Florida Craft Brewery: Islamorada Beer Company – North Location
Established: The Fort Pierce location of the Islamorada Beer Company had its grand opening August 19th and 20th, 2016. The original location on the island of Islamorada in the Florida Keys opened in October 2014.
Location: 3200 St Lucie Blvd, Fort Pierce, FL 34946
Known For: Islamorada Beer Company is known for their easy drinking fun in the sun beers. Whether it’s a day on the water, a day at the beach, or a day doing yard work their beers are designed for the hot summer days of Florida. The beers at the Islamorada Beer Company are so sessionable that they attract mainstream beer drinkers into the craft beer fold.
Current Beer Menu: On the day of my visit, Islamorada had six of their own beers on tap and the guest tap was a Guava IPA from the Sailfish Brewing Co. In the future, there will be more beer offered on tap but for now, they have only just started brewing on their new system. A lot of what they are pouring is still coming from the brewery down south, which uses a two-barrel system. The first of the six beers I tried was Sandbar Sunday, which is an American Wheat built to be your everyday beer. No frills needed here. Just a refreshing beer for a hot day. Islamorada Ale is a citrus ale that’s crisp and refreshing with citrus from the nose to the finish. No Tan Lines is a mix of both Sandbar Sunday and Islamorada Ale and not surprisingly they go together well. The Channel Marker IPA is a session IPA that isn’t going to blow you away with hops, but it’s a decent offering that uses Apollo, Cascade, and Willamette hops. A Purple Island is an IPA and their biggest beer on tap right now at 7.7%. It’s almost dank taste makes me wonder where the purple in the name comes from. In reality, though Islamorada was nicknamed the Purple Isle by early Spanish explorers. Sun Bum is a honey roasted IPA. The honey comes into play because they honey roast the malts. This beer grew on me as I drank it and it ended up being my favorite offering of the day.
Price Range: A flight will get you six 4oz beers for $12.00. A pint will run you $6.00 for all of the beers on the board. Growlers in both 32oz and 64oz are offered as well. The 32oz growler glass will run you $8.00 and the fill of the growler will also cost you $8.00. The 64oz glass will run $15.00 and the fill will also run you $15.00. At the time of this post, only Channel Marker IPA is available to go in 6 packs from the brewery for $10.99.
Wine Menu: Both red and white wines are offered by the glass for $5.00.
Food Menu/Food Trucks: Food trucks are available on both Friday and Saturday. There is no consistent schedule as of yet, though. Delivery menus are also offered for Nino’s Restaurant, which is five miles from the brewery.
Ambiance: If you’ve ever been to the Florida Keys you know that a lot of the buildings are brightly colored. Well, walking into the Islamorada Beer Company felt like I had just walked into an establishment in the Keys. From floor to ceiling the walls are a bright yellow while the floor board, doors, window frames, and even HVAC ducts are turquoise. To top it off lobster traps have been hung from the ceiling to add that little extra Keys feel. Surprisingly there wasn’t any music playing overhead, though. Islamorada would be the perfect brewery to have reggae playing while you enjoy their beers. Separate from the tap room is a game room with giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, giant Checkers, and others.
Bar Seating: A combination of twelve tables is available with seating for both two and four. The bar has seating for a total of 25. There is also a picnic table that can seat up to eight in the game room.
Staff: Lindsey was working behind the bar during my visit. She’s a transplant from Ohio, but try not to hold that against her. I also had the pleasure of meeting Tyrone Bradley, who is one of the four founding owners. Tyrone is South African born but grew up in South Florida. He was kind enough to lead me on a tour to show off their 25,000 sqft facility and also sit down to answer a few questions.
Brewing System: Islamorada brews on a 30 barrel four vessel automated system. Currently, they can produce 15,000 barrels a year. They will be able to produce 70,000 barrels when their new space is fully maxed out. They will be both bottling and canning in the new facility.
Merch: Wow does Islamorada have merch! They devote a decent sized section in the tap room to all of the merch they offer. When I mentioned something about having so much I was told it sells very quickly. They offer everything from koozies, bottle openers, stickers, glasses, tumblers, bar signs, t-shirts, fishing shirts, hats, and even calendars. If you want something they most likely offer it. You can view everything they have to offer here.
Membership offered: A membership isn’t offered just yet, but there is one in the works.
Best days or time of year to go: Outside of both Friday and Saturday the weekdays are the easiest time to grab a beer at the bar and talk shop with the bartenders and other patrons. Bands are available on both Friday and Saturday starting at around 3:00pm.
Regular Hours: Currently Islamorada is open seven days a week from Noon – 10:00pm.
Happy Hour: Happy hour is available Monday through Thursday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. During happy hour each beer is $2.00 off.
-The idea for the Islamorada Beer Company was finalized during a fishing trip between Tyrone and three of his college buddies.
-Islamorada was contract brewed at the Thomas Creek Brewery in South Carolina before opening the Fort Pierce production facility.
-Currently, their distribution covers the area from Orlando South including both the east and west coasts of Florida.
-Islamorada has recently gained shelf space in South Florida Publix for Sandbar Sunday, Islamorada Ale, and Channel Marker IPA.
Overall Rating (1-5): I really enjoyed the look and feel of the new facility and the beer is definitely targeting folks looking for session brews. I’m rating Islamorada a 3.75 out of 5. I look forward to visiting them again once the brewery is fully operational.
What was missing: There wasn’t a dark beer on the tap list, which for me is a big no-no. In this case, it’s understandable because everything they had ready was used for their grand opening and went fast. Also having no music in the taproom just seemed out of character.
In closing, I think Fort Pierce will welcome Islamorada with open arms. They are certainly a stop to be made for a growler or three the night before heading out on the water.
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