Orchid Island Brewery is a small family owned & operated company based out of Vero Beach, FL. OIB has gained a reputation for incorporating local Indian River citrus into IPA's and sour beers. Mixing a global view and a local knowledge, the brewery has allowed us to follow a focus since our first beer was brewed in 2008. Along the way came the home brew shops, the beer competitions, the friends and the bottle share parties, the good and the bad, the collaboration trips, and the stokedness. OIB is beer and always will be.
The barrier island of Orchid and Indian River County originated around the citrus industry. The area is widely recognized as thee 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, the fruit 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 OIB's geography and climate are what lend to a deep sense of terroir, people, and community.Head Brewer Journal