It’s no secret that the right craft beer can turn a fun night into a funky one real quick. The breweries in Sarasota are up-and-coming with local favorites and ever-changing seasonal flavors. Sarasota is known for its beautiful beaches, and what better way to end a beach day than with a stop at a brewery?
From pink IPAs to local live music, dog-friendly vibes, and everything in between, it’s time to ditch your go-to bar and head to one of these breweries in sunny Sarasota!
Here’s your guide to the 5 best breweries in Sarasota:
Calusa Brewing brings a very welcoming vibe to Sarasota. With their wide variety of craft beer, locals and tourists alike continue to come back time and time again. This veteran-owned, family-friendly craft brewery is really big, with tons of room to have a fun group of friends gather together.
You can tell they pour their heart into their brews and pay very close attention to the brewing process. Calusa Brewing has a craft beer for everyone’s liking. Be sure to check out the food truck schedule too!
Big Top Brewing Company
Big Top Brewing Company compliments Sarasota’s historical associations with The Ringling Circus. Their craft beers are not only one of Sarasota’s firsts, but they are also circus themed and very recognizable in the community. The craft beer selection at Big Top Brewing is great with special weekly releases and their core brews.
We always recommend ordering a flight of beer to try out a few in order to find your favorite. The vibe at Big Top is fun, welcoming and very friendly. They have a food truck with great food too.
On cooler nights, be sure to warm up by sitting next to one of their fire pits while sippin’ on a local craft beer. Big Top Brewing has two other locations in Gainesville and Pensacola.
Sarasota Brewing Co
Behold, southwest Florida’s oldest microbrewery! Sarasota Brewing Co brews a variety of traditional American and European styled beers. Come hungry because they have incredible burgers and Chicago-style pizza that you cannot pass up!
The vibe is more of a sports bar feel, which is perfect for enjoying some great craft beers and good food. Sarasota Brewing Co is the perfect brewery in the area to catch your favorite sport’s teams game while sipping on local beer. The staff is super accommodating and friendly. We recommend ordering the beer flight, it’s only $6 which is a huge steal!
3 Bridges Brewing
Known for brewing some of the best IPA beers in Venice, 3 Bridges Brewing is a locals go-to spot. Their beers have won 7 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze and 3 people’s choice awards. That’s enough convincing for us! In addition to their amazing craft beers, they also have a fabulous food menu for when you need something delicious to munch on.
The atmosphere is stellar with a good amount of space, TVs, a lovely bar to hang at, tables and more. The staff is super helpful at answering questions about what to order too. You really can’t go wrong with a visit to 3 Bridges Brewing!
Brew Life Brewing
Brew Life Brewing is a laid back brewery with exciting craft beers. They are the definition of a local brewery with a lot of regulars that appreciate the great beers that Brew Life curates. Brew Life has an incredible amount of arcade games to keep you entertained or to challenge your friends to.
This brewery gives off a retro vibe and you’ll want to put your phone away to fully immerse in the experience. We recommend the Pink Guava IPA, pictured above, as it’s a favorite to many because it’s light and delicious.