Now that spring is here, our minds our turning to relaxing after a hard day’s work with a cold brew and friends. But before we can do that we have to figure out just what the best breweries in Orlando are. Well, before you could say “beer”, we were out of the door to start one of our best assignments yet; finding out which the best ones are and bringing them to you!
We start our tour of the best breweries in Orlando at Ocean Sun Brewing. Located on Curry Ford Road, next to a Winn Dixie shopping strip, Ocean Sun has quite a list of over a dozen craft beers (including a few seasonal/rotating varieties). We sampled their Blue Bags IPA, which we liked, and then the Buchi Beer Nitro, which we loved. It’s a very heavy espresso milk stout in case you’re wondering. They also offer sample flights that allow you to taste different beers to see which one best tickles your fancy! You’re recommended to bring your own food or you can order delivery when you get there (they provide the menus). And it’s also dog-friendly!
Next up on our best breweries list is theBroken Cauldron which is a collaboration between Broken Strings Brewery and Black Cauldron Brewing. There’s a good number of beers on tap here, and a great atmosphere to boot. We sampled the Amber Ale (a black IPA), and two of their own beers – the Black Cauldron Ruckus Red and the Broken Strings Liquid Vinyl Black IPA – and loved all of them. We’re going back to sample the Bleed Purple Saison and Pineapple Ginger Radler.
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We really enjoyed Ten10 Brewing too. We sampled the Antilla (a golden ale), the Cowconut (a milkstout), and the Chronically Mismanaged (a coffee red ale) and were happy with every single one. The food on hand is really good food too – surprisingly good. Be sure to order MallRats – spent grain pretzel sticks with stout chocolate sauce and house-made peanut butter whipped cream! They often have events in their parking lot. We couldn’t recommend this place high enough.
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There’s also Deadly Sins Brewing and their great happy hour (Mon-Fri, 5pm-7pm). They have an awesome selection of beers on hand – from the Crème Del Diablo to the Sloth Saison – and a food truck often visits outside. They’re also pet-friendly and nothing beats a brew with your furry friend by your side.
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We should also give a quick shout out to Orlando Brewing. The German Purity Law decreed that beers should only be brewed with four ingredients: water, hops, yeast and malted barley – no adjuncts and no additives. So the purists at Orlando Brewing knew that it takes great ingredients to make great beer, and decided to stick to the time-tested tradition. You should definitely check them out too!