April 7 probably doesn’t mean a thing to you, but this year it marks National Beer Day, so put a reminder in your phone to go out and celebrate after work at one of your favorite Pensacola Breweries.
In 2019, Pensacola was ranked No. 9 in the country in breweries per capita, so there are plenty of options to choose from, each with a unique experience to offer.
While you may already have a preferred brewery of choice, take a gander at our list below and see if you find a new favorite.
50 E. Garden St.
Perfect Plain is a bit of an experience that goes beyond craft beer, thanks to the fact that it’s adjoined with two of its sister bars: The Well and Garden and Grain.
Located in downtown Pensacola, the brewery is rooted in history. From the portions of the building dating back more than 75 years to the mural of Rachel Jackson, who described Pensacola as a “perfect plain.”
With an always-rotating cast of beers and lively events, there’s always a reason to stop by Perfect Plain and see what’s new. Follow them on Instagram to stay on top of what’s happening.
And did we mention there are tacos? Tacos Mexicanos has a permanent food truck parked out back, so when it comes to that time of the night when tacos sound good, they’ve got you covered.
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Gulf Coast Brewery
500 E. Heinberg St.
Gulf Coast Brewery is one of Pensacola’s original breweries, opening in 2016, just when the craft brewery craze was first blowing up. However, the owner, Elliot Eckland, made his first batch of home-brewed beer more than 20 years ago.
What makes Gulf Coast Brewery so special is undoubtedly the fun atmosphere it creates. Inside the taproom is a small cigar shop, and the brewery has its own bottling production space where you can go out and play games like cornhole or ping pong.
With over 23 beers on tap, there’s something to like for everyone.
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Emerald Republic Brewing
1414 W. Government St.
While Emerald Republic Brewing was out of commission for several months due to storm damage it sustained from Hurricane Sally, the brewery is now open how owner Phillip Zayas originally envisioned the concept.
Continuing a running theme among Pensacola’s most successful breweries, Emerald Republic has another unique aesthetic with eclectic chairs and couches, black and white murals and more.
Since reopening, there is now a permanent food truck parked in front of the brewery that invites a rotating array of guest chefs to dish out a handful of their best creations.
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Goat Lips / Redneck Riviera Brewing Project
2811 Copter Road
Veering away from downtown, you’ll find a quaint nano-brewery set up inside goat Lips Chew and Brewhouse called the Redneck Riviera Brewing Project.
The combination of the huge location and the nano-brewery allows patrons to grab a bit to eat, hang out inside or out on the back patio and enjoy plenty of fun events like Krazy George’s karaoke.
Odd Colony Brewing Company
260 N. Palafox St.
Odd Colony Brewing Company embraces seasonality when it comes to everything from the beer they brew to the art that lines the walls. Stepping a bit away from the IPA-heavy trend that abounds in Pensacola, Odd Colony offers up more selections that focus on lagerbier and saisons, though you can find your IPAs, too.
Perhaps its best-kept secret is the food truck parked out front, usually Wednesday through Saturday – MI SU Street Food. Grab your beer of choice and a spicy chicken sandwich that will put the bickering over who has the best sandwich to bed.
Big Top Brewing Company
21 W. Romana St.
Big Top Brewing Company began in Sarasota, Florida, where it was one of the first local breweries in the area. It has since expanded into Pensacola, Bradenton and Gainesville.
You’ll find a good variety of beer on tap such as the Hazy Sky Wire Neipa, Intercoastal Amber Ale and more. And while there may not be a permanent food truck parked outside, there is a kitchen where you can order traditional pub food.
Coastal County Brewing
3041 E. Olive Road
Coastal County Brewing touts itself as a community brewery for family and friends, and thanks to its location on Olive Road, it’s able to do just that. With about 2.5 acres of space, the brewery spends a lot of time hosting fun events from volleyball to Super Soaker wars.
There is an expansive beer menu that features various IPAs, pale ales, traditional ales and alternative styles including seltzers, hard tea, hard lemonade, mead and cider.
Hungry? They have you covered there, too. The brewery doubles as a restaurant with great appetizers, sandwiches and a kids’ menu.
A Little Madness Brewing Company
9838 N. Davis Highway
A Little Madness Brewing Company is a lesser-known brewery that is deserving of your time. Just off North Davis Highway, A Little Madness will serve up a great selection of beer varieties alongside a delicious pizza pie from its recently opened pizza kitchen.
600 E. Gregory St.
When you go to McGuire’s you don’t think twice about ordering from its craft beer menu. However, when thinking about local breweries in town, McGuire’s probably isn’t at the top of the list. It’s a funny thing because McGuire’s is actually the oldest craft brewery in Florida – established in 1988.
Its menu focuses on ales, porters and stouts, all of which are brewed on-premise in the traditional oak and copper brewery. Did you know that McGuire’s root beer is also home-brewed? Next time you’re around, ask for a tour of the brewery and the brewmasters will show you around.
Pensacola Bay Brewery
225 Zaragoza St.
Pensacola Bay Brewery first opened in 2010, making it one of the oldest craft breweries in Pensacola. It sits in the heart of the historic district in downtown Pensacola and is a great place to stop during festivals in Seville Square. The seating inside is a little cramped, but there is more on the patio out front.
There’s no food on site, but there are over 20 beers on tap in addition to its wine and cider. Perhaps the most popular beers that you’ll see in stores and restaurant menus across Pensacola are the Riptide Amber, Li’l Napoleon IPA and the Lighthouse Porter.
Alga Beer Co.
2435 N. 12th Ave.
Perhaps the newest kid on the block, Alga Beer Co. opened in East Hill in 2020 where Brew Ha Ha was located. Alga is a name many local beer aficionados may have already been aware of because the three-man team behind the concept have been represented at nearly every beer-related event and festival in Northwest Florida before they were finally able to secure a brick-and-mortar space.
Alga focuses on classic, American style ales and lagers, but you’ll currently find pilsners, IPAs and even a beer made with East Hill Honey. While there isn’t a permanent food truck parked outside, you can typically find one of your favorite Pensacola food trucks out front.
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The 5 Barrel Brewery and Taproom
121 S. Palafox St.
The 5 Barrel Brewery and Taproom also opened in 2020, and it’s located right on Palafox Street. This brewery is inspired by Pensacola’s rich past and pays special homage to the prohibition era. Walking into the brewery, the first thing you’ll likely notice is the number of board games laying about to keep you and your friends entertained while you enjoy what’s on tap.
There are several original beers available, including an Irish red, cream ale, IPA and seltzer, but you will also find several more guest taps that feature other craft beers curated by 5 Barrel. For food options, you can find snacks that pair great with beer like a hummus plate, a giant pretzel charcuterie board and more.
Gary’s Brewery and Biergarten
3403 Gulf Beach Highway
Gary’s Brewery and Biergarten is a hike from downtown but offers an extremely lively setting on its 2.5 acres of land. It offers 18 taps with beer and cider brewed on site, plenty of room for pets, cornhole, board games, giant Jenga and events like yoga.
If you’re a budding homebrewer, Gary’s is much more than a brewery, it also offers ingredients and equipment for novice brewers to get started.
Spahr Brewing Company
3541 W. Fairfield Drive
Spahr Brewing Company is a father-son owned brewery located on West Fairfield Drive in Pensacola. This brewery specializes in German and Belgian style beers, offering something a bit different than you’ll find elsewhere. In addition to the beer, you’ll find tons of fun events like trivia nights and roast battles. Plus, local food trucks are always rotating outside for a quick bite.