Thirsty? Don’t Miss Gainesville’s First Magnitude Brewing Company


When writing about food and dining in Gainesville, it’s hard to bypass a place that’s really geared towards beer and beer-drinking.  First Magnitude Brewing Company isn’t a bar, but a real brewery where you can sample any number of their standard brews or a few of their seasonal specials. And, if you’re hungry, there’s usually a local food truck parked in the lot–or you can bring your own food and eat it there.

And you can drink some mighty-fine beer.  My favorites are the Devil’s Eye IPA and the URSA IPA.  They’re both “hoppy” and tasty.  And there are others brewed with hints of lemongrass, ginger, and (would you believe”) gummi bears.  Admittedly, some are not in the range of what most of us think of as “regular” brews, but–each to his or her own!

First Magnitude is open from 4 ’til 9 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  And from 2 ’til 10 on Friday and Saturday. Sunday hours are 2 ’til 9 and they’re closed Mondays.


Here’s an interesting clip from the FM website:

“Come and visit The Source, First Magnitude’s on premise tasting room, and check out our 15bbl brewing system. We are a place for you to enjoy a pint and spend time with friends -all ages welcome and we are kid-friendly. We have an indoor tasting room, warehouse/brewery space, and a large outdoor, oak-shaded beer garden.

We have 18 taps to make you smile. We’ve always got our year round brews available and seasonal and special beers are tapped weekly. In addition, we have fantastic beers from our fellow Florida breweries- the lineup is always changing. Gluten-free? No problem, we have Florida-made ciders as well.

Hope to see you here soon!

PARKING: Access FM parking during tasting room hours from Main Street. Enter at 1219 South Main Street (Continental Imports). Park anywhere you see a turquoise parking stop. Follow the signs to find the beer! If parking is full, additional parking is available all along Main Street. Biking and carpooling are strongly encouraged.

BIKING: We’ve got you covered. FM is located just off the Gainesville-Hawthorne Trail and we have lots of bike parking with more on the way. Once you get to Veitch Street (just east of Main St.), head south and we are immediately on your right. Look for the FM BREWERY sign on the trail.

FOOD: We usually have one of our fantastic local food trucks on site – check out who is there today on the website or Facebook page . You are also welcome to bring your own food and non alcoholic beverages.

Our address is 1220 SE Veitch Street, Gainesville, FL “


FM-2To find out about events at First Magnitude (there are many, including yoga and bike rides!) as well as which food trucks are scheduled, see their website at

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