Orchid Island Brewery, Indian River’s craft brewery, is expanding after only a few months in business. After opening in late August 2014, the small brewery will be moving its tasting room and across the courtyard from their current location at 2855 Ocean Drive. The new tasting room should come online around December, according to an article in local newspaper TC Palm.
The brewery began its business focusing on the Indian River citrus industry and works to put local and indigenous ingredients in every batch of beer head brewer Alden Bing makes. Orchid Island’s mainstay is an India Pale Ale called Star Ruby, named for the fruit that made Indian River famous.
Orchid Island currently distributes to a few spots around town, but Bing says he is having trouble keeping up with demand in his own tasting room. The best place to try Orchid Island beers is the brewery tasting room which is currently open from 5-8pm on Tuesday through Thursday then from 5-10pm on Friday, Saturday offers 12-10pm hours, and Sunday and Monday the tasting room is closed. Look for new hours after the brewery expands.