Not too far from Cask & Larder brewpub. The best beer bar in the area. Interior was a bit too "airy" for my liking. Ok tap list but for me too much Europe-oriented. The speciality here is vintage beers. They even had Koff Porter 2009 vintage. Service was ok/normal.
Its a joke this place is ranked as RB top 50 beer place in the world, utterly laughable. Ridiculously pedestrian draft list. Roughly 30 beers on tap, 26 of them were easily and nationally available beers. About 4 locals, but nothing from a place you care about. How do you not have a Funky Buddha or Cigar city beer on? The locals were small crappy breweries not even worth trying. Perhaps more atrocious than the draft list was the service. I was served by a whispy bartender who was utterly clueless about beer. She asked what I wanted and I told her something local. She told me she didn’t know what they might me. I named 4 of the local beers and she just kinda shrugged. I then said I’d take an ipa, she said I think we have cans. I settled for a cask IPA brewed with a yet to be created 10 ten brewing. Amateur hour, tasted like a boring English IPA. Maybe it was an off day, but this was way the hell off.
Visited right at opening on a Sunday afternoon. Located in a small strip mall with plenty of parking options available. Nicely-appointed, semi-upscale feel to the place. The focus here is entirely on the beer, and for that I am thankful. The moderately large tap list was fantastic. One very tasty house beer featured in addition to a very well curated selection of guests. I had trouble choosing between options from Trois Dames, Prairie, Birra Del Borgo, Jolly Pumpkin etc. The bottle list was massive, no less impressive than the excellent draft line up. There were a huge number of sours available. BFM featured heavily. I also noticed quite a few limited bottles from 7venth Sun. No food seemed to be available, but a food truck was set up outside. Prices were cheap considering the quality on offer. Service was impeccable, personable. Overall, this is a legitimate beer destination. Worth a long detour.
Visited with Travlr and jcwattsrugger the night before RBWG 2015. Nice spacious bar with a good amount of table seating around the perimeter. Nice selection of drafts with some locals and U.S. regionals along with some imports including Trois Dames, the latter which had an event going with five Trois Dames beers and the brewer present. Friendly service and fairly attentive, no issues asking for empty taster glasses to share beers. Flights of 3 were available on the event beers, half pours were an option on everything else. Nice bottle list. Sharing outside beers seemed to be okay after asking first. No food on site, options were BYO or order delivery. Prices were fair. Well worth a stop in Orlando.
Large place in a old style strip mall, adequate parking out front. Inside, the large bar is at the center, with stools and tables on three sides. Small (3 barrel?) brewpub is in the hayloft. Drafts are listed on a chalkboard and on chalkboard tap handles scattered about. Good list featured some new local breweries, plus some Trois Dames collaborations with Raphael himself in attendance. Bottles are in scattered fridges, with the vintage stuff in a back corner fridge - definitely have a close up look. But you can ask for a bottle list too featuring things like ’09 BFM Grand Cru and other treats. No food, but they have menus of places that deliver. The highlight of the evening for me, other than the company, was the amazing service. Every single person went well above the call of duty, so the night was an absolute pleasure. World Class is right.
After dinner stop. The place was busy, but parking was available. Smallish in front, but a wraparound bar and a larger back room. Taplist was very solid and reasonably priced. Bottle list was extensive, but frankly not particularly exciting. Maybe I am just too jaded, but I thought the list at Gnarly Barley, while smaller, was better curated. Service was exceptional all evening long. A great beer hangout. Deserving of world class status.
Visited on our trip to Orlando after Christmas. It is located about 10 minutes North of downtown Orlando in a strip mall area. The ambiance was extremely laid back but not to the liking of everyone. Service was great, never had to wait, could get tastes if you wanted, and list was readily available and current. Over 30 plus taps with a lot of FL locals, one offs, and your standard go to’s. The price was quite reasonable as you could get half and full pints. Tried one of their beers which was solid. Overall, a must visit in the Orlando area. We liked it much better than driving another 45 minutes out to Mermaid Juice for the selection, price and service.
Visited later evening on a Wednesday. Located in an older strip mall, and upon entering it’s hard to believe the big open, tall ceilinged place is actually located in that strip mall. Well worn spot, though does give it quite a bit of character (divey in a fun sort of way). The layout is a big circular bar in the middle, with tables spread around, particularly in the back part of the bar. This is mostly a beer bar, though they also brew and had 2 of their own beers on when I visited (one of which was cask). In addition to house beers, there was one additional cask and 30 beers on draft. Limited and import beer seems to be the focus, and the list is indeed impressive. There were a number of beers offered that I had never heard of, and have less than 10 rates here on the site. Bottles and cans are exhibited / housed in the coolers in the middle of the bar, and there are hundreds of incredible beers. Service was friendly, and knowledgeable. Good crowd, certainly a place not to miss in Orlando.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
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