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A Comprehensive Key West Brewery & Distillery Guide

Key West is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for craft beer and distilled spirits. Key West is now home to some of the best breweries in the Florida Keys, and a day on the beach with an ice-cold beer in hand spells the perfect holiday for sure. Spend an afternoon (or two!) exploring some of the best Key West breweries and distilleries. 

Waterfront Brewery

If you are dreaming of sipping beer while looking out on the expansive Gulf, then Waterfront Brewery is the place for you. True to its name, it looks out the Key West Historic Seaport. This Key West brewery opened in 2015 and has made a name for itself for its splendid craft brews. It is located in a large building and offers splendid entertainment via a large game room with pool tables.

First Flight

The name comes from the building in which First Flight is located in. The building was home to Pan American Airways when it began service in 1927. Now, it has been converted into a lovely brewery and is a great place to visit for aviation buffs and casual drinkers alike. Visitors will find Pan Am memorabilia all over the walls—right from the ceiling fan to the Sikorsky seaplane. First Flight is the first brewery in the Florida Keys. 

Papa’s Pilar Distillery

Papa’s Pilar Distillery is inspired by one of the most famous Key West residents, Ernest Hemingway. Named after Hemingway’s beloved boat, Pilar, this distillery will not let you down with its craft beer and selection of rum. Make sure to take home a bottle as a souvenir for your trip. 

Key West Distilling

Key West Distilling prides itself on getting the whole island aesthetic in their bar. Make sure to try out some distilled rums, vodka, gin, and whiskey. All of these are made on-site! You can take a tour of the distillery, but, make sure to take an appointment first.


If craft beer is on your mind, then there is nothing better than sampling some at a Key West brewery. When looking to plan a holiday at Key West, make sure to book yourself a suite at 1800 Atlantic. You can opt for resort-style beach living or an intimate setting in our Old Town Key West rentals. For that, you can check the availability online at 1800 Atlantic.

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