The glass is always half full for craft beer lovers on the Suncoast. Here are our favorite Sarasota breweries, from beer gardens to microbreweries.
Jdub’s Brewing Company
If you’ve ordered local beer in Florida, chances are you’ve tasted a beer from Jdub’s Brewing Company. Watering holes around the state serve Jdub’s flagship brew, Up Top! IPA, as well as its other beers. From the Taproom, you can peer through the tall glass windows into the brewery itself, meaning you get to see how it’s made! Sit outside to enjoy the weather and a game of giant Jenga or a board game. The brewery hosts events like yoga and movies in the beer garden, and on most days, you can find a food truck on site.
Big Top Brewing Company
Of all of the Sarasota breweries, Big Top Brewing Company puts out some of the most creative brews! The brewery’s circus-themed beers celebrate local history and big top culture, from the hoppy Circus City IPA to the Trapeze Monk Belgian Witbier. Founder Josh Wilson started crafting small batches of beer for family and friends more than 25 years ago, and now he brews a variety of craft beers inspired by Sarasota’s history, especially when it comes to its close ties to the Ringling Circus. Visit Big Top to taste the five year-round beers as well as 15 seasonal varieties and experimental brews.
Sarasota Brewing Company
Go to the microbrewery that started it all: Sarasota Brewing Company! It is Florida’s oldest microbrewery and always offers at least five of its own unique brews on tap along with a rotating selection of the brewery’s favorite beers from around the world. The light and refreshing Sarasota Gold and the robust Midnight Pass Porter are two of the locals’ favorite brews. Sarasota Brewing Company is one of the best Sarasota breweries to watch a game, thanks to its dozens of televisions and warm, open atmosphere.
Named for the indigenous people of the region, Calusa Brewing offers bold brews that pay tribute to the ‘fierce people’ who once inhabited the region. Sample one of the eight beers on tap, each with their own unique styles and flavors. Coffee lovers will enjoy the Dissonance Breakfast Brown, a brown ale with coffee and cinnamon notes, and the Surrender, a citrus saison with a peppery finish. The roll-up garage doors and tall windows look out on the fermenting tanks and plenty of sunshine, so you can enjoy your beer with a great view!
Brew Life Brewing
Brew Life Brewing is a small batch brewery that prides itself on producing limited quantities of high-quality beers. The 55-gallon brewing system only makes about 300 pints, which means the brewers can better control each batch. The lineup features four year-round mainstay beers as well as eight-to-twelve Brew Life offerings, alongside other Florida beers on tap. The brewery also hosts a number of fun events like paint nights and community get-togethers.
We hope that you have a great time tasting the beers at these Sarasota breweries! If you’re in our area during the daytime hours, we hope you’ll stop by and say hi – we’d be happy to show you around. You can also take a virtual tour of our luxury apartment homes online or give us a call at (941) 217-1315 to schedule a tour.
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