A couple of weeks ago, I was driving down I-10 near Pensacola and I had the bright idea of stopping at the new brewery. So, I pulled out the GPS and punched in the destination and away I went. As I found my exit, I found that I was just a couple minutes away. I was downtown in no time, but I noticed that traffic had gotten a little heavy. The lady on the GPS told me to take the next left, but there was a police car blocking the street. So, I went down to the next block, same thing. Turns out I decided to visit the brewery during the Pensacola Seafood Festival.
That's right, one of the largest festivals in Pensacola. After finding a nice parking lot and paying five bucks to park in that parking lot, I started my hike to the brewery. I got about half way there and found some freshly stone ground grits, you can't find those just anywhere you know. After a few more minutes, I was there! Located in the middle of Pensacola's Historic Downtown, is Pensacola Bay Brewery. Believe it or not, Pensacola Bay Brewery is the ONLY distributing brewery in the panhandle. There are a couple of great brewpubs in the panhandle, but you can't just go to the nearest beer store and grab their beer. Pensacola Bay you can.
After taking a quick look around I decided to grab a pint. Here is a little photo of their DeLuna Extra Pale Ale. Chiming in a 23 IBUs this refreshing pale ale will not disappoint. It is less than 5% and has a nice earthy citrus hop character. I totally recommend it to anyone.
And they sale growlers. I couldn't come back to Panama City empty handed. I grabbed a gallon of their Lighthouse Porter. A little more boozie, weighing in at 6.9%, but you really couldn't tell. This well balanced porter is probably one of the best American porters I've had in a while. I have also seen and tasted more of their beers in the Panama City area. I have seen the Lil Napoleon IPA and Riptide Amber. And I would recommend both to anyone because all of their beers are very well balanced and full of flavor.
So, if you are in the area or see any Pensacola Bay Brewery around, I say grab a pint.
You won't be disappointed!