Bradenton Area Beer, Wine & Spirits
The Bradenton Area is dedicated to all-things local, and that also extends to the home town beer, wine and spirit-makers. The area’s craft breweries use local flavors to make some bodacious brews, many that are best enjoyed while relaxing under the Florida sun. Not to be outdone, the local winemakers and distillery make sipping vino or a cocktail a refreshing experience unique to our area.
3 Keys Brewing & Eatery
3 Keys Brewing & Eatery is committed to serving fresh, local flavors in their beer and food. This is one of the top destinations when you’re in the mood for a unique beer and a delicious burger. 3 Keys makes an effort to be a family-friendly gathering place which appeals to craft-beer enthusiasts and families with children (or dogs)!
The Bradenton Area’s first brewery, Motorworks, boasts the largest beer garden in Florida, complete with a spacious deck built around a magnificent 150+ year-old oak tree. With plenty of outdoor games to keep the night fun, you probably won’t want to leave. Motorworks is also a favorite among locals due to its downtown location, frequent events (try yoga in the beer garden), and ever-growing tap list, including serval award-winning brews.
Big Top Brewers Collective
The Lakewood Ranch beer spot, formerly known as Naughty Monk Brewery, is now the Big Top Brewers Collective. Naughty Monk’s core beers remain on tap, and you will find many new local brews to enjoy. A ”permanent” BubbaQue’s BBQ food truck parked outside serves up good food that just as good as the beer.
Good Liquid Brewing Co.
Owned by a husband-wife team, the Good Liquid Brewing Co. is a craft microbrewery and gastropub located in the heart of Bradenton. Their brews range from year-round favorites to experimental brews, all of which pair perfectly with their delicious food menu. Using science and their experience as brewers, you’ll find a variety of spectacular beers on tap. Check out their calendar for fun activities and events, like Taco Tuesday and BINGO night!
3 Car Garage Brewing
Home of the random Happy Hour, you’ll find a friendly ambiance and a variety of small-batch craft beer at 3 Car Garage Brewing. This business started the same way many do—by passionate people and a three-car garage! Now housed in a modern taproom, this dog-friendly brewhouse boasts tasty beer, unique food trucks, and a cabinet full of games to play. Check out their calendar for live music and other fun activities.
Corporate Ladder Brewing Company
The owners had a calling to quit their corporate jobs and brew beer, and the rest is history. With beers as unique as their name, you’re sure to find something to enjoy at this award-winning brewhouse. With a welcoming environment that centers around word-class beer, you’re encouraged to bring your friends (or make new ones)! You’ll be able to sample traditional drafts like IPAs, stouts, pilsners, American ales, and other truly unique brews.
Bunker Hill Winery
Bunker Hill has been making wine for over 25 years, and is self-proclaimed as ”America’s Greenest Winery.” Using only gravity to their advantage, their unfiltered wine is truly a labor of love. The remarkable clarity of the wine isn’t a biproduct of filters, but is a time-intensive process takes at least a year, which means no wine is bottled until it is at least 12 months old. This also allows time for the wine to mature and increase flavor. Stop by this Certified Florida Farm to sample local wines, and to learn about the commitment to reducing their environmental impact.
Rosa Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard
Originally opened over 25 years ago by Mr. and Mrs. Fiorelli, this 10-acre vineyard humbly started from a few grape vines in their backyard garden. Years later, most of this 10-acre lot was covered with rows of muscadine grape vines. Today, the property is owned by John and Kristin Hokanson, who continue the Fiorelli winemaking legacy. The vineyard boasts an assortment of fruit-bearing trees, along with acres of beautiful vineyard. The winery offers a wide variety of wine, ranging from dry to sweet (as well as some recent fruit-wine additions). With nearly a dozen different house-made wines, you will find a variety of reds and whites to sample and bring home.
Loaded Cannon Distillery
Opened in 2007, the Loaded Cannon is the first Bradenton Area distillery and the first multiple-spirit distillery in the region. You’ll only find premium, hand-crafted drinks here, including rum, bourbon, whiskey, gin, and more. All house-made and distilled spirits are prepared in small batches using locally sourced ingredients. Through lots of experimentation (and sometimes a mishap or two), their recipes have been perfected over time into award-winning spirits. Stop by the tasting room to sample the Loaded Cannon spirits, including their seasonal and limited-run products. If you’re an enthusiast, sign-up for a Cocktail Class, where you’ll learn cocktail history and fundamentals while sipping on the subject matter.