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Top Craft Breweries in Indian River County

I’ll admit it, I’m not a big beer drinker, but when I do indulge, I prefer local craft beers. I’ve definitely come a long way with my knowledge over the past several years, and one thing that surprised me is that I actually prefer stouts and porters over light beers. That is the direct opposite of what I used to drink, which was usually light and fruity (Bud Light Lime). They just have such a depth of flavor that is unmatched by the light beers, and with notes of coffee and chocolate, two of my favorite flavors, what’s not to like? With a total of five breweries in Indian River County, three of which serve food (and more coming soon!), you don’t have to travel far to get a great pint of craft beer!

Now let’s dive right in and see all the amazing craft beer I tasted over the past couple of weeks while creating this article!

American Icon – Vero Beach, FL

Front Entrance
Tap & Dining Room
(Left to Right) – Icon IPA (ABV 6.5% | IBU 65), 1926 HEF (ABV 5.2% | IBU 16), American Hero (4.8% ABV | 25 IBU)
(Left to Right) – Power Plant Amber (ABV 5.5% | IBU 18), Smoked S’mores (ABV 7.8% | IBU 30), Hot Shot Bourbon (10% ABV | 60 IBU)
Street Corn Nachos – Corn tortilla chips smothered with homemade nachos cheese, shredded lettuce, fresh Pico de Gallo, roasted corn, avocado crema, and topped off with spicy cotija cheese.

Located on a two acre site right in the heart of downtown Vero Beach, American Icon Brewery is one of the most unique breweries you will find on the Treasure Coast. In operation now for almost 4 years (opened fall of 2017), this place definitely has atmosphere to spare. The founder, Michael Rechter, is a real estate developer, investor, and entrepreneur from South Florida and spared no expense when renovating this building. Rumor has it that he invested close to 6 – 7 million dollars into this project. Co-owners, Carl Berry and Jason Emmett from the Paradigm Hospitality Group took over the day to day operations in October 2019 have updated the menu and added several new beers to the tap list. From the expansive industrial designed interior, the old 750-kilowatt diesel engine generator being transformed into where the beer taps are located, and a gastropub style menu, this is one brewery experience you won’t soon forget!

American Icon Brewery
Address: 1133 19th Pl, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 934-4266

Mash Monkeys Brewing Company – Sebastian, FL

Front Entrance
Tap Room
(Left to Right – Front To Back) – Acqua Pazza (ABV 6.5% | IBU n/a), Not My Porter (ABV 5% | IBU 52), Il Separatio (6.7% ABV | 9 IBU), Revenge (4.5% ABV | 26 IBU), Mutiny 7.6% ABV | 29 IBU)

Owners Derek Gerry and Patrick Kirchner first opened Mash Monkeys in March 2018 as the ninth brewery on the Treasure Coast. They signed the lease in 2017, but didn’t open until a year later due to the extensive remodel. During my visit, I asked Derek how they picked the name “Mash Monkeys” He states “The name Mash Monkeys refers to the blue collar lives they’ve lived up until now. Patrick was a mechanic, aka a “Grease Monkey”, and Derek cooked professionally, aka a “Stove Monkey”. Now that they are brewers, they are “Mash Monkeys”. When visiting a new brewery, the owners recommend you always order a flight of beers so you can try several different varieties in one visit to help you discover and find one that you like. While they don’t sell food, there are a few restaurants close by that you can order take out and bring it over to the brewery and enjoy.

Mash Monkeys Brewing Company
Address: 920 US-1, Sebastian, FL 32958
Phone: (772) 571-6283

Pareidolia Brewing Co. – Sebastian, FL

Front Entrance
Tap & Dining Room
(Left to Right) – Mel’s Gold (ABV 5.2% | IBU 22), Mythical Proportions (ABV 6.9% | IBU 43), Rippin Red (6.2% ABV | 52 IBU), Sebastian Stout (5.2% ABV | 28 IBU)
Smoked Brisket Poutine – Tator tots, white cheddar cheese curds, smoked beef brisket, brown gravy, green onions

Owners Pete and Lynn moved to Sebastian from the Pacific North West in 2014 and were shocked at the lack of craft breweries in the area, so they decided to open the very first craft brewery in Sebastian! As avid home brewers for over 20 years, it only made sense to follow their passion and open Pareidolia Brewing Company. When I first heard the name, I had no idea what it meant, so I did a little research. Its pronounced “PARR-I-DOH-LEE-AH” and it’s definition means “The psychological phenomenon that causes some people to see a vague or random image of something significant.”  So what does that mean exactly?  By using your imagination you can see faces in everyday common objects, hence their slogan “Face it, beer is good!” Don’t stop for food before you visit them, because they have an extensive menu of Pub style grub “crafted” by Pete’s wife Lynn, that includes sandwiches, hot dogs, poutine, flat breads, and more!

Pareidolia Brewing Co.
Address: 712 Cleveland St, Sebastian, FL 32958
Phone: (772) 571-5693

Sailfish Brewing Co. – Vero Beach, FL

Tap & Dining Room
Outdoor Patio
(Left to Right) – Sailfish Lager (ABV 4.8% | IBU 20), White Marlin Wit (ABV 5% | IBU 17), Sunrise City IPA (7% ABV | 77 IBU), Hyon Chai (5.4% ABV | n/a IBU)
Poke Bowl – Ahi tuna, Jasmine rice, candied pickled jalapenos, cucumber, red onion, Wasabi aioli, sweet soy

As one of the largest craft brewers on the Treasure Coast, they first opened their doors 9 years ago in Fort Pierce in what is known today as Pierced Cider Works. They quickly outgrew that location and moved to the large warehouse on 2nd Ave. This gave them ample room to grow and brew large quantities of craft beer. In their quest for world craft beer domination, they decided to expand into Indian River County and they just opened (Oct 2021) their first craft beer outpost. While they are not actually brewing in IRC yet, 8 of their most popular beers are on tap, with hopes soon to brew a few specialty beers just for the Vero location. The taproom also includes a kitchen with a brand new chef and menu to tempt your taste buds! The menu features light bites and more filling items like flat breads, a poke bowl (featured above), and a smash burger.

Sailfish Brewing Co. Vero Beach
Address: 2855 Ocean Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 842-0224

Walking Tree Brewery – Vero Beach, FL

Tap Room
(Left to Right Front Row) – Treasure Kolsch (ABV 5.5% | IBU n/a), Walking Tree IPA (ABV 7.1% | IBU 50), Mr. D’s Dortmunder (5.5% ABV | 25 IBU), (Left to Right Back Row) Babycakes Oatmeal Stout (5.1% ABV | 26 IBU), Red Walking Tree IPA (6.2% ABV | 51 IBU)

Established in June of 2016, Walking Tree just celebrated their 5th anniversary this past summer. The brewery is located on Dodger Road, just a few hundred feet off of Aviation Blvd (near the airport), in a building with some interesting history behind it.  It was constructed in 1945 by the US Navy and used as an aviation supply warehouse during WWII. With dart boards, corn hole and a giant Jenga game, there’s plenty to keep you busy as you enjoy your beer. As for food options, you can bring take out from any local restaurant, or you can get food on the weekends from a local food truck. I also heard they are in the process of putting in a full commercial kitchen and plan to start serving food in 2022!

Walking Tree Brewery
Address: 3209 Dodger Rd, Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone: (772) 217-3502

Thomas Miller

My name is Thomas Miller, aka “The Treasure Coast Foodie” and “The Foodie Guy” and now the host and producer of the brand new show called Holy Grail Eats! I’ve been a professional food blogger for the past 8 years and I’m very passionate about finding “Holy Grail” dishes and supporting local mom and pop owned restaurants! I’ve reviewed over 300 local restaurants in the last 8 years and my food photos are devoured by 10’s of thousands each month on my website treasurecoastfoodie.com. As a Google Maps Level 8 Local Guide, I have submitted over 3,300 photos that have been viewed over 60 million times. My foodie tribe is over 125,000 strong on the Treasure Coast and my Foodie Meetups and Chef’s Table Dining events are some of the Top Culinary experiences on the Treasure Coast!

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