19 January 2011

Pensacola Bay Brewery

Pensacola Bay Brewery

The Gulf Coast Beer-Loving Community has something new to celebrate - The Pensacola Bay Brewery. The PBB is located on the corner of Adams and Zaragoza Streets just off historic Seville Square, just across from Old Christ Church, has been open since before Thanksgiving. They had a quiet opening on the last gallery night of the season for 2010, and the MotH and I stumbled on them that Saturday. 
Old Christ Church
They have received lots of nice press and every time we've been there, it's been busy with customers. What a great thing!
They are in a lovely old brick building, with the Tap Room up front and brewery in the back, which you can see through large glass windows. They offer several different beers at a time. A couple of  weeks ago when we were in they had just (an hour before) released their ESB (Extra Special Bitter) and it was a huge hit with MotH. I'm a huge fan of the Deluna Extra Pale Ale and that's my take home beer of choice.
Bomber waiting to be refilled
Speaking of take home - they have an interesting business model at the PBB. They do not sell beer to be served on site - technically. You receive a sample tasting when you purchase a PBB pint glass - you may also receive a flight of tastings for purchase of a PBB pint glass.
This is what we did first to get an idea of what we did / didn't like. They also sell, as mentioned, take home beer. We typically have a 32 oz. bomber filled each week. These will keep for a week or so as long as you drink them within two or three days of opening. They also sell 1 gallon growlers. Once you have purchased the vessel, the price to fill them is very inexpensive for a craft beer and quite enjoyable in the evenings at home.
From our last conversations with the guys behind the counter at PBB, there are a few bars/restaurants in town that will be carrying their craft beers - I'm very pleased to hear that, because distribution is an important part to having PBB to be successful in our community. Although, based on the numbers of people we see when we visit, the Tap Room isn't doing too shabby either. 
Currently on tap are the following: Pensacola Special ESB, Li'l Napoleon IPA, Deluna Extra Pale Ale, Riptide Amber, Banyon Brown, Maiden Voyage Pale Ale, and Lighthouse Porter. Also, look for the Root Beer and the Cream Soda - lovely!

Contact Details:
p. 850.434.3353
a. 225 E. Zaragoza Street, Pensacola FL 32502
Mon - Thur 11 AM – 8 PM; F-S 11 AM – 10 PM;  Sun - 12 PM – 6 PM
Pensacola Bay from the PB Brewery

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