Florida Keys Brewing Company: A Must-Stop On A Keys Road Trip
If you’re planning a road trip through the gorgeous and unique Florida Keys—which I highly recommend—one of the stops that absolutely needs to be on your itinerary short list is the charming Florida Keys Brewing Company.
FKBC was the Upper Keys’ first microbrewery, and serves up delicious seasonal and tropical-inspired craft brews (made with local ingredients) seven days a week. It also has a super fun vibe and is the perfect place to while away an hour (or three) while road trippin’.
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The popular Florida Keys brewery is located in the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, and their kitschy tasting room and colorful beer garden certainly reflect that.
You can take a tour of the brewery, build your own flight of beers to taste, grab a bite from the food truck outside, or play games or listen to music in the garden. Check out their website to see hours (typically 11a-10p), any special events, and what beers they’re pouring right now.
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What to do at Florida Keys Brewing Co
I didn’t have gobs of time, but I definitely wanted to sample some of the beers. The bartender gave me a sheet to choose from, and I selected one that was a definite “yes” (the stout) and then some others that sounded interesting.
If I’d had more time I also would have grabbed tacos from the food truck, but had a lunch destination in mind already (Porky’s Bayside, to try their fried key lime pie).
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I decided to drink them out back in the garden, and am CRUSHED I didn’t see the brewery’s resident kitty, Purr Monster. He even has his own Instagram! (@purrmonsterrfkbc)
So how was the beer?? Well let’s run them down. Out of all of them, the Honey Hibiscus Kolsch and the Hazelnut Hole Irish Red were the most surprising and delightful.
- The Iguana Bait Honey Hibiscus Kolsch was refreshing & light, really lovely.
- The Power Pucker Hibiscus Guava Sour was…tart 🙂 I’m not a big sour person so not surprised that it wasn’t my fave.
- The Queen of the South Vanilla Cream Ale was somewhat nondescript.
- The Hazelnut Hole Irish Red was interesting & not as bite-y as I sometimes think an Irish red is.
- The Smugglers Moon Oatmeal Stout was a bit milder than I prefer but still good.
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And I have to spend a minute just talking about the beer garden area! It’s so cute and welcoming…you can grab a seat and just people watch, or they have games like giant Jenga or corn hole.
The brewery has live music seven days a week (depending on time of day), and I was sad to miss that…I was here around 11:30am on a Thursday before the big spring break rush, so not peak time.
I *think* you could bring in some food of your own if you wanted as well (you might want to double check that), but otherwise check out the food truck outside.
Hopefully I’ve convinced you that Florida Keys Brewing Co is a must-visit!
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