Brews Brothers

Bar, Eatery

847 N Navy Blvd
Pensacola, Florida, 32507-1245
United States

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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.85/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Having been to Pensacola a few times, and mostly spent the limited spare time which I had at the only BrewPub in town called McGuire’s, I decided that on my next trip it would nice to try out the other “BeerBar” establishment listed on BA.

Enter stage left……Brews Brothers….. Why do I keep having “She caught the Katy” playing in my head??

Roadside establishment on Navy Boulevard, at the end of the intersection of Rtes #294 and #295, just after Coast Road and before the Rte #98 (US-98) junction.

Large roadside signs advertise the Blues Brothers, erm sorry Brews Brothers, at night you may have to search around a bit but it is relatively easy to find nonetheless.

The exterior is log cabin meets holiday home. Some decking I noted and lots o neon beery signs. Once inside a large smoke filled expansive area breaks out before you. The bar is a smallish L-shaped affair that sits against the far wall. Claims Thirty Five (35) Taps and its true cuz I counted ‘em. They were all taped up to Kegs and working as well which was impressive. Aside from the draft brews there are several coolers behind the bar which house many classic bottled beers.

I was mildly amused at the T-Shirts that the staff sported, they all had the phrase “No Crap on Tap”, yet I saw plenty including the brews from the Big 3 Bad Boys as well as many imported macros. That said the beer range is the best in Pensacola and no doubt for many miles around.

Lots of tables set up for playing cards as well as a healthy mix of blue lined Pool Tables. Clientele is a mixture of stationed personnel and what appeared to be well-behaved rednecks (OK, I don’t how else to explain it, it appears redneck, but it’s not), yet it seemed friendly enough. Never had any food as I had already eaten before coming here. Service was good and the prices were reasonable, no complaints there.

Brews Brothers is a strange name, I honestly thought that it would have been another BrewPub to rival the firmly established McGuire’s, but the BA BeerFly thankfully avoided my disappointment early on in regards to this. Brew Brothers is a Bar that serves a good range of Beer, yet it does not have a “BeerBar” feel to it, if that makes sense and doesn’t sound elitist, because it’s not meant to. More like a rowdy Sports Bar, witness the 5 or so TV’s above the bar areas displaying as many Channels. In short it’s hard to “relax” here, or at least it was for me, that doesn’t detract much from the overall quality but it makes it hard work to chill out after a hard day.

Well worth a visit, as always you should make up your own mind, but I found the atmosphere a little detracting and despite the great beer range this would preclude me from drinking here all night I think, and as much as I detest themed establishments, I was much more comfortable drinking a few brews from a much more limited range at the Bar area in the Pseudo-Irish environs of McGuire’s than here.

What I am trying to say is that I would definitely recommend coming here for the beer range, but you may find the atmosphere a little lacking.

She caught the Katy
And left me a mule to ride…

Last Visit: Wednesday 2nd November, 2005.

Nov 07, 2005
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charlzm from California

4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited on 03/30/08 about opening time (noonish).

The exterior of Brews Brothers is pretty plain; this barn of a place was once upon a time a busy Chinese restaurant. There is adequate parking in a lot immediately adjacent to the structure. A few outdoor tables on the patio beckon during good weather. Inside, the decor is pure American sports bar: basic tables, chairs, multiple TVs, pool tables, electronic dart boards and some sports video games.

A limited menu provided a few interesting choices; I ordered a BLT with fries to accompany my beer drinking. It arrived promptly and was pretty good, as these simple sandwiches go. The price was very reasonable.

Angel the bartender was friendly and chatty about beery things; exactly the kind of person I like behind the bar. Not sure what it's like when it gets busy, but there were less than ten people here during my visit, including some older folks and a group that even had their five year old granddaughter with them. Most of them were regulars. Nobody but me ordered any craft beers, going instead for bottled BMC product or mixed drinks.

The draft selection was varied and featured some nice selections including handles from Brooklyn Brewing, Bells, Hoegaarden and Lazy Magnolia. And I should mention they have Old Thumper on a hand pump.

I had four beers and the BLT; with a five dollar tip, the total was $26.00. That's my idea of a bargain.

I like the place and, if I ever find myself in Pensacola again (almost a certainty), this will be a must-visit.

Apr 06, 2008
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Pyedog from Florida

4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been frequenting Brews Bros since the early 90's when Mike and Steve, brothers, owned and operated the place. This was was a godsend for beer lovers in the Panhandle...back then they had two moduliqes with 8 taps and I went there 2 or 3 times weekly to eat and drink. Business wasn't so good since they refused to carry any Macros.
Okay, they sold out in '98 to the current owners who struggled to keep the place open. The added some Macros to keep the locals and sailors from the Naval Base satisfied and pay their bills, but they always kept decent stuff on tap which is not an easy task in the Florida Panhandle. The 3-tier system has tied this part of Florida to your typical Macro crap. The owners had to fight to get a lot of their beer including paying very high shpping fees from South Florida, hundred of miles away. They made a commitment to keep decent beer in Pensacola.
About a year ago they moved to a smaller building across the street and upped their taps to 41, including a beer engine...the only one within 200 miles. They carry local beers like Lazy Magnolia products and Terrapin. The food is good and the prices are very reasonalble. If the place was in a "nicer part of town" they could probably charge $2 more per pint like some of the upscale places around town.
Yes, the place has its flaws. It does have karaoke on Thursday nites, sometimes the air-conditioner gets overwhelmed but Brews Bros always has decent beer on tap at fair prices. I will continue to drink here.

Mar 02, 2008
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beveritt from Ohio

2.08/5  rDev -40.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

**Stopped by again to see how things have fared over the four years since my last visit. The place is now across the street. All in all, it has gone from being okay to being a dump. The old place was pretty big and had cedar on the walls and a high ceiling. The place now looks border-line sketchy enough to just skip. It is dirty and trashy inside. The selection is pretty good, great for this area, but you will most likely get an old beer served out of dirty tap lines.

Skip this place and head to Hopjacks downtown.

Original review:
I knew I was coming down to Pensacola for two weeks for business and in the interest of not making the trip an entire waste, thought I would try to check out some of the local beer bars. I left Brews Brothers somewhat impressed with the selection, but very disappointed in the service and overall feel.

The building itself is nothing special, a pretty big bar/restaurant with cedar walls and ceiling, The whole place smells like a sauna. I went up to the bar to check out the available beer because they do not have a list to look at. They advertise "No Crap on Tap," but there is plenty of crap there. The usual suspects of BMC rear their ugly heads. In addition to approximately 30-40 taps, they have a decent bottle selection of 15-20 beers. I ordered myself a bottle of Samuel Smiths Oatmeal Stout. Things went downhill from here.

The server brought out the bottle, which was ice cold, but didn't bring a glass. I asked her if I could get a glass and she kind of looked at me like I was being a pain in the a**. She brought out a frosty mug, grabbed the bottle and started to sneak the beer down the side. I politely told her not to worry about, I could pour the beer. She ignored me so I finally told her to let me pour it. Once again, she acted a little peeved. As I poured my beer she told me I was doing it wrong and that pouring it like I was gave the beer too much head and was bad for it. I was trying to not get into a discussion about beer with her, I really just wanted to enjoy my beer without arguing. I simply said I like to pour it with some head, she told me that she knew a lot more than me because she had been working in a beer bar for 5 years. This was really turning south, I came to grab some food and try some beer, not to fight with my server about how I wanted to drink my beer. To make it all worse, she wouldn't drop it the rest of the meal and kept making snide comments during the remainder of our visit about how I was a (insert bad name here) because of the way I drank my beer.

I had another Sam Smiths, the Imperial Stout. With it came another iced mug. Luckily, it was kind of warm in the bar and only took a few mintues to let it warm up before I poured. Both 12oz Sam Smith's were $5.50 each.

The food was okay, my fish and chips was most likely frozen fries and fish dropped in a deep fat fryer. Overall, I would probably skip this place. There are some decent liquor stores around where you can go buy your beer and take it to the beach. It will save you some money and you won't have to defend your way of drinking beer for an hour. Given an improvement in the service, or at least a willingness to leave well enough alone, this could have been a much better experience.

Jul 15, 2006
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jettjon from Florida

2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

After several years, I finally decided to check out this local "brewpub," though as I discovered, they do not brew any of their own beer. They do, however, offer an impressive 35 beers on tap. However, despite their claim of "no crap on tap," I did see taps for Bud & Miller light as well as (shudder) Mich Ultra. However, there are plentiful other interesting beers on tap, including Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale, Sweetwater 420, Diebels, and Shipyard Export. Further, they have a good collection of bottled brews. I spotted offerings from Rogue, Unibroue, Anchor, and dozens of others.

Contrary to what another reviewer stated, the atmosphere is hardly "redneck." Situated within a few miles of two Navy bases, the crowd is primarily military. The atmosphere is family-friendly, and the food, though only average quality, is inexpensive and suprisingly varied. Subs, salads, spaghetti, and low-end steaks are available alongside more traditional buffalo wings and chicken finger baskets.

Overall, Brews Brothers is worth a visit if you're in the Pensacola area for no reason other than to marvel at, and enjoy, the wide selection of beers both on tap and available in the bottle.

Edit 7/1/07: They've moved across the street from their old location. I visited on 6/29/07 and was unimpressed. The "chalk board" at the entrance (a new addition) was a joke to anyone who knows anything about beer. 75% of the list was taken up by common macro lagers, with the most interesting selections listed common imports such as Boddington's.

Inside things didn't improve much. Service was sluggish despite a very small crowd. Fortunately, they still had a few interesting beers in the glass-front coolers, primarily German lagers and weizens. No Belgians, and just a few Rogues. No Dogfish Head even though it's readily available at package stores in this area. Everything was cleanly arranged into domestic crafts, Germans, American macros, English, ciders, etc.

Again, despite the claim of "no crap on tap," taps were dominated by common macros supplemented with some of the newer "craft" offererings by A/B. And they had Miller Chili. Woo. I grabbed an Erdinger and a Julius Echter before getting bored and heading out.

It's sad to see that Pensacola's only "beer bar" has declined even further than the last time I visited. I wish they had some competition to force them to clean up their act a bit.

Sep 24, 2005
Brews Brothers in Pensacola, FL
Place rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 5 ratings