If you’re a fan of tasty ales, lagers, stouts, porters or any other craft brews, Franklin County is the ideal destination for your next vacation. Home to two popular, award-winning breweries plus an annual beer tasting event, the Forgotten Coast has become a hot spot for beer lovers.
Keep reading to learn more about our booming local beer scene.
Oyster City Brewing Company
It used to be when you told folks you’re from Apalachicola, they’d say, “We love oysters!” These days, they exclaim, “We love Oyster City Beer!”
Located in downtown Apalachicola, Oyster City Brewing Company was founded in 2014 by Cassie Gary, Susan Gary, Rex Humphries and Bo Walker. Cassie, Susan and Rex, owners of Apalachicola’s Owl Cafe & Tap Room, have long shared a passion for fine wine and craft beer. Combine that with Bo’s experience in the brewing industry, and you have the recipe for a winning craft brewery.
Oyster City has skyrocketed in popularity since it first opened. Offering unique craft beers like Apalach IPA, Hooter Brown Tupelo Honey Ale and Mill Pond Dirty Blonde Ale, OCBC is now brewing delicious craft beer seven days a week.
This past March, Oyster City Brewing Company won a medal during the annual Best Florida Beer event Tampa, considered the pinnacle of craft beer awards in the Sunshine State. OCBC took the bronze in the “Amber or Red Ale” category for its delightful Red Right Return Amber Ale.
Eastpoint Beer Company
The Forgotten Coast’s second craft brewery, Eastpoint Beer Company, opened in 2018. Founded by Josh Parker, EBC offers a variety of craft brews, including Glen Hay IPA, Eastpoint Beer, Night Sailor – Black IPA, Panhandle Punch, Dowd’s Stout and That Red Phase. In January 2019, just few months after opening, EBC’s The Dark Overlord Imperial Stout took “Best Beer” in the Tallahassee Beer Festival.
SGI Brewfest Coming in April!
In addition to our two popular breweries, the Forgotten Coast also hosts an exciting annual beer event: the St. George Island Brewfest! If you’re a beer lover, don’t forget to mark your calendar for our fourth annual Brewfest. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 1 to 4 pm at Paddy’s Raw Bar and Journeys of St. George Island. This one-day beer tasting festival promotes the appreciation of craft beer. Plus, the SGI Brewfest is a fundraiser for the Franklin County Humane Society—which means all proceeds from this “pawesome” event will benefit the homeless dogs and cats of Franklin County!
As you can see, the Forgotten Coast has quickly become a beer lover’s paradise! If you’re ready to taste our delicious local brews, come on down for a visit. Book your trip today. Cheers!