I’ve lived in Orlando / Winter Park for 10+ years and this is my favorite place to get beer and spirits (other than Redlight). If you’re lucky enough to arrive on a day when Murph(y) is working, you’re in for a real treat. This place is pretty tiny but it’s packed with some serious gems. From Sour Ales to Scorpion Tequila, they have a great selection of hard-to-find enjoyables without any pretenses. On the corner of University and Goldenrod. REALISTIC!
Big C’s is the all inclusive epitome of the independent craft beer spot. With one of the longest running, and best selections, a knowledgeable and friendly staff that makes other chain retailers look plain ignorant, and some of the best prices in town it just plain kicks ass. Sure, you could overlook the sometimes crowded space (they’re definitely outgrowing themselves rapidly), but the reality is, that’s just more stock for you to enjoy, and they so frequently have the beers I can’t find anywhere else, I wonder why I even bother looking anywhere else first. Big C’s may not be the flashy warehouse approach, but it’s got everything you need, and a hell of a lot more heart.
Nice shop with a heavy interest in Belgians. Feels like you’re in a regular old liquor store (complete with stained tile floors and dusty liquor bottles along the walls), but they have the real stuff too. This was the first place I ever got La Trappe (oh those old days when I was but a 21-year-old newbie). They have a ton of glassware, and aren’t above a 12-pack of Rolling Rock. Prices are pretty average to high. Mostly frequented by a college crowd with *average* taste, but you can find some gems here. Stop in if you’re over in East Winter Park and need something for a beer acolyte.
So this place is completely inconspicious, it looks like a regular run of the mill liquor store, but it is probably 50% great craft beer. I didn’t get much help from the staff, but still a nice place to know about. Worth a stop by.
This place deserves a higher rating. We all know we are limited in finding craft beer on certain sides of town and they have a good selection of warm bottles in addition to the cold ones. There is only one guy that truly is into craft beer and he’s super cool, the others know zilch. Little dumpy, cramped... but they get a good amount of my business.
Prices are pretty average, if a bit on the high side. Selection is the best you can do on this side of town short of going to Knightly Spirits. As other posters have said, service is pretty much non-existent. However, they usually have at least a few good brews.