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Orlando craft beer bars

A sampling of places to get the best brews in town

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If craft beer is an art, Tap & Grind is the graffiti artist that tags it and makes it better. Their rotating selection of beers filtered through extra ingredients like vanilla beans and berries is great, but actually talking about beer styles to a knowledgeable (and not snobby) staff member is a sure-fire way to consume multiple rounds without noticing.

The Thirsty Topher
1609 Alden Road, facebook.com/thethirstytopher

It’s common to keep your cold ones in a separate fridge in the garage, but this new addition to Ivanhoe Village is actually a converted garage, door and all. Two buddies joined forces and have painstakingly renovated what was once a concrete box, into a warm and inviting oasis along the Alden warehouse row. Sure to be a hit with the welders, artists and craftspeople in that neighborhood before/after your usual happy hour.

World of Beer
3402 Technological Ave., 321-235-9741; 7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd., 407-355-3315; 155 Cranes Roost Blvd., Altamonte Springs, 407-834-2337, wobusa.com

This Tampa-based craft-beer chain now has three franchise locations in Orlando, and they all have one very important thing in common: They are temples to craft beer. Tons of changing drafts, walls of coolers full of enough bottled beer to drown an elephant and a laid-back, friendly environment in which to consume it.

Yellow Dog Eats
1236 Hempel Ave., 407-296-0609, yellowdogeats.com

Everyone loves this converted country store with its bit of upscale hippy vibe. It simultaneously calms and inspires you once you shuffle in the front doors. Most people head here to sample the food menu, but the beer selection is fairly brag-worthy too. If you haven’t been before, try to time your visit with a live show on the Pinterest-worthy patio.

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