10 Photos That Will Make You Want to Have a Pint at the Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida

The Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida

Have you ever wondered what micro breweries do when demand is stretched beyond supply? Beer aficionados have had their standards raised recently. Watered down domestics are OK at the Moose Lodge or at the $10-all-you-can-drink nightclub on Friday night, but for those who truly appreciate beer, micro and craft breweries fill that need.

The Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida

Back to supply not meeting demand for a minute. Micro breweries are called micro for a reason. These brewmasters are kicking out small batch kegs and bottles of some really tasty stuff. Make good stuff and the people want more of it. But what do you do when your craft brewery has reached maximum capacity? You contract with the Brew Hub.

The Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida

Alright Central Floridians. Tell me you haven’t seen this building before when driving from Tampa to Orlando on I-4.

You can’t miss it. There’s a 25 foot beer bottle carved into the facade. Not to mention the six foot beer caps hung outside as decorations. With over 50,000 square feet of space this is a massive plant aiming to produce massive amounts of craft beer. Three cheers for that!

The Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida

We visited Brew Hub on a Sunday afternoon. Oh yes my friends, you can visit Brew Hub. They have a killer Tasting Room. My husband and I were on our way to Tampa from Orlando and I thought it would be fun to stop in for a tasting and grab lunch.  The day that we visited there were 24 beers on tap. Well…actually 23…I was gung-ho on getting a pint of the Funky Buddha More Moro Blood Orange IPA I’d sampled at the Four Seasons a few weeks back, but alas, our bartender Jessica had just served the last half pint of it. Insert crying emoji here.

The Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida

There were beers from BJ’s Brewhouse, Cigar City, Uinta Brewing, Funky Buddha, Orange Blossom Brewing, and several of Brew Hub’s own specialty brews.

The Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida

With so many new-to-me beers of course I got the beer sampler. There’s really not a priced “sampler” on the menu per say, you just order as many 5 oz. pours as your little heart desires. There’s a cool setup that displays four of the five ounce samples, and since it was just 12:30 pm, I didn’t want to set myself up for a nap for the rest of the day, so I went with four selections that set me back $12.

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Funky Buddha Hop Gun IPA – (5 oz) $2
Uinta Detour Double IPA – (5 oz) $3
Cigar City Cafe con Leche NITRO Milk Stout – (5 oz) $3
Brew House Bourbon Milk Stout – (5 oz) $4

Our bartender Jessica was happy to pour me a tiny bit of any of the beers that I was curious about when selecting the four beers I wanted in my sampler. Because we were seated at the bar, this made things a tad bit easier. My husband, who really isn’t a beer drinker, got to sample a limited edition brew that he really liked. It was also something that I had never tried before, Brew Hub Bourbon Barleywine. At 12% ABV this English barleywine should only be enjoyed on a one-pint-night.

The Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida

Brew Hub has an abbreviated pub grub menu if you need some nibbles with your beverages.

The brewery also offers growlers so you can take your favorites home with you! Growlers are $7 and they hold 32 oz., so you just double the price of a pint and add $7 to get the total cost. Each beer has a different price point. The nice thing about the growler is once you’ve paid the $7 you just bring it back on your next visit for a refill and pay only for the beer.

The Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida

Right now Brew Hub isn’t offering brewery tours, but you can see the operation directly from the Tasting Room. Our bartender told us that brewery tours should be starting up very soon.

The Brew Hub in Lakeland, Florida

The Brew Hub was a nice stop over on our way to Tampa. The Tasting Room was modern and Jessica, our bartender was excellent and happily answered all my questions. Oh… and the beer was cold and damn tasty. I’m planning on returning soon. For hours of operation and to see what beers are on tap visit BrewHub.com or call 863.698.7600. Oh and the directions to the place coming from Orlando off I-4 look really convoluted, but just trust Google maps and you’ll get there…after going under and over 1-4 three times.

Brew Hub {Where Craft Brewers Go to Grow}
3900 S Frontage Road
Lakeland,Florida 33815
863-698-7600
BrewHub.com