Nestled inside a set of three, small, white home-like buildings sits the Hourglass Brewery and Tap Room. You’ll find this unique, local brewery in Longwood, Florida neighboring the historic district. Really, there is no place like it in the area. Here you can enjoy a wide variety of beer brewed on-site. The Hourglass sells their beer in bottles or you can sample and enjoy their beers, and a few other local brews, in the Tap Room.
Finding The Hourglass Brewery is fairly easy, however, finding the actual Tap Room can take a little exploring. The Hourglass Brewery sits along Longwood’s County Road 427 (aka Ronald Reagan Blvd), near 434. We parked at the first entrance we saw, and maybe if we had known to turn onto E. Maine and park in the second parking lot along the side of the buildings, we would have found the Tap Room with more ease. Instead we walked up to little house #1,…. massage parlor. Little house #2 had an “Open” sign, but was marked “Hourglass Staff Only”. Where to go then? Surely it wasn’t the third little house hidden in the shadows… to our surprise it was. The Hourglass guys kindly peeked their heads out of the brewery and directed us to the Tap Room. Suddenly,our visit took on a speakeasy feeling.
The Tap Room is an intimate room with an L shaped bar. Urban murals filled the walls enhanced with accents of bright paint, glowing from the black lights along the ceiling. About 10 or 12 beers are served on draft, 3 of which were “guest brews” (beers from other local breweries). You can order up a pint or have some fun sampling the beers at $1 per sample (each sample is just over an ounce). We had lots of fun sampling nearly each of the beers including “Doc Brown”, “Merkhat Mocha”, “Tempus Perfectum”, and “Pendulum”. Pints range from $3 – $6 (basically the higher the ABV the higher the price).
I prefered the light Autumn taste of “Tempus Perfectum” while husband, much in the spirit of Marty McFly, became a fan of “Doc Brown”. The Tap Room is low-key and a great place to relax and socialize. We visited on a weeknight, fairly early, so it wasn’t too busy. But the friendly Hourglass guys explained that they have been very busy on the weekends, having to set up outdoor serving areas.
Tours of the actual brewery are offered everyday at 6pm. We will definitely be back to check out the tour and of course enjoy some locally brewed beer. Although it is out of the way from the attractions area, the Hourglass Brewery certainly would present a unique, adventurous opportunity for Orlando visitors. For locals, it is a must. Just make sure you eat beforehand or pay a visit to their neighbor the Oasis Cuban Cafe, no food is served at The Hourglass Tap Room. Don’t expect a state-of-the-art, trendy environment. Instead you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a small business, made up of local guys who are passionate about craft beer. The Hourglass Brewery is the perfect way to taste and savor thisfloridalife.