After paying the cabbie (cabs >>> DWI, folks!) we stepped in and found ourselves in a pretty cool bar/tasting room at the front of the brewery. There was some glass so we could see the brewing operation going on behind, and all the beers lined up on tap. The deal they had going was a 9-beer sampler for free if you bought a glass... um, sounds good to me!
Following the Banyan Brown it was time for the Lighthouse Porter, which had been recommended before and was a two-time gold medal winner at the Florida Brewfest. This one lived up to the hype, a very good porter! And it was followed by another winner, the Li'l Napoleon IPA. A very nice hoppy 70 IBU IPA with a respectable 6.7% abv. Up last on the tasting was the Conquistador Doppelbock, 8.1% and lightly hopped. Unfortunately the doppelbock disappointed me, just not enough roasted malt character and rich tones to this one. Oh well... can't win them all. After the tasting Jay and I each had a sample of the Blackbeard Stout on nitro, which was right up there with the porter, IPA and ESB as winners of the day.
One day I hope Louisiana breweries will be able to have a bar in the front to serve their beers directly to customers, it was really cool to drink them straight from the source with the brewing operation in the background. As typical with a lot of smaller breweries, Pensacola Bay's brews were only available on tap (or growler from the brewery!) so if you find yourself in Pensacola and see them listed, it's worth giving them a try!