A Brewery Visit to The Hourglass Brewery in Longwood Florida

I enjoyed beers at The Hourglass Brewery is its original location, which was one the smallest brewery I have been to. Their new location is probably one the largest I've visited. It's night and day between the two.
Hourglass Brewery
Hourglass Brewery
The strip mall where the brewery is located is usually hopping. I was surprised to see so many cars and people. I was even more surprised when I walked into the tasting room and saw how big it was. There is large wrap around bar on one end and rows of community tables on the other. A large stage for live entertainment takes up the rest of the space.

I watched the brewery fill up throughout the night. It was a happening spot that Friday night. A few folks were catching the hockey game on their big screens. Others were grabbing food from the restaurants next door and enjoying a beer with their meal. Most were just having a good time drinking beer and hanging with friends.
Hourglass Brewery
Tasting Room
The Hourglass Brewery has A LOT of beer to choose from. They have 25 of their beers on tap along with a few of their bottles to choose from. Then there are hundreds of guest bottles to choose from as well. The electronic screens were hard for me to read the tap menu. I found I was better off taking a picture of the tap list and enlarging the photo so I could read the descriptions. You can see what's on tap on their website. They also have nice descriptions of the beer too.
Beer Menu & Bottles at Hourglass Brewery
Electronic Beer Menu 

Hourglass Brewery bottle selection
Bottle Selection
While the beer selection is impressive I came to Hourglass to enjoy their beers. We met up with some friends who are regulars and I asked them for suggestions. I always do a flight on first visits and this one consisted of: Put De Lime In De Coconut, Plantation Grove, Barista's Last Call, Sabor De Bandito & Texican Red.
Hourglass Brewery Beer Flight
Beer Flight
This was a nice varied flight of beers. A couple of Berliner Weisse's, Brown Ale, American Pale Ale and an Amber Red. I really enjoyed the two Weisse beers. I found them to be a great beer to enjoy for the Florida heat. Put De Lime In De Coconut was delicious with its tart key lime balanced with the sweet coconut. Barista's Last Call was a tasty beer as well. It smelled wonderful with a nice coffee aroma. This beer is brewed with coffee from Lineage Craft Coffee, a local roaster in town.

I wasn't sure about the Texican Red. I like chili beers, but I'm not a fan of a smoky flavored beer. Bryan liked it much better than I did.
Hourglass Brewery Put de Lime in de Coconut
Put De Lime In De Coconut

It was a fun night drinking Florida craft beers with friends. It's great to see how far The Hourglass Brewery has come since they first opened. They serve up some tasty Florida craft beer in a fun setting. It's nice to have such options in Central Florida.

It's a nice brewery to enjoy beers with friends. It's a family friendly brewery and the food next door is a nice bonus.

City: Longwood
My Favorite Beer: Put de Lime in de Coconut
Their Beer Sold in Cans or Bottles - ✔
Guest Taps or Bottles: ✔
Crowlers: No
Food: No, but Wako Taco is adjacent to the brewery.
Patio: ✔
Bar vs Patio: Beers at the bar.
Kids: ✔
Dogs: ✔
Visits: 5+
Setting: Small strip mall
Vibe: Large space with groups of all kinds enjoying the beer.
Reviews from the web: Google 4.5 ~ Untappd 3.7
What I enjoy: Lots of house beers on tap and a bunch of bottles too. Space is large making it a great spot to meet up with a bunch of friends.
Local Spots Nearby to Check Out: China MoonPolonia Restaurant & Candyland Park

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