Small but clean and well-organized. The food is better than the beer, and everything is rather pricy. Shipyard’s beers, to me, are generally decent, but rarely outstanding. I tried Ron’s happy happy joy joy, and pastrami on rye (yes, that is a beer). Both were okay, but i think i’d 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 it’s in, neither of which appeals to me. I’m not in a hurry to get back, but i will give them a couple more chances, mostly to try more of Ron’s brews.
The Shipyard Emporium is a restaurant and market. The food is mostly sandwiches (which are very good) and they serve a variety of Shipyard brews along with a nice selection of ’guest’ brews. On my visit I had a Cigar City IPA. In addition to these beers they have a rotating ’homebrew’. They have a small (I believe 20 gallon) brew system on hand. On my visit this was a dark Hefe-Weizen which was very good. The Market sells fresh baked bread, has a deli counter and sells a variety of packaged foods (mostly condiments). They also sell bottled beer here: many Shipyard varieties and others (which are not necessarily the guest brews in the restaurant). Overall, this was a very pleasant place to have lunch although the parking lot is small and fills up quickly.
Nice little brewpub in the high end area of Winter Park. A little on space, but they do have an area for tables and a bar that you can hang out at. More like a deli with a bar. Bottles of both Shipyard and other brewers are available for purchase. Food is artsy and good, mostly soup and sandwiches, cheeses, etc.... Brews were good, definitely try the in house stuff.
Well, let me be the first to rate this welcomed addition to the Orlando/Winter Park beer scene. The setting is a beautiful building that is a former architect’s office just a block away from Rollins College and historic Park Avenue. Parking lot is small, but there are several others close by and, let’s face it, the weather is usually gorgeous so the walk will do you some good. Aside from the bar, which I’ll get to, there is a large area that carries beer to go, mostly Florida Micro Beverage Distributors products, which includes Cigar City, most prominently. Alongside the packaged beer are dozens of local and artisanal foodstuffs, sauces, spreads, etc. At the center of the space is a cold counter and kitchen, where one can purchase freshly prepared foods, charcuterie, cheeses, meats, and veggies. There is also a wall loaded with freshly baked artisanal breads, some of which I sampled and found to be out of this world good. Sandwiches, soups, and desserts are available, and all that I tried were very nice. I’m told that they will have flatbreads soon too. Now on to the beer. There is a nice, clean bar with over a dozen tap handles. Of course, there is a wide variety of fresh Shipyard product shipped down from home base in Maine, but the real attraction is the stuff that is brewed on-premises by long-time homebrewer Ron Raike. On opening night and the following day I managed to try his Winter Park Wit, Goldenish Batch 1, Smiled English Mild (cask conditioned), India Brown Ale, and a small barrel sample of his Trout Stout aged in a Palm Ridge Reserve whiskey barrel. A conversation with Ron revealed many experimental beers that are brewing in his brain, and I can’t wait to come back again and again to try them all. This area needed this brewpub. I couldn’t be more stoked to finally see it come to life.