I’ve found a new Orlando brewery that I am loving lately! If you haven’t heard of Sideward Brewing Company, then read on to learn all about this Milk District Brewery. They have a small taproom near Downtown Orlando and craft beer with big flavors
Andrew and I first came here when we were looking for something new to do in Orlando before our Epcot Fireworks Cruise. After that visit, and trying their beer at the Rocky Water Brew Fest, I have been hooked! I have no taken my family back to the taproom and have continued to love each new beer. If you are in the Central Florida area, I highly recommend checking out Sideward Brewing!
Location and Atmosphere
Sideward Brewing Co. is only a few miles away from the main section of a Downtown Orlando. It is technically in the Milk District, called this because it’s where T.G. Lee started their dairy farm. In the past few years, lots of bars, restaurants and shops have sprung up here. Sideward Brewing is one of the newest, as it just opened up in March
It’s a decent sized brewery with a large covered patio outside and a few tables indoors. When we went for Oktoberfest the place was packed, but usually you can find a table or sit at the bar. Every time I have gone, I have found the vibe to be very laid back and enjoyable. However, because of the laid back nature, sometimes it can take a few minutes to get your drink.
The Beer at Sideward Brewing Co.
The tap list at Sideward Brewing Co. currently consists of about a dozen beers, a couple of ciders and a nonalcoholic cold brew. These are brewed in house and many can be purchased as growlers or crowlers. They even have some in cans that are a lot cheaper than most craft brewery cans!
The beer styles vary, but this is one spot great for lovers of classic or trendy beers. Currently, there are four IPA’s on tap, five stouts and porters, and a handful of lighter style beers. I did have a margarita gose the first time I went, that was refreshing and flavorful, but they don’t seem to have a lot of sours otherwise. Here are the beers that we have especially loved from here.
- Cat Poster – Double Dry-Hopped NE IPA, 7.8%
- Moon Boots – Flagship IPA, 7%
- Internet Famous – Fluffy NE IPA, 7.5%
- Friends & Enemies – Coffee Milk Stout, 7%
- Margs All Day – Margarita Gose 5.8%
- Sausage Fingers – Festbier/Marzen, 6.2%
- Corporate Mandate – Amber Lager, 6.2%
- Yes Ma’am – Farmhouse Style, 6.5%
Their IPA’s are my favorite, but as you can see, there’s plenty of variety. New beers are added every month and for being open for less than a year, they’ve tried a lot of unique things already.
Food and Events
You can also order food from a small menu if you are hungry. Sideward Brewing offers some shareables like boiled peanuts and soft pretzels, as well as sandwiches. The sandwiches are $10 and under and look tasty. However, there are too many good restaurants nearby that I would eat at first, like A la Carte.
The kitchen here does make special food for events though! For Oktoberfest, you could order a few different types of sausage plates with all the classic German sides. We had just ate, but the food looked delicious. Even better, the whole place was decorated to look like a beer hall and festive music was playing.
It seems like they go all out for the events they host and I definitely want to go back for another. You can find them at Krampusfest in December for an Orlando event that sounds like a fun and unique way to celebrate Christmas.
Sideward Brewing also has a run club that meets Thursday nights at 6:30 for a group 5K. And make sure to check out can and merch drop days if you can, because you want to be the first to see their new designs. The mascot is the Grimm Reaper and Sideward Brewing has incorporated this into some surprisingly adorable designs.
Andrew and I had no idea it was Oktoberfest the first time we visited Sideward Brewing, but luckily the big crowds didn’t turn us away. They didn’t have flights here, so we each started with two tasters and ended up trying tasters of over half the menu!
It was love at first taste with the IPA’s, but I was really impressed with the special German beers they had as well. Sausage Fingers was definitely the best marzen I have had in a while! The German Chocolate Cake Beer was super indulgent and yummy too!
The next time we saw Sideward Brewing was at the Rocky Water Brew Fest. Here we got to try Cat Poster, which is one of my favorite New England IPA’s right now. Not only does it have the perfect blend of Mosaic and Motueka hops, but it also has a parody Lisa Frank can design!
After trying Cat Posters there, my family was dying to go, so we visited on a Sunday afternoon where it was still pretty busy. We got half pours again and tried more of the lagers. My Dad was especially impressed with the caramelly taste of Corporate Mandate. We of course got cans and a crowler to go and are already hoping for another visit to Sideward Brewing soon!
Know Before You Go: Sideward Brewing Company
I love to see new breweries thriving at right now Orlando has a lot of them! For a place we went to a whim, I am surprised by how much of a favorite they have become for me. I am seeing them a lot on Instagram though, so I must not be the only one! I clearly think it is worth checking out, so here’s everything to know before you do.
- Sideward Brewing opens at 3 PM Tuesday through Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. It closes at midnight on Friday and Saturday, 6 PM on Sunday and 10 PM the rest of the week. It is closed on Mondays.
- Seating is available inside and outside under a covered patio. Dogs are allowed.
- They have about a dozen of their own beers on tap costing between $6 and $8 for a pint.
- Growlers and crowlers are available for varying prices. Flights are not available, but you can get 5 oz pours for $2.50 to $3.50 and 10 oz pours for around $6.
- You can also purchase cider and cold brew here, in addition to beer.
- There is a food menu featuring mainly sandwiches and appetizers.
- Sideward sells 16 oz cans in packs of 4 for $10-$14.
- There is free parking on site.