American Icon Brewery at Downtown Vero Beach

The brewery scene continues to grow in Florida! When I realized there was a new brewery in Vero Beach located in an old electric plant, I was dying to check it out. That’s why on the way to a wedding in Jensen Beach, we took a detour to American Icon Brewery.

American Icon Brewery Flywheel

This is a unique brewery in a few ways and I think it’s definitely worth a stop next time you are in the area. Not only is the refinished industrial space a cool hangout, but they also have an excellent beer, wine and cocktail selection.

Location and Atmosphere

American Icon Brewery is located on a two acre site in downtown Vero Beach. Upon arriving, you see the impressive brick building with an old flywheel out front. This and many other parts inside are from the Vero Beach Diesel Power Plant, which was built in 1926! It definitely sets the stage for the industrial and historic vibe here.

American Icon Brewery Engine
American Icon Brewery

Inside is even more expansive than I expected and filled with cool sights for history buffs. The centerpiece is the 750-kilowatt engine where the taps are located. It is painted bright red and is such a neat area to have a bar at. The rest of the brewery consists of lots of brick and old pictures of Vero Beach. I couldn’t believe how much of the building has been retained, but it makes sense as it is in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. There is an upstairs area available to be rented for parties that they kindly let us up to see. Even cooler is that it is above all the brewing equipment. This would be such a fun private party spot!

There is also an outside that’s perfect for enjoying a nice brew. In addition to tables, there’s also a large bar in the shade and some couches and TVs. I was surprised to see a fire pit that is blazing in the evenings, so there really is everything you could want here!

American Icon Brewery

The Beer Menu

American Icon Brewery has seven core beers that are on tap year round. A pint costs between $5 and $7. They cover most of your basic styles with the following:

  • Brave World Belgian White- 5% ABV, 12 IBUs
  • Diesel Plant Pale Ale – 5.6% ABV, 21 IBUs
  • American Icon Blonde Ale – 5% ABV, 21 IBUs
  • The Factory Pilsner – 5.2% ABV, 32 IBUs
  • Diesel Plant Pale Ale – 5.6% ABV, 42 IBUs
  • Icon IPA – 6.8% ABV, 65 IBUs
  • Freedom Torch Milk Stout – 6% ABV, 12 IBUs

Of these, the only two we got were the Icon IPA and the Diesel Plant Pale. I really liked the Pale Ale because it had a citrusy flavor with a touch of honey and nice blend of hops. It’s definitely a great choice for a hot day. The IPA was good, but a bit plain for me.

American Icon Brewery Menu

As usual, the seasonal beers are more where my interests lie. Right now they have a delicious sounding Blackberry Hibiscus Wit on tap, as well as a session IPA that I would want to try. The four we got are not on tap anymore, but I explain what we got below.

Our Experience at American Icon Brewery

As with most breweries we visit, we had to start with a flight. The flights at America Icon come with six beers though, so we shared. We got the following seasonal brews, in addition to the two core beers mentioned above:

  • Juice Box- New England IPA
  • Florida Heat- Blood Orange Sour
  • Liberty Berliner- Sour
  • Dragon Glass- Chocolate Lager
American Icon Brewery Flight

These were all hits in my book! My favorite was the Blood Orange Sour. It was sweet, but there a Fresno peppers in it as well that add a slight peppery flavor. Andrew’s favorite was Juice Box because of how tropical and juicy it was. We each got a pint of those after the flight. The Berliner and the Dragon Glass were both very well done as well. We found that American Icon Brewery does not have many heavy beers, which I prefer.

It was lunchtime and burgers sounded like a decadent lunch to us. I went with the Trio Sliders and Andrew went with the Icon Burger. We also got a side of fried pickles to start and they were an excellent compliment to our beer flight! Between the brews and the appetizers, we were over the moon about American Icon Brewery at this point!

American Icon Brewery Burger

Unfortunately that changed once we got our entrees. The biggest disappointment was Andrews burger. This was a “Blue-Ribbon” Burger with lettuce, tomato, bacon and AIB sauce. It was literally the blandest burger either of us had had in while. The patty looked and tasted frozen and was over cooked as well. Considering it was a $14 burger, we were shocked at how bad it was.

As for my sliders, they were decent, but definitely nothing to write home about. I enjoyed the buffalo chicken slider the most. Considering I’m not a huge buffalo chicken fan, you can imagine the other two options weren’t that thrilling. There was a small version of the Icon burger and a Short Rib Slider. I was most excited for the short rib as it has beer cheese and fried onion, but the short rib was so dry that the toppings didn’t help. If you love buffalo chicken then you would probably be happy with the full size version.

American Icon Brewery Sliders

I got a side of fries and again they were very bland. Andrew got a side of Mexican street corn that might have been the highlight of the meal, but we would have preferred it off the cob. All in all, we spent over $40 on food and would have had a better meal at Five Guys, so I can’t recommend the food here.

The Rest Of The Menu

You might have better luck with the pizza, but from the looks of it, it might be just as bad the burgers. They have five options ranging from $9-$16. There’s also a few salads, and a bunch of apps and sides that are around $10. I would seriously stick to those if you are hungry here. The Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts get a lot of praise from other online reviews, but the rest of Yelp seems to agree with me regarding the food.

American Icon Brewery Pickles

American Icon Brewery also offers a wine selection of wine and cocktails. The wine is between $7 and $10 per glass and most bottles are in the $30’s. The cocktail menu is pretty interesting with all sorts of flavors and each cost $13. It’s always nice to see cocktails offered at breweries in case there is a non-beer drinker in the group!

American Icon Brewery Specials and Events

They do have a ton of specials if you want to keep costs down. Happy hour is from 3-6 and 10-close every day and is $2 off drinks. If you dare to get a burger, it’s $5 off on Mondays. You can also get $3 tacos on Tuesday and then Ladies get half off drinks on Thursday.

Friday nights usually have a DJ from 9 PM to close and then there is live music on Saturday. American Icon Brewery also offers a brunch from 11 AM – 2 PM on Sundays. The menu looks intriguing, but with prices between $14-$18, I wouldn’t risk it. There is bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, and Flagship Beers for only $15 though! I would say go eat at Cobalt for brunch and then come here for some drinks.

American Icon Brewery

Know Before You Go

I really love what American Icon Brewery has done with the place and if I had just gone for drinks, it would have been an excellent experience. I feel like a lot of breweries feel the need to have a full menu and a lot of times it just takes away from the experience. Between this, Orchid Island Brewery and Walking Tree, Vero Beach had a great little craft beer scene. I definitely recommend this place for the brews and the atmosphere. Here’s everything else to keep in mind.

  • American Icon Brewery opens at 11 AM every day and closes at 11 PM Monday through Thursday, 1 AM on Friday and Saturday and 10 PM on Sunday.
  • There is expansive indoor and outdoor seating.
  • Dogs are allowed on the patio.
  • They offer seven core beers and some seasonal taps ranging from $5-$7. Flights cost $14 for six choices.
  • American Icon also offers growler pours and some of their core beers in cans
  • Wine and cocktails are available as well.
  • There’s actually a good vegetarian selection food wise, but it also looks pretty sub par.
  • Parking is plentiful right outside the brewery.
American Icon Brewery Vero Beach

Have you ever been to a brewery with amazing food? The only one I can think of is The Brix Project, but the restaurant aspect of that brewery came much later. Let me know if you have had a similar experience below!