Guide to Local Breweries in Central Florida

By: Peyten Palo

What’s better than a cold beer on a hot Central Florida day? In our opinion, nothing! There are some amazing local craft breweries to check out when you visit Central Florida. Make sure you sample a few sips in their onsite taprooms or grab a growler to take back to your vacation home. Or, both! After all, you’re on vacation. Here are a few of our favorite spots in Central Florida to cool off with a craft beer.

Lakeland Local Breweries

Swan Brewing

Swan Brewing features 30 taps of craft beer, live music and food trucks. This brewery started as a 10-by-10 tent at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market and today it occupies what was, once upon a time, a 1940’s automobile repair shop. The majority of the beers are brewed right here in Lakeland, FL. This brewery is family and dog-friendly.

Brew Hub

Lakeland’s Brew Hub provides an all-new business model for the craft brewing industry. They offer brewing, packaging and distribution for small craft breweries looking to get their name and products out into in the marketplace. They also feature a tasting room, where many of the premier local beers and ciders are on tap and also have an extensive wine menu.

Dissent Craft Brewing Company

Right in the heart of downtown Lakeland, Dissent Craft Brewing Company is changing the way you experience beer. From grain to glass, from process to pour, Dissent Craft Brewing Company is changing the way you experience beer. With an everchanging menu, you can always see what’s on tap HERE.

Winter Haven Local Breweries & Taprooms

Grove Roots Brewing Company

This microbrewery is located right in the heart of Downtown Winter Haven. Grove Roots Brewing Co. was inspired by Central Florida’s historic citrus culture. They partner with local growers to create inventive, artisan beers that celebrate and support Central Florida’s deep-rooted relationship with the citrus industry. With brews like Rind & Shine, 6am Pickers, and Wakes of Grain, there’s no question Grove Roots is serious about bringing Polk County’s citrus & history to life.

Union Taproom

Union Taproom is a PYOB (Pour Your Own Beer) kind of a place! With over 40 self pour taps filled with an ever-changing variety of craft beer, ciders, wine, cold brew coffee & kombucha, there is always something new and exciting to try! You have the chance to try a little bit of everything by just trying a few ounces, then trying something else! Bring along your family, friends, and even your pooch since Union Taproom is a pet-friendly & family-friendly spot. If you find yourself hungry, make sure to try out one of their delicious pizzas at Union Pizza!

Bartow Local Breweries

Front Page Brewing Company

Located in the former home of Bartow’s newspaper, Polk County Democrat, Front Page Brewing Co. is a craft brewery and taproom that aims to preserve Bartow’s history. This is a kid and dog-friendly brewery in downtown Bartow. The brewery’s Beer Menu is always up-to-date which includes beer brewed by Front Page as well as guest beers and ciders.

Looking for savings on local brews? Check out our Adventure on Tap: Central Florida Craft Beer Pass! Follow us on Instagram for more local favorites!

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