Sunday, September 23, 2012

Beer Tasting at Orlando Brewing

One of the things I always said about moving back to Orlando was that if we got the opportunity to move back, we would really take advantage of the area and explore the city. When we lived here, there were a number of things that I never got around to doing, and when I left I really felt like I missed out.

We have no plans on leaving Orlando anytime soon, or ever really, but I still want to make sure I do some of those "someday" things we missed the first time. It is also important to me that we explore the city. A couple of weeks ago, Living Social was running a deal for a beer tasting at Orlando Brewing. It sounded like our kind of Fresh from Florida company.

Last week was long and exhausting week, so by morning Friday I was already ready for a drink. It seemed like a perfect day to use the deal. I called and they had a reservation for that night. I was super excited that I was able to get a reservation for the same day.

After work, we grabbed a quick dinner at the Drunkin Monkey, my favorite coffee shop, and then headed to the brewery. The building is in an industrial area a little South of downtown. We weren't really sure what to expect, so we got to Orlando Brewing about a half hour before our tasting.

While we were waiting, we each grabbed a beer. I had a Miami Weiss and my husband had a Brown Ale. The Weiss was really light and refreshing. I am a fan of wheat beers and this one didn't dissapoint.

Then came the tasting. It included 5oz. glasses of eight different beers. All of the beers were good. In addition to the Miami Weiss, my favorites were the Blonde Ale and the Blackwater Porter.

Overall, the brewery was great. The bar area was really laid back and they had a beautiful copper bar. I love that the beer is organic and made on sight. I am really excited to find even more unique places and things to do in Orlando.

Do you ever look for new things in your town? What are some of your favorite local places?