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20 Florida Craft Breweries You Need to Visit

Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 10:38 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 9:05 PM


Florida has more than 100 craft breweries. Here are 20 to get you started. 

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1. Proof Brewing Company, Tallahassee


Located in an industrial art park, Proof Brewing Company is helping put Florida’s Capital City on the map for craft beer with brews like Eightfive-O American Pale Ale and Mango Wit, which is made with organic mangos.


Try: Mango Wit

Also Visit: GrassLands Brewing Company in Tallahassee


2. Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park


Using flavors like sweet potato casserole and blueberry cobbler, Funky Buddha brings bold flavors to South Florida’s emerging craft beer scene.


Try: Floridian Hefeweizen


3. Oyster City Brewing Company, Apalachicola


Apalachicola is known for its oysters, but Oyster City Brewing Company is making a name for itself with its beers, which are popping up on menus at bars and restaurants around North Florida. Oyster City also uses local ingredients, like tupelo honey, in many of its brews.


Try: Hooter Brown Tupelo Honey Ale


4. Grayton Beer Company, South Walton


Made famous by its 30A Beach Blonde Ale, Grayton Beer Company bottles that laid-back, South Walton state of mind with each beer it makes.


Try: 1890 Founder’s Ale

Also Visit: Idyll Hounds Brewing Company


5. Veterans United Craft Brewery, Jacksonville


This veteran-owned brewery in Jacksonville started as a passion project for Ron Gamble, a former Naval Flight Officer. Now, Veterans United beers like Raging Blonde Ale and HopBanshee IPA can be found throughout Northeast Florida.


Try: HopBanshee India Pale Ale

Also Visit: Intuition Ale Works


6. Engine 15 Brewing Company, Jacksonville Beach



Jacksonville Beach was something of a craft beer wasteland before Engine 15 pulled up in its 1970 Ford firetruck. The brewery quickly grew and is now operating a location near downtown Jacksonville.


Try: Nut Sack Double Brown Ale

Also Visit: Green Room Brewing Company


7. Orlando Brewing, Orlando


Orlando Brewing in Downtown Orlando has made a name for itself by using organic ingredients in its products and was certified as an organic brewery by the USDA in 2006. You’ll find several OBC beers at the restaurants and bars at Walt Disney World Resort.


Try: I-4 IPA

Also Visit: Ten10 Brewing Company


8. Orange Blossom Brewing Company, Lakeland


From the heart of Central Florida comes Orange Blossom Brewing Company which calls Brew Hub in Lakeland home. Its signature beer, Orange Blossom Pilsner, is made with local orange blossom honey.


Try: Orange Blossom Pilsner

Also Visit: Lakeland Brewing Company


9. Two Henrys Brewing Company, Plant City


Located at the Keel and Curley Winery in Plant City, Two Henrys Brewing Company makes everything from the classics like its 7 Mile Bridge IPA to the adventurous Roasted Jalapeno Blueberry Porter, brewed with blueberries harvested on site. 


Try: Roasted Jalapeno Blueberry Porter


10. Big Storm Brewing Co., Clearwater and Odessa


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First opened in Odessa, Florida, Big Storm Brewing Co. is one of the fastest growing breweries in the Sunshine State, making waves with its Arcus IPA and Wavemaker Amber Ale. You can check out their taprooms in Pasco and Pinellas.


Try: Wavemaker Amber Ale

Also Visit: Pair O' Dice Brewing Company


11. Swamp Head Brewery, Gainesville


A brewery that touts itself as being ‘Inherently Floridian,’ Swamp Head Brewery takes pride in its beer and also its sustainable brewing practices. Many of the spent grains used in the brewing process end up nearby at the University of Florida for cattle feed.


Try: Stump Knocker Pale Ale

Also Visit: First Magnitude Brewing Company


12. Cigar City Brewing, Tampa


If you know one Florida craft brewer, it’s probably Cigar City Brewing and its wildly popular brews like Jai Alai IPA and Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale. Visit the taproom in Tampa and you might just see someone hand-rolling cigars in the corner.


Try: Jai Alai India Pale Ale

Also Visit: Ulele Spring Brewery in Tampa


13. Coppertail Brewing Co., Ybor City


Located just south of Ybor City’s 7th street, Coppertail Brewing Co. is doing craft beer in a big way. Aside from its impressive core beer lineup, which includes a Belgian-style American Trippel, Coppertail also has an extensive sour beer program that you can sample at the taproom.


Try: Unholy American Trippel

Also Visit: Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Ybor City


14. St. Somewhere Brewery, Tarpon Springs


For fans of traditional Belgian style ales, St. Somewhere is a true gem. This Tarpon Springs brewery specializes in century-old unfiltered farmhouse style ales produced in small batches.


Try: Saison Athene

Also Visit: Silverking Brewing Company


15. Dunedin Brewing, Dunedin


Noted as Florida’s oldest microbrewery, Dunedin Brewery offers a line of great drinkable beers, like its Apricot Peach Ale and Red Ale. If you visit the brewery, be sure to order the fried cheese curds.


Try: Apricot Peach Ale

Also Visit: 7venth Sun Brewing Company in Dunedin


16. McGuire’s Irish Pub, Pensacola & Destin


From the million-plus dollar bills hanging from the ceilings to its massive food portions, McGuire’s is a great place for a meal and a great beer. While you’ll only find its beer on-site, you can pick up a six-pack of McGuire’s Irish Red Ale in the gift shop.


Try: McGuire’s Irish Red Ale

Also Visit: Pensacola Bay Brewery in Pensacola


17. Green Bench Brewing Co., St. Pete


As the first microbrewery in St. Pete, Green Bench is making great beer inspired by its city. The Surrealist IPA, an American IPA blended with the tart qualities of a sour ale, was inspired by Salvador Dali’s fantastic artworks, which can be seen at the nearby Dali Museum.


Try: Green Bench IPA

Also Visit: Cycle Brewing in St. Pete


18. Crooked Can Brewing Company, Winter Garden


Located in a market in beautiful downtown Winter Garden, this young brewery has become a Central Florida staple with High Stepper American IPA and McSwagger’s Own Amber Ale. Why the name Crooked Can? Things tend to get a little crooked after a few brews.


Try: High Stepper American IPA


19. Cask & Larder, Winter Park


This “Southern Public House” in downtown Winter Park is a well-known hotspot for foodies, but Cask & Larder’s on-site brewery is making beer of the same caliber as the food.


Try: 5 Points IPA


20. Props Craft Brewery, Ft. Walton Beach


Founded by current and retired members of the military, this aviation-inspired brewery is doing big things with its beer. The Blonde Bomber Ale can be found in cans throughout Northwest Florida.


Try: Blonde Bomber Ale


Have a favorite Florida craft brewery that's not on the list? Let us know about it in the comments below.


-Stephen Kubiak


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Southern Living names this resort best in the South

Published: Sunday, June 10, 2018 @ 8:47 AM

Rocking chairs are lined up outside for guests to relax while enjoying a view of the Smoky Mountains outside the Blackberry Farm main house in Walland, Tenn., on June 9, 2003. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
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Rocking chairs are lined up outside for guests to relax while enjoying a view of the Smoky Mountains outside the Blackberry Farm main house in Walland, Tenn., on June 9, 2003. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)(WADE PAYNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Southern Living recently polled its readers to discover their picks for the top places to visit in the SouthBlackberry Farm, in Walland, Tennessee, south of Knoxville, took home the top prize.

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Southern Living noted, "Blackberry Farm emanates hospitality, from its farm-to-table offerings to the porches on guest cottages."

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Blackberry Farm is a luxury hotel and resort situated on a 4,200-acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains.

There is a spa, brewery and working farm on the property. The resort offers plenty of wine and dining options, musical entertainment, workshops and more. 

Activities include horseback riding, archery, fly fishing, hiking and paintball.

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One Facebook reviewer noted, "Have traveled quite well in my 50+ years, but Blackberry Farm stands out as the BEST of all. They anticipate your every wish and deliver it with cordial efficiency. Understated, approachable elegance. Go there, go there, go there! It is transforming."

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Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 8:57 AM

Florida Beach Named the Best in the Nation

A Florida beach has been named the nation's best in TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice awards.

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The travel website announced Tuesday that Clearwater Beach was the best in the U.S. in 2018, climbing from No. 4 in 2017. The beach also topped the national list in 2016. 

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Meanwhile, Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, took the award for the best beach worldwide.

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How to plan your perfect weekend in Asheville, North Carolina 

Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2018 @ 2:59 PM

We've got your weekend in Asheville planned out for you.

Are you planning your ideal summer getaway? You don’t have to fly to the Caribbean to have your perfect summer trip. This news organization has chosen several destinations that are easy to get to for a long weekend trip. From Hocking Hills to Cincinnati, we’ve got the best places to eat, see and visit on a budget this summer. 

Spend a weekend tucked away in the mountains. Asheville, located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is a funky town with amazing art galleries, live music and a thriving foodie scene. The drive from Ohio to Asheville is a little more than six hours.

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Here’s what to do in Asheville:

1. Go for a hike 

Hiking in Asheville is the perfect way to spend a morning. Head to Chimney Rock State Park, where you’ll walk up flights of stairs to see a stunning view of the mountains. You can also hike to the summit of Table Rock Mountain, catching panoramic views of the soaring mountaintop in Linville Gorge. Another option is the 1.5-mile round-trip hike to the summit of Hawksbill Mountain. The hike climbs about 700 ft. in elevation. 

2. Browse a bookstore 

Pick out a book from Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe. The independent bookstore has organic coffee, author events and a cozy vibe. Battery Park Book Exchange is another perfect place for bibliophiles. Readers can browse thousands of books while sipping on fine wine or Champagne. The used bookstore and Champagne bar is located in the heart of Asheville. 

3. Visit the Biltmore Estate

Explore the 8,000-acre beautiful Biltmore Estate built by George Vanderbilt. Take a rooftop tour of the grounds to see a birds-eye view of the estate for $25. The Biltmore also has special wine, cheese and chocolate tastings, or experience an elegant dining experience. The Biltmore has special food events like the “Biltmore Brewing Beer Dinner” or the “Enchanted Tea at Vanderbilt Room at The Inn.” 

4. Drink a beer 

Asheville is packed with breweries. Grab a beer at Wedge Brewing or sip on a cherry stout at The Lab. The Amazing Pubcycle, Asheville’s pedal wagon, will take you on a tour of some of the city’s best breweries. You can even get beer ice cream at The Hope Ice Cream Cafe

5. Treat your taste buds 

Asheville is a foodie paradise. Order some light Caribbean food and a margarita at Salsa’s and sit outside in the sun. Some other best restaurants: Buxton Hall Barbeque and Red Ginger Dim Sum. For brunch, head over the Mayfel’s for Louisiana-inspired fare or Biscuit Head for house-made jams, killer biscuits and amazing 

grit bowl specials. Don’t forget to grab some sugary goodness at Vortex Donuts before you go. 

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Fort Ancient, other Ohio sites step closer to World Heritage status

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2018 @ 6:59 PM


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The Fort Ancient Earthworks in Warren County and other sites comprising Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks are a big step closer to being designated as World Heritage sites.

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“The U.S. Department of the Interior is scheduled to publish a notice in the Federal Register tomorrow inviting Ohio’s Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks as the United States’ next nomination to be prepared for World Heritage List consideration by the World Heritage Committee,” according to a press release issued Thursday by the Ohio History Connection.

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This is the next step in the process through which officials with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) decide the sites deserve the designation making them international tourist attractions.

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“The final decision on inclusion on the list will be made by the World heritage Committee, composed of representatives from 21 nations elected from the members of the World Heritage Convention, and advised by the International Council on Monuments and Sites,” according to an announcement by the Department of the Interior.

Other sites include in the Ohio application are the Earthworks at Newark, the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park near Chillicothe, along with the Hopewell Mound Group and Seip, Hopeton and High Bank earthworks.

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Area lawmakers had joined an effort to win the designation for the sites. The bid had been placed on hold during the transition to the Trump administration, as the appointee to the U.S. Park Service was being made and the department’s direction determined.

“For more than a decade we have worked to recognize Ohio earthworks on the World Heritage List and we are excited to be one step closer,” Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection, said in a press release.

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