampa; 888-813-4856; Beers you should try: Brew Baby Milk Stout, Caramel Apple Stout

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