New local brewery taproom will bring SODO a place to gather and socialize after grocery shopping at Lucky's Market (when it opens).
Rockpit Brewing (Facebook | Web) is coming to the SODO District at 10 West Illiana Street behind Cecil's BBQ restaurant. It will be a small batch craft brewery, taproom and home brew shop with rare, one-off, eclectic and everyday beers. The home brew shop will be run by Orlando Homebrew Supplies. July is the expected opening time.
The brewery is receiving an interest free $50,000 loan from the City of Orlando Small Business Façade, Site Improvement and Adaptive Reuse Program for new exterior doors, building stucco and landscaping, as well as upgraded electrical, plumbing, mechanical and life safety systems related to change of use. Total capital investment for this project (interior and exterior work) is approximately $180,000. Total eligible project costs for Rockpit Brewing, LLC under the FSARP are $121,439.
Here's a handy guide to Orlando area breweries from our friends at Orlando Date Night Guide.