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10th Annual Fish House Craft Beer Fest

Escape the summer heat at the 10th Annual Fish House Craft Beer Festival on June 15 on the Fish House Deck in downtown Pensacola. Held each year on the Saturday before Father’s Day, this signature event features more than 50 varieties of beer from local and regional breweries.

“Our annual craft beer festival is one of our many events that I look forward to the most. It’s such a fun and exciting event, connecting with and having the opportunity to work with many great local and national breweries. Having 30 plus vendors to go to and sample some of their flagship and seasonal brews brings people together for a fun and enjoyable time,” Great Southern Beverage Manager Dean Clark said.

This event is designed to give attendees a taste of a large variety of handcrafted beers, providing opportunities to sample a number of different brews to determine one’s preferences. Microbrews, craft beer and specialty bottled beers will be available for tasting. The festival attracts beer fanatics from near and far, with a sell-out crowd of nearly 700 attendees each year.

The event will feature tasty craft brews from a number of local and regional breweries, including Props Craft Brewery Company (Fort Walton Beach, FL), Ghost Train Brewery (Birmingham, AL), Ology Brewing Co. (Tallahassee, FL), Braided River Brewing Co. (Mobile, AL), Urban South (New Orleans, LA), Victory Brewing Company (Downingtown, PA), Grayton Beer Company (Grayton Beach, FL), Wicked Weed Brewing Pub (Ashville, NC), Swamp Head Brewery (Gainesville, FL) and Founders Brewing Co. (Grand Rapids, MI).

Ten local breweries will be stationed in Local’s Lane, each offering tastings of three to four of their crafty concoctions for you to enjoy. Some of the local breweries participating in this year’s event include McGuire’s, Pensacola Bay Brewery, Perfect Plain Brewing Co., Doc’s Hop Shop, Emerald Republic, Props Brewery and Fairhope Brewing Company.

The event will also feature Spirit Alley, a designated area with regional and national vendors showcasing their new spirits and offering spirit tastings. Some featured spirit companies will include Diageo: Crown Royal Canned Cocktails, Texacraft: Sour Pickle Flavored Vodka and XXI Martini: Peach and Raspberry Martini liqueurs.

Each year, the Fish House donates a portion of event proceeds to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and their mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

“At Great Southern, giving back to Pensacola is something that has always meant so much to us. We have been partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida for this event since its inception. Our Craft Beer Festival is such a fun way to give back and reach so many people that might not know the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Being able to work alongside an organization that invests so much to empower the children in our community is something we are so incredibly proud to support,” Great Southern Marketing and Event Coordinator Taylor Dawson said.

The 10th Annual Fish House Craft Beer Fest will be held on June 15 from 3 to 6 pm on the Fish House and Atlas Decks at 600 S. Barracks St. in downtown Pensacola. This is a 21-and-over event and will occur rain or shine.

Tickets are on sale now for $40 (plus tax) and can be purchased online at, or in-person at the Fish House Tackle Shop. Ticket holders will receive a souvenir beer glass, full access to all of the beers and spirits and a pretzel necklace to soak up the suds.

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