3 Bridges Brewing/Off the Wagon Brewery & Kitchen

2017 Tamiami Trail S., Venice, (941) 497-2048, otwbar.com

Type of brewery  3 Bridges makes the beers poured at Off the Wagon brewpub

Food  Full menu of burgers, tacos, sandwiches at Off the Wagon

Beers sold elsewhere? Nope

Attractions  Ladies’ night, free pool nights, kids eat free some nights

Vibe  Venice residents eager to have a brewery to call their own

3 Car Garage Brewing Co

8405 Heritage Green Way, Bradenton, (941) 741-8877, 3cargaragebrewing.com

TYPE OF BREWERY  Small-batch brewery with taproom

FOOD  Sandwiches and hot dogs, plus occasional food trucks

BEERS SOLD ELSEWHERE? Nope

ATTRACTIONS  Trivia nights, live music

VIBE  Lakewood Ranch residents looking for a place to hang on a weekend afternoon

3 Keys Brewing & Eatery

2505 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, (941) 218-0396, 3keysbrewing.com

Type of brewery  Brewpub

Food  Burgers and salads, plus sandwiches, pizzas and weekend brunch items

Beers sold elsewhere? No

Attractions Foosball, Jenga, shady deck

Vibe  Young professionals with dogs and kids rubbing shoulders with retiree regulars

Big Top Brewing Company’s Hotter Blonde beer.

Big Top Brewing Company

6111 Porter Way, Sarasota, (941) 371-2939, bigtopbrewing.com

Type of brewery  Production brewery with taproom

Food Occasional food trucks

Beers sold elsewhere? At bars and restaurants and in stores

Attractions  Special holiday parties, fire pit, live music

Vibe  Men and women just off work, popping in from I-75 on their way home

Brew Life Brewing

5767 Beneva Road, Sarasota, (941) 952-3831, brewlifebrewing.com

Type of brewery  Small-batch brewery with taproom

Food  Occasional food trucks

Beers sold elsewhere? Negative

Attractions  Helpful staff, sports parties

Vibe  Accessible hangout for home brewers and staffers from other local breweries that’s more like a beer bar than a brewery

Calusa Brewing’s Citronious beer.

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Calusa Brewing

5701 Derek Ave., Sarasota, (941) 922-8150, calusabrewing.com

Type of brewery  Production brewery with taproom

Food  Rotating food trucks

Beers sold elsewhere? At restaurants and bars

Attractions  Cooler in taproom with rotating take-home offerings, games

Vibe  Serious-about-their-beer south Sarasota residents who snap up limited-edition bottles and cans

Darwin Brewing Co.

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Darwin Brewing Co.

803 17th Ave. W., Bradenton, (941) 747-1970, darwinbrewingco.com

Type of brewery  Production brewery with taproom

Food  Occasional food trucks

Beers sold elsewhere? At stores, bars and restaurants

Attractions  Baseball stadium across the street, special parties on the front lawn

Vibe  Sunscreen-slathered baseball fans downing a few before the game

Beers at Good Liquid Brewing Co.

Good Liquid Brewing Co.

4824 14th St. W., Bradenton, (941) 896-6381, thegoodliquidbrewing.com

Type of brewery  Small-batch brewery with taproom

Food  Visiting food trucks and delivery from nearby Greek restaurant All Greek

Beers sold elsewhere? No

Attractions  Outdoor patio, board games, yoga classes

Vibe  Neighborhood dwellers who appreciate the cider and wine on draft, too

A beer at JDub's Brewing Company.

Image: Staff

JDub’s Brewing Company

1215 Mango Ave., Sarasota, (941) 955-2739, jdubsbrewing.com

Type of brewery  Production brewery with taproom

Food  Rotating food trucks

Beers sold elsewhere? At stores and restaurants

Attractions Pretty and intimate back yard near train tracks, cheese and beer pairing events, comedy open mics

Vibe  Bearded bros mingling with yoga-flexible women

Motorworks Brewing's Low Light beer.

Motorworks Brewing

1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, (941) 567-6218, motorworksbrewing.com

Type of brewery  Production brewery with taproom

Food  Snacks, pizzas, sandwiches and pasta entrées

Beers sold elsewhere? Grocery stores and liquor stores, bars and restaurants

Attractions  Beer garden, live music, bocce ball court

Vibe  Bar game fanatics tossing cornhole bean bags on a sprawling fake-grass lawn

Naughty Monk Brewery

2507 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, (941) 708-2966, naughtymonkbrewery.com

Type of brewery  Small-batch brewery with taproom

Food Delivery from the nearby Atypical Kitchen

Beers sold elsewhere? Nope

Attractions  Pro-quality pool tables, poker and trivia nights

Vibe  Lakewood Ranch Belgian beer fans who huddle over board games

Sarasota Brewing Company

6607 Gateway Ave., Sarasota, (941) 925-2337, sarasotabrewing.com

Type of brewery  Brewpub

Food  Full menu of salads and sandwiches, killer wings

Beers sold elsewhere? Nah

Attractions Cozy fireplace, full bar for nonbeer drinkers, old-school destination that’s been open for decades

Vibe  Gulf Gate regulars who keep their own personal mugs hanging above the bar

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