Not too long ago, vacationers needed to travel out of the area to experience local craft beers. The good news is that the local craft brewery scene has changed in Sarasota over the last few years. Now, visitors can choose from a variety of great brew places to sample some exceptional beers. Here are our top five local craft breweries in the Sarasota area.
Address: 1215 Mango Ave., Sarasota 34237
Phone: (941) 955-2739
JDubs has already established itself as a Sarasota staple and a place every craft beer aficionado should try at least once. They have an inside tap room is adorned with street-style artwork and their kid & dog-friendly outside area features cool games like cornhole and giant connect-four. Excellent beers, friendly staff and a calendar filled with lots of events.
Address: 6111 Porter Way, Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone: (941) 371-2939
Big Top Brewery is another local hangout with a loyal following. Their variety of beers is excellent and there are usually food trucks on site that serve a wide range of food. The patio is a great way to relax, sample a craft beer and enjoy the cooler temperatures in the fall.
Address: 5701 Derek Ave., Sarasota
Phone: (941) 922-8150
This little gem is a great way to spend a weekend afternoon or evening. Veteran-owned and family-friendly, they have a wide variety of excellent beers, from IPAs to mixed fermentation brews. Calusa Brewing also has an outside area to chill and watch the sun go down. Like the other breweries on this list, food trucks are usually present and the selection of food is good.
Address: 5767 S. Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
Phone: (941) 952-3831
Brew life brewery is a small batch brewery, so you can always be assured of fresh beer. Good selection and a friendly staff make this a great local hangout, but they welcome vacationers with open arms. Walk in and you’ll immediate feel the cool throwback with retro games like Galaga, Ms. Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat II and others.
Address: 428 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: (941) 954-8688
Mandeville Beer Garden is a family-friendly and dog-friendly restaurant and brew house. New craft beers pop up all the time and there are also 33 beers on tap. The outdoor area features games and even a kid-friendly play area. The food is an upgrade over traditional food truck offering as well.
If beer is your thing, try these places for excellent craft beers, food and fun the next time you are in Sarasota.