The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide

Mark DeNote

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"Fans of history will savor stories from the past, and readers can sample from the hit list and 'insider tips' while exploring the state's growing craft beer scene."--Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle, authors of Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South

"An informative chronicle detailing the history of Florida breweries, past to present. This well-researched book also catalogs our current breweries, which is no easy task considering the explosive growth of craft beer in the Sunshine State. This is a staple for any Florida beer lover's collection."--Mike Halker, president, Florida Brewers Guild

"From the cedar-aged IPAs of Cigar City to the locally grown 'Florida Weisse' of Peg's Cantina, DeNote is your well-traveled guide to one of the country's most inventive beer scenes."--Ken Weaver, author of The Northern California Craft Beer Guide

"A thorough and practical guide to every beer producer in Florida, and a must-carry for visitors and natives alike."--Jessica Daynor, DRAFT Magazine

Once considered a wasteland by beer connoisseurs, Florida recently awakened to the craft beer phenomenon. Finally, "good beer" can be found throughout the state, and enthusiasts are flocking to tasting rooms to meet friends for a pint or fill their growlers. The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide is all you need to find local, distinctive beer wherever you are in the Sunshine State.

Longtime craft beer columnist Mark DeNote takes you on a tour from Destin to Key West, from award-winning breweries to hidden tasting rooms, from hefeweizens and pale ales to saisons and stouts. Through exclusive interviews with brewers and owners, he shares the stories of their foundings, their brewing philosophies and methods, and insider tips about each brewery's staple and seasonal beers. DeNote not only provides unparalleled access to the breweries but also offers an enlightening history of Florida brewing that includes forgotten establishments like Jacksonville Brewing Company, Orlando's Atlantic, and Miami's Flamingo.

Whether you're a local or a tourist, a newbie or a beer snob, The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide is essential reading. Turn the page and pour a cold one!

Mark DeNote is a freelance craft beer writer and founding editor of, a website devoted to Florida's craft beer industry.

Floridian craft beer enthusiasts and novices have a new staple for their book collections.
--Creative Loafing Tampa

“The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide” has well-researched tidbits of regional brewing history… [and] makes a great jumping-off point for any beer-lovers’ road trip.
--Orlando Sentinel

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