The craft beer industry is growing so much in the burgs of Volusia that it gets a week-long, county-wide celebration.
Kicking off January 29, Volusia Beer Week showcases some of the county’s up and coming craft breweries along with brands from across the state and the nation.
According to event coordinator Ann-Marie Bays who owns Odd Elixir Meads in downtown DeLand, there are seven craft breweries currently in Volusia County with several others in the works. Additionally, a building that used to house a laundromat in Holly Hill is being converted into a craft distillery that will make vodka, rum and bourbon.
Bays says the hope is that one day Volusia County will be seen as a destination for travelers who seek out locations where they can have a robust craft beer experience.
“We’re seeing more and more travelers every weekend coming in and saying, ‘We never knew all this was here.’ With seven breweries now in Volusia County, it makes it a great weekend trip for people wanting to take the brewery tours and who are looking to have a beer-centric mini vacation.”
This year’s Volusia Beer Week Premier Events include the #DrinkVolusia Bus Tour on January 30, a beer pairing dinner called Brews & Bowties that includes 12 area restaurants partnered with 12 rare and unique beers on February 4, and the signature event on February 6, the DeLand Craft Beer Festival.
Proceeds from the three premier events benefit the MainStreet DeLand Association, which promotes and protects the town’s historic charm and character, and the Craft Beverage Community in Volusia County.
Visit the DrinkVolusia.com website for a complete schedule of Volusia Beer Week events.