The craft beer explosion in America has seen the resurgence of traditional beer recipes as well as new, innovative brews with bold ingredients and exciting flavors. Whether you’re a fan of classic IPAs and light lagers or if you prefer fruity seltzers or sours, there’s something for everyone at most craft breweries these days. Luckily for you and your crew, there’s no shortage of great craft brewery options on the Gulf Coast, all within driving distance of Eden Condominiums.
Perfect Plain Brewing Company is an appropriate tribute to Pensacola’s rich history. The term “perfect plain” was coined by First Lady Rachel Jackson in her description of Pensacola, which is inscribed on the brick walls of this laidback brewery. Located on Garden Street in downtown Pensacola, Perfect Plain has made waves in the beer community since opening in 2017 with regular, innovative new releases and fun events. Walk through to the back of the brewery and you’ll find the colorful, outdoor hangout spot, Garden & Grain, which offers an eclectic selection of delicious craft cocktails.
Distance from Eden: 38 min / 20 miles
Downtown Pensacola’s newest addition to the brewery scene, The 5 Barrel is inspired by the prohibition era and a family history of bootlegging. Once you enter The 5 Barrel, you’ll encounter a sea of time-worn memorabilia and custom fire-branded wood chairs. But what sets this brewery apart is its innovative staple brews like the Tommy Gun Cream Ale and the Shillelagh Irish Red as well as their hard-to-find central and South Florida craft beers on the guest taps. While you’re there, don’t miss your chance to play some giant chess, Beeropoly and be sure to try their legendary bar fare that includes the giant pretzel with rich, creamy beer cheese and gourmet meat and cheese charcuterie boards.
Distance from Eden: 36 min / 19 miles
Pensacola Bay Brewery has been a staple of the local brewery scene since 2010. With a focus on local Pensacola landmarks and lore, Pensacola Bay Brewery mixes a little bit of Florida history in each pint. You can’t go wrong with their signature Li’l Napoleon IPA or the Lighthouse Porter, depending on your beer preference. The idyllic location also provides a great view of Historic Pensacola, with a comfortable, covered seating area out front. Grab a pint and enjoy the beautiful surroundings while gazing at the historic Old Christ Church and the natural splendor of Seville Square Park.
Distance from Eden: 37 min / 20 miles
The brewmasters at Odd Colony Brewing Company infuse their beers with seasonal ingredients that tie to its natural surroundings. This hip and somewhat whimsical brewery is an experience in itself, with popular beers like the Bone Harvest American Lager and the Moonbeam Dark Czech Lager. Here you’ll find interesting beer styles that each tell a fascinating story, tying back to the land that inspired them. In addition to their unique beers, Odd Colony also offers a range of lighter lager biers, saisons and IPAs that pair perfectly with a sunny afternoon in Pensacola.
Distance from Eden: 36 min / 20 miles
Located just off Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola, Big Top Brewing is a craft beer and food pub that originated in Sarasota and subsequently expanded north to Gainesville and Pensacola. This circus-themed brewery consistently brings out new, creative beers that often sound more like tasty desserts than drinks. Popular releases include the Mango Milkshake IPA and the Raspberry Chocolate Lava Cake Imperial Stout. If that doesn’t get your tummy rumbling, take a look at the food menus for everything from classic appetizers to loaded salads, burgers and tacos.
Distance from Eden: 35 min / 19 miles
Located in Gulf Shores, Big Beach Brewing boasts a welcoming open-air taproom complete with a fireplace and ample, comfortable seating. A great place to unwind before or after a trip to the beach, Big Beach Brewing features 12 taps. Locals will recommend the flagship Hundred Daze IPA or the Rod’s Reel Cream Ale.
Distance from Eden: 23 min / 14 miles
Nestled on Heinberg Street in Pensacola, you’ll find Gulf Coast Brewery, a microbrewery with a taproom, wine lounge and large space with ping pong, corn hole and a TV to enjoy with your friends. But what’s most impressive about this spot, is their 23 taps, all featuring beer made on-site.
Distance from Eden: 38 / 20 miles
An easy one to miss on your way to Pensacola, Gary’s Brewery & Biergarten is an unassuming spot with a lot to offer. This cozy microbrewery not only features 19 taps with craft beers and ciders but also has a well-stocked brewing supply store, providing everything homebrewers could possibly want to craft their own beer. This hidden spot also features regular events and popular local food trucks. The biergarten space itself is the perfect little retreat in which to enjoy a few pints.
Distance from Eden: 20 min / 13 miles
PHOTO CREDIT: The 5 Barrel
There's so much to do on and around our 16-miles-long island paradise, there's no way you can experience it all in just one stay. To help you make the most of your Eden vacation, we've picked a few of our favorite experiences that we hope will become precious memories for you too. If you have a question, or don't see what you're looking for, please let us know. We want to make sure that each memory of your Eden vacation is truly magical.