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Citrus Club


255 S Orange Ave
Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 843-1080
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Located on the 18th floor of the Citrus Center in downtown Orlando, Citrus Club is illuminated by breathtaking views of the city’s sprawling legal and business district. 

Every area within the Club, including the cocktail lounge, formal dining room, casual dining space and six private rooms, offers an absolutely stunning view.

Among the lavish, elegant and sophisticated atmosphere, the experienced, dedicated staff is devoted to providing excellent cuisine, superior, personalized service and exceptional attention to detail in every facet of what they have to offer at the Citrus Club.

Beyond the luxurious amenities, it is the intangible qualities that distinguish Citrus Club as a foremost Orlando social club – a sense of belonging and the opportunities to foster long lasting friendships and build beneficial professional relationships. These are all attributes that make Citrus Club a welcoming haven from the busy pace of everyday life

Citrus Club offers world class fine dining, impeccably complemented by stunning views of the magnificent Orlando skyline and Lake Eola. Guests can enjoy an exquisite meal prepared by a renowned culinary team that includes head Chef Reiner Drygala in the main formal dining room, or in one of many private dining rooms that are perfect for private dinner parties and other special occasions.

The Hubbard Dining Room offers fine dining in Orlando at its absolute best and features a picturesque view of Orlando’s beautiful downtown skyline. The Hubbard Dining Room is also available for à la carte lunch service from 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday. In addition, on Mondays they have a member buffet featuring a chef attended salad, soup and sandwich bar and on Fridays, they have a Seafood Tapas Buffet.

Recently, We got to try out some new seasonal menu items as well as some classics served up by Chef Reiner Drygala at Citrus Club. Everything was phenomenal and we had a wonderful time, so here are some highlights of the evening.

Baked Chevre with Red Wine Balsamic, Marinara, Fresh Pesto and Crostini was simply delicious.

The Ahi Tuna Tartar with Avocado, Red Onion, Cilantro, Picked Ginger Seaweed Salad, Yuzu Emulsion and finished with Sweet Soy and a Wonton Crisp was refreshing and tasty.

This was a very interesting Avocado Crab Salad made with an Avocado stuffed with Lump Crab Salad and served on Balsamic Field Greens.

Pan Seared Scallops were served with Red Pepper and Spinach, Parsnip Potato Puree and an Orange and Carrot Butter Sauce that made this dish extraordinary.

The Bone in Chicken Breast was served with Spinach and Mushrooms tossed with hand made Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto. Chef Reiner gets the Gnocchi delivered to him from DeRomo’s gourmet market and restaurant in Bonita Springs.

I’m not a huge fan of cooked Salmon, but this Chipotle Bourbon Glazed Salmon with a Prima Donna Gouda Grit Cake and sauteed Swiss Chard was ridiculously delicious. Such great flavor all over, and of course, I love grit cakes anywhere I can get them, and a Gouda grit cake sent this dish over the top.

The Asian Noodle Tofu Bowl with stir fried vegetables, rice vermicelli, tofu, lemon ginger broth bean sprouts and basil was also very flavorful and refreshing.

The star of the show was the Rosemary Crusted Lamb Rack with Truffle Potato Foam, Asparagus and a Red Wine Demi Glace. The red wine demi glace helped to bring the dish together and mute any gamey flavors of the lamb.

Citrus Club has their very own in house pastry chef, and that is a job chef Reiner is happy to give up. The dessert portion of the evening did not disappoint. Up first was the Chocolate Cake with Dark Chocolate Mousse, Salted Dulce de Leche ganache center, Rich Chocolate Cake and Caramelized Coca Cola Nib Toffee and it was amazing.

The Bailey's White Chocolate Cheesecake with a Chocolate Salted Cookie Crust topped with Mascarpone Mousse was our second dessert for the evening and it was rich, fabulous, and delicious.

Reservations are preferred in the Hubbard Dining Room, or Members can enjoy the privilege of walk-in capability on a first-come, first-serve basis. When it comes to fine restaurants in Orlando, it simply gets no better than Citrus Club.

If you are In the mood to relax and enjoy a casual meal and a good drink, the warm and inviting Club Lounge is a cocktail lounge that gives every generation of Citrus Club Members a comfortable, more informal environment to unwind and enjoy good company, complete with a welcoming bar and big-screen digital television tucked in the corner.

In the Club Lounge, Members can enjoy an all day dining menu from the bar, as well as fresh, complimentary coffee and tea. In addition, Members can also partake in a delicious Continental and American style breakfast buffet.

Whether you need a relaxing getaway or a high tech conference center and a business friendly environment, Citrus Club has you covered. 

They are open on Monday from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm,Tuesday to Thursday from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Friday from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Saturday the club is open from 5:30 pm until 11:00 pm. Citrus Club is closed on Sunday.

Go to http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Citrus-Club/Membership to find out more about becoming a memeber.



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Lion's Pride Soccer Pub and Grill


123 W Church St.
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 203-4099
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The Lion’s Pride Soccer Pub and Grill opened in May 2017. Owner Gustavo Fonseca created a partnership with Orlando City Soccer Club and Orlando Pride to become the official restaurant for the organization.

Lion’s Pride is more than just a pub, it’s a beautiful sports bar offering a variety of food from Blue Cheese Angus Filet to favorites like chicken wings and burgers. Inside, they have a 200” big screen TV, as well as an Entertainment Wall with eight 60” LED televisions to enjoy any sporting event. Of course soccer is the big thing here, but they cater to more than just soccer as they aim to be a true sports bar to watch all your favorite sports or host special events and parties for friends and family.

The diverse menu was crafted by Executive Chef Scott Phillips and features traditional sports bar favorites elevated to a new level, including appetizers like wings, sliders, tacos and flatbreads, plus a wide selection of sandwiches, entrees and tasty Lion’s Pride signature dishes.

Visitors of Lion’s Pride will feel like they’ve walked into the Orlando City Stadium and a soccer-centric paradise, which houses a replica of the stadium scoreboard and a World Cup soccer balls collection signed by players of the World Cup who’ve dined at Lion’s Pride, such as Ronaldo “Phenomenon”, Rivaldo, Kaka, Alexi Lalas, Julio Baptista, Elano, Doni and Robinho
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Lion’s Pride also has an exclusive second level, featuring stadium seating, chairs, couches and private suites, perfect to host corporate or special events of all sizes.

The Peppered Tuna with avocado relish and cilantro lime slaw paired was paired with Blue Moon draught , and was incredibly delicious. This certainly not something seen at a traditional Sports Bar. 

We could have eaten at least 10 of these Petite Brisket Tacos with lettuce, tomato, queso blanco, and chipotle aioli that was paired with Sam Adams Winter Lager. These were amazing.


A very fine Caprese Salad with red and yellow vine ripened tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, basil oil and balsamic glaze was paired with an equally fine 2015 Terra d' Oro blended Chenin Blanc Wine.


Passion Fruit Pureed Champagne is on the left, and Lions Pride Whiskey based Sangria on the right. Both were really good, especially the Sangria.


The Shrimp and Lobster Risotto with Creamy Parmesan was topped with Rock Shrimp and was full of nice size pieces of lobster. The risotto by itself was heavenly, but all together, everyone really enjoyed this dish.


A Blue Cheese topped Filet with garlic boursin mashed potatoes, and a red wine demi glaze was paired with a 2015 Emmolo Napa Valley Merlot. The steak was cooked perfectly medium, and I really enjoyed the demi glaze it sat in.


Dessert was served with a Chocolate Mousse and a Romeo and Juliet Pastry, which is a Brazilian style cheese and guava filled pastry that owner Gustavo Fonseca has fond memories of from his time growing up in Brazil.


This is the Downstairs bar at Lion’s Pride. They have an equally nice one upstairs too, but that is reserved for private events, or for all Orlando City Soccer Club Home Games, where three hours before the match starts, $30 gets you an All-You-Can-Eat-And-Drink Tailgate Party with unlimited draft beers, Sangria and finger foods in the plush upstairs lounge.


Inside is very spacious and open with plenty of seats at the bar and the main area. We really love the design and layout of Lion’s Pride and it’s easy to envision some great sports watching parties here.

This is the perfect spot for Big screen soccer action for every game and great food at every seat. This elite soccer fan-den showcases past and present game memorabilia, club level seating, semi-private suites, and a private dining space. Lion’s Pride is a great spot for lunch, dinner, drinks and any occasion.

In addition to the Pre-Game Tailgate package, they also offer specials like Buy a Heineken draft during the first half and receive a complimentary draft at halftime for Orlando City Soccer Club Away Games.

You can also play the World Cup Free Beer Challenge and make your bracket picks. Participants who get all the teams correct thru the final match win two free draft beers daily until World Cup 2022.

From Monday to Friday, 11 am to 2 pm, you can buy 5 Lunch Specials and get 1 Free. Happy Hour is from 5 pm to 8 pm with $5 Red/White Sangria, $3 Select Beers and $4 Wells.

Central Florida’s best World Cup 2018 Watch Party will be at Lion’s Pride starting Thursday, June 14 through Sunday, July 15.

Lion’s Pride serves lunch and dinner daily. Hours of operation are Sunday to Thursday from 11:30 am-10:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 am until 11:30 pm.


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Hubbly Bubbly Falafel Shop


131 N Orange Ave. #103
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 286-5667
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Falafel is a deep fried ball, doughnut or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both that started out as a traditional Middle Eastern food, that most likely originated in Egypt.

It is commonly served in a pita, which acts as a pocket, or wrapped in a flatbread known as taboon, "falafel" also frequently refers to a wrapped sandwich that is prepared in this way. 

The falafel balls are topped with salads, pickled vegetables, hot sauce, and drizzled with tahini-based sauces. Falafel balls may also be eaten alone as a snack or served as part of a meze (assortment of appetizers).

Hubbly Bubbly Falafel Shop has taken the Falafel craze to a new level, and they are helping to make falafel a much more recognized and fun to eat food in Central Florida. They have two locations now, one in Downtown Orlando, and the other in College Park.

Both locations are your standard fast casual spots where you order your food as you go through the line and request your base, your protein and then select toppings and sides. You can eat inside, or you can take it to go, as both locations are set in narrow spaces with limited seating.

Your first decision is to select a base of either Pocket Sandwich, a Salad Bowl or a Hummus Bowl that includes Pita Chips.

Next you select your protein with Falafel being the main thing, but you can also choose Lentils, Chicken or Lamb & Steak. The falafel is made with Georgie’s secret blend of freshly ground chickpeas and signature herbs and spices, hand-shaped into pucks and lightly fried until crispy.

Lentils are mixed with sauteed onions and spices served with a signature tangy salad on top. The chicken and the lamb & steak are served in a traditional shawarma style that is slow roasted and seasoned with Georgie’s own blend of secret spices, sliced hot off the spit and served straight to your dish.


After all of that, you can select a variety of toppings like a Bubbly Salad Blend which is a blend of lettuce, onions, parsley, lemon olive oil, and you can add things like lettuce, red onions, tomatoes, pickles, hummus, Mozzarella cheese, Spanish cheese, black olives, pickled turnips and peppers.

Finally you choose your sauce to top it off. You can go with Tahini, Garlic Sauce, Georgie's Dressing, Lilly Sauce or Tzatziki. You can spice things up with Burning Sauce, or even add Ranch dressing...and yes...Ketchup.

Here is an assortment of a Salad Bowl with chicken as the protein that is served with a side of pita chips. The two side orders are falafel balls on the right, and Mazel Tots on the left. The tots are crispy shredded tater tots tossed with a signature five spice seasoning and deep fried.

This is a Pita Pocket stuffed with chicken as the protein and an assortment of Bubbly salad blend, black olives, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce and a side of Crispy Cauliflower. Side choices include crispy cauliflower, mazel tots, falafel, spinach pies and pita chips with hummus or sauce.

Hubbly Bubbly serves up Baklava Fingers for a dessert option made with layers of phyllo dough, chopped walnuts, honey and butter.

If you can’t decide on what to try, they do offer Hubbly Plates that are perfect for trying a little bit of everything. This Includes falafel, hummus, a premium side, pita chips, Bubbly salad blend and your choice of chicken or lamb & steak.

Hubbly Bubbly Falafel Shop is open at the Downtown location from 11:00am until 9:00pm Monday to Thursday. They stay open until 3:00 am on Friday. On Saturday they are open from 4:00pm to 3:00am , and they are closed on Sunday.


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El Buda Latin Asian Restaurant

116 W Church St.
Orlando, FL 32801
407-203-8171
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Chef Roberto Trevino’s highly anticipated restaurant, El Buda Latin Asian Restaurant, opened on Thursday, December 7th. 

The chef driven concept is located in the heart of Downtown Orlando at 116 West Church St. (between Hamburger Mary’s and the train tracks) and will introduce this city to his style of fusion that marries Latin and Asian cuisines in a truly unique way.

“I moved to Orlando this summer and have had the opportunity to explore the different neighborhoods and am just in love with all the different little unique pockets, especially downtown,” Trevino said. “Orlando is in this amazing place right now as a food city, and I feel blessed to be part of what’s happening here and hope that people discover us downtown and get as excited about our food as we are about being here.”

Trevino, a native of California, moved to Puerto Rico in the early 1990s where he solidified his culinary reputation as a star chef with some of the island’s most popular restaurants including Dragonfly, Aguaviva and Budatai. Trevino has cooked dinner at the James Beard Foundation house in New York for their award events, and is frequently featured as a guest chef in food events throughout the US and the Caribbean.

He has made numerous television appearances both in Puerto Rico and the US, including a battle against renowned Chef Mario Batali on Iron Chef America, as a contestant on The Next Iron Chef, with Rachael Ray on her show $40 a Day, as well as on his own local shows Kandela and 4 Minutos con Chef Treviño. He’s currently a recurring guest judge on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

Signature dishes present themselves throughout El Buda’s menu that include a variety of sections for guests to explore including Dim Sum and Platitos (Pork and Sweet Plantain Dumpling and Octopus Pimenton Kaisou), Rice and Noodles (Ho Fun with Grilled Churrasco and Ropa Vieja BiBimBap), Poke, Crudo and Greens (Herame con Coco and Smoked Salmon Pineapple Poke) and Deluxe Meat and Fish (Duck Breast with Miso Honey Potatoes and Beef Short Rib with Yuzu Papas Bravas).

A diverse selection of sides range from Teriyaki Tots (Trevino loves tater tots) to Chicharron Popovers. The bar program will place an emphasis on craft cocktails and bee
r, with an emphasis on local brews and will also serve wine. 

“Orlando really seems to love its beer and cocktails, which is great as they pair beautifully with our food,” Trevino said. “Our wine list will be focused, with some really interesting grapes featured, and of course we will have a few of the big guns as well for those who are really into wine.” 

Located on Church street, the restaurant is dotted with original artwork and unique artifacts. The historic building dates back to the 1880s, and Trevino has kept much of it intact to reflect its historic roots with lots of exposed brick, wood and an open kitchen. A spire from the original Arturo Fuente cigar factory from West Tampa (circa early 1900s) serves as the center focal point of the dining room, bringing a touch of Latin history to the space. 

A serene outdoor patio filled with fresh herbs and comfortable seating will also feature live entertainment once Trevino and his team launch their weekend brunch. One of the restaurants most interesting components can’t be seen unless the guests go exploring.

At the bottom of the steps where the spire holds court is The Cellar, a prohibition style cocktail lounge that will serve a variety of El Buda’s signature cocktails and is the perfect place to begin, or end, an evening.
“We really want The Cellar to be a place where we can have a little fun and showcase some of the great cocktails we are bringing to El Buda,” Trevino said.  “We want to invite the city’s top mixologists to come and present their ideas as well, and create a space that transports our guests back to the days of the speakeasy.”
El Buda is located at 116 W. Church Street (look for the side entrance adjacent to the SunRail tracks) and is open daily for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30am.  

Weekend brunch is expected to launch before the end of the year. Learn more by visiting the restaurant’s Facebook Page or by calling (407) 203-8171. Guests can also follow on Instagram @ElBudaDowntown or Chef Trevino’s personal Twitter account @cheftrevino
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Pepe's Cantina

120 West Church St
Orlando, FL 32801
407-730-2341


Pepe’s Cantina in Winter Park took over a space that used to be Mi Tomatina, a place that specialized in Paella in late 2015. Ever since then, Pepe’s has been a great success at the Hannibal Square location and has become a staple of good eats in Winter Park.

Pepe’s has done so well in fact, that the owners decided to open a second location in Downtown Orlando at 120 W. Church street, adjacent to Hamburger Mary’s.

Sure, they have Tex-Mex classics like enchiladas, chimichangas, tacos and burritos, but Pepe’s strives to be innovative with a menu that puts a new twist on traditional Mexican cuisine. Table side guacamole, tacos with authentic fillings and fresh homemade tortillas are great for lunch or dinner, but ordering off of the dinner menu is where the difference is. Pepe is a real person by the way, as in Chef Jose "Pepe" Baranneko.

For dinner they serve entrees like Pollo Pepe’s a grilled chicken breast served with onions, peppers, tomatoes and bacon and is topped off with a signature red sauce and queso, or the Pacific Salmon topped with a sweet and sour mango jalapeno sauce. An interesting appetizer on the menu is the Shrimp Dip which is grilled shrimp with cheese dip, topped with pickled onions and cilantro.

Of course any good Tex-Mexery should have plenty Tequila and Margarita specials on hand, and Pepe’s certainly delivers in that category. Guests can try a Spicy Mango Margarita, a Jalapeno Margarita, a Mezcal-Rita or just go straight for the good stuff and slam a shot of Avion Reserva 44 extra anejo for $26.00/shot.

I haven't got to try out all there is at the new Church Street location, but we did stop by for lunch one day, and it was really good.

Chips and Salsa are standard fare at any Mexican restaurant these days, but this salsa is made in house as well as the chips, and that’s what really makes Pepe’s so good. They focus on fresh.

These Grilled Chicken Tacos were topped with radicchio, pickled red onions and cilantro then topped with a chive aioli sauce and are served with black beans and Mexican rice. You can choose flour or corn and soft or hard for your taco, and all tortillas are made in house.

This is a Mexican Pizza. It’s totally not what you would expect, but that’s what Pepe’s really strives for...classic dishes, or even not so classic, like a Mexican Pizza, made with different ingredients, flavors and styles that you are not accustomed to. You can choose shredded chicken or ground beef, and they top it with red sauce, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and cilantro and serve it atop a lightly baked tortilla.

Stop by the new location and say Hola to Pepe. Chef Pepe and his team are doing a great job at both locations offering his signature blend of authentic Mexican ingredients with innovative culinary techniques.


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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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