The Microbreweries and Brew Pubs of Florida
By Matthew Beale

One of the larger families of beers. True ales are brewed with top-fermenting yeast. They are low in carbonation and served warm. Best known in England.

German-style beer with a strong alcoholic content.

From the German word to store, lagers represent a major family of beers. They have a longer and cooler fermentation period than ales and are brewed with bottom-fermenting yeast. Most German and North American beers are lagers.

A type of lager beer, first made in Czechoslovakia in the late 13th century.

A characteristically dark brown beer of English origin.

A fuller-bodied, richer and sweeter version of porter (created by Ireland's Guiness).


Dunedin Highland Game Smoked Ale
Dunks Lager
Firehouse Stout
First Coast Brewing Mango Ale
Hurricane Reef Raspberry Wheat Ale
Riptide Amber Ale
Santa Rosa Bay Thomas Jefferson Brown Ale
Sharkbite Papa's Porter
Shipyard's Longfellow Winter Ale
Williamsville Brewery's Border Porter

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he Williamsville Brewery, established in Virginia near the birthplace of Patrick Henry in 1963, is an ambitious company whose boast matches their bite, so to speak. In early 1995, Williamsville hit a "home run with great exposure" when they reached an agreement with Paramount to set up a microbrewery at the Kings Dominion amusement park. And they certainly did not cease growing there. In fall of the same year, Bob Cabaniss, President of the company, purchased the St. Maarten Breweries N.V. in the Netherlands Antilles, near Puerto Rico. And in January of 1996, Williamsville set up shop on Amelia Island, in Fernandina Beach, establishing their second brewery operation.

From Border Porter to Apple & Ale , Williamsville offers a fine selection of fermented beverages brewed in the tradition of fine English ales. Amelia Ale , is a light offering, that should please those looking for a less full, heavy beer. Cabo Pale Ale is one for the connoisseur of this subtle, popular standard. Porter is a heavy old world ale, originally known as Goat Scrotum Ale , that's known for its dark, sweet and spicy character. Although this style can be infused with any number of a world of ingredients, the Williamsville Border Porter is an attractive and must drink for the adventurous. Apple & Ale is exactly what it would seem to be, a full bodied ale with the lingering tart flavor of the fruit of temptation.

First Coast Brewing, another of Williamsville's operations (based out of both Fernandina Beach and Wilmington, North Carolina), sends forth a unique, small selection of beers to a world both in want and need of such delights. First Coast offerings include their Mango ale , as well as Bikini , ale fermented with honey. These selections complete Williamsville's collection nicely, with something indeed for virtually everyone looking for a quality, hand crafted beer.
The Williamsville Brewery
128 North Second Street
Fernandina Beach FL 32035
904/277-8944; Fax: 904/277-8968


Big Bear Brewing Co.
1800 N. University Dr.
Coral Springs, FL 33071

Established in 1997, Big Bear Brewing Co. has become a staple in South Florida.
Our concept is based on serving fresh brewed beer with quality and creative food in a warm and friendly atmosphere. According to our loyal followers, Polar Light & Hibernation are a few worth mentioning on our award winning beer list. Stop in and try one!

Beach Brewing
5905 South Kirkman Road
Orlando FL 32819
407/345-8802; Fax: 407/345-0351
Brewer: Brian Baldasano.
Capacity 4,000 barrels.

Dunedin Brewery
Located north of Clearwater Beach, Dunedin is another fantastic young Florida microbrewery. Aside from solid standards such as their
Gold, Pale and Brown Ales, Dunedin has an extensive list of seasonal offerings such as their Oktoberfest Ale , "an amber, American-style festive ale with a hint of wheat and a dash of chocolate malt for complexity (limited quantities)." Other seasonals include Jack O' Lantern Frosty Pumpkin Ale, Christmas Farm Ale, Peach Wheat, Highland Game Ale, Strawberry Wheat.

The brewery is located at: 1368-A Spaulding Road, Dunedin, FL 34698. "Brewery Tours are at the whim of the Brewmaster and his assistants, but are normally from 3-6 p.m. every Saturday afternoon. No appointment is needed, but it's always good to call for the latest information on the Brewery." 813/736-0606. Fax: 813/734-9666. e-Mail:

Firehouse Brewery, Inc.
Celebrating its one year anniversary October (as did Absolutely Florida), Firehouse offers a very solid, small line of beers including a stout, a pilsner, and an India pale ale. Stepping up to a now fiercely competitive south Florida market, this brewery offers more than the best looking bottle in town. Check it out for yourself. 7902 NW 64th Street, Miami, FL, 33178. 305/884-0280

The Florida Brewery, Inc.
Established in 1973, The Florida Brewery produces
Dunks , one of the most elegantly packaged and delicious of the state's many Micro offerings. Served in a beautiful blue glass bottle, Dunks is a golden lager, available to Floridians and international consumers of beer alike. The brewery also produces Master's Choice and Bayside , both lager style beers that the makers are quite proud of. The brewery is located at: 202 Gandy Road, Auburndale, FL 33823.
941/965-1825; Fax: 941/967-6965. e-Mail: Info@The

has one of the most tasty, impressive lists of beers around, which includes:
Lazy Lizard Lager, Paradise Pale Ale, Duval Street Gold, Nut Brown Ale, Raspberry Ale, and Key Lime Lager. Also available is Papa's Porter , a nice version of the classic sweet, heavy ale, dedicated to Ernest Hemingway. There is an excellent menu along with entertainment available at the brewery. And all in Key West?! They have an old U-boat on the premises as well. 211-C Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040. 305/292-1262. e-Mail:

Key West Brewery
161 US Highway 1
Key West FL 33040
305/295-0327; Fax: 305/295-0565
Brewer: John Lambert.
Capacity 3,400 barrels.
Formerly Key West Overseas Brewery

Killian Bayer Brewing
1000 Charleston Avenue South
Fort Meade FL 33841
Fax: 941/285-2337
Capacity 50,000 barrels.

Sunset Beer Company
767 Clearlake Road
Cocoa FL 32922
407/639-0023; Fax: 407/631-8668
Opened October 15, 1996.

Treasure Coast Brewing
2851 SE Monroe Street
Stuart FL 34997
Brewer: Jerry Johnson.
Capacity 3,000 barrels

Ybor City Brewing
2200 North 20th Street
Tampa FL 33605
813/242-9222; Fax: 813/248-2130
Brewer: David J. Evans.
Capacity 15,000 barrels.


A1A Ale Works
1 King Street
St.Augustine FL 32084
Capacity 1,200 barrels.

The Abbey
1115 16th Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Buckhead Brewery and Grill
1900 Capital Circle NE
Tallahassee FL 32308
904/894-0987; Fax: 904/942-4947 Brewer: Gary Essex, Jonathat Zangwill.
Capacity 1,000 barrels.

Blue Anchor Pub
10550 St.Augustine Road
Jacksonville FL 32257
Opened April 1, 1996.
Brewer: Frank Gregory.
Capacity 400 barrels.

The Clevelander Brewery
Enjoy a fine, hand-crafted beer in the atmosphere of one of the most fashionable of the Art Deco hotels on South Beach. Jamie, the brewmaster, (who will also serve at the helm of the soon-to-be-opened Titanic), is a wonderful conversationalist and a brewer to be reckoned with. Stop by, try out his wares, and chat with him about it. Highly recommended.

Clevelander Hotel
1020 Ocean Drive
Miami, Beach, FL 33139

Hops Grill & Bar in Jacksonville
9826 San Jose Boulevard Jacksonville FL 32257
Brewer: Tim Shackton
Capacity 800 barrels
Hops are now located throughout the state of Florida, so look for one in your town.

Mill Brewery, Bakery and Eatery
330 West Fairbanks Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
407/644-1544, Fax: 407/674-3982

McGuire's Irish Pub and Brewery
600 East Gregory Street
Pensacola FL 32501
904/433-6789; Fax: 904/434-8364 20.0 points / 1 beer
Brewer: Steve Fried. Capacity 1,250 barrels

Panama City Brewery & CafŽ
11040 Hutchison Boulevard
Panama City Beach FL 32407
Brewer: Matthew Speece.
Capacity 1,000 barrels.

Ragtime Taproom
207 Atlantic Boulevard
Atlantic Beach FL 32233
Brewer: Scott Morton.
Capacity 1,600 barrels.

River City Brewing #1
835 Gulf Life Drive
Jacksonville FL 32207
904/398-2299; Fax: 904/398-2099
Brewer: Steve Sullivan.
Capacity 2,300 barrels.
Changed hands in early 1997.

Riverfront Brewing
230 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach FL 32114

Sampson Brewery & Grill
72 Spanish Street
St.Augustine FL 32084

The Shipyard Brewpub
Delta Airlines Concourse
1 Airport Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32819

Spanish Springs Brewing
1105 Main Street
Lady Lake FL 32159
Brewer: Brad Weir.

Titanic Brewing
5813 Ponce De Leon Blvd.,
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Currently under construction with a planned opening date of January 1998. A second location is set for opening in Coconut Grove For the Spring of 2000.


Ale Street News On-Line

Selections from "A Glossary of Beer terms" which can be found at American Brewer Magazine site.

How to Pour the Perfect Glass of Beer
courtesy the Celis Brewery Site. Read up on the fantastic white beer brewed by Master Pierre Celis while there.

Michael Jackson's Beer Hunter Online

Southern Draft Brew News

"The BeerShots Website
featuring photomicrographs (photographs taken through an optical microscope) of the World's most famous beers."

The Opinionated Beer Page

For those who wish to try this at home:
The Central Florida Home Brewers Club Page

Northeast Florida Society of Brewers

BrewCrafters: for all the supplies needed to brew your own beer

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