7 Sensational Florida Gulf Coast Craft Breweries

These 7 sensational Florida Gulf Coast Craft Breweries offer creative small batch beer varieties, often infused with tropical flavors.

I highlight only seven in this article but there are dozens of amazing Southwest Florida craft breweries. Please support any or all Florida Gulf Coast craft breweries, whether or not they are in this article.

7 Sensational Florida Gulf Coast Craft Breweries

These Florida Gulf Coast craft breweries are listed from south to north, from Florida to Tampa. Drink responsibly, Gulf Coast friends.

Florida Keys Brewing Company

Florida Keys Brewing Co. in Islamorada distributes their flagship and super popular craft beer Iguana Bait and other varieties from Key West to Fort Pierce.

See also my full article about Florida Keys Brewing Company.

They operate the first beer production facility in the Florida Keys and their tasting room is such a fun place. With 20 tasty craft beers on tap, one of the best Florida food trucks in the patio, and a tropical vibe courtyard, Florida Keys Brewing Co. is one of the best places to visit in the Florida Keys.

Florida Keys Brewing Company Islamorada tasting room
Florida Keys Brewing Company Islamorada tasting room

For suggestions of things to do in the Conch Republic see Great Florida Keys places.

Naples Beach Brewing

great craft beer places in USA. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.
Will Lawson of Naples Beach Brewing, Naples, Florida

Naples Beach Brewing was the first craft brewery to open between Sarasota and Miami (in October 2012). Will Lawson, the Naples Beach brewer and owner/founder, honed his brewing skills in Munich and says their Line Dropper (with mango and ginger) put them on the map. I love the creative fruit flavors at this Naples FL brewery. Look for food trucks here Wed-Sun to accompany their two dozen taps.

Unfortunately, Naples Beach Brewing is now permanently closed. RipTide Brewing is a current favorite in Naples.

For suggestions of Naples FL restaurants see Places To Eat in Naples Florida.

Bone Hook Brewing, North Naples

Bone Hook Brewing Naples Florida
Bone Hook Brewing Naples Florida

The origin of Bone Hook Brewing was producing beer for Phelan Group—owner of the Pinchers restaurant chain and other properties. Bone Hook Brewing is now a large scale restaurant and the owner described it to me as “a brewery with a restaurant rather than an eatery with beer.” Located on Immokalee Rd, Bone Hook is only 2.5 miles from one of my favorite US Gulf Coast Sunset Spots (Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park).

Fat Point Brewing, Punta Gorda

enjoy fresh, hand crafted beers Fat Point Brewing in Punta Gorda
enjoy fresh, hand crafted beers Fat Point Brewing in Punta Gorda

Fat Point Brewing has been quenching the cravings of Southwest Florida craft beer lovers since the day after Christmas 2012. With a rotating inventory of small batch, hand crafted brews, Fat Point Brewing always has eclectic and standard flavors to satisfy all.

For more local suggestions see Things to Do in Punta Gorda.

Motorworks Brewing, Bradenton

Motorworks Brewing Bradenton, sensational Florida Gulf Coast Craft Breweries
Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton Florida

The luscious outdoor patio of Motorworks Brewing is dominated by the above phenomenal live oak tree. This is one of my favorite outdoor seating areas on the US Gulf Coast. And probably my favorite that is not waterfront.

If that is not enough, Motorworks craft beer is fantastic. They were awarded two golds and the #3 brewery at the US Open Beer Championship. Their spicy and Belgian varieties are personal favorites.

For nearby local dining suggestions see my favorite Anna Maria Island Restaurants.

3 Keys Brewing, Bradenton

beer flight board in the shape of Florida
try delicious Florida craft beer at 3 Keys Brewing

First, I gotta say that 3 Keys Brewing has one of the best beer flight board design I have ever seen. But they also have great Florida Gulf Coast craft beer. With 18 beer taps, they have a fantastic variety of darks, lights, sours, IPAs, and seasonal varieties. And 3 Keys has a full kitchen so be sure to stop for lunch or dinner.

For more local information see Things to Do in Anna Maria Island.

Motoroworks and 3 Keys are fantastic stops on a day trip from Tampa to AMI.

Cigar City Brewing, Tampa

Tampa FL craft beer at Cigar City Brewing
Tampa FL craft beer at Cigar City Brewing

One of Florida’s oldest and premier craft breweries, Cigar City Brewing has been producing delicious brews since 2009. Sample a large collection of flagship and specialty brews at the West Tampa location. Find high volume brews in the growler bar up front and more than 20 taps in the back bar—serving everything from the popular Jai Alai IPA to the high-end Bamburana Double-Aged Stout. Brewery tours and Cigar City gear are also popular with craft beer fans.

Cigar City Brewing contributed by Julie McCool from Fun in Fairfax VA.

Other Tampa craft breweries I enjoy include Coppertail Brewing Co, Magnanimous Brewing, 7venth Sun Brewing, Angry Chair brewing, Tampa Bay Brewing Co, and Florida Avenue Brewing Co.

See also Best Tampa Florida Restaurants.

Which of these Florida Gulf Coast craft breweries is your favorite? Or do you have another Florida Gulf Coast brewery you like most? Let me know.

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