Dunedin Brewery needs to be on everyone’s must visit list. While we were walking around Main Street we found this place to be the perfect escape from the hot outdoors. Having a cold draft beer in a cool bar always makes our Florida summers more bearable.
Just off the historic downtown area, it was a short walk and we were inside and seated at the bar in no time. While the actual bar area with bar stools is a bit small, there are lots of tables in the large dining room that also shares the space with the brewing equipment. They even have a patio with additional seating, but you miss out on the cool brewery vibe.
The list of house brewed beers was a lot larger than expected, but we both found our picks almost immediately. Today’s craft beer selection had all kinds of flavor profiles and ABV (Alcohol By Volume) content, ranging from 4.3% to 7%. Beers were poured quickly and we also ordered an appetizer. The kitchen is rather small, but they were cranking out the food very fast and the burgers looked amazing. We had our food in maybe 10 minutes.
Hefe Man ($6.00, 5.0% ABV) – a Hefeweizen beer brewed with orange peel. The beer was a bit hoppy with a faint hint of orange. Jeff enjoyed the flavor and said it a great choice. Apricot Peach Ale ($4.00, 6.0%) – a fruit beer brewed with (you guessed it) apricot and peach. They totally had me at the first sip. The fruity aroma was just enough to give you a hit at the flavor. This beer was smoother than expected and had a great balance of apricot/peach and bitterness. I usually don’t enjoy a bitter beer and this had just enough for me.
Dunedin-style Poutine ($10.00) – tater tots & breaded white cheddar cheese curds, topped with pulled pork tossed in Snakebite sauce & green onion. A HUGE portion was actually more than enough for the two of us for lunch. The mixture of fried cheese curds and tater tots was perfect and gave variety to taste and texture.
The fried cheese curds were clearly the star and had a bit of a chew. AWESOME. I was actually searching for the curds in the plate and tried to eat as many as I could before Jeff catch on. The pulled pork was smoky and fresh, making us wonder if they smoke it themselves or get it somewhere else in town. The Snakebite sauce is an amped up hot sauce which went quite well and tied the whole dish together. This dish certainly is not the healthiest around. I think the diet was starting soon, but not today.
Dunedin Brewery is also one of the oldest microbreweries in Florida and we recommend any craft beer lover or pub food fan check them out. It’s a cool spot to hang out and just relax as well and the menu is actually quite diverse.
You can eat light if you want and order a salad (they looked fresh and really good from our seat) and splurge on a few beers. Service is prompt and friendly, with a casual vibe. They also have live entertainment, so check the website for bands and times.
Dunedin Brewery is located at 937 Douglas Avenue, Dunedin, FL.