My husband and I went to a brewery for our first date, and went on to get married at a local brewery, too. And now that we have a son, breweries in Orlando continue to be a place we love to visit, as a family as well as on date nights.
Local craft breweries in Orlando make for a great date night because of the approachable atmosphere and variety of options. Plus, many Orlando breweries have live entertainment and special events.
This guide to Orlando breweries starts off with breweries located near downtown Orlando followed by breweries located elsewhere in Orange County. Then, I've listed practically every single brewery in the Central Florida area.
ORLANDO BREWERIES NEAR DOWNTOWN
This is the place to be if you love to learn about the brewing process. Brew Theory is a large contract brewing facility located in a warehouse, which means beers from craft breweries around the country are actually brewed here. The taproom has a variety of fresh craft beer from multiple breweries that use Brew Theory's facilities alongside Brew Theory beers.
An outdoor porch overlooking the hustle and bustle of downtown Orlando is a great place to relax, and the indoor taproom is large and comfortable.
Then there is deliciously indulgent food from Grilled Cheesus. Sink your teeth into gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, including a vegan option, and sip on cold craft beer in a casual environment with darts, a golf putting hole, and surf board décor.
400 Pittman St, Orlando, FL 32801 | www.brew-theory.com
Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company – Two Locations
The original location of Persimmon Hollow is in beautiful, historic downtown DeLand. My husband and I have lots of fond memories of spending time in downtown DeLand together, and Persimmon Hollow is a big part of those memories. This craft brewery makes some quality brews, many inspired by the local area. The Orlando location is a welcome addition to Lake Eola. Both locations host fun events throughout the week.
227 N Eola Dr, Orlando, FL 32801 and 111 W Georgia Ave, DeLand, FL 32720 | persimmonhollowbrewing.com
Ivanhoe Park Brewing
Ivanhoe Park Brewing pays homage to Orlando, and specifically the Lake Ivanhoe area in which it is located.
Here you'll find plenty of beers inspired by the local area like Park Hopp'r, which may sound like a Disney theme park inspired beer, but actually pays tribute to all of the wonderful neighborhoods with the word park in them like Winter Park, College Park, and so on. This Orlando brewery is most well known for its tribute to Joyland, an amusement and recreational park that was located in this part of Orlando in the early 1900's.
There is a large indoor taproom and a lovely covered outdoor patio too, with a regular rotation of visiting food trucks. Check out fun events, like outdoor movies, artisan markets, and brewery yoga for more date night fun. You can also find Ivanhoe Park Brewing beers on tap at Orlando's new Beer Spa.
1300 Alden Road Orlando, FL 32803 | ivanhoeparkbrewing.com
Ten 10 Brewing Company
Ten 10 Brewing Company's fun, approachable atmosphere is elevated by the presence of a vinyl record player and a never ending supply of good tunes. Sometimes craft breweries can be intimidating. But the staff at Ten 10 approaches everyone with warmth and friendliness. I felt perfectly comfortable at Ten10 even though I am not a super-knowledgeable beer nerd.
There are events hosted each week (including a running club on Tuesdays), and an on-site kitchen so you can pair yummy food with your beer.
1010 Virginia Drive Orlando, FL 32803 | ten10brewingcompany.com
Hourglass Brewing – Two Locations
Many people like to credit Hourglass Brewing with helping to usher in the craft beer movement in Orlando, myself among them. I've been visiting Hourglass Brewing since they were located inside a small home on 434 in Longwood. Years ago they moved to a larger taproom, with a second taproom that focuses on their sour beers. The brewery has since expanded to include a second location in Orlando's Hourglass District.
I love the art shows that are hosted throughout the year at the Longwood location, and all the movie nerd décor. Their events throughout the year, at both locations, are some of the most fun offerings at any craft brewery in Central Florida, so be sure to check their schedule.
2500 Curry Ford Rd #4, Orlando, FL 32806 and 480 S Ronald Reagan Blvd Ste 1020, Longwood, FL | hourglassbrewing.com
More Downtown Orlando Breweries
Motorworks Brewing: 131 N Orange Ave Ste 106, Orlando, FL 32801
Sideward Brewing: 210 N Bumby Ave suite c, Orlando, FL 32803
Rockpit Brewing: 10 W Illiana St, Orlando, FL 32806
Orlando Brewing: 1301 Atlanta Ave, Orlando, FL 32806
Broken Strings Brewing: 1012 W Church St, Orlando, FL 32805
Deadwords Brewing: 23 N Orange Blossom Trl, Orlando, FL 32805
Big Storm Brewing Co: 430 W Church St, Suite 200, Orlando, FL 32801 (Amway Center), this brewing company has multiple locations around Florida, with the downtown Orlando location as a taproom rather than a brewery site
The Bear & Peacock: Coming Soon to downtown Orlando
ORLANDO BREWERIES OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN
Tactical Brewing Co.
Located in picturesque Baldwin Park, craft beer fans will love Tactical Brewing Co's creative styles of beer and artistic beer labels. But the best thing about this Orlando brewery is that it is veteran owned. When my husband and I visited, he loved the props and creative use of tactical gear in some of the décor. Each weekday you can enjoy a different event, including Old School Video Game Night on Tuesdays. Check out the brewery's website for the full schedule.
4882 New Broad St, Orlando, FL 32814 | www.tacticalbeer.com
Crooked Can Brewing Company
Crooked Can in Winter Garden is one of the most iconic craft breweries in Central Florida. Not only is their beer widely distributed and loved, Crooked Can also has one of the best atmospheres. Located at Plant Street Market, Crooked Can is part of an indoor/outdoor market full of local food and beverage vendors that is fun to stroll before grabbing a delicious craft beer.
The indoor taproom has a great atmosphere, but the outdoor beer garden is hard to beat. Enjoy live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday while sitting outdoors. There are lots of events throughout the year so be sure to check the calendar.
426 W Plant St, Winter Garden, FL 34787 | crookedcan.com
Whisper Creek Farm: The Brewery
The first Marriott property to launch a nano-brewery, Whisper Creek Farm: The Brewery (located inside of JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes) is led by a local cicerone-certified brewmaster. This brewery produces 28 gallons of beer weekly, including five styles of beer created each season—Dark, Wheat/Light, Amber, IPA and a seasonally inspired Special Brew made from the freshest farm ingredients. For an in depth look behind the scenes, sign up for the Farm to Foam experience which includes a visit to the brewery with brewmaster Aaron Libera followed by a beer and bites sampling. Food is served daily from 5 – 11 p.m. and the bar is open until midnight.
4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL | www.grandelakes.com
More Orange County Breweries
Ellipsis Brewing: 7500 Tpc Blvd #8, Orlando, FL 32822
Redlight Redlight: 2810 Corrine Dr, Orlando, FL 32803
Castle Church Brewing Community: 6820 Hoffner Ave, Orlando, FL 32822 (this is a religious-focused brewery)
Dead Lizard Brewing Company: 4507 36th St, Orlando, FL 32811
Half Barrel Beer Project: 9650 Universal Blvd #143, Orlando, FL 32819
Toll Road Brewing: 101 W McKey St, Ocoee, FL 34761
The Bear and Peacock: 1288 N Orange Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Ravenous Pig Brewing: 565 W Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
Three Odd Guys Brewing: 48 E 5th St, Apopka, FL 32703
Gatlin Hall Brewing: NOW OPEN! 4721 S Orange Ave Orlando, FL 32806
BREWERIES TO EXPLORE OUTSIDE OF ORLANDO
Bowigens Beer Company
Bowigens in Casselberry is the epitome of a neighborhood brewery. The taproom is small and intimate, full of friends gathered to celebrate a love of great beer. You'll find some of the most creative and most delicious craft beer in the Orlando area at Bowigens.
While there is no kitchen, there are multiple restaurants located in the same shopping plaza as Bowigens that offer takeout. Outside food is allowed in the taproom. Check out the brewery's website and social media for the latest events and beer releases.
1014 FL-436, Casselberry, FL 32707 | www.bowigens.com
Oviedo Brewing Company
Oviedo Brewing Company, located in the Oviedo Mall, offers Seminole County residents a fantastic place to grab craft beer and delicious food. The inside taproom and dining room is spacious and is ideal for dates, gatherings of friends, and family-friendly fun. A small outdoor patio is available as well. The beer is delicious and locally inspired, but the food is a surprise star too. My husband and I have indulged in burgers and flatbreads here and have yet to be disappointed. For one of the tastiest brunches in the area, make plans to visit on a Sunday.
1280 Oviedo Mall Boulevard #1095, Oviedo, FL 32765 | www.oviedobrewingco.com
Orange County Brewers
What started as downtown Orlando's only craft brewery is now a beloved brewery in Lake Mary. This location is a neighborhood favorite, especially because it also serves as a Tin and Taco location. My husband and I love pairing their tacos or Mex Fries with Orange County Brewers' great beer. Happy hour is available on weekdays, there is live music on the weekends, and during the week you can partake in bingo and trivia nights. Besides beer, there is a full bar, and the outdoor patio was just expanded. Plans are also in the works to open a location in the Orlando International Airport.
1117 International Pkwy suite 1701, Lake Mary, FL 32746 | theocbrewers.com
Sanford Brewing Company – Two Locations
As you might imagine, Sanford Brewing Company got its start in historic downtown Sanford. Its original location on Sanford Avenue is loved by many for its indoor / outdoor taproom and dining room. Sanford Brewing Company now has a second location inside the Maitland City Center, a mixed-used development that my husband and I love to visit. There's always a great variety of craft beer, and we've never been disappointed in any of the beer we've tried.
If you decide to visit the Maitland location, I recommend grabbing food next door at Houndstooth Kitchen. You can walk over and order a beer from Sanford Brewing as you enjoy the delicious sandwiches made at Houndstooth.
400 Sanford Ave, Sanford, FL 32771 and160 Independence Ln Suite B, Maitland, FL 32751
Deviant Wolfe is a brewery that epitomizes how connected to the community craft beer can be. This small business loves giving back by sponsoring multiple charity events throughout the year as well as hosting special events. The taproom is comfortable, a little masculine, and a great place to hang out and enjoy the unique atmosphere of historic downtown Sanford. Deviate Wolfe offers all of its own unique craft beer, plus occasional varieties of kombucha and guest taps too. My husband and I will often grab food from Henry's Depot and then walk across the street to enjoy it inside Deviate Wolfe's taproom with a refreshing craft brew.
121 W 1st St, Sanford, FL 32771 | deviantwolfebrewing.com
Wop's Hops Brewing Company: 419 S Sanford Ave, Sanford
Genetic Brewing: 3895 Lake Emma Rd STE 125, Lake Mary, FL 32746
Dees Brothers Brewery: Coming soon – 210 Magnolia Ave, Sanford, FL 32771
Central 28 Beer Company: 290 Springview Commerce Dr #1, DeBary, FL 32713
Hyder Head Brewery: 142 W Georgia Ave, DeLand, FL 32720
New Smyrna Brewing Company: 143 Canal St, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Ormond Beach Brewing Company: 301 Division Ave #15, Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Suncreek Brewery: 790 W Minneola Ave, Clermont
Clermont Brewing Company: 750 W Desoto St, Clermont, FL 34711
Wolf Branch Brewing Company: 119 N Bay St, Eustis
Bully Brewing Inc: 2204 Griffin Rd, Leesburg, FL 34748
Mammoth Oak Brewing: 1107 W N Blvd Suite 26, Leesburg, FL 34748
UNIQUE BEER EXPERIENCE: MY BEER SPA
This guide focuses on Orlando breweries that serve their own beer, as opposed to bars that serve beer and other beverages from a variety locations. However, it would be remiss of me to overlook the Beer Spa located on South International Drive, near the attractions area. This unique spa is earning rave reviews from beer lovers (including myself) around Central Florida. Cheers!
All images courtesy of Dani Meyering unless otherwise noted