Five Florida Breweries Pouring at This Year's Taste of the Nation

I love when the beer community comes out to support local charities. Here are five Florida breweries that are beverage sponsors at this year's Taste of the Nation

Orlando's Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry brings together the area's top chefs who donate their time, talent and passion to end childhood hunger in Central Florida. Along with culinary delights, guests have the opportunity to sample select wines, cocktails, and premium beers and enjoy silent and live auctions and entertainment. Every dollar raised fights hunger and homelessness in the Central Florida. Local beneficiaries include Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and Florida Impact.

I hope you will join me and drink craft beer for a good cause at the Taste of the Nation on August 27th. These breweries are supporting a great cause, so be sure to check them out. I have a great time visiting each one of them. You can find out more information on the breweries in the links below. 

Cigar City Brewing beer and beer flight
Beer & a flight

craft beer at crooked can brewing company
Beer on the patio is my favorite

Beer flight at brew bus brewing
Beer flight at the Brew Bus

craft beer at Orlando Brewing
Papa Midnight & a Steamee Summer at Orlando Brewing
craft beer at Redlight Redlight
Beer & a movie at Redlight Redlight

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet take advantage of this great deal going on through Friday. 
Purchase tickets HERE.

Here is a list of all participating beverage sponsors at this year's Taste of the Nation.
1 Brew Bus USA
2 Cigar City Brewing
3 Coca-Cola
4 Cooper's Hawk
5 Crooked Can Brewing Company
6 Florida Farm Distillers, Home of Palm Ridge Whiskies
7 JM Smucker Co Beverage/Folger's Coffee
8 Lakeridge Winery
9 Nespresso
10 Nestle Waters │ S. Pell & Acqua Panna
11 Not Your Father's
12 Onli Beverage Co.
13 Orange Blossom Brewing Co.
14 Orlando Brewing Company
15 Pernod Ricard
16 Redlight Redlight Beer Parlour
17 Small Town Brewery
18 Tito's Vodka
19 Tsingtao
20 Uinta Brewing Company
21 Vermont Cider Co.
22 Woodchuck Cider

Calusa Brewing

I was so excited to visit Calusa Brewing. Bryan and I were down in Punta Gorda and we were going to stop in Siesta Key on the way back to Orlando. I looked on Untappd to find nearby breweries and Calusa Brewing came up. The ratings on their beers were impressive, so naturally, I couldn't wait to enjoy a couple at the brewery.
Calusa Brewing
Calusa Brewing

I was happy because I had read that they were family friendly and we had our youngest & her boyfriend with us. I thought they might enjoy playing a little pool while we enjoyed a beer flight. Unfortunately, that's not how it played out. My daughter was feeling under the weather so we only had enough time to try a couple of small pours and bring some beer back with us.

Calusa Brewing is named after the Native Americans that lived along Florida's Gulf Coast. They are new to the Florida brewery scene, they just opened their tasting room this past spring. They are located in a warehouse not too far from the beach. They've done a great job with the tasting room and beer garden.
Calusa Brewing patio
Outdoor beer garden

The tasting room has an inviting feel about it.
Calusa Brewing tasting room
Lots of seating in the tasting room

I like how it's bright and you can see into the brewery. Pretty cool that they have a pool table too.
Calusa Brewing
A game of pool anyone?

After getting greeted by the adorable brewery pup, Bryan and I made our way to the bar. We asked for their two most popular beers. We got a sample pour of Citronious IPA (6.5% ABV) & Dissonance Breakfast Brown (6.5%ABV). Both were solid beers. The IPA is light & fruity with mild bitterness. It's one of my favorite Florida IPA's. The brown is just as tasty. This beer is brewed in collaboration with BlackGold Coffee Roasters. There is a hint of cinnamon in the beer. It's a delicious "breakfast" beer.  
Calusa Brewing beers
Citronious IPA ~ Dissonance Breakfast Brown

We enjoyed both beers so  much we brought some back with us to share with friends. 
Calusa Brewing growler
Get them filled when your there

Great overall experience. I need to get back soon so I can sit and enjoy more of their beers. Very friendly service that made you want to hang out at the bar for a while.

Beaches and great beer don't get much better than this.

City: Sarasota 
Popular Beers on Untappd:Citronious IPA, Dissonance Breakfast Brown, Surrender Saison & Dry Oatmeal Stout
My Favorite Beer: Citronious
Guest Taps or Bottles: Cider
Their Beer Sold in Cans or Bottles: No
Crowlers: No
Cider: Yes
Food: Food trucks
Patio: Yes
Bar vs Patio: Bar
Kids: Yes
Dogs: Patio
Tours: No
Visits: 1
Setting: Warehouse
Vibe: Chill
What I enjoy: The beers were delicious and space is inviting.

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Central Florida Craft Beer Bars & Eateries

Looking for some craft beer to enjoy in Central Florida? Here are some places I've enjoyed a pint or two. You will find a decent selection of craft beer, some will have more than others. If you have any questions feel free to reach me on my contact form on my main page. These are all places I would recommend. Each has a different feel and vibe.


Barley & Vine Biergarten
Barley & Vine Biergarten beers on the patio
Beers & Games on the Patio
City: Orlando 
Neighborhood: Milk District
My Blog Post
Beers on Tap: 25
Bottles: 50+
Food: No, but you can bring in food.
Patio: Yes
Bar vs Patio: Beers on the patio.
Kids: None during my visits.
Dogs: Yes
Visits: 10+
Vibe: A casual place to hang out and enjoy a beer.
What I enjoy: Drinking beers in the Biergarten on a Sunday afternoon.

Melbourne Craft Beer Trail

Nothing like beers at the beach. The Melbourne Craft Beer Trail that I put together offers both. It's a fun day destination from Central Florida or if you're going to the beach to stay for a while. All the stops are different from each other. You should find a number of them to fit in your beer agenda no matter the outing itinerary.

Charlie & Jake's Brewery Grille
Charlie & Jake's has more of a restaurant feel than a brewery. Grab some grub with the family and enjoy an inexpensive flight of beers. Maybe you want to catch the day's game and drink a few on the patio.  
Charlie & Jake's Brewery Grill
Beer Flight of all the brews at Charlie  Jake's

Intracoastal Brewing Company
Intracoastal Brewing Company is a good spot to enjoy a flight or a pint after you've explored the Eau Gallie Arts District.
Beer Flight at Intracoastal Brewing Company
One of my favorite flight holders

Coasters Pub
Coasters Pub is a great spot to get refueled after a day at the beach. Enjoy beers in the Biergarten or a meal with the family in the tavern. They have one of the best beer menus in Florida.
Coasters Pub in Melbourne Florida
Lots of great beer on that menu

Iron Oak Post
Looking to do some exploring in Downtown Melbourne? Grab a local brew at the Iron Oak Post and cap off the evening with some live music. 
Iron Oak Post in Melbourne Florida
Cool space with lots of beer on tap

Hell n Blazes
Up the street from the Iron Oak Post is Melbourne's newest brewery Hell n Blazes. Enjoy a flight at the bar or a pint while playing some darts.
Hell n Blazes brewery beer flights
Beer flights for all 

The Mansion
Looking for a place to fuel up? The Mansion is a visual delight offering some tasty food to go with some tasty beers. Lots of great choices with a priceless view. 
Craft beer at the mansion in melbourne
Brews with a view

Enjoy exploring Melbourne's and its craft beer scene. 

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