If you are looking for the best breweries in Florida then you found the right spot. Vino Brewskey’s list of Florida breweries has over 300 options so we narrowed that down to these 11 you need to add to your must-visit agenda.
Whether you want to visit Florida’s oldest brewery in Dunedin and then hop over to Tampa, or you’re hanging out in the panhandle near Panama City, driving along the A1A from Miami to Melbourne and Titusville, up to Jacksonville with a stop in Orlando, Florida has no shortage of taprooms, brewpubs and breweries for craft beer lovers.
Best Breweries in Florida
Coppertail Brewing Co. – Tampa
Coppertail Brewing Company in Tampa’s Ybor neighborhood is named after a fictional sea monster living in Tampa Bay. If you are looking for a Florida brewery with food, then Coppertail Brewing will not only satisfy your craft beer cravings.
Make sure to order the Coppertail Free Dive IPA or Unholy Belgian Tripel and get a Grilled Grouper Sandwich or Pulled Pork Sliders to fill up on. Plus, some say the Coppertail Brewing Porters are like a fine wine, and their ciders are tasty too, so let your taste buds run wild!
Cigar City Brewing – Tampa
Cigar City Brewing has been producing craft beer in Tampa, Florida since 2009. Our favorite location is the Cigar City Spruce Street Brewery and Taproom, with 24 beers available to try out. Make sure you have a ride home if you are going to try all of them, though!
If you are wondering what Florida Brewery makes Jai Alai beer, look no further than Cigar City Brewing since it is one of their most popular brews. But don’t worry if IPAs aren’t your thing because Cigar City’s Maduro Brown Ale and Frost Proof Belgian-Style White also bring the flavor. Of course, it goes without saying, Cigar City Brewing is a brewery you must visit when you come to Southwest Florida.
Intracoastal Brewing Company – Melbourne
When you are on the Atlantic Coast of Florida, you have to stop by Intracoastal Brewing Company in Melbourne. Located in the Eau Gallie Arts District, Intracoastal Brewing serves up some popular IPAs like their The Sea and The Old Man, but if you are more adventurous, then The Elvis has your name written all over it.
The Elvis is a Hefeweizen made with bananas, real peanuts, and bacon. If you prefer something more traditional, order the Orange a Peel or Intra Pils, but one thing’s certain, you will be happy you visited Intracoastal Brewing a visit.
Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co. – DeLand
With four locations to choose from in Central Florida, Persimmon Hollow Brewing gives you no excuse not to stop by for a drink. So whether you visit Persimmon Hollow Brewing in Deland, Lake Eola, Flamingo Crossings Town Center, or Port Orange, order a Daytona Dirty Blonde, Beach Hippie IPA, or a Freddy Fitz Stout and “Drink Sensibly, But Get Weird.”
Wynwood Brewing Company – Miami
Miami’s first production brewery, Wynwood Brewing Company, makes some of Florida’s best craft beers, and their building art is second to none. That should be no surprise since Wynwood Brewing is located in the Wynwood Arts District.
Try the La Rubia Blonde Ale, Father Francisco Belgian-style Golden Ale, the award-winning Pop’s Porter, or if you are lucky enough to be there when it is available, the Bohemian Rhaspberry. If you live in the area and are a cyclist, join the Wynwood Brewing Cycling Team that raises funds for the National MS Society.
Swamp Head Brewery – Gainesville
If you happen to be in town for a college football game, then make time to have a drink or two – as long as someone else is driving of course – at Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, FL. Whether using local honey in the Wild Night Honey Cream Ale, their commitment to sustainability, or the numerous charities they support, Swamp Head Brewery strives to be the best and, at the very least, “Inherently Floridian.”
Dunedin Brewery – Dunedin
If you read the intro, the cat’s out of the bag that Dunedin Brewery is Florida’s oldest brewery. Founded in 1995 and brewing by 1996 – were you even alive then? – Dunedin Brewery even helped start the Florida Brewers Guild. But, if you haven’t been to Dunedin, FL, you are missing out. Dunedin is a cool little town on Florida’s Gulf Coast in Pinellas County, just North of Clearwater and the Toronto Blue Jays’ spring training home.
Enough fun facts aside, you came here for the beer and excellent craft beer Dunedin Brewery has! Try out the Apricot Peach Ale, American Classic IPA, or the Celtic Gold Ale, and you’ll want to start calling Dunedin Brewery home.
Funky Buddha Brewery – Fort Lauderdale
Funky Buddha Brewery in Fort Lauderdale, FL, wants you to “Let the Good Vibes Roll!” It’s easy to do that when you visit the Funky Buddha taproom and order a cold Floridian wheat beer. Or try one of the other 20-plus craft beers on tap like the Sticky Nuts Blonde Ale, Maple Bacon Coffee Porter – did somebody say BACON! -, Buddhafest Marzen – think Oktoberfest, or the Funky Buddha Gloves Off IPA. Not only is the beer off the charts, but Funky Buddha Brewery’s food choices don’t disappoint either.
Veterans United Craft Brewery – Jacksonville
Since Vino Brewskey’s Co-Founder, Andrew, is a US Navy Veteran, I probably wouldn’t keep my job long if we didn’t have Veterans United Craft Brewery of Jacksonville on the list of best Florida breweries. And looking at the Veterans United staff list, they fully support hiring other Veterans. Veterans United Craft Brewery has a diverse tap list with German-style beers like the Fish Camp and Scout Dog 44, IPAs like HopBanshee, and Ales like the Naughty Rye and Raging Blonde.
Stop in for trivia night on Tuesdays, life music Friday nights, or even take a brewery tour at 1:30 pm EST Saturdays (call ahead to ensure they are still doing the tours, given there was a stoppage for COVID). When you visit Veterans United Craft Brewery, check out the rest of Jacksonville’s craft beer scene via the self-guided Jax Ale Trail.
Playalinda Brewing Company – Titusville
Playalinda Brewing Company in Titusville on Florida’s Space Coast has been serving craft beers since 2014. Playalinda Brewing’s year-round tap list includes Tropical Wonderland, a 4.5% ABV American wheat ale, Pleasure Chest, a 6.6% IPA and Nitro Herd Mentality Milk Stout. Don’t miss out on their seasonal brews, either. Grab a Key Lime Slice, Cranberry Claus, or the Kitchen Sync when they’re available at Playalinda Brewing Company.
History Class Brewing Company – Panama City
Even though there was a time when Panama City, Florida was mainly known as the Spring Break capital of the country – it’s been a while since my charades there, so I don’t know if that’s still the case – where kids flocked to get away from school, but there is a place in downtown Panama City where class is in session five days a week.
That place is History Class Brewing Company, and it might be the only class you hope to get detention, so you have to stay longer! History Class Brewing does not focus on any specific beer style, so we’re sure you will find something to suit your tastes. Every pour has a history lesson, whether that’s the Wildflower Honey Kolsch, Schreyer’s Helles, Island Hopper IPA, or the Mound Avenue Brown Ale.
Wrapping It Up…
It’s easy to see why the Sunshine State is more than beaches and saltwater with the 11 Florida breweries we listed here. But, of course, there are many more great craft beer brewers in FL, so make sure to visit any of the other great breweries in and have fun!