6 Central Florida Ale Trail Tips to Wet Your Whistle

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There’s a beer trail that winds its way from DeLand, through Sanford, down through Winter Springs, Winter Park, Orlando, and Winter Garden. Pick up your Central Florida Ale Trail map and follow your taste buds on a brewery adventure!

The Central Florida Ale Trail is kind of like the Oregon Trail, but feel free to ditch the wagon, grab a craft beer, and don’t worry about snakebites or cholera. 

About the Central Florida Ale Trail: Central Florida brewers have teamed up to create the first Central Florida Ale Trail map, a guide to breweries located from DeBary to Orlando, Sanford to Clermont.

How to get on the Ale Trail: Pick up a map at any of the participating breweries, including Sanford’s own Wop’s Hops, Deviant Wolfe, Inner Compass, and Sanford Brewing Company. Then, choose your route and visit each brewery, making sure to get your map stamped along the way. Upon completion you’ll receive a growler celebrating your achievement.

Ale Trail Tips 

Persimmon Hollow Brewery in DeLand

Persimmon Hollow Brewery in DeLand

We still have a few more breweries to visit, but here’s some of our suggestions on how to best approach the Trail.

  • Take your time. There’s no need to rush to complete your ale trail map. Choose just a couple breweries to visit over a weekend. The journey should be savored!
  • Take in the scenery. Visiting DeLand’s Persimmon Hollow and Winter Garden’s Crooked Can are two examples of great day trips. Like Sanford, DeLand and Winter Garden have historic downtowns with shops, markets, and independent restaurants.
  • Group your destinations. Don’t hit the Trail all willy-nilly-like. Save on gas and Uber rides by grouping your visits by area. 
  • Order a flight. If you’re visiting a brewery for the first time, order a flight. This way you’ll get a feel for a brewery’s range and hone in on what you like.
  • Chat with the brewers, staff, and other patrons. Each brewery has its own history and personality, and an excellent way to experience that is by talking to the employees and the person sitting next to you at the bar. At several stops we’ve even run into people with Sanford connections and those who know how awesome our town is.
  • Try the food. Many breweries also offer food or bar snacks. Ten10 Brewing in Orlando’s Mills 50 District had the absolute yummiest sandwiches. If a brewery doesn’t have food in-house, check with your server as there’s usually a food truck or restaurant nearby to satisfy your appetite, and they will most likely allow you to bring the food in to pair with your beer.

With new breweries popping up the map will continue to expand. We look forward to welcoming Ale Trail visitors to our community and also venturing out to blaze new beer trails!

For more information on the Central Florida Ale Trail and a complete listing of breweries, visit www.centralfloridaaletrail.com. We hope to see you on the Central Florida Ale Trail soon! 

Red Cypress Brewery in Winter Springs

Red Cypress Brewery in Winter Springs