If you’re a connoisseur of craft beer (or simply all beer) and you find yourself in Panama City Beach, a pit stop or three at Pier Park’s Brass Tap is well worth your time. You’ll find better than 150 craft brews here along with some mighty tasty bar bites to go with them, plus a good chance of warm, welcome, and beer-savvy service.
Whatever your taste in beer—deep and dark stouts and porters, light and session-able pilsners, hoppy IPAs, funky Belgian brews, bitter English ales, etc.—you’re sure to find something very drinkable here at one of the Emerald Coast’s preeminent houses of suds. There’s a huge rotating tap list and a diverse bottle selection.
If somebody in your group’s not a beer lover, they needn’t fear: There’s a nice selection of wines (including Sangrias) and cocktails on hand as well, not to mention non-alcoholic options.
The caliber of the food at the Brass Tap exceeds your average pub-grub standard, we’d say, and as you’d hope everything goes down super well with a pint. Starters include house-made hushpuppies with a ketchup and poblano sauce, 5 cheddar Mac & Cheese, prime-rib nachos, cheesy stuffed bread, and Boom Boom Shrimp, to name a few.
There’s also a range of sliders to choose from—Korean BBQ Pulled Pork, Tempura Beer-Battered Chicken, etc.—as well as some great street tacos (pork, chicken, and fish). Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and a few different flatbreads are also on offer, as are fish-and-chips and chicken tenders.
The Brass Tap is open daily and features both indoor and outdoor patio seating. There are weekly events such as trivia nights and bingo nights, plus regular live music. You’ll tend to find a mix of locals and tourists here, which makes for a nice crowd (if there’s a crowd at all).
We won’t spotlight specific beers—check the website or call for info on the current draughts on pour—but we can give a shout-out to some great Brass Tap munchies!
The fresh-baked pretzels at the Brass Tap are some of the very best snacks to pair with your beer here. You can choose two dips from three fine possibilities: Peri Peri Hummus, beer cheese, and spicy brown mustard.
Boom Boom Shrimp
The Brass Tap recommends pairing these devilish starters—a dozen tempura beer-battered shrimp with a kick—with an IPA or an American Pale Ale. Good advice!
Whether the Korean BBQ Pulled Pork, the chicken, or the beer-battered cod, all of the Brass Tap street tacos are mighty tasty. You can have them on either corn or flour tortillas, and they come with some tortilla chips on the side as well.
Dry Rub Chicken Wings
You can choose from a variety of sauces for your Brass Tap chicken wings, but the best may well be the Blackened Dry Rub option.
The beer is probably what’s going to draw you to the Brass Tap, but you might just stay for the eats!
– If you’ll be in Panama City Beach for a bit, you might consider joining the Brass Tap’s Brew Crew: a club that awards you points for trying different beers, with some enticing rewards for hitting different levels.