A Brewery Visit to Playalinda Brewing Company in Titusville Florida

I had been wanting to check out Playalinda Brewing Company ever since our return back to Florida in the Spring of 2016. Bryan and I had enjoyed Ron Raike's beers many times when he was brewing at Cask & Larder. Bryan had to go to Titusville for work, so it was a perfect opportunity for a brewery visit.
Playalinda Brewing Company Patio
Playalinda Brewing Company
I had only been to Titusville one other time. It was for an event at Wild Ocean Seafood, who, by the way, has a nice selection of craft beer bottles.

The Brewery is housed downtown in a former hardware store. It's a beautiful space and they have done a great job with combining the old and the new.
Playalinda Brewing Company beer tanks
Playalinda Brewing Company
We showed up about four in the afternoon. Bryan and I always enjoy bellying up to the bar and we had plenty of choices to sit and enjoy our beers. They do have patio seating out front which would be nice once the temperature cools down a bit. I do like taking in the sunshine with a Florida beer.
Playalinda Brewing Company bar
Playalinda Brewing Company
Our first visit happened to fall on our anniversary which also happened to be IPA Day. We started off with a couple of IPA's and to toast to twenty-one years. We got the Playa IPA (7.1% ABV) and Bring It IPA (8.8% ABV). Both were good IPA's, but of course, I enjoyed the Imperial a bit more. They both had great copper color and a wonderful hoppy smell. It's always nice starting out well at a brewery.
Playa IPA ~ Bring It IPA
Playa IPA ~ Bring It IPA
Usually, I get a flight, but the flights at Playalinda are pre-picked. You can, however, enjoy a half pour of the beers which I liked. I got a nice variety to try. We went with a Dark Dreams stout (8.6% ABV), Honey Bee Belgian Golden (7.8% ABV) and the Barrel Aged Farmhouse Ale.

Dark Dreams was a sweet and sour stout. It was different, but I liked it because of that. The Honey Bee was good, but I wish I could have tasted more honey in it. The Farmhouse Ale was wonderful. I love Saisons and this did not disappoint. I enjoyed it so much it was my Flordia Beer Pick of that week. I loved the funkiness balanced out by the wood. I'd make the hour drive just to enjoy this beer.
Dark Dreams ~ Honey Bee Belgian ~ Barrel Aged Farmhouse
Dark Dreams ~ Honey Bee Belgian ~ Barrel Aged Farmhouse
We thought we were done drinking, but I couldn't resist getting one more beer. I decided to cap our brewery visit off with a little dessert. We got a Cask Conditioned Pomegranate Sweet Stout (4.7% ABV). This was a tart stout. Of course, it was creamy. It was a nice beer to end with.
Cask Conditioned Pomegranate Sweet Stout
Cask Conditioned Pomegranate Sweet Stout

I really liked our visit to Playalinda Brewing Company. The servers were friendly as can be. We just enjoyed everything about this brewery. It's great when not only are the beers good, but the atmosphere and service are right up there too. While I wish the brewery was closer to Orlando, I have a good excuse to go to the beach more often.  Next time I'll make a day out of it.

There's, even more, Playalinda beer to enjoy with their expansion of The Brix Project.



City: Titusville
Website
My favorite beer: Maple Go Big Imperial Stout
Guest taps or bottles: ✔
Their beer sold in cans or bottles: ✔
Crowlers: ✔
Food: ✔
Patio: ✔
Bar vs patio: Either
Kids: ✔
Dogs: ✔
Tours:?
Visits: 2
Setting: Historic building
Vibe: Where the locals drink
Reviews from the web: Google 4.7 ~  Untappd 3.79
What I enjoy: The variety of the beers and that the brewery is housed in an old hardware store.
Local spots nearby to check out: Sunrise Bread Company, Titusville Playhouse & Sandpoint Park 


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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.



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


Lost Shirt Brewing
Lost Shirt Brewing is Melbourne's newest brewery. Check them out after you visit the home brew store out front. Small brewery to hang and enjoy some beers and play some games.



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.



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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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in August 2016 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

A Brewery Visit to Lost Shirt Brewery in Melbourne Florida

Stopped by Lost Shirt Brewery, Melbourne's newest brewery with a bunch of friends. An intimate brewery with warm & welcoming service. Get a flight and enjoy.

Lost Shirt Brewery in Melbourne Florida
Melbourne's newest brewery

Lost Shirt is a little hard to find at night. It's located in a small warehouse behind Brock's Homebrew. We almost thought the brewery was closed, but we found the door and were ready for some beer flights.

The tasting room is small and intimate. It seemed that most of the folks there on Saturday night were regulars. Everyone was friendly and engaging to our group.



Almost all of us got flights off all eight beers. The couples shared their flights with each other. They have a nice variety of beers on tap and getting a flight was a good way to sample them all.

The owner gave our group a history of the brewery. It's always nice to hear background stories of how breweries came about. Most have a passion in homebrewing and take it to the next level like they did.

There were a bunch of usual card and board games to play. They brought out some pretzels for our group which was a nice touch. This is a spot where you could hang all night with your friends. It felt like your neighborhood watering hole.

City: Melbourne
Website
My favorite beer: Beach Break Ale
Guest taps or bottles: No
Their beer sold in cans or bottles: No
Crowlers: No
Food: No
Patio: No
Kids: None during my visit
Dogs: None during my visit
Tours:?
Visits: 1
Setting: Warehouse
Vibe: Intimate warehouse
Reviews from the web: Brand new
What I enjoy: friendly people. Felt right at home. Get a flight.
Local spots nearby to check out: Historic downtown, Erna Nixon Park & Hemingway's Tavern



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A Brewery Visit to Crooked Stave in Denver Colorado

Crooked Stave was our twenty-second brewery. We stopped by with friends for a few beers on Halloween. Crooked Stave is located in The Source in Denver's River North Art District. I had never been to The Source or Crooked Stave and was looking forward to checking them both out. The Source is a marketplace with different local shops, eateries, and businesses. Crooked Stave is one of over a dozen vendors.


I was a bit surprised at the set up of Crooked Stave. The space is quite bright and open with high ceilings. The design of The Source makes the space a bit loud. I guess I was expecting more of an intimate feeling.
I enjoy a sour beer from time to time. I was excited to try a few of their beers. I know their beers are highly regarded among the craft beer community. My first visit I ordered a few beers and sampled some from my friends. The Apricot Petite Sour & Colorado Wild Sage were great. I enjoyed all the beers, but to be quite honest they were too similar to me. I would take a smell and sip a beer and do the same with another and it was very hard for me to distinguish the differences in the fruitier beers. They all tasted the same to me! Perhaps I don't drink enough sour beers to have a discernible palate for them?
Beers at Crooked Stave Brewery in Denver
While I don't get the usual taproom vibe going on here, The Source is a pretty cool space to check out. It's quite the happening spot in town. I think Crooked Stave has a lot to do with that. Grab a custom made Meat & Cheese tray from Mondo Market and belly up to the bar and enjoy it with a flight.
Beers at Crooked Stave Brewery in Denver


Once we came back a few times my palate started to change. I could taste the difference in the beers. Sours have now become one of my favorite styles of beer. 
Craft beers at a Crooked Stave
St. Bretta (Winter) & Vieille Artisanal Saison (Cranberry & Spice)


City: Denver
Neighborhood: RiNo
Website
My favorite beer:
Guest taps or bottles: No
Their beer sold in cans or bottles: ✔
Crowlers: No
Food:✔
Patio: No
Kids: None during my visits
Dogs: No
Tours:
Visits: 4
Setting: Marketplace
Vibe: Marketplace
Reviews from the web: Google 4.6 ~ Untappd 4.07
What I enjoy: It's location in the Source. They do a fantastic job with their sour beers.
Local spots nearby to check out: Acorn, Boxcar Coffee Roasters & Babettes

Other nearby breweries:
Beryl's Beer Company
Epic Brewing Company
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A Brewery Visit to Playalinda Brewing Brix Project in Titusville Florida

I stopped by Playalinda Brewing's Brix Project with a group of friends. We had a great visit. The place was quite busy on a Saturday night. Good spot for beers & a bite.


City: Titusville
Website
My favorite beer: Maple Go Big Imperial Stout
Guest taps or bottles:✔
Their beer sold in cans or bottles: ✔
Crowlers: ✔
Food:✔
Patio:✔
Patio vs Bar: Either
Kids:✔
Dogs: None during my visit
Tours:?
Visits: 1
Setting: Restaurant
Vibe: Restaurant
Reviews from the web: Google 4.7 ~ Untappd 3.79
What I enjoy: I always enjoy a brewpub. Great setting for any group. Beers are good too.
Local spots nearby to check out: Canaveral National SeashoreKennedy Space Center, Wild Ocean Seafood

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A Brewery Visit to Comrade Brewing Co. in Denver Colorado

Comrade Brewing Company was brewery visit number twenty-three when Bryan and I came back to Denver in 2014. Bryan and I have stopped by this Denver brewery a couple of times. Our first visit was at night. It was International Stout Day and I had the hankering to try a new brewery for an evening stout.

Comrade Brewing Co. Entrance
Comrade Brewing Company
I was a bit surprised to see how large the tasting room was. There were a lot of tables to sit at, but we prefer to enjoy ourselves at the bar. Usually, I get a flight for a first visit, but that night I was in the mood for a pint of stout. Bryan went with their Superpower IPA. This beer won a Fresh Hop silver medal at this year's Great American Beer Festival. This is a great IPA that many local brewers enjoy. If I'm out and I see Superpower on the beer menu I always order it.
Superpower IPA at Comrade Brewing Co.
Superpower IPA
My drink choice that night was the Koffee Kream Stout. This beer is light at 4.4% ABV. The coffee smell is wonderful and makes for a nice stout. They use a local coffee custom blend for this beer.

Bryan and I really enjoyed our visit. We chatted a bit with our server and we just had a nice time drinking great beers and chilling out.
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Our second visit was on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. It was one of those winter days where the windows can be open wide to let in the warmth of the sun. Apparently, a lot of other folks had the same idea as the tasting room was packed. We took a seat at the bar but ended up moving to get away from a yapping dog. It was nicer to sit looking out at the beautiful day anyways.

This visit was to try a glass of their double IPA Hop Chops. This is a great hoppy beer that is right up there with other delicious imperial IPA's. The smell is divine and I appreciate that it doesn't taste like 9.5% ABV though that could be dangerous! The only problem I had was that I enjoyed the Hop Chops first, so the Putsch Black IPA wasn't as tasty to me. I'm sure if I drank them the other way around I would have enjoyed the black IPA a bit more.



Nice to have a brewery with some great IPA's. I'll probably stick to visiting at night when the crowd is a bit smaller. It is nice to see others enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Whenever I come back to Denver I make sure to swing by Comrade Brewing Co. for some beers.




Founded - April 2014

My Favorite Beer Here - Hop Chops

Food - Food trucks most nights.

Cans/Bottles in Stores - No

Seating - One of the largest tasting rooms. Plenty of seating and garage doors to enjoy the Colorado weather.

Vibe - Across the board

Cool Feature - A complete Made in America brewery

Nearby breweries:
Copper Kettle Brewing Company
Dry Dock Brewing Co




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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in February 2015 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

A Brewery Visit to Ten10 Brewing in Orlando Florida

The Orlando craft beer community anxiously awaited the opening of Ten10 Brewing Co. Orlando's newest brewery finally got the green light and opened their doors in July of 2015 and Bryan and I stopped by with some friends opening day to check them out.
Ten10 Brewing Entrance
Ten10 Brewing

Ten10 Brewing is located at 1010 Virginia Dr, hence the name. The brewery is in the Mills50 District, and not too far from Ivanhoe Village. There are many craft beer spots in the area making Ten10 a nice addition. It'd be fun to enjoy an afternoon or evening of craft beer hopping in the neighborhood.

The brewery is right off the Orlando Urban Trail making it a biking destination. If you're not walking or biking over for beer, the brewery does have a lot in the back with about sixteen or so spaces for parking. There is some street parking as well.
craft beer at ten10brewing in orlando


During our first visit, there were seven beers on tap with two of them being guest taps. The beers were your basic lot from a witbier to a stout. All the beers have a generic name due to their focus on opening the brewery and beer making. They thought it would be best to wait a bit and come up with names after they have more time to breathe. Though I kinda like it simple and generic.

I prefer to do a flight on first visits, but it was a bit crazy so I went with a single pour. I got their Farmhouse Ale (6% ABV) and Bryan got a pint of their Gold (7% ABV). It turns out I didn't need a flight because everyone at our table ordered a different beer and we all sampled each other's beers.

My favorite out of the beers I tried was their IPA (7.5%ABV). It was nice and hoppy with some bitterness. We ended up ordering a pint of that for our second beer. I thought the beers I tried were pretty solid for flagship beers. I look forward to once they get established seeing some variety with each style.
Ten10 Brewing tasting room and restaurant
Ten10 Brewing
The tasting room was a decent size with plenty of seating at the bar, a few booths and a handful of tables. There's a comfortable feel about the place. The large windows are nice to see out onto Virginia Dr. and they bring in natural light into the space.

I had a great time checking out Ten10 and enjoying some local beers with friends. It was fun to see so many in the local beer community coming out and support the brewery on opening day. The staff did a great job. They were all friendly and helpful.

Since our first visit back in July of 2015 Ten10 has become a local watering hole for us. We like stopping by for events they have going on like the Halloween Candy Beer Crawl they do with Cask & Larder and Redlight Redlight.
Halloween candy beer at ten10 brewing in orlando

Sunday beer and donuts are always fun too🍩🍺
sunday craft beer and donuts at ten10 brewing in orlando

I love that most visits we run into friends or regulars at the brewery. It's become one of our local watering holes. I love that there are great beer stops nearby as well.

City: Orlando
Neighborhood: Mills50
My Favorite Beer: Barrel Aged Chronically Mismanaged
Guest Taps or Bottles: No
Their Beer Sold in Cans or Bottles: ✔
Crowlers: No
Food: ✔
Patio: No
Kids: ✔
Dogs: No
Tours:?
Setting: Small strip
Vibe: Casual family friendly watering hole
Visits: 10+
What I enjoy: The location is great for enjoying beers and doing some exploring nearby. I love that they serve food with their tasty beers. Friendly service too!
Cool Local Spots Nearby: Orlando Urban Trail, Quantum Leap Winery & Orlando Museum of Art
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A Brewery Visit to Dad & Dudes Breweria in Aurora Colorado

Our family arrived in Denver mid-August. Being that I love craft beer and there is plenty in this state to enjoy, I couldn’t wait to start visiting local breweries and brewpubs. Dad & Dude's Breweria was our first brewery visit this go around.


Bryan and I had been to Dad & Dudes during our summer visit to Denver in 2012. We enjoyed the food and beer then and were looking forward to our return visits.

We’ve stopped by Dad & Dude's a few times since August. It’s a nice place to enjoy a beer at the bar or get some food with the kids in the dining area.

Our first visit back we enjoyed a couple of Dirty Chai Milk Stouts. The pints were topped with homemade whipped cream and were quite delicious. We enjoyed an order of sliders as well. They have some happy hour deals Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1pm-4pm. We enjoyed 3 sliders for $5 and our pints were $3 during “Hoppy Hour”.







Sliders at Dads & Dudes Breweria
Sliders

Another visit we brought two of the teens for dinner. We all enjoyed some pizza, wings, and fries. This visit was during October and I enjoyed a sugar rimmed Gourd-geous Pumpkin Ale.

We always enjoy stopping by Dad & Dudes Breweria. It’s a nice local watering hole serving up tasty food. Every visit we encounter friendly staff making for a nice night out.


We've since moved back to Florida, but whenever I'm back in Colorado I swing by Dad & Dudes. It's a good stop for the family. Grabbing a beer before or after shopping is always nice😃



City: Aurora
My favorite beer: Sweet Sunshine Coffee Stout
Guest taps or bottles: No
Their beer sold in cans or bottles: ✔
Crowlers: No
Food: ✔
Patio: ✔
Patio vs Bar: Either
Kids: ✔
Dogs: No
Tours: No
Visits: 10
Setting: Shopping Center
Vibe: Restaurant
Reviews from the web: 4.3 Google ~ 3.61 Untappd
What I enjoy: Good spot for the whole family. Nice happy hour deals. Beer is always tasty.



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A Brewery Visit to Cheluna Brewing in Aurora Colorado

I stopped by Chelnua Brewing in the Stanley Marketplace during my recent visit to Denver. I'm digging these marketplace breweries. Love all the other restaurant/vendors located in on location. Great spot to go with a group or a date night. Only a few vendors were open during our visit. I can't wait to come back when all the shops and eateries are open. Sweet location in Stapleton next to the park and bike trail. Bike to beers🍻


I met a couple of other online beer friends here for the first time. We had a great time chatting about the Colorado/Florida beer scene. So cool how beer brings people together.
Entrance to Stanley Marketplace
Stanley Marketplace

Entrance to Stanley Marketplace
Brews & Bites

Cheluna Brewing beer menu
Beer Menu 1/3

Craft beer at Cheluna Brewings
Belga Con Pasion




City: Aurora
Neighborhood: Stapleton
Website
My favorite beer: Coco-Xoxo
Guest taps or bottles: No
Their beer sold in cans or bottles: No
Crowlers: ✔
Food: ✔
Patio:✔
Patio vs Bar: Either
Kids: ✔
Dogs: No
Tours:?
Visits: 1
Setting: Marketplace
Vibe: Even though it's located in the Stanley Marketplace it has its own brewery feel. Nice job with the colors
Reviews from the web: Google 4.5 ~ Untapped 3.84
What I enjoy: The location is cool. The beers were very good.The tasting room has beautiful blue & yellow colors.
Local spots nearby to check out: Sweet Cow, Logan House Coffee & Central Park Stapleton

More Colorado breweries to check out.



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Kelli 
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