Gainesville is home to some outstanding breweries and bars, and even a few award-winning craft beer makers. The breweries in Gainesville are a perfect place to grab a drink and enjoy the company of others. If you've had a full day of exploring, they'll make for the perfect spot to unwind and relax.
So, why not mingle with a few locals and try something new?
Be sure to download the Sippin' Seven digital Ale Trail pass to access discounts, earn rewards, and learn more about each brewery. Download the Alachua County Ale Trail app here.
Below we share a few of our favorite Gainesville breweries and beer houses, so you know where to grab a cold one on your next visit.
First Magnitude Brewing Company
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Treat yourself to any of the 20 craft beers on tap at First Magnitude Brewing Company
. The nationally and internationally awarded craft brewery and taproom is a staple in downtown Gainesville.
Grab a great beer and settle into the cozy atmosphere as you sip on your pint. Their brews range from juicy citrus ales to smooth, rich lagers and they serve seasonal selections like a sour gose with hints of spice or a robust coffee porter. If you're not much of a beer enthusiast, try a hard apple cider.
First Magnitude also offers a range of events from guided bird walks to yoga, trivia and live music shows.
First Magnitude Brewing Company, 1220 SE Veitch St., Gainesville, FL 32601
Swamp Head Brewery
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After a long day of sightseeing, quench your thirst at Swamp Head Brewery
. Brimming with Florida pride, Swamp Head Brewery serves a wide selection of world-class and local artisan beers. They embrace the natural flavors of Florida, using local honey, blueberries and spices from a nearby garden.
From honey-cream ales and oatmeal coffee stouts to summery IPAs and pumpkin spice-inspired brews, you'll have a hard time making a decision — but they're all the right choice.
Swamp Head Brewery aims to leave a carbon-neutral footprint and operate as responsibly as possible, being the only solar-powered brewery in Florida. You can join weekly tours offered on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Swamp Head Brewery, 3650 SW 42nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32608 Phone: 352-505-3035
Blackadder Brewing Company
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Located just a few minutes from downtown Gainesville, the Blackadder Brewing Company
is a microbrewery featuring 40 taps and has earned over 30 medals in beer competitions throughout Florida and the United States.
Serving Belgian-inspired brews on tap in their traditional cozy pub, this Gainesville brewery is an ideal spot to relax in an old-world atmosphere and enjoy a locally produced craft beer. They regularly host themed evenings, like belly dancing and trivia competitions.
Blackadder Brewing Company, 618 NW 60th St. Suite A, Gainesville, FL 32607 Phone: 352-339-0324
Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
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Feel your senses brighten when you walk through the doors and find yourself surrounded by aromatic hops at Cypress & Grove Brewing Company
. The building was originally used as an ice and cold storage factory in the early 1900s, providing the Atlantic and Seaboard Railroads ice to cool their railcars. Today, locals and visitors alike gather over a crisp pint of beer, brewed from water pulled from the very same well that made the ice all those years ago.
If you're in the mood to order a flight of seasonal ales or stick with a classic lager, this Gainesville brewery treats every guest with brews guaranteed to delight your palate. They host live music and have a range of activities, including pool and board games.
You can also schedule a tour of the brewing facilities to learn more about their brewing process.
Cypress & Grove Brewing Company, 1001 NW 4th St., Gainesville, FL 32601 Phone 352-376-4993
Big Top Brewing Company
Step into the rustic circus vibe, unique to Big Top Brewing Company
. Bringing artfully crafted beers to Gainesville, Big Top pays homage to historical associations with The Ringling Circus.
Serving plenty of savory beers, including a raspberry Berliner, you can grab a pint and enjoy the open windows and large tables. There are also large TVs to watch sports events, and an outside patio and bar area. They also serve food, which is not offered in other breweries in town.
Big Top Brewing Company, 201 SE 2nd Ave. 101, Gainesville, FL32601
Daft Cow Brewery
Daft Cow Brewery
is Alachua's first craft brewery located in San Felasco Tech City center. They offer 15 beers that are brewed onsite, along with guest cider and seltzer.
Daft Cow Brewery Tech City Cir., Alachua, FL 32615 (352) 871-3930
High Springs Brewing Company
This family-owned and operated brewery is nestled in the beautiful downtown of High Springs, Florida. High Springs Brewing Company
offers an open-air facility with a nice lawn to be enjoyed by all ages. Follow them on social media @hsbrewing
High Springs Brewing Company
18562 NW 237th St., High Springs, FL 32643
After you've toured the best breweries Gainesville has to offer and safely found your way back to Hotel ELEO at the University of Florida, relax in our welcoming accommodations and reflect on a great evening out on the town.