35 Florida beers that are better than whatever slop you're drinking now

Here in Florida, there are sooo many reasons to sip, chug or swill a local craft beer. So put down whatever watery garbage that's currently in your hand and try some of these Florida brewksies. Many of these breweries will be at the Orlando Beer Festival on Nov. 12 at Festival Park.

Breweries that will be at the Orlando Beer Festival are marked with an (*) 

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Midnight Espresso at Motorworks Brewing*
1014 9th St. West, Bradenton | 941-567-6218
Made with real coffee beans that are hand-roasted on site, Midnight Espresso has a distinctly coffee flavor (duh.) along with fruity and chocolate notes. Available in both their taproom, and in 4-packs in a variety of Florida stores.
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Midnight Espresso at Motorworks Brewing*
1014 9th St. West, Bradenton | 941-567-6218

Made with real coffee beans that are hand-roasted on site, Midnight Espresso has a distinctly coffee flavor (duh.) along with fruity and chocolate notes. Available in both their taproom, and in 4-packs in a variety of Florida stores.

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Death Roll at Red Cypress Brewery
855 E State Rd 434, Winter Springs | 407-542-0341
This creamy chocolate malt is another popular milk stout from a brewery that aims to bring the craft beer obsession of the West Coast directly to the streets of Central Florida.
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Death Roll at Red Cypress Brewery
855 E State Rd 434, Winter Springs | 407-542-0341

This creamy chocolate malt is another popular milk stout from a brewery that aims to bring the craft beer obsession of the West Coast directly to the streets of Central Florida.

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Rhesus Peanut Butter Cup at Bugnutty Brewing Co.
715 N. Courtenay Pkwy., Merritt Island | 321-452-4460
As the name suggests, this robust porter is meant to be accompanied with a specific confectionary treat.
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Rhesus Peanut Butter Cup at Bugnutty Brewing Co.
715 N. Courtenay Pkwy., Merritt Island | 321-452-4460

As the name suggests, this robust porter is meant to be accompanied with a specific confectionary treat.

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Belgian Quadrupel at Big Storm Brewing Co.*
12707 49th St., Clearwater | 727-201-4186
Going with their hurricane theme, the Big Storm’s Belgian Quadrupel is part of a series based on the levels of hurricane strength. This particular one is Category 4, which tastes of rich malt and dark fruit. And yes, there will be Category 5 released soon. 
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Belgian Quadrupel at Big Storm Brewing Co.*
12707 49th St., Clearwater | 727-201-4186

Going with their hurricane theme, the Big Storm’s Belgian Quadrupel is part of a series based on the levels of hurricane strength. This particular one is Category 4, which tastes of rich malt and dark fruit. And yes, there will be Category 5 released soon.

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Old Elephant Foot at Tampa Bay Brewing
13931 Monroe’s Business Park, Tampa | 813-247-1422
Fans of hoppy bears will really enjoy this one, as it has a very generous portion of Northern Brewer, Centennial, and Cascade hops. It’s also award winning, taking home a silver in the Best Florida Beer Championship last year. 
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Old Elephant Foot at Tampa Bay Brewing
13931 Monroe’s Business Park, Tampa | 813-247-1422

Fans of hoppy bears will really enjoy this one, as it has a very generous portion of Northern Brewer, Centennial, and Cascade hops. It’s also award winning, taking home a silver in the Best Florida Beer Championship last year.

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Cottonmouth at Swamp Head Brewery*
3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville | 352-505-3035
Named after a species of snake that is indigenous to North Florida, this Belgian Witbier is subtly sweet, crisp and refreshing, with hints of bitter orange and coriander. 
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Cottonmouth at Swamp Head Brewery*
3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville | 352-505-3035

Named after a species of snake that is indigenous to North Florida, this Belgian Witbier is subtly sweet, crisp and refreshing, with hints of bitter orange and coriander.

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Hefe’n Awesome at Bowigens Beer Company*
1014 State Road 436, Casselberry | 407-960-7816
A spin on a traditional German beer, this Hefeweizen is made with actual peanut butter. In addition to the peanut butter flavor, drinkers can also taste banana and slight sweetness from local orange blossom honey. It’s uniqueness has made it a local cult favorite.
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Hefe’n Awesome at Bowigens Beer Company*
1014 State Road 436, Casselberry | 407-960-7816

A spin on a traditional German beer, this Hefeweizen is made with actual peanut butter. In addition to the peanut butter flavor, drinkers can also taste banana and slight sweetness from local orange blossom honey. It’s uniqueness has made it a local cult favorite.

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Rocking Rabbit Red at Mount Dora Brewing
405 S. Highland St., Mt. Dora | (352) 735-1111
Known as Mount Dora Brewing’s “first draft,” this brew is an Irish red ale made with Orange Blossom honey.
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Rocking Rabbit Red at Mount Dora Brewing
405 S. Highland St., Mt. Dora | (352) 735-1111

Known as Mount Dora Brewing’s “first draft,” this brew is an Irish red ale made with Orange Blossom honey.

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Tipsy Friar at Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co.*
111 W Georgia Ave., Deland | 386-873-7350
The Tipsy Friar is a rich and malty Belgian Dubbel that has a slight smell of raisins, as well as a bit of a nutty taste.
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Tipsy Friar at Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co.*
111 W Georgia Ave., Deland | 386-873-7350

The Tipsy Friar is a rich and malty Belgian Dubbel that has a slight smell of raisins, as well as a bit of a nutty taste.

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Citrus Kicker at Crooked Can Brewing Company*
426 W Plant St., Winter Garden | 407-395-9520
A throwback to the once great citrus industry in Winter Garden, the Citrus Kicker combines it's hops with zest from locally grown oranges and grapefruits.
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Citrus Kicker at Crooked Can Brewing Company*
426 W Plant St., Winter Garden | 407-395-9520

A throwback to the once great citrus industry in Winter Garden, the Citrus Kicker combines it's hops with zest from locally grown oranges and grapefruits.

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Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat At Big Top Brewing Company*
6111 Porter Way, Sarasota | 941-371-2939
Big Top is named for Sarasota’s history with the circus, and this brew shows off the eccentricity of a circus performance. It’s one of Big Top’s few beers that are available year-round, and it will remind you of key lime pie, with smooth citrus as well as hints of graham crackers.
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Conch Republic Key Lime Wheat At Big Top Brewing Company*
6111 Porter Way, Sarasota | 941-371-2939

Big Top is named for Sarasota’s history with the circus, and this brew shows off the eccentricity of a circus performance. It’s one of Big Top’s few beers that are available year-round, and it will remind you of key lime pie, with smooth citrus as well as hints of graham crackers.

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Mad Manatee IPA at Bold City Brewery*
2670-7 Rosselle St., Jacksonville | 904-379-6551
Named such because this IPA is “as bitter as a mad manatee.” There is some sweetness with the citrus finish, and the four different hop varieties make this a very balanced beer. 
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Mad Manatee IPA at Bold City Brewery*
2670-7 Rosselle St., Jacksonville | 904-379-6551

Named such because this IPA is “as bitter as a mad manatee.” There is some sweetness with the citrus finish, and the four different hop varieties make this a very balanced beer.

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Bumby Blonde Ale at Ocean Sun Brewing*
3030 Curry Ford Road | 407-745-5551
This golden brew is sweet and spicy. It has something of a macintosh flavor to it, and it goes down smooth. 
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Bumby Blonde Ale at Ocean Sun Brewing*
3030 Curry Ford Road | 407-745-5551

This golden brew is sweet and spicy. It has something of a macintosh flavor to it, and it goes down smooth.

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Olde Pelican English Pale Ale at Orlando Brewing*
1301 Atlanta Ave. | 407-872-1117
An English-style pale ale, the Olde Pelican is full bodied and robust, and has slight caramel and chocolate flavors. If you decide you really love it, you could also take home a 13.2 gallon keg of the ale for $175.
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Olde Pelican English Pale Ale at Orlando Brewing*
1301 Atlanta Ave. | 407-872-1117

An English-style pale ale, the Olde Pelican is full bodied and robust, and has slight caramel and chocolate flavors. If you decide you really love it, you could also take home a 13.2 gallon keg of the ale for $175.

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Pianissimo? at Reprise Brewing*
1124 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud | 321-805-4701
Fun fact about Reprise, all of their brews are based on music terms. Pianissimo, for example, is a volume marking meaning quiet. The brew is described as "quietly" hiding its alcohol taste, while also tasting like a liquid peppermint patty.
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Pianissimo? at Reprise Brewing*
1124 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud | 321-805-4701

Fun fact about Reprise, all of their brews are based on music terms. Pianissimo, for example, is a volume marking meaning quiet. The brew is described as "quietly" hiding its alcohol taste, while also tasting like a liquid peppermint patty.

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Clearwater Honey Cream at Pair O’Dice Brewing Co.
4400 118th Ave N. #208, Clearwater | 727-755-3423
Described as “light, crisp and refreshing” by Pair O’Dice, this beer is known for its distinctive golden color and for the hints of orange and honey that make themselves known as soon as you pick up a pint - or a can.
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Clearwater Honey Cream at Pair O’Dice Brewing Co.
4400 118th Ave N. #208, Clearwater | 727-755-3423

Described as “light, crisp and refreshing” by Pair O’Dice, this beer is known for its distinctive golden color and for the hints of orange and honey that make themselves known as soon as you pick up a pint - or a can.

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Tippy Pippy’s Red Dred Ale at Dead Lizard Brewing Company*
4507 SW 36th St. | 407-777-3060
Known for its signature red color, this ale is on the more bitter side. It will also help you grow your beer belly without breaking your bank, as it is on the cheaper side of Dead Lizard’s menu.  
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Tippy Pippy’s Red Dred Ale at Dead Lizard Brewing Company*
4507 SW 36th St. | 407-777-3060

Known for its signature red color, this ale is on the more bitter side. It will also help you grow your beer belly without breaking your bank, as it is on the cheaper side of Dead Lizard’s menu.

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Florida Lager at Florida Beer Company
200 Imperial Blvd, Cape Canaveral | (321) 728-4114
A blend of caramel, Carapils malt and two-row - this beer has a litany of awards to its name thanks to its crispness and subtle spice.
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Florida Lager at Florida Beer Company
200 Imperial Blvd, Cape Canaveral | (321) 728-4114

A blend of caramel, Carapils malt and two-row - this beer has a litany of awards to its name thanks to its crispness and subtle spice.

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Toasted Coconut Porter at Orange Blossom Brewing Co.*
3900 Frontage Road South, Lakeland | 407-754-0045
A smooth brown porter that would of been good as is, but the added real coconut gives this beer something extra. Although really closer to a brown ale than a porter, this beer’s unique flavors give it a pass. 
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Toasted Coconut Porter at Orange Blossom Brewing Co.*
3900 Frontage Road South, Lakeland | 407-754-0045

A smooth brown porter that would of been good as is, but the added real coconut gives this beer something extra. Although really closer to a brown ale than a porter, this beer’s unique flavors give it a pass.

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McCarthy's Irish Red at Tomoka Brewing Company*
4647 S Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange | 386-256-4979
One of Tomoka’s core beers that they have brewing since the beginning , this traditional Irish red ale is both malt-forward and easy-drinking. It also pairs well with Tomoka’s beer-infused cuisine. 
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McCarthy's Irish Red at Tomoka Brewing Company*
4647 S Clyde Morris Blvd., Port Orange | 386-256-4979

One of Tomoka’s core beers that they have brewing since the beginning , this traditional Irish red ale is both malt-forward and easy-drinking. It also pairs well with Tomoka’s beer-infused cuisine.

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