Updated: Nov 10, 2019
Beer and the process of brewing it are rich in history, tradition, and evolution. National Beer Lover’s Day is observed annually on September 7th, paying tribute to the tradition, and to cerevisaphiles – those who love one of the world’s most popular alcoholic drinks!
The first President of the United States recorded a recipe for brewing beer in his notes.
Many early recipes and origins of brewing in America stemmed from German immigrants.
Beer has been around for centuries dating as far back as the Egyptians and Romans.
Women did the majority of beer brewing in ancient Egypt.
An ancient Egyptian document lists 17 types of beer, with names like joy-bringer and heavenly.
Nowadays, Craft beer is a thriving business and breweries are becoming wildly popular.
The beer industry in the United States turns annual profits of over 100 billion dollars.
In 1983, there were 49 licensed breweries in the U.S.; by the end of 2017, there were 8,863.
The largest brewery in the world is Anheuser-Busch, maker of Budweiser and Corona.
Germany serves beer ice cream in popsicle form.
The strongest beer in the world is Snake Venom, by Scottish brewery Brewmeister. 67.5% abv
Odd ingredients used by modern brewers include coffee, oatmeal, avocado, cookie dough, chipotle peppers, seaweed, oysters, candy corn, squid ink, blue cheese, pastrami, and pig brain.
Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty beer glass.
At the end of Prohibition, FDR said, “What America needs now is a drink.”
CELEBRATING NATIONAL BEER LOVERS DAY IN (& AROUND) ORLANDO
World of Beer – (read our original review)
With hundreds of beers from around the world, you can’t go wrong at World of Beer! Though there are a few locations in the Orlando area, we’re partial to the Downtown location, where you can enjoy great food and craft brews while enjoying the views of Lake Eola! A shareable German pretzel and a beer flight sounds like the perfect way to spend the day if you ask us!
Experience the best in quality American craft beer and food at Growler USA. Come enjoy a variety of beverages, from the best local and regional craft beers, draught wines, and hard ciders to kombucha teas and other non-alcoholic craft offerings. 100 taps and great food – located in Clermont on US 27, making this a great stop away from all the tourist bustle! Did we mention that they have cider flights??
Grove Roots Brewing Co.
Whether you’re a Winter Haven native or a traveling hop head, Grove Roots exists for you. It’s your back-porch bar. Your after-work bee-line. Your homebrew away from home. So let’s raise a glass to sun-dappled lakes, moss-draped canals and dusky, orange-blossom nights. Four flagship brews and a rotating selection of seasonal and special-release beers for you to enjoy throughout the year. Live music and fun events are always on tap.
Half Barrel Beer Project
Located at The District, between Orange County Convention Center and Rosen Shingle Creek, Half Barrel Beer Project is a craft beer bar, self- serve bottle shop, and brewpub. The name Half Barrel represents their pilot, half barrel system allowing for constantly rotating small batches and innovative recipes. Half Barrel encourages local home brewers and the community to brew along at project taproom.
Orlando Brewing is Florida’s ONLY organic brewery and Orlando’s first brewery (est. 2006). They carry 35 of their own organic beers on draft, alongside cider, organic wine, craft soda, and Kombucha! Live music every Friday and Saturday night, and lots of special events. Food is not served on-site, but there are plenty of options for food delivery and guests are welcome to bring their own noms as well. Of course, if Orlando Brewing is on your radar, you might as well begin your journey on the Central Florida Ale Trail!
Central Florida Ale Trail
The Central Florida Ale Trail is an ever-growing list of the top breweries in the Greater Orlando area. Visit all of the breweries listed on the Ale Trail map to enjoy an array of great local beers – getting your map stamped at each location. When you complete the entire trail, the last brewery will reward you with a special Ale Trail growler celebrating your achievement. Best of all, there is no time limit to complete the trail! The Central Florida Ale Trail includes notable locations such as Crooked Can Brewing, The Bear and Peacock Brewery, Ten10 Brewing, Ellipsis Brewing, and Dead Lizard Brewing Company. Maybe National Beer Lovers Day is the perfect time to start your quest! There are currently 26 stops to complete the full trail.
Orlando Ale Line
Another option for those looking to make a “crawl” of it – the new Orlando Ale Line does the driving for you, giving you four hours of exploration and drinking along your choice of five available routes. Each route includes four stops, and the origin point is always a Miller’s Ale House location. For $35 per person, guests receive transportation, a t-shirt and a beer at your first brewery!
Hop On Brew Tours
Speaking of tours with a built-in designated driver…come enjoy our growing craft beer scene and sample some of the finest brews in the Sunshine State with Hop On Brew Tours! Just choose a tour, sit back, and enjoy guided tours, games, music, trivia and of course…beer! Tours include three stops each from five route options (North Orlando, South Orlando, East Orlando, West Orlando, Downtown) for $37.99 per person. The origin point to catch a tour is the nearest World of Beer location. Guests receive special pricing at each stop.