Tapping into Sanford’s Craft Beer Scene

Tapping into Sanford’s Craft Beer Scene

Do you have a thirst for delicious craft beer? Historic Downtown Sanford’s breweries and beer gardens—all located within a short walking distance of one another—will make any visitor happy (hoppy)!

Each space blends in perfectly with the city’s eclectic vibe and contributes to the downtown’s historic preservation efforts. And don’t forget to bring your pup along! These stops are all pet-friendly.

There’s always something brewing

Deviant Wolfe Brewing has a passion for beer and adventure. Their creative suds will make you want to order a couple of flights to try refreshing sours and pale ales. Check out the fun board games with the kids as you enjoy a pint.

Located on the site of a former gas station and shuffleboard court, the owners of Inner Compass Brewing Company have renovated, preserved, and honored the new brewhouse’s former history. There’s a beer here to please everyone’s tastes beginning with a light Kolsch to a rich and velvety milk stout.

Sanford Brewing Company is a lively brewhouse, taproom, and gastropub with a fantastic variety of SBC brews, meads, and sodas. A selection of pub/comfort food is also featured here to help you soak up the beverages you’ll be having.

Wop’s Hops Brewing is Sanford’s first microbrewery. Owner Greg Piecora fell in love with brewing in 2008 and opened the brewery in 2014 to share his brews with the community. Located in the historic Stokes Fish Market building, visitors should go to admire the painted murals on the building and stay for a craft ale. Pop in on Thursdays for a pasta and beer pairing.

If you’re feeling adventurous and have time to explore more of the Central Florida area, pick up the Central Florida Ale Trail map and quickly check off the Sanford breweries on the list!

Beer Gardens
Imbibing under the stars

Enjoy Belgian beer? Plan a visit to Buster’s Bistro. Most of their Belgian beers are served in the original glasses from the brewer. Order some eats from their food menu highlighting European classics and new twists.

Celery City Craft has over 50 craft beers on tap, a selection of inexpensive sandwiches and light bites, and a beautiful outdoor patio. There’s usually something going on here every night of the week, from BINGO to ping-pong to live music. And keep an eye out for tap takeovers where you can take a glass home from the featured brewery!

Tuffy’s Bottle Shop and Lounge is serving up local and regional craft beers, wine, and spirits. The small-batch cidery is also spotlighted here. Take your drink outside and relax in the camper or pontoon boat. Need some noms? The popular Da Kine Poke food truck is also out back.

If an Irish pub style experience is more up your alley, check out The Sullivan, a Public House for a wide selection of Irish beers and live Irish folk music on weekends. Go early and grab “the snug.”

Want to experience a traditional biergarten without traveling all the way to Munich? Each Fall, Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe hosts their own Sanford Oktoberfest! The multi-day event bubbles over with German and craft beer, giant pretzels, and live music.

Bonus: Learn to Brew
Home is where the beer is

If sampling all of the fermented beverages in Sanford inspires you to begin your own at-home brewing journey, be sure to stop by the Sanford Homebrew Shop for the right knowledge, equipment, and ingredients. Learn to make wine, cheese, and other fermented products too. Who knows, perhaps you’ll be opening your own brewery or cidery in Downtown Sanford soon!

Sanford’s exploding craft beer scene allows visitors to spend an entire weekend downtown, never hitting the same place twice. Organize a pub crawl with friends, enhance your beer palate, and make new friends in our friendly town on the waterfront. Historic Downtown Sanford is calling!

Christina Grace Beverly

Christina is a graphic designer and writer, and has been a Downtown Sanford resident since 2006. Married to a Sanford native, they both enjoy promoting Sanford through their latest creative adventure, Drink Sanford, sharing all things beverage related in the city and their travels near and far. Find them at DrinkSanford.com or on Instagram @DrinkSanford.