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Wish You Were Beer—The Staples

Pensacola Bay Brewery
Since opening in 2010 Pensacola Bay Brewery has been leading the local craft beer movement. Drinking one of their beers is almost like a free history lesson. Co-owners Elliot Eckland and Mark Robertson, who both started out brewing in the Escambia Bay Homebrewers Club, make beers that honor the city’s historical roots. Some favorites include the Lil’ Napoleon IPA, Riptide Amber and the Treasure Grove Pale Ale. The DeLuna Kolsch and the Blackbeard Stout pay tribute to the Spanish conquistador who first colonized Pensacola, and the city’s history of pirates and legends of buried treasure in Perdido Bay. Brewery tours are available on most Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. for $5 per person.

225 E. Zaragoza St.
pbbrew.com

Gulf Coast Brewery
By most standards this brewery, which opened last February, is still relatively new. But they’ve established themselves quickly as a favorite among the Pensacola beer loving community. The 13,000-square-foot microbrewery features a large taproom, walk-in humidor cigar room, a wine lounge and a large cigar lounge. Owner Elliott Eckland has experience in the brewery business, as the co-founder of Pensacola Bay Brewery. Eckland also saw a need for more places to enjoy cigars in Pensacola, so he decided to incorporate a cigar lounge and a walk-in humidor into this brewery. Some beers currently on tap include a Blood Orange Light Ale, Pineapple Blonde Ale, Pensacola Pilsner, Changing Tides Cream Ale, Mindbender Double IPA, German Vienna Lager and a Sandbar Red Ale. Brewery tours are available Saturdays at 2 p.m. for $5 per person and they last about 45 minutes.

500 E. Heinberg St.
gulfcoastbrewery.net

McGuire’s Irish Pub
Pensacola’s most beloved Irish pub isn’t just the home of the city’s best 5k or cheapest bean soup. Founded by McGuire Martin and his wife Molly in 1977, the landmark is also home to a brewery, where they’ve been churning out their five signature brews—McGuire’s Light Ale, Irish Red Ale, IPA, Porter and Irish Stout—for decades. McGuire’s beer-making tradition all started with a trip to Ireland. In a time when brewpubs and microbreweries were pretty much nonexistent in Florida, the Martins traveled to Ireland and Great Britain where they visited a lot of pubs with breweries. It was a twist of fate that at the same time they wanted to open the brewery in a restaurant, the Florida Legislature had just passed a bill allowing brewing. Martin brought in Steve Freed, who developed most of the now-famous McGuire’s beers and handled the brewing schedule until retiring in 2006. Enter Mike Helf, a home brewer and former employee of Mad Anthony Brewery in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. He brought a bit of modernity to the McGuire’s menu, introducing the likes of the Coffee Porter, among many other seasonal selections.

600 E. Gregory St.
mcguiresirishpub.com