TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- From humble suds to imperials reds, Tallahassee’s craft-brewing scene is hopping. The Capital City is creating brews with heft such as Assassin Caterpillar, Sledgehammer Stout and Heffy Liftin. And it is crafting ales with local personality such as Miccosukee honey orange wheat and Session IPA: The Process (alluding to Legislative Session here in the capital).
They are brewed in Tallahassee, many are award-winners, and the concoctions keep coming.
In March 2017, Tallahassee’s Proof Brewing Co. and GrassLands Brewing Co. won gold medals for their creations at the Best Florida Beer Competition in Tampa. Proof won gold and bronze for two pale ales and GrassLands took gold for a robust porter.
By all accounts, Florida’s Capital City is fast becoming a star on the craft-breweries map. The city’s local breweries, craft-beer taprooms and opportunities to indulge keep expanding, born from home-grown interest in brewing and the good times it fosters.
The back stories of Tallahassee’s craft breweries are as compelling as their beers. Hop onto Tallahassee’s ale trail and find out for yourself.
The breweries include:
PROOF Brewing Co. – In the heart of Railroad Square Art Park, Proof drives the local craft-brew train. Its star brews include a citrus pale ale named for the region’s area code, Eightfive-0 and the crowd-pleasing Mango Wit – both are distributed throughout the state and available in 6-packs. The brewery is run by Byron and Angela Burroughs and offers a tasting room and a family-friendly beer garden stocked with lawn games and a stage for live music.
GrassLands Brewing – Founders Gabe and Saralyn Grass brew small batches including a mint chocolate stout, Groundation Amber Rye, Rising Embers Tropical IPA and LeeRoy the Red. The GrassLands slogan “Craft, Community, Conservation” reflects the couple’s devotion to conserving the environment and protecting animal habitats. Craftbeer.com named Saralyn Grass one of the 8 Women in Craft Beer Who are Making a Mark Right Now.
Lake Tribe Brewing – Father and sons Connor, Jesse and Jason Ross named the company after their YMCA Indian Guides tribe name. Flagship brews include Red Cloud IPA (bold and 7.4% ABV), and Beckster’s Wh’ell Behaved Wheat which “pairs perfectly with lighter foods” such as sushi, fruits and cheese. A recent addition is “Abroad,” a heavy-hitting wheat wine inspired by and brewed with Spanish vino tinto (red wine).
DEEP Brewing – Former diver Ryan S. LePete pours small-batch ales and lagers that pay homage to historic European and American styles while continuing to explore unchartered waters. His year-round flagships include Spear Pressure Golden Ale (in a British style), Reef Dweller IPA (with a nod to the West Coast), and Sous La Mer Saison (Belgian-inspired farmhouse ale). Seasonal and limited releases include Narcosis Imperial Stout, Scapa Flow Scotch Ale, and Morning Boat Coffee Stout, poured with locally roasted Lucky Goat Coffee.
Ology Brewing – The newest additional to Tallahassee’s brew scene. Ology Brewing Company is an experimental brewery focusing on reviving old-world recipes and creating small batch ales. Stop in and taste brews such as Sensory Overload IPA, Problem Solver Blonde Ale and the dark and roasty Quantum Stimuli.
Also in the works:
- Tally Brewing, giving its limited-release concoctions names with local roots such as Meridian Road IPA and Port Leon chocolate porter (Tallahassee being in Leon County). Open date TBD.
Popular craft-beer watering holes that feature local brews include:
- The Brass Tap, in Midtown and on Gaines Street
- Fermentation Lounge (brewing for itself under the name Fool’s Fire)
- Finnegan’s Wake Irish Pub
- Fire Betty’s Arcade Bar
- Madison Social
- 7th Hill Taproom
- Growler Country, Florida’s first dedicated growler filling station.
Tallahassee Brew Bus transports riders age 21+ to local breweries and tap rooms, plus nearby Apalachicola’s Oyster City Brewing Company. Saturday tours begin at Growler Country (3305 Capital Circle NE) and include behind-the-scenes tours and a pint or flight at each brewery. Book online at www.TallahasseeBrewBus.com.
Tallahassee’s brew-tastic events for craft-beer fans include Brewfest, Proof Florida Tap Invitational, lots of Oktoberfest events, and Beer Mile, a 1-mile summertime run/walk through Tallahassee’s Beer District with tastings at four sites.