The dog days of summer are the perfect time to knock back a cold one. Since not all beers are created equal, here's the list of local establishments pumping out the finest craft brews.
What can you say other than this is probably a Mecca for Florida craft beer lovers. This very unconventional beer den has coveted craft beers and the proprietor’s knowledge and passion to go along with them. There's a reason this unorthodox spot tops all the "Best of" lists when it comes to craft beer selections. (uptown, Mount Dora)
MOUNT DORA BREWING
This is the only, yes only, microbrewery in the area. This fun local favorite brews great house beers,plus serves delicious food, with festive live music to go along with it on weekends. When the weather is cool check out their beer garden. (uptown, Mount Dora)
BRU TAP HOUSE
The area's newest kid on the craft beer block, this place is impressive with 30 craft beer taps and even more in bottles. Anything on tap is available for tasting. Bru’s friendly staff, loyal customers, and soulful live music make for some very good vibes. Be prepared to spend some time here. (downtown, Tavares)
Known for its wine, this cozy nook has a huge selection of bottled craft beer, rotating draft craft beers and will take specials orders. Not sure about all the different beers? Maggie’s offers beer tastings once a month with live music and smacks. (downtown, Mount Dora)
If you're looking for something less intimate, this locally-owned location has a full bar with an increasingly good selection of craft beer. You can belly up to the bar or sit at a table for dinner. If you have a favorite craft beer that's not available, just mention it to the bartender. (Mount Dora)
MAGICAL MEAT BOUTIQUE
Of course, a fun, authentic English pub with great beer and a knowledgeable staff is going to make the list! You'll also get live music or karaoke to accompany your brew and fish & chips. It's good beer served up with a good experience. (downtown, Mount Dora)
Okay, so they don't have tons to choose from, but they do have one of our very favorites on draft: Swamp Heads' "Midnight Oil." Trust us, it's worth a stop. (downtown, Mount Dora)
Voted "Best Pizza" in Mount Dora, this casual eatery has a small selection of craft beers, but the perfect pizza pairing to go along with them. (midtown, Mount Dora)
This full bar and popular seafood restaurant offers a selection of craft beers in bottles plus usually one or two on draft. (downtown, Tavares)
Known for its fine dining rather than its beers, this restaurant still gets a nod because the few beers it offers are quality craft brews. (downtown, Mount Dora)
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