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Florida Craft Beers You’ve Gotta Try

American craft beer resurgence means more opportunities than ever to enjoy handmade ales and lagers from some of the Florida's best breweries.

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I should try to drink a craft beer. I should also investigate in the near future, common reasons why people don’t try or like craft beers.

Florida is on the world map for procuring some delicious hops and ale craft beers. But most people know that Florida is home to alligators, key lime pie, stone crabs, palm trees, the best orange juice and beautiful beaches. But not everyone knows that Florida is also home to over 100 craft breweries. Our beloved Sunshine State has been making a name for itself in the world of beer brewing. Next time you’re out to eat or you head out to pick up a 6-pack, look for one of these cool lesser-known craft brews that you need to try instead of those bland big brands.

Hooter Brown Tupelo Honey Ale – Oyster City Brewing Company, Apalachicola. Our list begins in the north of the state in Apalachicola, known for its fresh oysters. Order some on the half shell and enjoy them with this beer that incorporates the locally-produced Tupelo honey into this light and flavorful ale.

HopBanShee IPA – Veterans United Craft Brewery, Jacksonville. Swing over to the northeast part of Florida and support a veteran-owned brewery. What began from the passion of veteran blossomed into a full-scale brewing operation. Enjoy this refreshing craft beer and honor our veterans for serving our country all at the same time.

I-4 IPA – Orlando Brewing Company, Downtown Orlando If eating clean and organic foods is important to you, then you’ve clearly got to try the I-4 IPA, named of course for the main highway that takes you through Mousetown. As a bonus, you can also catch a lot of beers brewed by the Orlando Brewing Company at Walt Disney World Resort. Taste the difference organic makes in your craft beer! So clean!

4. Unholy American Trippel – Coppertail Brewing Co., Ybor City nearby busy 7th street in legendary Ybor City. This one’s a little boozy, a little hoppy, a little fruity and a lot of delicious. Bonus: if you’re in the near Ybor City, stop by and sample from an extensive line of sour craft beers in the taproom. Road trip, anyone?

High Stepper American IPA – Crooked Can Brewing Company, Winter Garden. In the middle of Winter Garden’s lovely downtown, the Crooked Can Brewing Company brings you High Stepper, a sweet beer with a nice bitter finish of hops shining through. It’s a solid choice for any craft beer aficionado.

Mango Wit – Proof Brewing Co., Tallahassee. In the state’s capital, which shares the same locale as one of the country’s most notorious party schools, Proof Brewing Co. brings the charm of craft brew to the north part of Florida. Mango Wit is a must-try for anyone that loves mangos and beer. It’s made with organic mangos and is just fruity enough without being overpowering.

Floridian Hefeweizen – Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park is a full-flavored wheat craft beer that still manages to be light and refreshing. It feels very Floridian with a hint of banana and citrus that makes this a liquid form of Florida’s eclectic spirit.

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