Orlando Brewing Company
1301 Atlanta Ave
Visited on August 14, 2009
Apparently, cabs are expensive in Florida. I took a cab for me and two of my friends from the hotel we were staying at for a conference to a brewpub not more than 15 minutes away. Somehow, a one-way trip managed to cost me something like $70. Ridiculous. But in the end, I managed to hit a brewery in Florida.
Orlando Brewing Company isn’t much to look at, inside or out. It’s a pretty straightforward joint with no frills attached. They don’t serve food, but they have ample takeout menus for you to order in from. As for the beer, I remember them having quite the assortment of choices – somewhere in the high teens. They also had a tasting sheet to fill out as you went along. You could mark which ones you liked and which you didn’t, along with other comments. I thought it was kind of cool for them to keep a tab on what their customers liked and what was working.
Orlando Brewing is in a building resembling a warehouse in a warehouse district located just outside of downtown Orlando. It is a far cry, and a welcome change, from the tourist traps abounding everywhere else. It’s simple. A bar, several tables, a nice outdoor patio with a stage for live music, and probably the biggest cloth American flag I’ve ever seen indoors hanging on the wall. It’s your local joint. It’s awesome.
They don’t have a kitchen, but they provide a long list of menus from local places that will deliver. The pizza I ordered turned out pretty good, though I won’t attribute its goodness to the brewpub.
They have an awesome selection of beers, I believe it was somewhere around 16 of their own plus a great selection of never-before-seen-on-tap-big beers. Many of their brews are organic, but less than a quarter would I rate as very good to amazing. Of those few that obtained the amazing status was a dark IPA (my favorite, too bad it’s not a regular), their Red and Porter. The IPA was very well balanced both in the various depths of hoppy goodness and malty characteristics. The Red was similar to a Scottish Ale without being overly sweet, and the porter was a bit thin, but still had a depth of character many are lacking. Overall, this place is well worth the trip for the beers alone. I also enjoyed the “rating” chart they passed out with the sampler, asking for opinions on each of their brews. Feedback is always important!
Total: 66 (out of 80)