Today I’m highlighting another Orlando brewery, since I have been so impressed with this area lately. After recent visits to Sideward Brewing and Ten10, Broken Strings Brewery had a lot to live up to. After visiting one night in October, we found it to be an excellent option that’s very close to Downtown Orlando.
This brewery actually shared a taproom with Black Cauldron Brewing for a few years. The taproom was fittingly names Broken Cauldron! However, they have since moved out and now it is back to Broken Strings Brewery, adding it’s musical vibe to the area. I definitely recommend visiting, especially if you like IPA’s and sours. I’ll explain more reasons why it’s worth checking out below!
Location and Atmosphere
You can find Broken Strings Brewery in the heart of Downtown Orlando. It’s within walking distance to the Exploria Stadium and the Amway Center, which is actually what brought us here on our last visit. It’s away from Church Street though, on an unassuming road, with a small parking lot.
Inside the brewery is quintessential Orlando. They have a really cool atmosphere with a colorful mural of beloved musicians. There’s a bar to sit at, as well as tables and even a few couches if you want to get a comfy. There’s a few picnic tables outside, but the laid back atmosphere inside is pretty inviting. They even allow dogs inside too!
Beer List at Broken Strings Brewery
Broken Strings Brewery has four core beers, so you can usually find them and a rotating seasonal list . There are between 6 to 12 taps with all in-house brewed beer. Angry Orchard Cider, White Claw seltzer and wine is also available to those not wanting beer.
Currently the beer list consists of five IPA’s, a pale ale, a lager, a kölsch and a sour. It seems like they will have more added on tap soon! However, when I went, the list of was a lot more diverse. They were offering five sours, two IPA’s, a porter, a marzen and a Hefeweizen. So don’t count out Broken Strings if you don’t like IPA’s
Clearly this brewery brews a variety of beers and the reviews show people love them across the board. I know I did! Here are the core beers that Broken Strings Brewery is known for.
- Liquid Vinyl – Black IPA, 7% ABV, 70 IBU
- A Tribe Called Hops – New England IPA, 7% ABV, 10 IBU
- Purple Mane Pale Ale – Pale Ale, 5.5% ABV, 40 IBU
- Hefefield – Hefeweizen, 5% ABV, 11 IBU
Like I mentioned earlier, we came before seeing an Orlando Pride Game. We figured it was the perfect place to pregame right near the stadium! We even got a parking spot on the road, so we didn’t have to pay to park.
Andrew and I both started with flights and got quite a variety. I was a little disappointed to see that many of the sours were so low percent, but I was very excited about the flavors. Here’s everything we tried:
- Shania Gains – Strawberry Lemonade Milkshake IPA, 7% ABV, 10 IBU
- Beauregard’s Berry End – Blueberry Hibiscus Maple Sour, 5% ABV
- Dip Baby Dip – Cotton Candy Grape Sour with Lactose and Chocolate, 3.5% ABV, 10 IBU
- Miami Sour Machine – Tropical Fruit Sour, 3.5% ABV, 12 IBU
- 99 Luftballoons – Marzen, 6% ABV, 20 IBU
- Cholaca-laca Bang Bang – Imperial Porter, 9.5% ABV, 45 IBU
Out of all the flavors, the Miami Sour and the Berry End were my favorite. Both were a perfect balance of sweet and sour.
Andrews favorite was the Marzen, but this was October and he was on a German beer kick. We both were shocked how much we both liked the Cholaca! Neither of us are big dark beer fans, but this one was smooth and still refreshing, even for the high percent. Overall, there wasn’t a bad one in the bunch.
Broken Strings Brewery Events
If you are looking for somewhere fun to hang out, Broken Strings Brewery has it all! One thing they are known for is a weekly Open Mic. Every Friday, you can see different comedians perform for free, or even try your hand at it yourself!
They also frequently host tailgates before soccer games that even include food trucks. You can head to the stadium after, or watch from the air conditioning inside! Keep an eye on their website for future events, with everything from holiday parties to brewery yoga.
Know Before You Go: Broken Strings Brewery
For those visiting or residing Orlando, Broken Strings Brewery is an awesome spot to have a drink at. They have excellent taste in music and beer, which is the perfect brewery combination in my opinion! If you are heading to an Orlando soccer, basketball or hockey game, this is one of the closest breweries to pregame at as well. Here’s a few other things to keep in mind before going.
- Broken Strings Brewery is open from 3 PM to 9 Pm Tuesday through Thursday, 1 PM to 11 PM on Fridays, Noon to 10 PM on Saturdays and Noon to 7 PM on Sundays. It is closed on Mondays.
- Wine, cider and white claw is available in addition to craft beer.
- There is seating indoors and outdoors and dogs are allowed in the brewery.
- Food is not served on site with the exception of the occasional food truck for tailgates.
- Growler fills and crowlers are available for beer to go.
- There is free parking on site.
What’s your favorite Orlando brewery? I have now been to Sideward, Ten10, and Ellipsis in addition to Broken Strings, but still have so many more to try! For more ideas to things to do in Florida check out my Florida Bucket List.