WOW. I know that Winter Park keeps a fresh coat of polish, but damn! Walking into this place is like walking into a Williams-Sonoma showroom. That place is uber clean, and although the parking lot is small, when I went they had a valet available. They have lots of Shipyard, most of Floridaís bigger breweries wares, and a house beer that was outstanding. Had a great grilled cheese sandwich, but the last beer was the cherry treasure which I was not very impressed with. No one could talk to me about the beer, and the website was "under construction." The service was also underwhelming- the place was not busy and it took forever to get service and food and the waitress would leave the table without waiting on one of the two of us. This place went from very nice to underwhelming in two visits.
Cool sort of industrial Trader Joeís meets Spartan college brewpub. They have a tiny brewhouse that pumps out something like a dozen gallons of brew at a time and Iím only aware of them putting on one house brew at any given time. The food menu is tasty and Spartan-ly simple too. Would love to have had a place like this when I was in school. The brewer knows whatís going on and he puts on solid offerings. I had his Mild at Hunahpu day and it is basically the best mild Iíve ever tried. It was pure YUM. Well itís currently a 3 way tie for #1 mild for me. I think I may have under rated this gem. His India Brown Ale was frikiní amazing too. Please make these again.
This place appears to offer a cool atmosphere in which to do your gourmet food and beer shopping. I walked around a little and couldnít really tell what the focus was... other than Shipyard beers and a few other locally crafted beers. When I say "Shipyard," I donít mean this facilityís own beers, Iím talking about "Shipyard" beers that are brewed and bottled in Portland, Maine. I was pretty disappointed that there was only one Shipyard Emporium beer available on the day I visited. It was a solid wheat ale, but that was pretty much my only in-house choice. The main focus of the establishment seems to be the nicely constructed "Z" shaped oak bar. There are two televisions for watching sports while at the bar or nearby tables. The food I ordered was pretty darned nice. Very tasty pizza and soup. Other than the very limited selection of quality craft beer, my only major gripe about the place is that the temperature inside was just way too damned cold. Iíll be back, but not before calling to check on whether they have more than only one of their own beers on tap.
Small but clean and well-organized. The food is better than the beer, and everything is rather pricy. Shipyardís beers, to me, are generally decent, but rarely outstanding. I tried Ronís happy happy joy joy, and pastrami on rye (yes, that is a beer). Both were okay, but i think iíd like some of his other brews better. He has a nice simple brewing setup behind the bar. Overall, not very impressed with service, staff-knowledge, or products. Has sort of a Panera feel to it, and caters to the pretentious neighborhood itís in, neither of which appeals to me. Iím not in a hurry to get back, but i will give them a couple more chances, mostly to try more of Ronís brews.