Story by Courtney Murray
American brewers are front-runners in the craft beer movement and Pensacola, FL is taking its place in the lineup. Pensacola is a city rich in history, from pirates and conquistadors, to fisherman and fighter pilots they have a very full past and an exciting future ahead. Known for their beautiful beaches and eclectic downtown restaurants, the city has been quickly adding to their local watering holes, with breweries at the top of the list.
If you are looking for something unique and fun to do, visit Pensacola Bay Brewery and experience an exciting tour of this charming brick brewery from some of the best in the business. They are considered a micro-brewery and pour their heart and soul into each locally made batch of beer. They take their beer making seriously and you can now enjoy their brews up and down the Emerald Coast. They utilize their skills and creativity to take a spin on classic brews, all without chemicals or added preservatives; now that’s refreshing!
Gulf Coast Brewery is changing the game in Pensacola and offers so much more than beer with exciting cigar and wine lounges as well. Explore their wine list including bottles from around the world while catching up with friends or pick out a unique cigar from their extensive inventory in their walk in humidor. You can even rent a locker to store your cigar until your next visit. The made on-site beers will keep you coming back for more. However, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your couch to enjoy their beers. Now you can fill up a growler of your favorite brew and take it home with you.
McGuire’s Irish Pub is one of America’s great steak houses known for their “feasting imbibery and debauchery”. Their electric atmosphere is simply contagious with over one million signed dollar bills dangling from the walls and ceilings of the Pub. They first opened their doors in 1977 as a small neighborhood bar before moving to their Pensacola location in 1982, residing in Pensacola’s original 1927 Old Firehouse. You can also enjoy the same delicious food and festive live entertainment at their location along the stunning Destin Harbor. Their cold Ales, Porters and Stouts are brewed on site in an oak and copper brewery using the finest ingredients including their own house yeast. Come by for a brewery tour and sample a taste from their five regular beers or their rotating seasonal.
Located just outside the front gate of an old Navy training helicopter field lies an unexpected business with an even more unexpected name, Goat Lips Chew & Brewhouse. Nested amongst majestic oak trees is a unique deli, grill and pub converted from an industrial park. By day they are serving up delicious specialty sandwiches, homemade soups and fresh salads and their dinner menu consists of mouthwatering comfort food. Visit their Sport’s Pub and choose from their variety of over 40 beers, the perfect finish to your home cooked meal. The Redneck Riviera Brewing Project was inspired by a trip with two friends, Tim Roberts and Tim Moore to Sierra Nevada’s annual Beer Camp. Their mutual love of handcrafted beers and the process of creating new brews led to a three year journey towards adding a brewing operation to Goat Lips.
If you’re looking for a fresh seasonal beer, wander on over to A little Madness Brewing Company where you can enjoy beers made using sustainable techniques, including using solar panels to brew. They are currently making two delicious kinds of beer, ales and lagers. The brewery groundbreaking is set for this spring, so get your mugs ready. Drink fresh and drink local!