Monday, September 21, 2015

Keel & Curley Winery and Two Henrys Brewing – Plant City, FL

We’ve been making our way to as many local breweries as possible when we have days off together.  We had bought a CL Deal for Keel & Curley winery awhile ago and finally had a day off recently to go check it out.  They specialize in fruit-infused wines – but also a few years back launched a brewery on site as well called Two Henrys Brewing (named for Henry B. Plant and Henry Flagler). 

The winery/brewery is located on a pretty big property with a large back patio overlooking a lake and vineyards.  We visited pretty early in the afternoon so it was pretty quiet, but the crowds started showing up and filling the tasting room as the day went on. 

I had a wine flight and Lance sampled their beers.  Their most popular wines are their blueberry varieties, but I also tried flavors like Key West Key Lime, Black Raspberry Merlot, Tangerine Zinfandel, and Peach Chardonnay.   

Personally I actually preferred their beers.  The wines were much too sweet for me (I probably would have liked them more a few years back, but I’m starting to enjoy beer more than wine at this point.  But my favorite of the wines was the semi-dry blueberry. 

Of the beers, the one that stood out to me was their Roasted Jalapeño Blueberry Porter – it didn’t seem too spicy at first, but you could taste the jalapeño kick in the aftertaste. 

They offer a tour around their property by tractor – they do charge, but since we had plenty to spend with our CL Deal, we decided to take a ride.  Our guide told us all about the history of the winery and we got a backstage tour of their facilities. 

For a local stay-cation, I think it’s definitely worth heading to Plant City to check this place out. 

Keel & Curley Winery and Two Henrys Brewing is located at 5210 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City, FL 33565 and is open 2pm – 7pm Monday – Wednesday, 2pm – 9pm on Thursday, 10am – 11pm Friday – Saturday, and 11am – 7pm on Sunday. 

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