9 Best Breweries in Fort Lauderdale For Great Beer

You don’t need to venture far from the beach to get your fill of craft beer in this coastal city; Fort Lauderdale is home to many of the best breweries in the state, and it’s quickly becoming a haven for lovers of local microbrews.

Whether you like hoppy pale ales, dark malty stouts, or something in between, there are many fantastic places to wet your whistle.

From small production breweries to tap houses with extensive menus and resident cicerones, here are some of the best breweries in Fort Lauderdale.

1. Gulf Stream Beer

North of downtown Fort Lauderdale is Gulf Stream Beer, a family-owned affair that loves introducing new styles on tap.

Pizza is served at this brewery to keep you from tipsy too fast. Brewed on site, their beers have won several national and regional awards.

Every brew uses seasonal ingredients; from crisp and light lagers to fruited sours or hoppy IPAs, to the Dark Side gold-medal winner.

Choose from the artsy menu with individual fonts, spelling out names like “Hold My Beer” and “Backyard Savvy”.

Invasive Species Brewing
Photo by Invasive Species Brewing

2. Invasive Species Brewing

Creeping into your heart like an invasive species, this experimental brewery in Fort Lauderdale exudes chill.

Step inside what looks like a natural museum meets warehouse – picture taxidermy-loaded walls and industrial accents.

Open 7 days a week, Invasive Species Brewing occasionally pairs up with Billy’s Kitchen for grub.

While the outside patio is great for entertaining puppers, you’ll be lured in by the daily beer menu.

Juicy IPAs and tart sour ales are highlights, but pilsners, sake-hybrids, stouts and seltzers are also offered.

3. Tarpon River Brewing

What used to be a horse barn now gives off beach-shack vibes once the shutters are rolled up!

Tarpon River Brewing is a gastropub that’ll get you through the week with themed nights and live tunes.

Sit just outside the brewing system that produces a full line of craft beer, styles ranging from lagers to sours, ales, stouts and IPAs.

In a rush? Most taps are available to go. There’s a beer-inspired menu to go with, featuring Big Ass Pretzels to PB & J Burgers.

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4. 26° Brewing Company

With bench tables for mingling in this open space, 26° Brewing Company is like an upgraded cafeteria for beer lovers.

As homebrewers tend to, this all started in a kitchen and garage, eventually growing into a 30 barrel brewhouse.

Take a virtual tour or in-person tour to see where the magic happens.

Current menu stand outs include: Jared’s Batch Amber Ale, Captain Ron Hefeweizen, IPA1A American IPA, and Ziko’s Rage Imperial Stout.

Popcorn and puppy treats are available for tag-alongs.

Funky Buddha Brewery
Photo by Funky Buddha

5. Funky Buddha

Find your zen at Funky Buddha and its plethora of brews.

As one of the largest breweries in Fort Lauderdale, they’re always coming up with funky things – like a separate game room for bonding with the homies.

Whether you join tours on weekends or drop by midweek, expect a generous menu.

Year Round beers share the spotlight with limited releases, experimental Funklightened brews, and a new series of year-round barrel-aged stouts ‘Void Shaker’.

Try their pre-chosen beer flights or indulge with the Bottomless Drink Package.

6. LauderAle Brewery

LauderAle Brewery is the first nanobrewery in Southeast Florida, bringing small-batch, electric-fired brews to their marine-industrial neighborhood.

An outdoor beer garden and daily food trucks complete the package. Basically – it’s really cool.

There are 5 main core drafts to keep those regulars happy, but the 30 rotating taps mean there’s always something new on the menu.

With over 60 beers that come in form of blondes, imperial stouts and seasonal releases, you’re set for the year.

Cider, wine and champagne are also available if you prefer the fizzies.

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7. Orchestrated Minds Brewing

More and more fun-sized breweries in Fort Lauderdale have been making waves in the scene, Orchestrated Minds Brewing included.

This nanobrewery proves that there are big flavors in small sizes, especially with a community-minded crew that prefers locally sourced ingredients.

The weekly menu refresh pushes hop forward IPAs, sours and stouts but you can expect a variety of other styles as well.

Let your mood dictate the beer of the day, whether you’re cranking out “Highly Approachable”, “Change Is Necessary” or “Gr8 Gazoo” vibes.

Sistrunk Marketplace and Brewery
Photo by Sistrunk Marketplace and Brewery

8. Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery

The only thing better than 40 beer options is pairing 40 beer options with global cuisine.

Sistrunk Marketplace & Brewery has brought a hip food hall to Fort Lauderdale’s art district.

Outdoor patio, art installations and soulful music make it the happening place.
Set within is Khoffner Brewery.

“Beer is in our blood!” they proclaim and serve up the largest 40-beers flight you’ll ever see.

From American ales and stouts to European lagers; you can try them all. For more magic, join the brewery tour.

9. Yeasty Brews

Plenty of light and color flood into Yeasty Brews, a relatively new addition to Fort Lauderdale breweries.

‘Funky and fun’ define the space as the founders, the Double D’s, are all about bonding over food and drinks.

The simple menu revolves around craft beers and hard seltzers, handcrafted in small batches for delicious flavor.

Do try their award winning beers: Hop Bombs Milkshake IPA, Heads Will Roll Pumpkin Spiced Milk Stout, and the Lord of The Trees Fruited Belgian Blonde.

Order savory house-made bites to go with them.