Craft breweries have been popping up across the nation, making it no surprise that they’re now trending as some of the most popular places to get hitched. So what is about the beer scene that has young couples flocking to the hottest new breweries? For starters, a number of brew-houses have opened in historic buildings where the renovations have maintained a rustic feel that’s been highly sought after by venue seekers. With old wooden tables, stained glass windows, and industrial floors plans, a majority of wedding decor is already built into the atmosphere. In addition to the physical environment, breweries also offer a wide selection of unique brews made on site (sometimes including spirits as well)! So what are you waiting for? Check out our top five Florida Brewery recommendations below:
1. Green Bench Brewing Co. (St. Petersburg, FL)
Prided as St. Pete’s first microbrewery, Green Bench has a 1,500 sq. ft. tasting room with a large observation window overlooking the brewery. The venue embodies a “cool, calm, and collected” feel with it’s outdoor beer garden, allowing guests to move in and out of the reception space as they please. This location can accommodate up to 100 guests indoors, offers 15 beers on tap at any one time, and offers an amazing outdoor movie theater. They’ll also help you book live music or food trucks from local restaurants.
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2. Funky Buddha Brewery (Oakland Park, FL)
Funky Buddha Brewery is the perfect venue if you’re looking to stay close to Miami and keep the costs down. The Grand Banquet Hall can accommodate 50 – 150 guests and consists of beautiful reclaimed wood, vintage barn tin, polished concrete, and rustic red bricks. You’ll have several beer packages to choose from, including an open bar, premium bar, cash bar, and even a natural soda station! Tantalize your guests with a low-country barbecue menu or keep it elegant with their “Snowed In” three-course meal. The choice is yours.
3. Aardwolf Brewing Company (Jacksonville, FL)
This 1920’s Ice House was recently renovated with the original red brick walls still intact. It’s a unique spot, sitting beside dormant railroad tracks and in close proximity to St. John’s River. The high ceiling lamps, soft lighting, and pallet beer menus will make you fall in love the minute you walk through the doors. They’ve also got a beautiful outdoor courtyard with a wooden walkway, ideal for wedding ceremonies. And while it might be hard to find pet-friendly breweries in many parts of the state, Aardwolf’s Taproom welcomes participation from your furry friends too!
4. Coppertail Brewing Co. (Tampa, FL)
Coppertail Brewing features high loft ceilings, an open floor plan, and exposed brick and industrial furnishings that are right on the mark for nautical decor. They’re located near the port of Tampa and have capitalized on a funky underwater themed bottle label for unique brews like “Night Swim” and “Free Dive”. The modern industrial atmosphere, enhanced by uncovered duct work and metal beams, is ideal for any microbrewery fan! Coppertail can accommodate 40 – 100 people and provides access to a beautiful outdoor deck and patio.
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5. River City Brewing Company (Jacksonville, FL)
River City Brewing is not your typical brewery! If you’re looking for a more sophisticated and classy venue, look no further. Both the Bridge Room and the Acosta Ballroom overlook St. John’s River and have a phenomenal view of the downtown skyline. With European antiquities and five-star rated cuisine, you’ll be surprised by the English and German brews being cranked out of this facility. River City can accommodate up to 220 guests, offers all inclusive packages, and even a full liquor bar.
Whether you’re into a sleek, clean, industrial look; a rustic, old-timey vibe; or a polished, elegant ambiance, these breweries are at the top of our list to satisfy your passion for craft beer AND the ceremony of your dreams.