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gmac:
In Florida until the 11th. Anyone have any "don't miss" beer recommendations?  We are doing a week in the Naples area and a week in Orlando for the kids.
Thanks.

jeffy:

--- Quote from: gmac on December 29, 2013, 01:25:06 PM ---In Florida until the 11th. Anyone have any "don't miss" beer recommendations?  We are doing a week in the Naples area and a week in Orlando for the kids.
Thanks.

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Not much down south, but Orlando has some good spots.  Go to Redlight Redlight, a bar with an eclectic selection, especially good with sours.  In Winter Park eat at Cask and Larder and drink all of Ron Raike's beers.  He's the best brewer in the south, not just my opinion.
If you go through Sarasota or come up to Tampa or St. Pete, there's a heck of a lot more variety.  We seem to have a new brewery opening every week.  Cigar City is a quarter mile from Tampa International and has a great tasting room.  CCB also has a brew pub in the Southwest airside at TIA.  Downtown St. Pete is turning into a beer destination with Green Bench, Cycle and St. Pete Brewing Co. all close to each other.
When you say, "Olando" do you mean "Kissimmee?"  That's where Disney is.  They have a decent Gordon Biersch prewbub at Boardwalk the name of which escapes me right now.  River City?

gmac:

--- Quote from: jeffy on December 29, 2013, 02:21:09 PM ---
--- Quote from: gmac on December 29, 2013, 01:25:06 PM ---In Florida until the 11th. Anyone have any "don't miss" beer recommendations?  We are doing a week in the Naples area and a week in Orlando for the kids.
Thanks.

--- End quote ---
Not much down south, but Orlando has some good spots.  Go to Redlight Redlight, a bar with an eclectic selection, especially good with sours.  In Winter Park eat at Cask and Larder and drink all of Ron Raike's beers.  He's the best brewer in the south, not just my opinion.
If you go through Sarasota or come up to Tampa or St. Pete, there's a heck of a lot more variety.  We seem to have a new brewery opening every week.  Cigar City is a quarter mile from Tampa International and has a great tasting room.  CCB also has a brew pub in the Southwest airside at TIA.  Downtown St. Pete is turning into a beer destination with Green Bench, Cycle and St. Pete Brewing Co. all close to each other.
When you say, "Olando" do you mean "Kissimmee?"  That's where Disney is.  They have a decent Gordon Biersch prewbub at Boardwalk the name of which escapes me right now.  River City?

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Thanks Jeffy.
Yeah, I guess I mean "where Disney is". With 4 kids, we won't be eating out much. Is there a local beer I can gt at the "beer store" that I should get for my wife and I to try?

jeffy:

--- Quote from: gmac on December 29, 2013, 05:39:22 PM ---
--- Quote from: jeffy on December 29, 2013, 02:21:09 PM ---
--- Quote from: gmac on December 29, 2013, 01:25:06 PM ---In Florida until the 11th. Anyone have any "don't miss" beer recommendations?  We are doing a week in the Naples area and a week in Orlando for the kids.
Thanks.

--- End quote ---
Not much down south, but Orlando has some good spots.  Go to Redlight Redlight, a bar with an eclectic selection, especially good with sours.  In Winter Park eat at Cask and Larder and drink all of Ron Raike's beers.  He's the best brewer in the south, not just my opinion.
If you go through Sarasota or come up to Tampa or St. Pete, there's a heck of a lot more variety.  We seem to have a new brewery opening every week.  Cigar City is a quarter mile from Tampa International and has a great tasting room.  CCB also has a brew pub in the Southwest airside at TIA.  Downtown St. Pete is turning into a beer destination with Green Bench, Cycle and St. Pete Brewing Co. all close to each other.
When you say, "Olando" do you mean "Kissimmee?"  That's where Disney is.  They have a decent Gordon Biersch prewbub at Boardwalk the name of which escapes me right now.  River City?

--- End quote ---
Thanks Jeffy.
Yeah, I guess I mean "where Disney is". With 4 kids, we won't be eating out much. Is there a local beer I can gt at the "beer store" that I should get for my wife and I to try?

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Total wine should have a good selection.  Anything from St. Somewhere (saisons) or Cigar City are worth buying, but a lot of the breweries don't package yet or only sell in certain regions.  Swamphead may be available there.  They're good.

flbrewer:
Southwest Florida is a bit of a craft beer wasteland. I would travel up US 41 to Ft. Myers and shop at the Total Wine there (I believe there may be one in Naples).
Load up on Cigar City Jai Alai and anything by them. I wouldn't waste time in any brewery in that area, along with Orlando. You can hit Cigar City just out of the way in Tampa on your way to Orlando, great tap room. The new restaurant they opened would be out of your way.
If you go through St. Pete ( a little longer trip) you could go to Peg's (great lunch and beer) or just go straight to Cycle brewing.
Cheers!

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