Orchid Island Brewery is a three barrel micro-brewery from Vero Beach, Florida. Great care is put into our recipes to provide a unique twist on trendy styles using local Indian River citrus. We look towards the history of Vero Beach in creating beer recipes. This town was built around the citrus industry and we pay homage to where we come from. Indian River County, and the town Orchid Island more specifically, is widely recognized as a region that grows the world’s finest citrus; similar to Sonoma or Napa Valley being synonymous with high quality grapes. The geographical makeup of the island makes this possible. During the winter months when citrus is in its peak harvest, cold snaps sweeten the fruit. If the fruit freezes, it also spoils however.
What makes Orchid Island unique is its proximity to the ocean and the Indian River lagoon. During the worst winter cold fronts, the ocean and river have a warming affect over the island that keeps the fruit just above freezing. The end result is great tasting citrus which contributes to the unique OIB beers.