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Pensacola Bay Brewery

Not Rated.
Pensacola Bay BreweryPensacola Bay Brewery
Based on:
24 Beers
414 Hads
Place Score: 91
Reviews: 19
Visits: 36
Avg: 4.11
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

225 E Zaragoza St
Pensacola, Florida, 32502-6048
United States
phone: (850) 434-3353

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @pbbrew

Place added by: boss302 on 12-24-2010

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Reviews: 19 | Visits: 36
Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

What a fun place to hang out when you're in downtown Pensacola. My wife and I had about an hour to kill before the Emerald Coast Beer Fest, so we walked over to the brewery. It's very compact, but there are seats outside for food and drink. The bar area was pretty crowded. We just missed the last tour, but I was able to get a walk-through from one of the owners. Lots of offerings on tap, at only $3 a pint (a special that day). The bartender let us try samples before we ordered and staff was very open about questions we had. I wish PBB had a wider distribution. They make some terrific brews. Glad we got to try them up close and personal. Recommended.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Small taproom in the middle of an historic area of Pensacola. TV behind the bar had South Park on when we walked in! Seriously awesome!! They had 4 special taproom only releases along with their core beers including a barrel aged porter which was delicious. Really fun place!

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Photo of VTR
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Being from Vermont I was happy to have a local brewery when I moved to the area. Before writing this review I made two trips to the brewery just for drinks not a tour. Both times I found the vibe to be ok. The first was on the fourth of July and everyone was in good spirits but the second time was a week night. During this trip the people in the bar area were all talking and laughing the bar tender did not want to be bothered with questions about their products and did not seem knowledgeable. She had her face buried in her phone sitting in the corner. Overall I don't know if I will go back because I can find Pensacola Bay Beer and other great beers a short walk away where the service is friendly and fun.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Great little spot away from the hustle of Seville Quarter. The only gave us a tour and explained the history. The beer is GREAT!! With around 7 beers on tap when i visited, it gave ample selection.

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Photo of Jgldillon
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Was there April 2014 during a park festival. Fun place had some good beers. Went back to get growlers filled we liked it so much. Fun excursion downtown Pensacola.

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Photo of WarEagleJeep
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

The brewery is in a great location and in a really cool old brick building right off a park. They had a wide variety of beers but none were outstanding. The tap list on the wall didn't list any prices, ABV, or other information. The bartender was a girl in her mid 20's who played on her phone the entire time we were there. She began filling a customer's growler and walked away to talk on her phone in the back room. The growler overflowed for half a minute before the customer finally gave up and walked behind the bar to cut the tap off. Glad to see more southern breweries so I hope these guys can pull their act together a little.

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Photo of BlueMoon10
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Highly recommend stopping by this small brewery. While it might be small they produce an excellent selection of quality beers. The taproom has a nice vibe and the staff were extremely nice. Their Black Treasure Porter that is aged in whiskey barrels is amazing. I will definitely return to this brewery in the future when I am back in the area.

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Photo of Lederer85
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Great place to stop by if you are visiting or live in the Pensacola Bay area and everyone is very friendly inside don't be intimidated by the full bar of regulars that frequent the brewery to relax or get their growlers filled. Dog friendly environment so bring your best friend with you if you decide to make the venture. They have no food there and I have always thought it would be a good idea for them to open a small kitchen with pub food or sandwiches. Service is good and prices drop on Mondays.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I really liked this place. It's in a cool building in a cool area and it's got a pretty laid-back vibe. There were some young (college age?) guys smoking cigars and a couple more groups sitting outside when we walked up. When I opened the bigass door I was glad to see the inside was well-lit, with a big bar and wasn't too busy on this Saturday night. We tried a big flight of all but one or two of the house seasonals - they had 3 different seasonals and we got to choose one to go along with the 6 or 7 other beers on the sampler tray. We chose the Blackbeard Stout over the Pumpkin something-or-other and the Raspberry wheat somthin'. I was disappointed in the Blackbeard, thought it was pretty one-dimensional. It was better than some of their others though. Overall, the house beers here were pretty boring. Some were just watery and seemed of low quality. I only make these comments about the beer because otherwise this place seemed great. They did offer a few guest taps here and I could see coming back here to drink, for sure. I just wish they would put some more effort into their beers. With that many styles/offerings its a shame they all tasted so similarly mediocre.

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Photo of Antonius08
5/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I frequent the Pensacola Bay Brewery pretty often. It is my favorite bar in the Pensacola area, mostly because of the excellent quality of their selection of beers. Whenever I have friends or family visiting, I always bring them here. I enjoy their fine selection of beer, but usually find myself sticking to my favorites: The De Luna Extra Pale Ale and the Lil Napoleon IPA. Their Conquistador Doppelbock is my overall favorite, but it is a seasonal beer so it's availability is limited. They also have a sampler, which is great because you can try all the beers they have on tap.

The location itself is in a nice, downtown area of Pensacola and the bar itself is very nice, open, and clean. The staff is always nice and friendly. (Whom I believe to be the owner of the bar) is always happy to tell you about the beers on tap and if you inquire will talk about future brews he has planned to be on tap.

Overall, Pensacola Bay Brewery is a nice, welcoming bar to bring your friends to, enjoy a pint and enjoy some good microbrews. If you are a beer enthusiast, this is definitely not a brewery to pass up if you are in the area.

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Photo of mgn
1.66/5  rDev -59.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5

We went to this brewery today and were compeletely ignored despite obviously waiting at the bar and making eye contact with the guy behind the bar. It was not very busy at all. We stood at the bar and waited to be acknowledged, but after both of us made eye contact with the guy, he walks around the small bar, right past us, looks at us and then walks into the back room. After 5 minutes we were tired of being ignored and left. We are both very patient people and were in no hurry at all..afterall we were just going to check out the brewery, hang out for however long, and drink some beer! I will be spreading the word about not going there or buying their beers.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I went to this during the Emerald Coast Beer Festival and for such a small scale brewery, I was very impressed. It was open to walk through and every piece of equipment looked new. Very clean, and sanitary place decorated in the tasting room with a Nautical theme which was very nice. Immediately I was impressed that for a $6 pint glass purchase I got an entire sampler tray for free. I later learned they can't sell beer, they can sell glasses and give free beer in them. Still, a nice deal.

Their beers were middle of the road. I liked their Riptide Amber and their Porter the best. For the small space they had to work with they used their space smartly, and the bathroom was very nice.

Overall, ok beers, reasonable prices, and well put together establishment.

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Photo of abeerlovr
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

This is Pensacola's first full scale brewery since prohibition. It is located Downtown in an historic building. Due to distribution regulations they cannot sell beer, but they can sell you a pint glass, which you get to keep, and fill it with a free sample of beer :-). They also sell sampler glasses and allow you to sample a flight of their current beers.
Cozy place with both tourist, occasional visitors and the regulars. The owners are (Robert & Mark) incredibly proud of their brewery and if you stop in ask for a tour and they will gladly show you around the brewery.
The folks behind the counter know the beer and can answer most of your questions and often the brewer (Mark) is on site for technical questions.
They do not serve food, the do sell a few snacks (bags of chips).

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Photo of DrWangerBanger
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Very friendly bartender who is extremely knowledgeable about the beers (possibly one of the owners).

The location is great, right near the water in the historic district. I guess as a result of this and zoning laws, they're not actually allowed to sell beer, so you actually wind up buying the glasses you drink from and the beer is "free." Crazy laws.

Lots of seating, both inside and out. I was there in the middle of the day when there were only a few people in, so I can't testify to how crowded it might get at night.

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Photo of Desmobot
4.11/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Great staff, awesome location and excellent beer! Six of their beers won awards at a recent event in Tampa... their first time out. If that's not reason enough to go then how about the awesome range of selection from Pilsner to Porter. If your not a alcohol drinker or just too young they also brew Cream Soda and Rootbeer on the premises which are worth every red cent. Get over here and say hello to Mark, the head brewer. He'll be glad to tell you all about his beer! Not sure what to try first? They also offer a sample tray of all of the available beers!

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Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

visited on a Saturday; pleasantly uncrowded.

A true micro=brewery, this fairly new establishment is housed in an old but clean and updated building in the historic district. Free parking on street and on far side (street is one-way) of brewery.

The building has basically 2 sections: a pub-like tasting room in the front, and the brewing warehouse in the rear. Free tours on Saturdays allow access to the brewery, which is only about as large as that of many brewpubs.

The tasting room is quite pleasant, with a small bar, 6 tables and a single flatscreen TV. 4 additional tables with umbrellas are outside.

Currently have 7 taps, with one for root beer.
Pint of beer with souvenir glass: $5.50
A beer flight (all 6 beers) with souvenir mug: $8
They also fill large and small growlers -- and these are filled properly from the bottom using a tube on the tap -- but not in the 'standard' 64oz size due to FL law.

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Photo of jettjon
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located at the corner of Seville Square in downtown Pensacola, this is one of only two brewpubs in Pensacola. In truth, it's really a brewery since "technically" they do not serve beer but rather "samples" in "souvenir glasses". These "samples" ran five dollars per pint for any of the brews, and growlers were available at what I judged to be reasonable prices.

The wife and I stopped by early on a Friday on our way to dinner and ended up trying the sampler and one pint "souvenir glass" each. Even at about 5:30 p.m. the place was crowded. The two owners were acting as wait staff so there was something of a wait. However, once we were served, we were rewarded with outstanding customer service. When things calmed down a bit, I chatted up one of the owners who explained that all of the beers here are brewed BIG. That was certainly reflected in the Amber Ale, which really blew me away with its bold character and relatively high ABV (I believe it clocks in at about 6.1%). The natural comparison is with McGuire's Amber, which the McGuire's brewmaster readily admits is brewed to imitate Killian's. I also tried the IPA which was very solid; the wife had the brown ale which was also quite tasty.

This place is rather odd in that it's not a true "bar" intended for long visits or mass consumption of alcohol, nor do they serve food. However, it is certainly a must-see stop on any BA's visit to Pensacola, if nothing more than to enjoy the privilege of being served very good passionately crafted beer by the very people who brew it, and are more than happy to chat about their craft.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Located at historic Seville Square in downtown Pensacola this brewery managed to nab an idylic spot. Ancient bricks make up the building which houses the spotless microbrewery equipment in the back with a nice bar including tables in the front.

The purchase of a pint glass with the brewery's logo comes filled "free" with beer and there are growlers available to go. I was so impressed with the Li'l Napoleon IPA that I bought a swing top growler of it. It was filled from a standard tap at the bar but retained full freshness and carbonation for two full weeks and was just as delicious then as at the brewery.

I expect to hear a lot of good things about this brewery in the future and if you are in Pensacola look for their beers on tap at local establishments and stop by the brewery itself, you won't be dissappointed. The brewer and his wife are really nice, hospitable people. I know I'm looking forward to trying more of their beers, I just regret that we can't visit as often as I might like since we live 200 miles away!

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Photo of boss302
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This place just opened in November 2010. They do not serve food, or at least did not in November. The building is very well done and of a historic nature, retaining the old brick architecture from whatever it was originally. It has a modern microbrewery inside. It is a very well done building and attractive. The atmosphere is great for beer drinking. Nice bar up front with some tables for sitting in a large front foom. It is located in a nice part of town near the water and has big oaks outside. The brewery itself is located behind big glass windows.

Due to the 3 tier system, you cannot actually purchase beer to consume on premise. You have to purchase a souvenir glass, which they will fill with beer for free. You can purchase growlers to go, but you purchase the growler and the beer that goes inside. I presume on return visits you just return with the growler and purchase only the beer to refill it. I haven't tested that part of the process yet.

Overall, a very nice experience, and I will make this a stop wherever time and travel plans take me near.

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Pensacola Bay Brewery in Pensacola, FL
91 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.