Central Florida is brimming with craft beer, and lucky for parents, many of these breweries have gotten on the family bandwagon. Grab an Uber and get out to enjoy some suds with your little buds at these family-friendly spots where people won’t be giving you the side-eye.
Words by Wendy Meyer
1. Crooked Can Brewing Company
426 W. Plant St., Winter Garden
407-395-9520 | crookedcan.com
Located inside Plant St. Market in downtown Winter Garden, this place gives me all the feels! Crooked Can is definitely the place to be with little tykes. They are super accommodating and their outdoor space is perfect to chill without feeling like “those people who bring kids to the bar.” Weekends are peak family times, and there seems to be a fun event going on every weekend! While they don’t serve food, there are plenty of options inside the artisan market. Once you’ve finished shopping or stuffing your face, grab a Crooked Can McStagger or an ice cold Cloud Chaser. Both are currently on my Top 10 list of favorite beers. Seriously, this place will make you feel like a socially functioning human being again after what may have been months (or years) of parenting isolation.
2. Celery City Craft
114 S Palmetto Ave., Sanford
407-915-5541 | celerycitycraft.com
Celery City, located in historic Downtown Sanford, showcases craft beers, ciders and wines. Surrounded by interesting shops, restaurants and a mega-cool playground at Fort Mellon Park, this taproom is set among brick-paved streets full of old Florida charm. This place could easily become your new favorite midweek hang with the kiddos. They offer a bistro menu that’s great for families because it’s not over-thought or too fancy — it’s just good food that’s not expensive. We like the peanut butter and celery, the cheese board and the killer soups! I was stoked to find my favorite Playalinda Brewing Company Pleasure Chest IPA on tap. They also have a large outdoor area with picnic tables that’s the perfect place to grab a beer and chill out with the babies (both fur and human). Adding to the fun, they host the Celery City Craft Mid-Week Market every Thursday night from 6–9 p.m., with local vendors and live music. Getting there could be half the fun — SunRail (sunrail.com) riders can take a free vintage-style trolley ride from the station to downtown. What kid wouldn’t love that?
3. Ocean Sun Brewing
3030 Curry Ford Rd., Orlando
407-745-5551 | oceansunbrewing.com
Ocean Sun prides itself on being a family-friendly place to hang, which can totally be felt the minute you walk in the door. There’s a comfy little outdoor area with couches, games and a chalkboard. It’s the perfect place to hang with the kids, eat some of their fresh popcorn and enjoy a beer. I asked for a suggestion on an IPA, and my server brought me their Blue Bags IPA. I was not disappointed. In fact, this is one of the better IPAs I’ve ever tasted. I really appreciated the fact that no one made us feel uncomfortable or rushed, even with my kid in tow. If you’re looking for food, you can order from the restaurants nearby. Ocean Sun welcomes you to eat while enjoying a beer. Our favorite pizza joint (pizzabrunofl.com) is right down the street, so we opted to stop by there on the way home. The Hourglass District is becoming the place to be, and we are loving it.
4. Ten10 Brewing Company
1010 Virginia Dr., Orlando
407-930-8993 | ten10brewingcompany.com
Located in the Mills50 area, Ten10 Brewing is a cool addition to one of my favorite neighborhoods. Personally, I think the best time to come in with my little guy is after school to grab a snack before we go shopping. Their “Find Your Center” Orange Tootsie Roll Stout is so delicious. I like to pair that with the Old Hearth soft pretzels, which I dip in homemade beer cheese and beer mustard. Your kids won’t be left out — they can order a TBone Root Beer, which Ten10 Brewing makes themselves. Of course, I had to taste the root beer, and it’s the perfect match to their housemade hot dogs. You probably wouldn’t expect this level of well thought-out food from a beer brewery, but Ten10 is doing everything from brews to food right. Worth noting: every one of their staff members greets my son with a smile and a “Hey buddy!,” which makes him feel really welcome.
5. Rock & Brews
7131 Red Bug Lake Rd., Oviedo | 407-956-4124
6897 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando | 407-367-2840 rockandbrews.com
Rock & Brews is technically a taproom (not a brewery), but it’s family-friendly and has an extensive collection of craft beers, so we had to include it on our list. This place has a cool rock ‘n’ roll feel that isn’t too forced, and they play the best tunes. The food is good and not what you would anticipate from a chain restaurant. What totally blew me away was the area they have set up outside so the kids can play while the adults enjoy live music, leather couches and outdoor fire pits. The patio is a super-fun place for families to hang, and it’s also pet-friendly. Your four-legged fur baby can even order a brew (more like beef broth in a beer bottle) from the special menu for dogs! This is the perfect place to hit up on a Friday night with your friends