Red, White and Brew: Downtown’s Amazing Breweries

Posted: May 30, 2019 03:20 pm Updated: Oct 17, 2023 10:11 am

The Downtown community is all hopped up on the growing interest in brewery culture. The relaxed vibes and welcoming atmosphere of these staple establishments are just as desirable as the home brews themselves! Making beer is an art, and these downtown breweries have mastered their craft!

Perfect Plain Brewing Company is a fitting tribute to Pensacola’s past. The term “perfect plain” was coined by First Lady Rachel Jackson in her description of Pensacola, which is written on the brick walls of this welcoming brewery. The wide bar and spacious interior are super accommodating for large groups, so bring your friends and family to enjoy an afternoon or evening sipping on some home brews! Community engagement is a huge part of the Perfect Plain culture, so don’t miss out on events like trivia, pint night and the Garden & Grain Craft Lab. 

Try it Out: Blueberry Arpent Saison 

Located slightly off of Palafox, Big Top Brewing Company is the newest brewery on the “bock”. This craft beer and food pub originated in Sarasota before expanding north to Gainesville and now Pensacola! Big Top is also the only Downtown brewery that serves food, so come hungry to taste some truly mouth-watering cuisine. The daily supply of freshly smoked pork, along with hand-cut fries and homemade pickles, blend perfectly with the diverse selection of beer. 

Try it Out: Pears Well With Others Cider

Pensacola Bay Brewery considers beer-making a fine craft. The brewmasters delicately blend creativity and custom styles without adding any preservatives or chemicals. The beer is inspired by legends of the past but is still original. The convenient location also provides a “pitcher perfect” view of Historic Pensacola. The covered, brick seating area out front is the perfect place to enjoy the evening air while gazing at the luminous facade of Old Christ Church and the drooping live oaks of Seville Square. 

Try it Out: Queen Anne’s Revenge Imperial Stout  

If breweries aren’t your style but you still enjoy the crisp taste of beer, these other downtown establishments are only a jump, sip and a hop away! 

World of Beer – more than 50 beers on tap, 500 in the cooler and a menu of mouthwatering tavern fare.

Khon's – explore southeastern Asian cuisine with traditional saki and specialty saki cocktails.

Cask & Flights – this state-of-the-art wine tasting room also has eight craft beers on tap as well as mead, brewed in-house daily!