The Florida craft beer scene is slowly starting to take form. With some great breweries down south, and some newer ones opening around Orlando, it is sure to be a great place to visit if your are a beer drinker. The city of Orlando might be known for Disney, and being very touristy, but that doesn’t mean there are not great things to do that are beer related. Joel and I visited Orlando Brewing Company on our recent trip there, and for it being the only game in town, the beer is pretty damn good, and is a must if you are in the area.
We met up with president, John Cheek. John started home brewing in the late 80’s and started the Central Florida Home Brewing Club in 1989, and ultimately gained full control of Orlando Brewing in 2004.
For those expecting a massive brewery, you can stop right here. Orlando Brewing is on the smaller side of things making about 3,000 barrels a year with everything from their Right On Red, and Miami Weiss.
The Orlando Brewing gang was gearing up for their annual Oktoberfest celebration, which is one of the busiest days of the year for them.
One of the coolest facts about Orlando Brewing, is that it is the only certified organic brewery in Florida and also the only organic brewery in the southeast.
Forget that stuffed Mickey souvenir. How about some beer to go or cool t-shirt instead?
Most of their offerings can be found around town, but there is nothing better than getting it from the source.
Thanks to John for showing us around this little gem of a brewery. Everyone from the staff to the patrons drinking were very inviting and it was most certainly a pleasure to drink at one of Orlando’s first craft beer makers. Keep up the good work, and we will definitely be back. That Olde Pelican was so damn good, it is still haunting my palate.