• From Whiskey to Wine: Try Florida’s Adventure Coast Locally Crafted Spirits

    Raise your glass to more reasons to raise your glass! The variety of appealing artisan beverages is growing around Florida’s Adventure Coast.

    From frothy beer flights to swirling wine goblets, satisfy your adventurous palate with hand-crafted beer, wine and distilled liquors.

    Take a seat, a taste and maybe a tour.

    Marker48 beer glass

    Marker 48

    12147 Cortez Boulevard
    Brooksville, FL 34613
    Dubbed by an early critic as “Delicious Beer,” Marker 48 claims Mermaid water is a key ingredient. Many who appreciate the subtleties of craft brewing taste the attention to Marker 48 quality.

    This repurposed auto repair shop features floor-to-ceiling clear-panel garage doors, open to a beer garden. Other unique design features include whiskey barrel light fixtures and up-cycled corrugated metal and wood pallets. Driftwood is even used for the draft beer pulls. Former mechanic bays beneath the clear Plexiglas flooring were transformed to store oak barrels for aging. A popular gathering place, Marker 48 has won numerous awards for quality. Ask about a brewery tour.

    FL cracker kitchen tap room Brooksville

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    The Tap Room at Florida Cracker Kitchen

    962 East Jefferson Street
    Brooksville, FL 34601
    Small and intimate, the Tap Room is a local watering hole loaded with ambience. Sample artisanal ales, stouts and lagers crafted exclusively in Florida. The cozy Tap Room sits adjacent to the famous Florida Cracker Kitchen restaurant. From Swamp Head Hydroslide to Green Bench Happy Hermit, craft brewers reveal naming creativity to go with their savory tastes.


    Masaryk Winery FL Adventure Coast

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    Masaryk Winery

    19121 Phillips Road
    Masaryktown, FL 34604
    For a full line of such fruit table wines as blueberry, strawberry and – soon – blackberry, visit Masaryk Winery. The wine is prepared from fruit harvested within the thriving U-Picktopia public farm operation. Visit Fridays through Sundays, 10am to 8pm for seasonal produce, tours and wine tastings. Consider planning a unique event in their spacious tasting room.

    Mermaid Rum Weeki Wachee

    Photo: NJoy Spirits

    NJoy Spirits Distillery

    Chassahowitzka Wildlife Preserve
    Weeki Wachee, FL 34613
    NJoy Spirits is a family distillery located deep in the pristine Chassahowitzka Wildlife Preserve. There, they craft Wild Buck Rye Whiskey and Mermaid Rum. Both have won numerous international awards and best-of-class distinctions. Whiskey Advocate magazine rated Wild Buck Whiskey one of the top craft whiskeys in the nation. Owners Kevin and Natalie Goff proudly focus on carefully sourced ingredients and process purity. Both products are available through distributors or direct shipment.


    Sparacia Witherell Vineyard Brooksville

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    Sparacia-Witherell Family Winery

    21509 Snow Hill Road
    Brooksville, FL 34601
    Introducing high quality wines produced from Florida’s finest grapes and fruit. Find the vineyard tucked away in the northeastern Adventure Coast countryside, near the Withlacoochee State Forest. Here, the Sparacia and Witherell families collaborated to become Florida’s First Family of Wine. Find out how to join this family winery as a Founding Vintner or as part of their Family Wine Club.

    strong tower vineyard Spring Hill

    Photo: Strong Tower Vineyard Website

    Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery

    17810 Forge Drive
    Spring Hill, FL 34610
    Plan a visit to the Strong Tower Tasting Room Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. Sample their award-winning whites, reds and blush wines created from grapes cultivated on-site at Strong Tower Vineyard, a certified Florida Farm Winery. Grown, harvested, processed, aged and bottled on site, the owners welcome visitors for tastings and tours. The serene setting is also perfect for extraordinary events.

    Scientist holding beaker of beer

    Part Art. Part Science.

    More unique flavors and tasting experiences are popping up all the time. Craft brewing and distilling continues to surge in popularity worldwide. Many adventurous makers are drawn to express their creativity. Perfecting beverages from scratch takes care and patience. And before opening a business or selling to the public, makers must comply with regulations and licensing requirements.

    Whether you prefer wine, craft beer and ale or distilled liquors, stay tuned as more innovative craft beverage makers join the fizzy, foamy, sparkling Florida’s Adventure Coast scene. Download our Kegs, Casks & Corks brochure and follow the trail. Now that’s something to celebrate. Cheers!

    For more trip planning tools, including brochures and videos, visit our Virtual Vistors Center.

     Glasses Toasting with Craft Beer

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