Nothing satisfies one’s thirst on a warm, sunshine-filled Florida day than a cold craft beer. Lucky for visitors and locals alike, the Fort Myers and Cape Coral area has several tried-and-true and new tap rooms in the area.
16120 San Carlos Boulevard
The location can’t be beaten — in a strip mall, right on the main drag into Fort Myers Beach – and the character and beers are hard to beat, too. Inside there is plenty of dark wood, giving the small tap room a homey vibe, and many of the patrons seemed to be regulars. The beer selection is outstanding, as well, with 15+ taps and four guest beers on my most recent visit, including a red, lager, IPA, and a couple of sours – truly something for everyone.
10970 S Cleveland Ave #402
Located in a nondescript office park, but made all the better with a winery across the parking area. The tap room offers up to 10 in-house brews and a host of guest taps in a home-spun/laid-back space where the bar-keep was on a first name basis with almost half the customers. There’s Tuesday trivia, monthly comedy, and music several nights a week.
4224 Cleveland Avenue
A busy location on Route 41, across from the Edison Mall, so in the heart of everything. They had an excellent tap list with 19 different beers, plus they had some barrel-aged beer when I visited. And don’t be fooled by the gimmicking beer names (Hell Bound, Reaper Rye Ale, Bone Biter IPA), as the beer is outstanding, brewed by a man with true passion for the craft. Patrons can sit at the bar, relax in booths, and play some foosball. There is outdoor seating, but it’s between the parking lot and entrance.
839 Miramar St, Cape Coral
Located just behind Cape Coral’s main shopping and dining area and in the former space occupied by Cape Coral Brewing. The beer, when I visited in July, was brewed at Big Storm Brewing in Tampa, but they planned to have at least 4 beers brewed in-house, as of August. The place is a place of regulars (one even brought in some delicious homemade jerky) and has a wide variety of beer, my brother, a friend, and I sampled.
4721 SE 10th Pl, Cape Coral
Located a short distance from Big Storm is Big Blue Brewing, on the other side of Cape Coral Parkway. Big Blue Brewing is a brewery and full restaurant, so a great place to stop if you are in need of sustenance. Both the food and beer are good and they have a lovely area for outdoor dining.
And if you want to try more breweries in the area, be sure to visit www.swflaletrail.com and read up on the Southwest Florida Ale Trail and the “passport” where you can visit more than 15 breweries in the area (designated driver, please!), get your passport stamped, and be eligible to win some fabulous prizes. All of the above breweries are on the list, as well as:
Lori is a content writer at Sun Country Airlines. When it comes to what she loves most about Sun Country, it’s all about the affordability and nonstop flights from MSP (oh, and the ease of Terminal 2). Her favorite destinations are the ones she hasn’t been to yet, but can’t wait to explore, including Portland, Austin, and Santa Rosa.