Orchid Island Brewery is a small family owned and operated microbrewery in sunny Vero Beach, Florida. We are currently focusing on perfecting a small number of West Coast style IPA's and Wild Farmhouse Ales. We pay homage to our agricultural roots by using local citrus zest, following the same tradition of Belgian Farmhouse breweries. Orchid Island and Indian River County was built around the citrus industry. The area is widely recognized as a region that grows the planet's best citrus.

During winter months when citrus is in its peak harvest, cold snaps sweeten the citrus. If it freezes, it 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 on the island that keeps the fruit above freezing.

The combination of our area's geography and climate are what help make OIB beers stand alone.

Head Brewer Journal

Indian River

Dating back to 1809, Indian River County has been discovered as growing the "world's finest citrus". According to our local growers, this is due to the unique climate and mineral-rich coquina soil found in this area.

Here at Orchid Island Brewery, we use the citrus from local growers in most of our beers. The citrus zest magnifies the natural characteristics of citrus within our ales. It's a true "labor of love" peeling hundreds of fruit each month, but it is the zest we find that creates the best flavor in our beer.

Local Contributors

Schacht Groves
Hamner Family
Richie Family
Barnes Family

Water From Air

Science Made Your Beer

To ensure the highest quality of water used in our beers, Orchid Island Brewery uses Konia Water: Water from Air. Our two water generators are designed to extract water from humid ambient air. The water is then condensed into a holding tank with purification and filtration system to keep the water pure. Working with Konia Water allows us to start with a "blank canvas". We then add back minerals and salts to replicate the water conditions of various regions around the world where each respective beer style originated.

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