A Brewery Visit to Wop's Hops Brewing Company in Sanford Florida

I grew up in a small historic town in Michigan. I love the quaintness about them. Sanford is one of those quaint small towns here in Florida. Sanford is known as the "Historic Waterfront Gateway City", but nowadays it's becoming known as a craft beer town. 

There are some great craft beer bars & eateries in Sanford like Celery City and Buster's Bistro

If you're looking for fresh beer made in Sanford Wop's Hops Brewing Company is your place. 

Wop's Hops Brewing Company
Wop's Hops Brewing Company

Wop's Hops has been open for about a year and a half. The brewery is located in town in the former Stokes Fish Market Building. There's no more fish to buy here, just tasty beer. You can enjoy a pint inside or out in their shaded beer garden.
Wop's Hops Brewing Company beer garden
Beers on the Patio Anyone?

Sanford is one of those towns I love and wish I visited more often but have a hard time getting around to actually doing it. Bryan and I were nearby on a Saturday afternoon and it worked out that my friend Eli was tending the bar that day. The Sanford beer gods had aligned.

My first impression of the brewery was how nice it was. I didn't realize it was housed in a historic building and I didn't realize they had a beer garden. I usually love drinking beers on the patio, but summer afternoons in Florida call for AC, plus how else would we be able to chat with our favorite server?

I usually do a flight on a first visit, but I was ready to just drink a full pour of something refreshing. I sampled a couple of beers before I went with Guava Goddess pale wheat ale (5.1% ABV). It was light and very drinkable on this hot afternoon. It had the right amount of guava, smooth and subtle. Bryan went with the Golden Stout (6% ABV). I've been enjoying these lighter colored stouts lately. This is a tasty beer with coffee and chocolate flavor.

Bryan and I ended up sharing our beers because we both enjoyed them equally.
Wop's Hops Brewing Company craft Beers
Guava Goddes & Golden Stout

Eli gave us a quick tour of the place. The beer vats are in the same space of the bar. Not too far to go to get to the taps.
Wop's Hops Brewing Company
Brewing the Beer Close to the Barstool

They recently were able to expand when the space adjoining the brewery became available. They know have a full kitchen.  There are lots of tasty options on the menu.  I will have to come back and give the food a try. They even have dog menu for your pup, complete with dog-friendly brews!
Wop's Hops Brewing Company menu
Food Menu

We ended up getting another beer so we could stay and chat a little longer. This time around I got the Rye Porter (5.6% ABV). A roasty solid porter.

I had a great first visit to Wops Hops. I'm going to make more of an effort to get up to Sanford more often. There are a couple of more breweries getting ready to open in Sanford this summer. Sanford will be a great spot to do some brewery hopping. I'll be hopping to Wop's Hops when I do get back.

City: Sanford
My Favorite Beer: Golden Stout
Guest Taps or Bottles: ✔
Their Beer Sold in Cans or Bottles:✔
Crowlers: No
Food: ✔
Patio: ✔
Bar vs Patio: Bar during the day and patio at night.
Kids: ✔
Dogs: ✔
Visits: 2
Setting: Historic building
Vibe: Neighborhood brewpub
What I enjoy: Great beer garden, unique beers & friendly service. They serve food too!
Cool Local Spots Nearby: Wayne Densch Performing Arts TheaterHollerbach's Willow Tree & Sanford Brewing Company

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