Your ultimate guide to Polk County’s breweries

Grove Roots Brewing Co. | Photo via @tfdecot

Hallebrewjah. We’ve come up with a list of some of the best breweries in Polk County to cure what ales ya’. Not only do these places serve locally sourced drinks, but they’re falling into new flavors and brews just in time for autumn. Whether you’re a fan of ales, lagers, malts, or stouts, these pitcher-perfect breweries, will have you covered. 

Have a “brew”tiful day, checking out these 10+ breweries in Polk and beyond. Pssst…we also included some more fall favorite bevvies, to get you into the upcoming Halloween spirit

Note: Some FL bars + breweries are currently closed due to COVID-19. Make sure to call ahead to learn about how they’re operating. 

🍺 Lakeland

Brew Hub | Photo via @beerbourbonandbbq

🍺 Brew Hub, 3900 Frontage Rd. S. | To-go + on-site | Not only a brewery but a lab where each drink is tested to make sure it’s up to par.  

Beer to look out for this fall: Matte Black | Prices Vary | Ever wonder what coffee and beer taste like together? This dark lager, partnered with Concord Coffee (1037 Florida Ave. S. #135) combines both beer and caffeine to keep you grounded – espresso-ly during these final dog days of summer. #Pro-Tip: Check to make sure the taproom is open. 🍸

Swan Brewing | Photo via @alex_symms

🍺 Swan Brewing, 115 W Pine St. | Online ordering, curbside pickup + taproom | This locally-loved brewery has been around for almost 40 years and focuses on locally-sourced drinks. 

Beer to look out for this fall: Are Wheat Hype Yet | $6 | If you’re looking for a northern US vibe, this New England Pale Ale is the brew for you. With 1.5 lb per barrel of hops, you’ll be transported to a new place with colder weather while still staying in the heatwaves of Central FL. #ProTip: Check to make sure the taproom is open. 🍸

🍺 Auburndale

The Florida Brewery | Photo via @83heatha

🍺 The Florida Brewery, 202 Gandy Rd., Auburndale | To-go | This is the second-oldest brewery in operation in FL and is still going strong. 

Beer to look out for this fall: Maple Pecan Porter | $5 | To-go | Coffee + caramel lovers, unite. With hints of coffee, caramel, maple syrup + roasted pecans, this drink will quickly become your favorite drink you pe-can’t live without. Bonus: Other beers to look out for from the Florida Brewery this fall: TFB Pumpkin Spice (Pumpkin spice lager + everything nice) + She’s Got Curves (Marzen) (#DYK that Marzen beer originated from Bavaria, Germany along with (Ger)many other types? This lager will transport you there with a mix of caramel and biscuit flavors with a hint of noble hops.)

🍺 Winter Haven

Grove Roots Brewing Company | Photo via @thepassedareghosts

Grove Roots Brewing Company, 303 3rd St. SW, Winter Haven | Online ordering + drive-thru | With the motto of, “Drink local. Reclaim the land,” this brewery focuses on reclaiming the lost citrus acres in Winter Haven.

Beer to look out for this fall: Engine 541 Red Ale | Prices Vary | Physical traveling may not be possible, but this brewery is bringing Caribbean vibes to you. Aged in spiced rum barrels straight from Trinidad + Barbados, this red ale will have you and your troubles floating away with the Atlantic Ocean waves – metaphorically, of course.

🍺 Bartow

Front Page Brewing Co. | Photo via @b33rwarbl3r

🍺 Front Page Brewing Co., 190 S. Florida Ave, Bartow | Online ordering, pick up + taproom | One of the newest up-and-coming breweries with new release information on their Facebook + Instagram pages. 

Beer to look out for this fall: German-style beer for Oktoberfest | Prices Vary | With a few tricks (and treats) up their sleeves for seasonal drinks just in time for Oktoberfest, Front Page Brewing Co. is ready to celebrate the upcoming holiday season with other flavors that will bring spice to your life. 

🍺 Plant City

Keel Farms | Photo via @drblue

🍺 Keel Farms, 5210 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City | Takeout + curbside pick up | Established in 2013, this brewery in Plant City specializes in using farm-fresh ingredients

Beer to look out for this fall: Agrarian Pumpkin Cider | $6 | Their new apple-ing cider features 100% apple cider mixed with pumpkin puree, Madagascar vanilla + cinnamon that will have you “mulling” over the great moments of fall.

🍺 Tampa

Cigar City | Photo via @finding_capt_nemo

🍺 Cigar City, 3924 W Spruce St., Tampa | To-go | Rated #3 of best breweries in the world in 2010, Cigar City makes their beers from only the best ingredients and stores them in shatterproof and 100% recyclable cans.

Beer to look out for this fall: Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale | TBD | This new flavor celebrates everything pumpkin pie with notes of allspice, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, caramel and, of course, pumpkin. This flavor will help you (pumpkin) spice things up just in time for the festive fall season.

Tampa Bay Brewing Company | Photo via @marki0

🍺 Tampa Bay Brewing Company, 1600 East 8th Ave., Tampa, + 13937 Monroes Business Park, Tampa | Online ordering + taprooms | Founded in 1997, this brewery is one of FL’s first and premier Craft Breweries. | Dine-in + to-go

Beer to look out for this fall: Gourds Gone Wild | $12.99/4-pack | This award-winning fall brew is a crowd favorite. Essentially autumn in a glass, taste flavors of vanilla, graham cracker + nutmeg – ya know, for when you’re really craving a pumpkin pie but don’t want to turn on a stove in the FL heat. #ProTip: Check to make sure the taproom is open. 🍸

Bonus: Other beers to look out for from Tampa Bay Brewing Company this fall: Hop Silo 11 (an iconic collab with Calusa Brewing in Sarasota made with essential oils) + Oktoberfest (a traditionally brewed German Marzen Lager with hints of bready malt and caramel).

Coppertail Brewing Co. | Photo via @beeradweisse

🍺 Coppertail Brewing Co., 2601 E. 2nd Ave., Tampa | Distribution + tasting room | With the name originating from a mythical sea monster, this brewery also started Helping with Hops in 2017, which focuses on working with national charities to raise funds and awareness.

Beer to look out for this fall: Pax Odeon | $10 | A part of the brewery’s Alpha Hunt Series, this new IPA will feature several different hops such as Sabro, Loral, Simcoe, and Mosais. #ProTip: Check to make sure the tasting room is open. 🍸

Bonus: Other beers to look out for from Coppertail Brewing Co. this fall: Hop Skull Assorted 4-pack (flavors ranging from pineapple, citrus, passionfruit, other tropical fruits) + Oktoberfest (a malty and toasty Marzen lager to celebrate the festival season) + Dunk (a dark German lager featuring notes of toffee, caramel + dark fruits).

Angry Chair Brewing | Photo via @dijonbrown666

🍺 Angry Chair Brewing, 6401 N Tampa Ave., Tampa | Online ordering, pick up + taproom | Best known for their stouts, Angry Chair Brewing features a 20,000 sq. ft. barrel house across the street, and also won a gold medal for their pilsner.

Beer to look out for this fall: Mexican Lager | This mex-cellent lager is made with Bloody Butcher Corn (an heirloom corn variety) that comes all the way from Riverbend Malt House in none other than our AVLtoday sister city, Asheville, NC. Kick back and grab this lager for when it’s just been juan of those days. #ProTip: Check to make sure the tasting room is open. 🍸

Bonus: Other beers to look out for from Angry Chair Brewing this fall: Lord Byron (a double IPA with 8% ABV. Double dry-hopped with both Nelson Sauvin + Strata, this brew will have you hopping for joy).