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Orange County Brewers

131 N Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 914-2831
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If you remember, back in March I told you that “Something exciting is brewing in Downtown Orlando", as Orange County Brewers was getting set up to be new residents in Downtown Orlando.

Now, OCB as I like to call it, is fully open and brewing some pretty damn good beers in Orlando’s only downtown craft brewery.

The idea of Orange County Brewers arose from a team of rogue entrepreneurs looking to solve a problem: Finding craft beer in Downtown Orlando with brews that quench their thirst for unique flavors in a welcoming Sunshine State atmosphere.

Drawing from over a decade of success in owning and operating hospitality hot spots, the group quickly came up with a concept that celebrates an adventurous spirit with brews fit for fueling an active Florida lifestyle, brainstorming a new big idea, and exploring everything in between.

Located on the corner of Orange Avenue and Jefferson Street, the 3,400 square-foot full service brewery/brew pub is brewing a variety of different styles of beer, including Ales, Lagers, Pilsner, Stouts, IPA’s, Hefeweizen and Porters, plus they also feature a craft pizza kitchen called “Orlando Pizza and Wing Co.”

Behind the brewery is Head Brewer Amanda Roberts, joined by Owners Jeremy Roberts and Travis Barr, who have been putting together the Orange County Brewers (OCB) concept for over two years. They have both been in the hospitality industry for over 10 years and combined have owned and operated over 10 concepts.

Inside the brewery is a modern and industrial design that features exposed brick walls, an open design with dark wood accents, long tables with group interior seating and outdoor seating via patios in the front and rear of the establishment.

Artwork abounds inside as well with decorative painting on the walls, hand made beer flight holders and some really cool artwork on the ceiling.

“We are very excited to finally open our new concept, which we’ve been working on for the last few years,” says Owner Jeremy Roberts. “OCB is the only brewery in the Downtown Entertainment District. We are very grateful to the City of Orlando Economic Development for working with us on this project, and we look forward to welcoming beer lovers and creating many new ones throughout the region.”

While Amanda is busy brewing beers, the food is handled by Orlando Pizza and Wing Company. They serve up a variety of pizza’s, fresh baked sandwiches using the pie crust for the bread, and some very good smoked wings with a large variety of sauces.


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Whether you’re raising a beer to a bold experience or experimental business, OCB has a brew for you in mind. The bar is very open and inviting and a current on taps list is displayed on an LED screen above, as well as a daily printed out list available at each seat.

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Some behind the scenes looks at the brewery.

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Here we can see some of Amanda’s latest creations getting ready to be served … Like Son of a Witch… a special Halloween IPA brew.

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A beer flight with Green Tea IPA, Coco-mon Porter, Dankster of Love, The Go To Blonde Ale, and a Key Lime Chameleon Cream.

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Here's another flight of awesome beers at Orange County Brewers with Grapefruit Pale Ale, OB'Session IPA, 81 IPA, Ginga Beat Saizon, and a Percolator Coffee Milk Stout. The coffee milk stout is dangerous and so good all at once.

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The Smoked Wings available from Orlando Pizza and Wing Company are super jumbo, and super delicious.

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At OCB and Orlando Pizza and Wing Company, you can Choose from over 20 specialty pies or create a topping recipe of your own. This is the Tree Hugger Pie with fresh Mozzarella, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives, goat cheese and crunchy onion straws.

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The Area 51 Pie features spicy sausage, ham, pineapple and jalapenos.

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The Joey Bada Bing is a bit more simple in design, with meatballs, sausage and pepperoni.

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Orange County Brewers is open for lunch and into the night hours daily. They offer tours, and Brewer-in-Chief Amanda Roberts plans multiple group activities each week that will involve education for anyone who would like to learn more about beer. OCB beers will also be distributed via City Beverages. 

This is a really cool spot, and so far the only brewery in the downtown district. The beers made here are flavorful and really hit all the flavor notes with a nice variety. Stop by sometime time and say hello to Amanda and the staff at OCB.
For more news and information on OCB, visit www.theocbrewers.com and www.facebook.com/orangecountybrewers.


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Teak Maitland

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901 S Orlando Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 335-4835
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Have you been to the all new Teak Neighborhood Grill recently? I sure have and I can tell you it was great.

This is the official second location for Teak. The original location is situated in the Hampton's living complex in the Metrowest community of Southwest Orlando.

They have been steadily growing a reputation for not only gigantic and delicious burgers but also for their award-winning cuisine and laid back dining atmosphere.

Since opening its doors in April of 2010, Teak has specialized in hand-crafted burgers, craft beers and cocktails, using fresh, local and organic ingredients in every dish. The newest location for Teak is aiming to do the same thing in a different part of town.

The space the new restaurant is in was formerly occupied by Rangetsu. Once you walk inside Teak, it’s pretty hard to believe that an upscale Asian restaurant formerly occupied this space. They pretty much re-did everything, even down to the floors, which are polished concrete for a good down home neighborhood bar and grill feeling.

I was pretty impressed with the layout and design of the place. It is certainly different and much larger than the original location, but they did a great job of recreating the environment from the original location. Just like the original, they are even tucked into The Village at Lake Lilly apartments, as the original location is located in the Hampton's living complex in the Metrowest community.

With the help of Executive Chef Matthew Reed, Teak has taken the gourmet burger scene in Orlando to a whole other level. Those burgers are becoming famous amongst the local dining community as well, with Teak having earned“Best Burger,” “Top 10 Burger Joint,” a “Must Do” in Central Florida and countless other recognitions.

Visitors of Teak can choose from one of their 25 signature hand-crafted burgers like the Cronie Burger, which is a French doughnut tossed in Cinnamon and sugar loaded with beef and bacon or a PB&J Burger. Insiders get even more original and tasty options, with Teak’s password-only secret burger menu.

While it may be hard not to order one of those crazy good burgers at Teak, they do have a large selection of other dishes. Other offerings include, edamame, salads, steaks, ribs, flat breads, an eggplant burger, and fish tacos to name a few. The bar and cocktail menu has plenty to offer as well with over 30 craft beers on hand and gourmet cocktails plus a wine selection.

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One of three bars inside Teak Maitland.

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Yes, they even have a dedicated wine bar at the new location.

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A traditional mule with Stoli on the left and a mule with Sailor Jerry on the right.

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The Fresh Fried Mozzarella Rounds are always delicious and a favorite of mine at Teak.

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How about these Loaded Pierogies? They were so good tossed in sour cream, chive and Sriracha Alfredo sauce with bacon and topped with frizzled onions.

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Two spicy cocktails on deck... the Cool Sewell on the left features muddled cucumber and jalapenos with Luna Azul Blanca Tequila and the Spicy Pineapple on the right is made with Tanteo Jalapeno infused Tequila and pineapple juice.
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In addition to great burgers, Teak serves up some awesome sandwiches too, like the " Hot Dead Animal Club" with sliced ham, turkey, pulled pork, and crispy bacon topped with melted Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun with herb mayo.

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The Philly Burger is on the secret menu, and features a fresh ground beef patty topped with sauteed onions and peppers and is covered in melted Swiss cheese. We had the Onion Rings for a side with this one.

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The Engine Oil Burger at Teak Maitland has sauteed peppers and onions, imperial stout glaze, fried egg, crispy potato strings and Swiss cheese on a pretzel bun. The side of Scalloped Potatoes are pretty awesome. You can get fries, tots, scalloped potatoes, or onion rings for a side with any burger or sandwich option.

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Although, I wanted the Ultimate Cronie, a fried croissant dessert, The Chocolate Lava Cake was a very good substitute, since they were out of the delicious cronie treat. This was a very rich and delicious treat filled with chocolaty goodness and topped with whipped cream and ice cream.

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In addition to all of that, Teak has plenty of HD TV's and a very nice covered patio. The atmosphere here is laid back and playful, especially if you are there for trivia night, and some nights also feature a live musician. There is plenty of seating inside, but the outside patio is also very nice with adequate seating and relaxing lighting with a few TV’s

I can tell you we really enjoyed our time there, and all of the burgers and food we tasted were superb. We sampled a total of three burgers, two appetizers and split a dessert, along with some great cocktails and a few craft brews.

The newest location of Teak is pretty remarkable and they have done a wonderful job of keeping the neighborhood grill and bar vibe at the new spot. If you are in the area, check them out. You will not regret it. They do tend to get packed on the weekends, so plan accordingly.

The Maitland location is open from Monday to Friday from 11:00am until 2:00am. On Saturday and Sunday, they open at 10:00am and close at 2:00am.

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Craftober in Tampa Bay

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It’s always “hoppy” hour during Craftober in Tampa Bay.

Beer. Bier. Cerveza. Pivo – however you say it, it’s “ale” good during Craftober, Tampa Bay’s month-long celebration of the area’s nationally recognized craft brewing scene put on by the folks at Visit Tampa Bay.


Starting October 1, visitors can experience beer festivals, special offers and events at local breweries in Florida’s hub for craft brewing.

A free Craftober passport opens the way to great deals at participating breweries and events, such as Oktoberfest Tampa. Participating breweries have exclusive offers for passport holders like:

Cigar City Brewing: A growler for the price of a pint.

Six Ten Brewing: A free beer and a collectible glass.

Four Stacks Brewing Company: BOGO free beer, as well as a tasting glass, sticker, and coasters.

Coppertail Brewing Company: A branded hat.

Brew Bus Brewing: One free beer.

Rock Brothers Brewing: $1 off your first beer.

Ulele: Purchase a beer from the in-house brewery at the riverfront bar.

Oktoberfest Tampa: $10 off VIP admission.

But wait, there’s more: Craftober passport holders who get six or more stamps are eligible to receive a $15 gift card at the new Unlock Tampa Bay Visitors Center and a special Craftober gift bag.

“Great beer is as much a part of Tampa Bay as sunshine, sparkling water, and hand-rolled cigars,” said Santiago Corrada, president and CEO of Visit Tampa Bay. 

“Tampa Bay regularly tops the country’s list of best craft beer communities. Our dedicated, creative brewers are part of a tradition that goes back 120 years. In addition to that, September and October are a gorgeous time to be here – especially if you’re sipping a cool craft brew.”

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Tampa Bay knows beer: Florida’s first commercial brewery was established in Ybor City in 1896. World-famous Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opened as a beer garden in 1956. And America’s oldest brewery, Yuengling, has its only facility outside Pennsylvania here in Tampa Bay.

This Fall, discover your daring in Tampa Bay, the top beer town in the Southeast. While you’re at it, check out some of Tampa Bay’s biggest beer festivals:

-Brews by the Bay (October 13)
Sample dozens of craft beers in the soothing, blue atmosphere of the Florida Aquarium. Enjoy food, bottomless beers, and live music as you stroll the exhibits. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, and $75 for VIP.

-Oktoberfest Tampa (October 13-15)
Celebrate Oktoberfest Tampa with dancing, cheer, and lots of beer in downtown’s Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. Experience German traditions such as alphorn players, Schuplatt dancers, authentic Bavarian food, and outrageous Oktoberfest games! There’s even a mustache and beard contest for those with a fuzzy lip or chin. Advance tickets are $8 for a one-day pass and $20 for weekend admission. Craftober passport holders receive $10 off VIP admission.

-Ybor Oktoberfest Pub Crawl (October 21)
Ten bars throughout historic Ybor City, including local legends Coppertail Brewing and Rock Brothers Brewing, will join the German-themed fun with beer, food, and music. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event.

Get your passport and experience the best from Florida’s hub for craft brewing

Visit Tampa Bay encourages adventurous travelers to unlock the destination’s trove of unique treasures. They are a not-for-profit corporation that works with more than 750 partners to tell the world the story of where they call home – the hip, urban heart of the Gulf Coast of Florida
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Hourglass Brewing

480 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd
Longwood, FL 32750
(407) 262-0056
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Founded in 2012 in a small building behind a massage parlor with seating for 12, Hourglass Brewing is the embodiment of humble beginnings. 

The dream of two friends that began brewing on their back porch, funded by the sales of toy collections, musical equipment, and some family help,  they take pride in a slightly tongue in cheek status as being the “Oldest brewery in Longwood, FL”.

They are obsessed with finding the perfect ingredient every time – from locally grown tropical fruits, to Indian and South American herbs, hops from Africa and Japan, or malt from Chile and Scotland ensuring you always get the best glass of beer possible.

The spacious 240 seat taproom is uniquely decorated with nostalgic remembrances, geek culture, and the work of local artists. Stacked with table top and console games for free play, they also host frequent live music and comedy nights.

Tastes Of Orlando was recently invited to a beer pairing dinner that featured fresh brews from Hourglass and food from local area restaurants. It was a fun time with good food and even better beer.


The evening started with Saison du Sablier, a 6.9% ABV crisp, dry & refreshing Belgian Saison. It was Paired with Natural Springs Dairy blue cheese on Old Hearth Bread Company sourdough.

Our second course was the Honeybell Wit, a 5.4%ABV that is a well balanced beer with spicy black pepper notes & a soothing citrus character. This was paired with Chicken Pad Thai from Thai Delight. Both were perfectly paired and delicious.

The third course featured Brown Beer, Brown Beer, What Do You See?, a 6.1% ABV Smooth and full bodied with malt forward flavor. The pairing of a hamburger slider with pork belly & battered cheese curds from The Spot was spot on.

For something really interesting, the fourth course featured Morlock Stout, with a 6.8% ABV that is a smooth & full bodied milk stout with chocolate, paired with a Choco Taco from Wako Taco.

The evening ended with Violet, a 7.4% ABV smooth, rich & complex blueberry sour. This was paired with Cheesecake provided by Pickles Delicatessen. I'm not a fan of plain cheesecake, but washing each bite down with the blueberry beer was quite a flavorful experience.

Come grab a pint and relax on the dog friendly patio or take a peek behind the glass walled brew house to observe the daily brew process. One visit and you’ll see why the Hourglass taproom is as distinct as the beers that are poured there.

They have different events throughout the week with live bands, themed nights, trivia nights and cask tastings. It's really an eclectic spot with cool people and some of the best brews in Central Florida



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Miller's Ale House

2600 E Colonial Dr.
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 547-1371


Jack & Claire Miller opened the first Miller's Ale House in 1988, in Jupiter, Florida, as a local place be enjoyed by all walks of life. 

The restaurant has become known for it’s casual sports bar atmosphere with freshly made food at reasonable prices. Miller’s is a place where making friends is as easy as ordering your next beer and is a great place to watch sports.

Everyone can find something they love on the menu. They have become well known for the signature hand breaded, boneless chicken Zingers, tossed in your choice of sauces. From sweet Thai chili to the spicy Mt. St. Helens, they have 16 sauces that will turn anyone into a Zinger lover. 

The menu also features steaks, original pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches, desserts and lots of appetizers to share with friends. The full service bar features specialty cocktails like the watermelon margarita, a nice wine selection; and over 75 varieties of local craft, seasonal and domestic beers.

The Miller’s locations in Florida offer all day and late night happy hour specials that are hard to beat, making it the perfect place to unwind any time of day.

The Potstickers are pork dumplings on a bed of cabbage served with a side of tangy plum sauce and are pretty decent for a sports bar.

The Zinger Flatbread is great to share with friends at the bar with freshly chopped, crispy Zingers tossed in a combination of garlic and hot sauces over a bed of bleu cheese sauce.

Bigger than the bun, the Big Red features lightly fried boneless chicken breast smothered with hot sauce and topped with melted Monterey jack & cheddar cheese on a brioche bun.

I have always enjoyed the Prime Rib French Dip at Miller’s. This sandwich is loaded with slow roasted choice prime rib shaved thin, topped with sauteed onions and melted Swiss cheese served on a sub roll with hot au jus and fries.

Zingers have become famous at Miller’s and are always a good choice with hand breaded boneless chicken tenders tossed in your choice of sauce.

Sweet Potato fries can be substituted as a side, or you can order them as an appetizer with a sweet marshmallow sauce to dip them in. This is another great item to share while watching the game.

Miller’s Ale House features an all day happy hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday to Thursday with $2.50 Drink of the Day, $2.95 pints of Miller Lite, $4 craft pints and $5 specialty cocktails.

The Power Hour is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to Thursday with $5 Miller’s Ale House World Famous Zingers and $6 Miller Lite Pitchers.

Late Night Happy Hour is From 10 p.m. to close Monday to Thursday and features $2 Miller Lite Pints, $6 Miller Lite Pitchers, $5 craft beers, $7 sangria pitchers and a variety of $5 appetizers, including Zingers and Ale House Loaded Fries.

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World Of Beer Features New Seasonal Menu Items and Beer Pairings...

431 E Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 270-5541
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In addition to 500 craft beers and 40 rotating taps daily, WOB is once again adding some seasonal change to the menu with a variety of delicious food that pairs perfectly to whatever you’re drinking at the moment.

At the Downtown Orlando location, they have been promoting the the signature “Tavern Fare” menu that features a variety of elevated comfort food that provides the perfect marriage of food and beer for the ultimate experience.

This year World of Beer Downtown Orlando has added five seasonal menu items in addition to two WOB collaborated, limited-release beers to feature on the all new “Fall Plates and Pints” menu. This menu focuses on a more seasonal lineup of pub inspired foods that is creative, but still has something for everyone.

The limited release menu items include such things like the Prosciutto & Spiced Apple Flatbread, PB&J Wings, Green Chili Chicken Nachos, WOBtoberfest Brat Burger and a sweet ending with Pumpkin Spice Apple Donuts.

Green Chili Chicken Nachos are perfect for gameday or any day, with corn tortilla chips smothered in green chili chicken, spicy cheese, tomatoes, green onion, jalapeno peppers and chopped cilantro. This is paired with a Stone IPA.

The Prosciutto & Spiced Apple Flatbread was pretty tasty with Prosciutto ham and spiced apple, topped with toasted hazelnuts and goat cheese. This is paired with the WOB limited release from Dogfish Head called Fall On Me, a Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale with apples and fall spices.

The PB&J Wings are crispy wings glazed in blackberry balsamic jelly and drizzled with spicy peanut butter sauce and served with a blackberry jam and peanut butter dipping sauce. A bit unusual, but it worked. The wings are paired with the WOB limited release from Stone called Mixtape Vol. 14 – The Gatekeeper, a Russian Imperial Stout and IPA blend with figs and plums.

The WOBtoberfest Brat Burger is a mouthful of a beef burger topped with a beer brat, house made stone ground mustard, sauerkraut, beer cheese sauce and caramelized onions on a toasted brioche bun. Pair it with a Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA.

Pumpkin Spice Apple Donuts are the perfect way to celebrate the harvest, and to end your visit to WOB. These are traditional German fried apple donuts dusted with pumpkin spice sugar and paired with salted caramel for dipping. A Cider of your choice is good to pair it with.

The Gatekeeper, a Russian Imperial Stout and IPA blend with figs and plums is pretty serious. For this WOB limited release, Stone mixed it up by blending their Russian Imperial Stouts with their IPA, then adding figs, plum and Hallertau Blanc hops.

The Fall Pints and Plates menu is only available for a limited time, so get to your local WOB and try it out soon. The food was really good, and of course the beer was even better.


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