A Deep Dive Into Florida’s Craft Beer Scene and Ale Trails
There is absolutely nothing like enjoying a fresh craft beer on a smoldering summer’s day. Fortunately, Florida has a premium selection of craft breweries. Despite the first brewery opening up in the 1890s, the industry has never been as flourishing as in the recent years. Here are a few “beer trails” or “ale trails” you can venture on to try the state’s excellent new brews.
The St. Pete and Clearwater Beer Trail
For a scenic adventure, journey along the St. Pete and Clearwater Beer Trail. The trail runs north to south, from Tarpon Springs to St. Pete. In the north, stop in at Two Frogs Brewing Company, and in the south, at Clearwater Social Brewing Company. At Two Frogs, try a cold glass of Captain Nelson, and at Clearwater, their Chocolate Coffee Stout or Mixed Berry Wheat. See stunning sights en route, and enjoy the wonderful sense of community.
If you like, you can opt for a “Craft Brewery Passport 2.0”. By doing so, you gain access to the very best of the route. Grab a tour of the brewery and meet the personnel who work there. Try light summer delicacies or classic choices. The Florida Weisse beer is a favorite in the area. With a sharp taste and a minor amount of alcohol, it can be spruced up with lime or passion fruit, too. Absolutely delicious!
Central Florida Ale Trail
The Central Florida Ale Trail is likely among the largest of the beer trails. There are so many breweries en route, you can probably start your adventure from almost anywhere on the map and see a great deal of options.
Dead Lizard Brewing Company in Orlando features “3-2-1 Liftoff Light Ale,” which is a Kolsche-style ale. Also in Orlando is Ellipsis Brewing, a classy brewery and taproom near the Orlando International Airport. Try the “Dinosaur Chaps,” a stout Russian Imperial with 11.2% alcohol content, or perhaps one of their dozens of other options. The team is a group of passionate home brewers who are determined to make your day.
In addition to the many Orlando breweries, there is a great selection of stops in Sanford, Florida, as well. The Inner Compass Brewing Company, established in 2014, is a good example. Try their delicious dark and creamy “Meh? Milk Stout,” or their light and crisp “Dammit Karl! Hefeweizen” beer.
Jax Ale Trail
The Jax Ale Trail is a superbly enjoyable trail that takes you through seven craft breweries across the city of Jacksonville. Check out the Aardwolf Brewing Company, the Bold City Brewery, the Engine 15 Brewing Co., the Green Room Brewing, Intuition Ale Works, Pinglehead Brewing Company, or the Veterans United Craft Brewery. Opt for a Jax Ale Brewery Passport in order to stop off at each of them and get your stamps! For an efficient tour, try the Jax Brew Bus or easy transport, or Play Harder Tours.
Recently, craft beer in the “Sunshine State” has really exploded. Come and enjoy one of these dynamic and tasty trails, and give your taste-buds a much-appreciated treat in the summer heat!