Adventures in Quaffing

Beer here, there and everywhere as new breweries abound.


I haven’t done a full-on Central Florida beer roundup in six years, and my, how things have changed.

In 2011, there were 45 craft breweries in the state, and now, according to the Brewers Association, there are over 200 microbreweries, producing more than 1.2 million barrels a year.

Grab a pint or three at some of the new guys:

In Orlando, Broken Strings and Black Cauldron is two breweries in the same location, near the new soccer stadium on Church Street. Their brews include Pineapple Ginger Radler (German Hefeweizen mixed with Jamaican soda); and Blissful Dawn Robust Porter, made with bourbon barrel–aged maple syrup.

Deadly Sins in Winter Park’s SOFA district, has a Free Range Citra IPA, brewed with local orange and tangelo peels.

Ocean Sun Brewing offers Buchi Beer, a milk stout infused with Cuban Espresso.

Ten10 Brewing on Virginia Avenue is doubling in size to expand the kitchen and produce more beers like their Weary Beast Imperial stout.

Further afield, Bowigens Beer Company in Casselberry has a tap room full of beer, mead and cider. Their Hefe'n Awesome Hefeweizen is created from German wheat ale, orange blossom honey and peanut butter (yes, you read that right).

Mount Dora Brewing serves breakfast, lunch and organic brews such as the smooth Pistolville Porter.

DeLand’s Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company brews up Daytona Dirty Blonde ale.

Sanford is bubbling over with breweries, with more on the way: Wop's Hops Brewing Co. has a kitchen, craft sodas and unusual brews like Amaretto Light Brown ale, brewed with white chocolate and almonds. Sanford Brewing Company suggests the make-your-own mac and cheese skillet and burger from its menu to accompany the celery-based Celery City USA pale ale.

On the way: Tactical Brewing in Baldwin Park; Orange County Brewers, downtown Orlando; Suncreek Brewery, Clermont; Toll Road Brewing Company, Ocoee; Inner Compass, Sanford; Deviant Wolfe Brewing, Sanford.

Next week: The life of a food critic isn’t all sunshine and caviar.


  • The Humble Bumble kombucha bar that I previewed in our January issue ("Kombucha Cravings") is finally open in the Lake Ivanhoe district, next to The Hammered Lamb. A mere steps away, the long overdue Mesa 21 Real Mexican has opened in the old Gargi’s location on the lake.
  • Art Smith’s eponymous down-home Southern restaurant at Disney Springs is now called Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’, stemmin’ from complaints by another restaurant’s pre-existin’ use of the ‘g’ form of Homecoming.

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