Orange County Brewers is planning to open a second taproom in the Orlando International Airport.
On social media, the Lake Mary brewery announced its plans to open another location at the airport. Orange County Brewers has a 1,200-square foot taproom at the airport's Terminal C, which opened last fall.
Why it matters: Breweries create jobs and attract other businesses. Local businesses can be used as food and drink options at airports to expand the audience of a brewery and add local flavor.
Jeremy Roberts said that in an Instagram post, the Orange County Brewers founder and president would co-locate the brewery in Terminal A with a Starbucks.
"You can get out of an airplane and we will be representing the industry," Orange County Brewers Head Brewer Kent Waugh told Orlando Business Journal previously.
There is also a 3,600-square foot Lake Mary location at Park Lane Plaza, 1117 International Pkwy. This taproom is equipped with a full-service kitchen, which includes burgers and sandwiches, as well as salads. There are 12-16 different styles of beer on tap. There is also an outdoor seating area.
Orange County Brewers craft beer flavors include everything from green tea to a hint or coconut and chocolate.
Executives from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority and the brewery were not available to comment immediately.
There are also other breweries at Orlando International Airport. Orlando Brewing Co., for example, has a taproom located in Terminal C.
The Boulder, Colorado-based Brewers Association has tracked over 550 new brewery openings, and 200 closures, in the U.S. in 2022. Bart Watson is the chief economist of the group. He expects that openings will be at their lowest level in a decade in 2023.
Watson stated in a statement that the maturing craft sector continues to grow competitive. It faces both internal and external business pressures, as well as the continued growth of beverage alcohol competitors. Craft brewers, who are known for their flexibility and innovation, will need to adapt as they grow in order to keep up with the new generation of beer drinkers.
Florida will have 396 breweries by 2022. This is up from 374 breweries in 2021. Despite this growth, Florida's ranking in the United States dropped from No. According to the Brewers Association, despite this growth, New Jersey dropped in the rankings of all states from No. According to the Brewers Association, the Brewers Association ranks 9th for the most locations. There are over 30 breweries in Orlando and taprooms located throughout the four counties of the metro area.
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