When you first think of Central Florida, you probably immediately think about our well-known theme parks. However, that is just one small corner of the greater Central Florida area. Due to this, I’ve always liked to say that Central Florida reminds me a little bit of New York – consisting of different “boroughs” around town. Each with their own unique feel.
From Winter Garden to Downtown Orlando and Winter Park (to name a few), there are breweries that span across all of these different “boroughs.” Hence, creating the Central Florida Ale Trail. This trail includes 17 locations, with a few coming soon. All you have to do is visit each location, grab a map, and get it stamped. Once you’ve visited each brewery, you’ll receive a special Central Florida Ale Trail branded growler!
With so many locations, I’ve compiled some of my favorite spots to visit along the trail.
Nestled right outside of our popular theme parks, the Crooked Can Brewing Company is located within Plant Street Market in the beautiful area of Winter Garden. A favorite of mine and truly a local spot, you will not be disappointed by the brews. Some are even award-winning. Not only can you enjoy incredible beers, but there is an assortment of food options, shops and more in the area. There is also a dog-friendly area if you travel with your furry friends!
Suggestions: Mr. Tractor (Kolsch), Freedom Ride (Stout), High Stepper (American IPA)
Located just south of Downtown Orlando, Orlando Brewing is Florida’s only U.S.D.A. certified organic brewery. Their main focus is to create the highest quality brews, and that is exactly what you will get when you visit their taproom. Featuring approximately 30 beers, you can find a wide variety of brews that appeal to anyone’s taste. You can even mix and match some of their favorites to create a blended beer!
Suggestions: Blonde Ale, Right on Red! Ale, 1-4 IPA
Moving to another area of Central Florida, The Bear and Peacock Brewing Company is located in the heart of Winter Park. This location is actually a “Brewstillery,” combining a liquor distillery, brewery, and taproom all-in-one location. It truly combines the best of both worlds! And if you’re craving some delicious coffee after your brew, Foxtail Coffee is located right around the corner.
Suggestions: Try a flight to sip on all of the creative beers from this location. My favorite is (The) Red Wedding Coffee Amber
Finally, a new favorite of mine is the Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company. Located in the historic Ivanhoe District, this location is actually one of our newest breweries in the area. Perfect for a weekend afternoon visit, I love how they’ve really created that true community feel. Bonus, they typically have food trucks on site almost every day.
Suggestions: Toboggan Blonde Ale, Tupac Shaporter Milk Porter, Joyland American IPA
Not visiting Central Florida just yet, but want some great brewery recommendations? Check out this blog post to learn more about breweries in other HGV locations.