There’s a lot brewing in the Sunshine State, and there’s no better way to sample Florida’s growing brewery scene than by taking in the sights and flavors along the Treasure Coast Wine & Ale Trail. This fun-filled treasure hunt excursion encourages you to sip your way through the best breweries and wineries in the area, from small-batch breweries to 20 barrel distributors.

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The premise is simple. You pick up your Trail Treasure Map, then chart your course for a memorable adventure. After each stop you make, you’ll receive a stamp to add to your map. Once you’ve completed your voyage, submit your map to any of the participating venues to receive your prize.

A flight of a beer at Side Door Brewing in Port St. Lucie, FL
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A flight of a beer at Side Door Brewing in Port St. Lucie, FL

Ready to sample the crème de la crème of beers and wines in the Sunshine State? You can sample anything from fruit inspired wheat ales to double IPAs and sweet wines at the collection of breweries, and a winery, on the trail. You’re also likely to meet the brewers and can get a behind-the-scenes look at their brewing process. Most offer tours, so just ask!

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You’re spoiled for choice in pit stops along the trail, from Spoil Island Pale Ale at Pareidolia Brewing Co. to coastal inspired beers like the citrus wheat blend No Tan Lines at Islamorada Brewing Co., while the Summer Crush Vineyard and Winery serves up their famous fruit wine slushies when the weather heats up.

Head to Vero Beach for The Factory pilsner, to Hop Life in Port St. Lucie for traditional style lagers and ales, and to Mash Monkeys Brewing Co. in Sebastian for Not Your Girlfriend’s Iced Coffee. See how Orchid Island Brewery incorporates Indian River citrus into their IPA’s and sour beers, then beat the heat with a delightful pint of Wild Honey Cream Ale at Pareidolia Brewing Company.

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It would be a huge mistake to skip out on the winery portion of the Wine & Ale Trail. Summer Crush Winery checks all the boxes for a trip to a Florida winery. With its picturesque vineyards, Summer Crush produces of award-winning wines that have earned a number of international titles. You cannot take on the Wine & Ale Trail and not enjoy its popular $8 tasting, we highly recommend! A self-proclaimed “surfer dude” is the owner and operator behind Summer Crush, and he is also the artist responsible for much of the unique decor around the property.

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Take a step back in time by visiting the first brewery on the Treasure Coast, Sailfish Brewing Company, to experience its wide range of beers that embody authentic Florida. The brewers here are passionate about turning iconic Florida flavors into craft brews with a dedicated cult following.

Walking Tree Brewery
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Walking Tree Brewery

A must on any journey along the Treasure Cost Wine & Ale Trail, the award-winning Walking Tree Brewery boasts enticing pale ales and creamy stouts. The combination of creativity with science is a recipe for absolute success, and the recognition shows in the numerous awards they’ve earned.

For a full list of participating breweries and wineries, visit the official website.

You can download the map from the official website or pick one up at visitor information centers and participating breweries and wineries.

Treasure Coast Wine & Ale Trail:
Official Website

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