If you’re like most Winter Garden locals, you have a love/hate relationship with the social media pages dedicated to ranting, raving and reviewing everything in the city. It’s a great resource when trying to find the best Winter Garden Realtors (see what we did there?) or when deciding which restaurant has the best tacos in the city. But it’s also a place where you’ll read 900 reviews of The Whole Enchilada and witness a facebook fight over bad drivers in Winter Garden Village. Hopefully, these social media sites aren’t the only place you get your info about what’s new in the city. And if it is, then you probably haven’t even heard about the brand new addition to Downtown Clermont: SunCreek Brewery
Lucky for you, we went and checked it out, and in our opinion, it’s totally worth a rave!
The spacious brewery is tucked in historic downtown Clermont off of Minneola Ave, minutes from the lake and some of Clermont’s most popular boutiques. The two-story brewery spans 4800 square feet, with plans to add 2000 more square feet early next year. The expansive taproom is complete with two sections for dining, featuring about 15 low top tables, a handful of high top tables and ample seating at both the bar and the Savoree counter. The exposed concrete walls and open ceiling give the entire place an industrial feel, while the wood-paneled walls and indoor picnic tables make it feel warm and inviting.
From the bar, you can peek over the railing and down into the space where all the magic happens. Four giant beer tanks sit up against the downstairs wall, adding to the ambiance of the entire place and serving as the starting point for all of the liquid goodness that the brewery has to offer.
Outside, there are about 20 tables under a shaded covering and additional picnic benches in the sun. The front of the brewery overlooks Minneola Ave, providing a perfect people-watching spot while you enjoy your beer.
The bar features 11 unique beer taps, and a description of each on a convenient flat screen right above the taps. According to their website, when it comes to the types of beers they offer, they “aim for the middle and then go a little off course.” From Red Ales and IPAs to Chocolate Milk Stouts and NEIPAs, the beer menu is always changing and offering beers from local breweries across the state. Don’t ask for Budweiser here, don’t be that guy. And don’t ask for bottled beer either, Suncreek is all about the cold glass, the perfect amount of foam and the fresh taste of local brews. Suncreek Brewery is a place to venture out of your beer-inspired comfort zone.
Two flat screen TVs sit above the bar, and one on the other side of the dining area, perfect for watching sports. The staff is upbeat and friendly, and they know their beers. They are happy to offer pairing suggestions based on your mood or usual beer preferences. Sitting at the bar at Suncreek is comfortable and laid back, just like a brewery should be.
If you’re concerned about balancing your beer with a lunch/dinner that is healthier, this is the place to be. The community’s favorite healthy lunch spot, Savoree, has taken up shop on the far end of the brewery. Savoree offers wraps and bowls named after Plant Street landmarks, such as the Wheel Works Wrap and The West Orange Trail Wrap. The process is easy: you walk up to the counter, order from the TV menu above and find a seat. When your food is ready, you’ll get a text, and you can pick up your food. In between the Savoree counter on the left side of the brewery and the bar on the right is the future home of Mac’d Out, a Winter Garden Market favorite and cheese lovers dream come true.
Michael Ali’s Coal Fired Pizza
If you’re not worried about a healthy balance and let’s be honest, you’re at a brewery, you can order pizza from Michael Ali’s Coal Fired Pizza next door and bring it over to enjoy. From “serious pies” like buffalo chicken and the steak, gorgonzola, arugula and caramelized red onions, these pizzas live up to their name. The strombolis are bursting with cheese, and if you’re brave enough, order the chicken wings with the crazy sauce.
While the brewery is still working out its kinks, it seems like a place the Clermont community will be able to enjoy for generations to come. There is no green/open space for kids to run like Crooked Can, but it still offers a family-friendly atmosphere. Keep an eye out for the bright orange Suncreek Brewery car magnets and stickers popping up throughout the city as locals begin to declare their love for this new local hangout. For Clermont locals, this modern brewery is a game changer. It’s contribution to the new feel of Downtown Clermont is just another reason why people are moving to the area.
Suncreek Brewery is just minutes from new developments like Magnolia Pointe and John’s Lake Landing. Clermont is also becoming home to many luxury multi-million dollar homes, many located on John’s Lake, and beautiful single family homes on large lots in exclusive neighborhoods like the Legends community. Whether you’re looking for classic Clermont real estate with a story or brand new luxury developments, living in Clermont is not what it used to be. The addition of Suncreek Brewery is just one element that is changing the way people view this hilly, quiet, beautiful city.
Erica Diaz and her team love Clermont, and have helped hundreds of families find their perfect home amongst the hills and lakes of the city. Want to know more about Clermont and if it’s the right place for you?