Cheers to beers and hooray for hops — August 2 is International Beer Day!
Toast to the occasion with your friends by touring of one of the many local craft breweries or by exploring the Daytona Beach Ale Trail! The craft beer scene has exploded with growth in recent years, and so you have many wonderful and unique options from which to choose. Whether you’re in town today or planning a fall escape later this year, you won’t want to miss these craft beer hot spots in the Daytona Beach area.
WHAT: Tomoka Brewing Company
WHERE: 4647 South Clyde Morris Boulevard, Port Orange
MUST-TRY: Hop Quest IPA, Hazy Sunrise Wheat Ale, Picnic Pils
What was once a side project on a front porch has evolved into a family-owned brewery that’s received multiple honors at the Best Florida Beer Championship. This spot showcases the owners’ passion for brews, pizzas, the outdoors and pure, natural flavors. The company proudly brews bold tastes, minus the fake flavors. While you’re there, don’t miss the Elvis Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich Brown Ale!
WHAT: Persimmon Hollow Brewing Co.
WHERE: 111 West Georgia Avenue, DeLand
MUST-TRY: Daytona Dirty Blonde, Funky Freddy Fitz
If you’re in the mood for an artistic environment, a tasty brew and good conversation, head to the heart of historic downtown DeLand. At Persimmon Hollow Brewing Company, the back door opens onto Artisan Alley, home of several great boutiques, restaurants and a Friday night farmers market. Here, you can choose from a wide variety of craft beer that ranges from stouts to coffee porters to good ol’ American wheat ales. Plus, there’s always something fun going on here, from yoga to trivia in the taproom.
WHAT: Beachside Brew Pub
WHERE: 1368 Ocean Shore Boulevard, Ormond by the Sea
MUST-TRY: Toasted Coconut Porter, Hurricane Swell Double IPA
This hidden gem located in Ormond by the Sea is a favorite hang for locals. The pub has 11 unique beers on tap — although wine is also available if you are feeling like grapes are the way to go. With Ping-Pong tables, weekly food trucks, frequent tournaments and a casual atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home here.
WHAT: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
WHERE: 1864 Victory Circle, Building K, Daytona Beach
MUST-TRY: Lazybones Kölsch-style Ale, Glamourpuss Farmhouse Ale
Head over to Rock Bottom Brewery, a three-story restaurant and brewery at ONE DAYTONA across from Daytona International Speedway. Here, expect to find fresh, handcrafted brews made on-site and premium comfort food. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the view from the rooftop bar, which offers expansive views of the Speedway and overlooks any live entertainment happening in Victory Circle.
WHAT: Daytona Beach Brewing Company
WHERE: 482 Fentress Boulevard, Unit N, Daytona Beach
MUST-TRY: Silver Beach Stout, Halifax Hefeweizen
This taproom features a wide array of delicious brews, ranging from the lightest of summer ales to pitch-dark stouts. Many are brewed right on-site, such as the Daytona Beachin’ Summer Ale, an American-style pale ale that tastes best after (or during) a long, hot day in the sunshine. Or, get a taste of the Trioval Tripel, a classic Belgian-style ale with a golden straw color and a crisp, fruity flavor. One of the best things about Daytona Beach Brewing Company is that the employees are knowledgeable, and are happy to answer questions you have. Plus, food trucks are usually on site — think tacos, sandwiches, Southern BBQ — and all of it is mouthwatering!
WHAT: Ormond Brewing Company
WHERE: 301 Division Avenue, #15, Ormond Beach
MUST-TRY: Cloud 9 IPA, Tr-Hop-ical IPA, Breakfast Brown Ale
Ormond Brewing Company is one of Volusia County’s first breweries, and is partially responsible for the exploding craft beer scene in Daytona Beach.
The company specializes in unique, flavorful beers brewed right on site. For example, beers are enhanced by infusing interesting flavors like mango and habanero, or chocolate with bacon. Sip and savor inside the relaxing tavern or kick back in the beer garden. Open mic happens on the first Thursday of the month, and live music is featured every Friday and Saturday night.
WHAT: Odd Elixir Meads
WHERE: 117 North Woodland Boulevard, DeLand
MUST-TRY: Peaches the Friendly Ghost Mead, Limerick Key Lime Mead
Another one of the county’s original craft beer bars, Odd Elixir Meads has enjoyed a wide variety of recognition and rewards since opening in 2006. This small batch meadery is located inside DeLand Abbey in historic downtown DeLand. The draft list is updated each morning and features a variety of local and domestic brews. And, all meads are crafted on site in the Abbey. Odd Elixir’s approach to meads merges traditional techniques with a creative approach to ingredients and flavor integration. In addition to getting creative with beverages, Odd Elixir is committed to finding ways to working with the local community as much as possible.
Are your tastebuds tingling yet? Don’t wait! Plan your trip and your exploration of Daytona Beach’s craft beer scene today!