Exploring Sarasota’s Top Brew Pubs for Craft Beer Enthusiasts

Sarasota, a city known for its stunning beaches and cultural attractions, has also become a haven for craft beer enthusiasts. With a growing number of top-notch brew pubs, the city offers an exciting range of craft beers to tantalize the taste buds of locals and visitors alike. From hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, and everything in between, this article will take you on a journey to some of the best brew pubs in Sarasota.

Sarasota, a city known for its stunning beaches and cultural attractions, has also become a haven for craft beer enthusiasts. With a growing number of top-notch brew pubs, the city offers an exciting range of craft beers to tantalize the taste buds of locals and visitors alike. From hoppy IPAs to rich stouts, and everything in between, this article will take you on a journey to some of the best brew pubs in Sarasota.

Calusa Brewing

Nestled in the heart of Sarasota, Calusa Brewing is a must-visit destination for beer aficionados. With a focus on small-batch, handcrafted beers, this family-owned brewery prides itself on quality and creativity. From their popular Tangerine Dreamsicle IPA to their velvety smooth Milk Stout, every sip at Calusa Brewing promises to be a flavor-packed adventure. The laid-back atmosphere, coupled with a spacious beer garden, makes it the perfect spot to unwind with friends and family.

JDub’s Brewing Company & Tap Room

JDub’s Brewing Company has established itself as a local favorite, and it’s not hard to see why. Boasting a diverse lineup of beers, including a variety of IPAs, ales, and lagers, JDub’s offers something for every palate. Their taproom provides a relaxed setting to enjoy the brews, and if you’re lucky, you might catch some live music or a fun event during your visit.

Big Top Brewing Company

Step right up to Big Top Brewing Company, where craft beer meets circus-inspired fun. This unique brewery takes inspiration from the city’s circus heritage, offering a wide selection of innovative and traditional brews. From the refreshing Circus City IPA to the dark and rich Trapeze Monk Belgian Quad, each beer carries a touch of Sarasota’s history. Don’t miss their welcoming beer garden, where you can savor your drink while taking in the Florida sunshine.

3 Keys Brewing & Eatery

For those who appreciate a cozy ambiance, 3 Keys Brewing & Eatery is a hidden gem. This community-oriented brew pub offers a warm and inviting atmosphere, making it a popular spot for locals and beer enthusiasts alike. With an ever-changing tap list featuring a range of styles and flavors, 3 Keys is a great place to discover new and exciting brews. Pair your pint with some delicious comfort food from their menu for the ultimate dining experience.

Motorworks Brewing

While not located directly in Sarasota, Motorworks Brewing, just a short drive away in Bradenton, is worth the trip for beer enthusiasts seeking a unique setting. Set in a beautifully restored car dealership, this expansive brewery and beer garden offer an impressive lineup of craft beers. With more than 30 taps pouring various styles, including barrel-aged beers, sours, and seasonal releases, Motorworks Brewing ensures there’s always something new to try.


Sarasota’s craft beer scene continues to flourish, thanks to the passion and creativity of its local brewers. Whether you’re a seasoned beer enthusiast or someone looking to explore the world of craft beer, the city’s brew pubs have something special in store for you. From Calusa Brewing’s artistic concoctions to Big Top Brewing’s circus-inspired charm, each brew pub offers a unique experience that celebrates the art of craft brewing.

So, the next time you find yourself in Sarasota, be sure to raise a glass at these exceptional brew pubs. Embrace the vibrant craft beer culture, and savor the sudsy delights that await you at Calusa Brewing, JDub’s Brewing Company, Big Top Brewing Company, 3 Keys Brewing & Eatery, and Motorworks Brewing. Cheers to good company, great brews, and unforgettable memories in Sarasota’s craft beer haven!



We started trivia about a year ago with a host referred to us by a colleague. Although the host was pleasant, he was lacking the charisma necessary to keep the players entertained and engaged. The events seemed a bit unorganized, lacking structure and flow. We eventually realized we could not grow our business to its full potential. A few guests recommend we consider Trivia Nation. We had heard the name, but, weren’t too familiar with the brand. After somewhat effortless research (Trivia Nation seemed omnipresent), we decided to partner with them on our Monday Trivia night. It has been nine months now, and we have been nothing less than thrilled with Trivia Nation’s service. The camaraderie between our “regulars” is exciting to witness. The weekly teams seem to have a special chemistry with the others teams that longtime friends possess. Finally, our host, Eric, delivers the questions and “commentary” with the right blend of witty sarcasm that makes us all smile. Oh, and did I forget to mention our sales are up 30%-35%? We average 60-80 players weekly, mostly the 25-55 demographic. Monday is now definitely my favorite night to work. I highly recommend Trivia Nation to any other restaurant or bar owner desiring to grow his or her business by increasing weekly revenue on an “off” night, while creating an energetic fun, yet professional atmosphere.

Whiskey Jax | Jacksonville, FL | (904) 634-7208

Trivia Nation was hired by V Pizza/Sidecar in 2015 in San Marco, Jacksonville FL. We quickly helped them to make Thursdays at Sidecar the thing to do in San Marco, as we averaged 50-100 players each Thursday, depending on time of season. We increased liquor/beer sales and food sales.

Since then, V Pizza has grown to 7 locations in NE FL and locations in GA and NC. Trivia Nation serves all FL Vpizza locations. We work at Fleming Island, Gainesville, Jax Beach (two nights,) Mandarin, San Marco, Ponte Vedra/Palm Valley, and Fernandina Beach.

“We use Trivia Nation at all of our Florida locations. We put them in our San Marco location originally when we had one location, and now we use them in 7 locations. Steve is an outstanding owner and his positivity is only rivaled by his amazing customer service!! Trivia Nation helps to give us a mid-week boost of increased sales and fun/tips for our staff. We recommend them to other growing brands. Easy to work with and they really help bring in the type of guest that we are looking for! Great partnership!”

Matt Carson, Operating Partner | V Pizza | Jacksonville FL | (904) 553–2723

We at Serenata Beach Club have used Trivia Nation’s services for nearly 6 years and it has been a tremendous success! We used to run our own “trivia night” for our Membership. When we reached out to Trivia Nation we felt it was a much better fit to hire them based on their professional program and reasonable pricing. It was truly one of the best changes we have ever made. Our attendance at trivia on Tuesdays has gone from an average of 50 people to between 100-150 people a night. It is great to hear the Members bragging about winning or how much they enjoyed themselves and then bringing friends with them the following week to show them how much fun it is. Our sales are up and the Members love it. The Trivia Nation team has been great to work with. This really makes our jobs easier and our Tuesday business is one of the most consistent days of the week. We look forward to more years of fun with Trivia Nation.

Serenata Beach Club | Ponte Vedra Beach, FL | (904) 823-3368

We have used Trivia Nation for four years. We used to use a local company that didn’t seem to care about whether it was busy or not. We let them go and are very pleased with our service with Trivia Nation. We average 12-18 teams (40-75 players) depending on the time of the year. They DO CARE about our success and we love our trivia hostess. I highly recommend them!

Rogue Pub | Orlando, FL | (407) 985-3778

Our first customer in Tampa was Yard of Ale in S. Tampa back in 2010. We still work there today! Sunpubs also acquired the Caddy’s Brand and now we work in Caddy’s Bradenton, Caddy’s Gulfport, Macdinton’s S. Tampa, and Macdinton’s St. Pete. Fun, Growing Brand!

“Trivia Nation is absolutely wonderful! We always have a blast on Thursday nights with the awesome Trivia hostess! They are friendly and provide awesome customer service including social media, marketing, a detail-oriented management team and so much more! Thank you for being such a wonderful company to work with!"

Macdinton’s | S. Tampa | (813) 251-8999

We hired Trivia Nation 2 years ago and nearly immediately we saw tremendous positive results. On what was a slower Wednesday, we now have 40-60 guests come in specifically for this Trivia Nation promotion, helping us to see a much more profitable and fun night. And, we are busier on other nights. They have brought in the right type of guests that are fun and spend money!

Iron Oak Post | Melbourne, FL

Irish 31 opened in Hyde Park, Tampa in 2011. We worked there and had a lot of success building their Tuesday nights very soon after it opened. But, they let us go as they tried some other promotions on Tuesday night with limited success. (This happens a lot of times with venues when we work with them in their 1st year.) They reached back out to us in 2015 to work with them again. Now Irish 31 has 7 venues and Trivia Nation services all of them on Tuesday Nights. It has been a great partnership.

Irish 31 | Tampa Bay | (813) 250-0031

It took us about a year before we tried using Trivia Nation. We have been very pleased with our ROI on Tuesdays and we now use them two nights a week. They do what they promise and they care for their customers. They are NOT full of hot air. Our place is busy when they are here.

Harp and Celt | Downtown Orlando, FL | (407) 481-2928

We have used Trivia Nation’s service on Wednesday nights now for over 10 years. We were a bit skeptical because so many other service providers didn’t seem to be the right fit. Trivia Nation listens to the concerns of the client and works hard to ensure success. We would recommend them to other pubs that want to increase sales on a slower night.

Fiddler’s Green | Winter Park, FL | (407) 645-2050

I used Trivia Nation for an event for our younger members of the society, and they absolutely loved it! They were organized and kept things interesting. I definitely plan to use them for future events.

Duval County Medical Society | Jacksonville, FL | (904) 355-6561

I have enjoyed working with Trivia Nation and witnessing the exciting, competitive and lively atmosphere they help us to create on Monday nights! We look forward to continuing our partnership with Trivia Nation and would recommend them to anyone looking to add a fun evening of trivia to their establishment.

Clear Sky Draught Haus | Dunedin, FL | (727) 286-6266

We hired Trivia Nation six years ago after doing our research on the other clients that they were working with. We have been very pleased with the results! Our staff is happy and so are our guests! (And we have new guests…) Our Thursday Trivia Nation night is a really consistently strong night now, and we can attribute over $1000 in new sales due to us hiring Trivia Nation. Their management team IS concerned about our business. They are nice people to work with and they have definitely delivered what they promised.

Broken Barrel | Palm Bay, FL | (321) 728-4755