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Gulf Coast Brewery

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Gulf Coast Brewery: A Must-Do Destination for Beer Enthusiasts
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Given its amazing micro-brews, inviting atmosphere and friendly staff, it’s not hard to see why Gulf Coast Brewery is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. In addition to 23 interesting and flavorful house-made beers on tape, this Pensacola microbrewery offers craft beers, wine, games, cigars and plenty of fun for the whole family.

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

If you’re a fan of micro-brews, good times, and excellent company, Gulf Coast Brewery is a can’t-miss destination on your visit to Pensacola, Florida. A tap room, wine lounge, brewhouse with a television and games, cigar shop and indoor and outdoor seating options round out the list of reasons why you should add Gulf Coast Brewery to your Pensacola vacation itinerary. 

Conveniently located just off Gregory Street, Gulf Coast Brewery is a mecca for beer lovers. With a large and varied selection of brews — including 23 taps of beer made on-site — as well as craft beer, wine and non-alcoholic options, there’s truly something for everyone here. Traveling with kids? No worries on that front either. Gulf Coast Brewery prides itself on being family-friendly. They even offer home-brewed root beer guaranteed to please wee ones and teetotalers alike.

While many people choose to cozy up to the bar for great conversation with the knowledgeable and friendly bartender, there are plenty of other things to keep you happily occupied at Gulf Coast Brewery, including complimentary ping pong, corn hole and darts. If you love a good cigar, make sure to check out Gulf Coast Brewery’s full, walk-in humidor carrying everything from Leaf and Oscar to Cigar Factory and Perdomo and much more. The English library-style cigar lounge offers the perfect ambiance for relaxing and enjoying your choice.

One word of advice? Make sure to check out Gulf Coast Brewery’s Weekly Specials before heading over. On Mondays, you can look forward to 25 percent off Growler refills while Tuesday Wine Nights mean $2 glasses of house wine. Stop by during Happy Hour any weeknight (except Fridays) between 4 and 6 PM to take advantage of $1 off pints.  

One of our favorite things about visiting a microbrewery is the opportunity to order flights for sampling. Gulf Coast Brewery delivers here, too. The only problem? Narrowing down your list to just four beers. 

A few of our favorite Pensacola Bay Brewery beers include:

Tropical IPA
This flavor-packed fruit beer tastes like a tropical vacation, and with good reason: mango, pineapple, and passion fruit are actually pureed and fermented into the beer.

Backstabber Coffee Porter
With a malt flavor derived from chocolate and cold steep dark roast coffee, this dark and roasted porter isn’t too sweet and packs a serious punch.  

Karma Driven IPA
A favorite of many Gulf Coast Brewery visitors, this fresh-tasting American IPA comprises citrusy, floral, piney and fruity aspects. 

Changing Tides Ale
Looking for an easy-drinking beer? This malt-oriented cream ale is ultimate in smooth drinking. 

Vienna Dark Lager
Hailed as “the perfect lager,” this medium malts Bohemian dark Vienna Lager is another easy-to-drink pick.

Insider Tips:
– While Gulf Coast Brewery doesn’t serve food, a food truck is usually parked right outside.  If you’re planning to eat, call ahead to find out what you can expect that night. 
– If you’re visiting the Gulf Coast Brewery with a four-legged friend, you’re in luck. Fido is also welcome to join in the fun.