The Ultimate Beer Quest in Daytona Beach

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By Heather Turk

The Daytona Beach area is home to several unique locations that always have something tasty on tap. In fact, the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau recently launched the Daytona Beach Ale Trail to spotlight several taprooms and breweries throughout the county of Volusia, each one passionate about the types of beer they serve.

At The Half Wall Beer House in New Smyrna Beach, beer lovers will find 76 craft beers on tap and more than 100 types of bottled beer from a wide range of breweries including Cigar City and SweetWater. Selections are rotated frequently, so repeat guests always have something new to enjoy. Draft beers cost around $6 with bottled beers priced around $4.50.

Inside The Half Wall Beer House’s New Smyrna Beach location

Inside The Half Wall Beer House’s New Smyrna Beach location

New Smyrna Beach Brewing Company specializes in its own frothy creations offering a variety of fresh-brewed beers like its popular Shark Attack IPA and Disappearing Island Apricot. Several seasonal brews are on tap, too, such as the can’t-miss Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter. Pints range from $5 to $6 with flights costing $7.

Sour beer is the favorite style of brewers Pete Szunyogh and Jen Hawkins at Tomoka Brewery in Ormond Beach. Its taproom serves sours brewed on-site as well as more traditional ales and lagers from its sister pub in Port Orange, Tomoka Brewing Company. Beers cost $6 with discounts available for ladies on Wednesdays. On Mondays, guests who buy a beer with a pizza get another beer free—try Tomoka’s famous beer crust pizza!

Another local favorite is Daytona Beach Brewing Company, which specializes in small batch artisanal ales like the Daytona Blonde and Halifax Hefeweizen. Guests can drink their selection in the brewing facility’s 50-seat tasting room with prices ranging from $5.25 for a 16-ounce pint to $6 for a high gravity 13-ounce pour. Tours of the brewery are also available for those who want a closer look at the production process.

With nearly a dozen locations on the trail, you’ll want to plot your course to visit as many as possible. Luckily, there’s a mapping function online to help you figure out which breweries and taprooms are close by. Now all you have to do is find a designated driver to take you everywhere! For more on the Daytona Beach Ale Trail, visit daytonabeach.com

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