A South Florida Breweries Road Trip

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Florida Breweries

Jump in the car and head out on a road trip to visit dozens of Florida breweries

There are over a 100 breweries now dotting the state of Florida, each beckoning beer lovers into tap rooms and on tasting tours from Pensacola to Miami. These craft brewers are putting their unique mark on everything from ales to stouts to lagers. So, if a bubbly brew is your idea of life's perfect beverage, why not head out on a road trip in search of your next favorite brand? Here's a guide to get you started at some of the best Florida breweries south of Orlando. Of course, if you prefer to stay closer to home, here's a Guide to Orlando's Local Breweries.

TAMPA

Some say the biggest growth in Florida's craft beer scene is happening in Tampa (home to Yuengling), where more than 20 breweries have set up shop in the area.

Brewery to visit: Cigar City Brewing (3924 W Spruce St, Tampa)

One of Florida's most successful breweries, Cigar City features a tap room selling house-brewed beers and cigars. Offers tours Wednesday through Sunday for $8 per person, which includes a commemorative glass.

Photo credit: Cigar City Brewing
Photo credit: Cigar City Brewing

Also in the Tampa area:

Brewery tours: Tampa Brew Tours

Stay: The Epicurean Hotel

Photo credit: Epicurean Hotel
Photo credit: Epicurean Hotel

CLEARWATER

Beer connoisseurs will love the St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail with dozens of independent breweries to quench your thirst.

Brewery to visit: Craft Beer Trail

The St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail runs from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg, an hour's drive end to end. Along the Trail you'll discover more than 15 small, independent breweries crafting fresh artisanal beers..

7venth Sun BreweryPhoto credit: BeerFx
7venth Sun Brewery
Photo credit: BeerFx

Stay: Sandpearl Resort  – Offers the Craft Beer Trail Service, including your own personal chauffeur for the day or night and a map of all the trail's hot spots.

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SARASOTA

Sarasota may be known for its beaches and its quirky circus art, but don’t forget to hit up one of the town's famed local breweries for some tasty lessons on craft beer.

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Photo credit: Sarasota Brewing

Brewery to visit: Sarasota Brewing (6607 Gateway Ave, Sarasota)

Established in 1989, this brew pub produces over 20 seasonal beers that rotate throughout the year. Tours, which are free and on demand, are offered Monday through Friday with Brewmaster Vince.

Also in Sarasota:

Stay: The Resort at Longboat Key Club

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The Resort at Longboat Key Club

JUPITER

Tap into the bar scene of Jupiter Beach and discover popular watering holes throughout this happy seaside town.

Brewery to visit: Tequesta Brewing Company (287 US-1, Tequesta)

A certified organic brewery turning out 40-plus beers each year, with a tasting room and growler fills. Presents ‘Bicycles and Beers‘ on select Sundays each month.

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Photo credit: Daily Beer Review

Also in the Jupiter area:

  • Civil Society Brewing Company

Events: Jupiter Craft Brewers Festival (January)

Stay: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

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FORT LAUDERDALE

This city’s exploding craft beer scene features loads of breweries, including one of Florida's best, Funky Buddha Brewery.

Brewery to visit: Funky Buddha Brewery (1201 NE 38th St, Oakland Park)

Funky Buddha is known for mixing culinary flavors and fresh ingredients into its beer, making its debut in all your local bars throughout South Florida. Offers tours every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm as well as Thursdays at 7pm and 8pm. Tours cost $5 and include a branded pint glass to keep and beer samples along the way.

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Also in Fort Lauderdale:

Brewery tours: The Brew Bus South Florida 

Stay: W Fort Lauderdale

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W Fort Lauderdale

MIAMI

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Stanton South Beach

Miami has sprawling beaches, award-winning restaurants and a fabulous nightlife scene, but the craft brews being produced here are also worthy of note.

Brewery to Visit: The Abbey Brewing Co. (1115 16th Street, Miami Beach)

One of the oldest bars in Miami, it has the old world charm of a traditional European pub.

Also in the Miami area:

Brewery Tours: Miami Brew Bus

Stay: Stanton South Beach


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