Florida is home to some large scale production breweries, such Cigar City in Tampa and Florida Beer Company in Cape Canaveral. It’s also home to a lot of small scale breweries and brewpubs, many of which are making some great stuff (others… not so much). One Sunshine State brewery that tends to get overlooked is Brew Hub here in Lakeland. Most of what they make is contracted; meaning, they brew beer for other breweries. However, a lot of that beer is actually really solid, as is their own (albeit limited) in-house suds.
Normally, when I review a brewery or brewpub I give quick synopses of all the beers I had. But I’ve been to Brew Hub so many times in just the last few months that the list would be a few dozen entries long. Instead, I’m just going to list the top 10 beers I’ve had here:
- Tomoka Oceanside White IPA
- BJ’s Nitro PM Porter
- Brew Hub ApRYEcot
- M.I.A. Mega Mix
- Brew Hub Phins & Feathers
- BJ’s Harvest Hefeweizen
- Toppling Goliath Pseudo Sue
- Brew Hub Keybilly Island Ale
- JDub’s Up Top! IPA
*NOTE 1: I should point out that Brew Hub contract brews Cigar City’s Jal Alai IPA, which is a world class example of the style. However, I decided not to include it on this list because I’ve had it many times prior. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who appreciates IPAs and visits the Brew Hub taproom.
**NOTE 2: 22oz bottles are available for only $5! That’s a fantastic deal and I highly recommend picking up a bottle or two. There is also a bourbon barrel-aged edition, but it’s quite expensive at $18 (not sure why there’s such a high markup on that one, but maybe I’ll splurge and get it someday).
So if you’re a Floridian beer lover, it’s worth your while to visit Brew Hub.