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Pouring beer out of tap

Sip Your Way Through These Local Breweries

What better way to unwind under the warmth of the Florida sun than with a cool brew on hand? With craft breweries popping up throughout the Fort Myers area, even the most dedicated beer enthusiasts can find fresh flavors and meet the locals behind this dynamic scene. Follow the Southwest Florida Ale Trail to experience these breweries and more.

1. Fort Myers Brewing Company

From his origins in sunny San Diego to Fort Myers, Rob Whyte and his wife transformed a passion for making beer into an award-winning local brewery. As the first microbrewery in the county, Fort Myers Brewing Company is considered a pioneer in an ever-growing scene. Stop by for a perfect pairing of seasonal beers and food trucks, along with a menu of super hopped-up IPAs, fruit-infused brews, and other small-batch specialties. Ask about fan favorites like the warm, rich Vanilla, the locally beloved Cranberry Shandy, and a hoppy blonde ale with mango.

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2. Point Ybel Brewing Company

Built around the art of brewing, this Fort Myers staple has humble beginnings in a Sanibel Island kitchen. Named after the edge of Sanibel where the Point Ybel Lighthouse stands, this award-winning brewery was founded by Captain Walt and his wife, Amy, with brews crafted by brewmaster Jordan Weisberg. Offering everything from East Coast-style IPAs to the first sour ales in Southwest Florida, this local hot spot is always hopping with trivia nights, live music, and more.

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3. Eight-Foot Brewing

Find small-batch beers and other fermented beverages, along with flavorful small plates in this Cape Coral favorite. Relying on local ingredients and unique spins like hazy IPAs, Japanese-style rice lager, and an array of funky and sour flavors, there’s always something new to discover. Come for the beer, stay for the trivia and drag bingo.

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4. Riptide Brewing Company

When Riptide Brewing Company acquired the Bonita Springs Momentum Brewing, it doubled its presence in Florida (the original location is in nearby Naples). This independent brewhouse presents both traditional flavors and innovative seasonal beers, available in cans and on tap in a welcoming tasting room.

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5. Scotty’s Bierwerks

From Taco Tuesday to Trivia Thursday and Food Truck Friday, there’s always something brewing in this lively Cape Coral tasting room. Craft beers on tap run the gamut from blonde ale to oatmeal stout, along with handcrafted cans of beer to go.

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