Craft Beers Pour into the Paradise Coast with Each Naples Brewery

By Eric Snider
Riptide craft beer and Naples brewery

“You can go golfing, fishing, dining, and shopping on Florida’s Paradise Coast — and now you can go craft beer hopping,” says a smiling Scott Alexander, co-owner of Riptide Brewing Company. He’s sipping a Paddlepuss Blonde Ale in his micro-brewery’s cozy tasting room, just a few short blocks from 5th Avenue South, Naples’ main dining and shopping thoroughfare.

Florida’s Paradise Coast has several craft breweries, including Riptide downtown, Bone Hook Brewing Company in North Naples, Ankrolab Brewing in the Bayshore Arts District, and Oil Well Craft Beer in Ave Maria.

These spacious and casual beer emporiums have become local social hubs as well as great finds for visitors seeking an experience a bit different from the area’s bevy of upscale diversions. And nothing signals a destination’s youth movement like a craft beer scene (and the food trucks that come along with it).

At Ankrolab they utilize the newest technology of reverse osmosis (the RO in Ankrolab) to strip the source water of everything. So their starting water is, in fact, so pure that they must reintroduce minerals before it is usable. Once the beer has been brewed, they even go a step further and pair it to a glass that best suits its flavor profile, mouthfeel, and aromatic experience.

Oil Well Craft Beer is in beautiful Ave Maria and sits in the heart of some of the state's most pristine wilderness and rich farmland.  With relationships with several local farmers, they are dedicated to sourcing local ingredients for our beer whenever possible.

Riptide came online in 2015 after Scott Alexander and two of his home-brewer friends decided to take their invite-only man cave (with 24 taps) to a commercial space. Bone Hook opened the following year.

Now visitors can grab a barstool at one of these taprooms and order an Undertow IPA (Riptide), a Radar Love Golden Ale or Sandbar Surfer (Bone Hook), a Keewaydin Crusher Light Ale — along with dozens of other innovative, handcrafted flavors.

These breweries share a culture of easygoing fun, adventurous libations — and inclusiveness. “One of our mottos is ‘come as you are,’” Scott says, “whether you’re in a suit from work or in a bathing suit from the beach.”