While there aren’t many breweries in Gulf Shores, AL – there’s only Big Beach Brewing Co – you’ll find plenty of other restaurants and bars serving craft beer when you need your fix.

Gulf Coast breweries and restaurants offer options for every beer drinker with ales, stouts, and more. You can enjoy carefully crafted beers on outdoor decks overlooking the beaches. There’s no better way to end your day than watching the sunset while sipping a local favorite.

After you’ve spent the day kayaking in Gulf Shores or exploring Gulf State Park, having a cold brew hits the spot.

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through this link, I may earn a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for keeping Stuck On The Go going! I was hosted by Visit Alabama Beaches for my time in Gulf Shores. All opinions are my own.

Breweries in Gulf Shores, AL

Right now, Big Beach Brewing is the only Gulf Shores brewery you’ll find. It’s well worth a visit when you’re in town though!

Fall was a perfect time to visit and enjoy the cooler weather on their outdoor patio in the evening.

Big Beach Brewing Company

Pint of pale beer on bar top

Address: 300 E 24th Ave

What started as a hobby became the first brewing company in Gulf Shores. Big Beach Brewing Company boasts three honors. They’re the first brewery in Gulf Shores, the southernmost brewery in Alabama, and they’re a certified small and independent craft brewery. 

Known for their ales, you’ll find IPAs, Stouts, Cream Ales, and Belgian style beers in their taproom.

I tried Rod’s Reel Cream Ale, Area 251 Hazy IPA, Coconautilus (Brown Ale), and Patience (Japanese Rice Lager). My favorite was the hazy IPA but that’s no surprise – it usually is.

How they run their beer to their taps is just as unique as their beers. Behind the bar are 300-gallon vessels running directly to the taps. This keeps the beer fresher than pouring it into a keg. 

When you visit, you’ll find an open and airy taproom with plenty of seating. Don’t worry if it’s a little cool, they have a fireplace too!

Like most taprooms, they don’t serve food, but you can bring your own, or order and have it delivered. Sometimes there are food trucks for additional options. 

Big Beach Brewing is children and dog friendly. With live music on the weekends and fun events like Bend & Brews Yoga, it’s a great place to relax and unwind. Check their website to see who’s playing and what events are scheduled.

Gulf Shores Restaurants & Bars with Craft Beer

Many restaurants in Gulf Shores offer local craft brews. While most strive to support Alabama and other nearby businesses, you’ll find a few additional choices mixed in. 

Several restaurants are located on or near the beach. With great views, good food, and craft beer, it’s the perfect ending to a day of walking around.

If you’re looking for the best way to start your day then don’t miss these breakfast restaurants in Gulf Shores.

Fresh Off the Boat

Hand on glass of beer looking over water

Address: 27267 Perdido Beach Blvd Suite 105

Fresh Off the Boat is located right on the water in SanRoc Cay marina. You can’t miss the two-story terra cotta colored building. Enjoy the air conditioning inside, or the covered patio out back. Personally, I recommend the outdoor patio overlooking the marina.

You’ll find a variety of craft beers heavily featuring southeast breweries from AL, MS, and NC. For entertainment, check their website for the live music schedule! 

Along with your beer is a menu full of entrees made from locally sourced ingredients. Seafood is heavily featured, but there are plenty of options.

When I visited Gulf Shores, I was able to attend their Unibroue Beer Dinner where their chef paired amazing dishes with various Unibroue beers. I can’t recommend this enough if they’re doing one while you’re in town!

Luna’s Eat & Drink

Address: 25689 Canal Road Suite B

Luna’s Eat & Drink may not look like a restaurant from the outside, but inside it’s casual dining and good beer at its finest. 

When you enter, you’ll see the large bar with a chalkboard above listing over 30 beers they offer on tap! Luna’s supports Gulf Coast breweries and fills out the rest with other well-known beers like Hi-Wire Brewing’s 10W-40 Stout. You’ll even find a few international choices. If you like sour beers, this is a great place to come. They try to keep a few on tap year-round.

Arrive for Happy Hour between 4 pm to 6 pm daily for specials on draft beer and beer flights. Pair your drinks with their Beer Cheese Dip as you relax at one of their outside tables. 

Pink Pony Pub

Address: 137 E Gulf Place

If there’s a “most well-known restaurant” in Gulf Shores, it’s Pink Pony Pub. The hard to miss bubble gum pink restaurant has been a local mainstay for over 50 years and it’s located right on Gulf Shores Beach. 

There’s nothing fancy here. Just good food and beer and fabulous sunsets. Imagine sitting at a picnic table on their back deck under an umbrella, sipping craft beer and watching the sun go down over the water.

Pink Pony Pub offers a variety of craft beers from all over, mostly in cans. 

Children are welcome until 9 pm, because that’s when the karaoke and live music take over. 

Foodcraft

Foodcraft is located in the beautiful Lodge at Gulf State Park.

Address: 21196 East Beach Blvd

Stunning is the only way to describe the beach view from Foodcraft. With the pier in the distance, waves hitting the shore, and elegantly presented dishes, you’ll want to stay for a while. 

The restaurant keeps a select group of craft beers on tap, sticking with local breweries. Most are from Alabama, with a few from nearby states. It’s a nice selection with an option for almost any beer drinker and prices are reasonable. 

Stay for a drink and appetizer on their back deck or grab dinner while you’re here. Personally, I would save room for dessert. They have a Banana Pudding Mason Jar on the menu – you don’t get more southern than that. 

POUR Smart Bar

Address: 4851 Wharf Pkwy E Space D-124

POUR Smart Bar in the Wharf has one of the largest selections of craft beer in town with over 150 beers on tap. It’s self-serve and the taps are hooked to screens that measure how many ounces you’ve poured and the cost in real time. 

When you check in, you’ll receive a pour card which is used to track how much you’ve spent. Since each beer has a different price per ounce, this is a handy way to monitor your spending. 

Pour Smart Bar is a unique experience and a great way to sample several craft beers. 

The Gulf – Orange Beach

Address: 27500 Perdido Beach Blvd

You can’t miss the bright blue shipping containers that house The Gulf at Orange Beach. The design just fits with the area. 

They’re also known for their elegant and rustic cuisine. I’d love to tell you what’s on the menu, but it changes daily. 

Like most Gulf Shores restaurants, they focus on local craft beers but add in a few from around the US. One of the more popular beers is the Surfside Pineapple Wheat by Chandeleur Island Brewing Company. Give it a try if it’s stocked when you go. 

Out back you have your choice of bar stools, picnic tables, or couches for seating. The Gulf is no fuss. It’s right on the water and the kids can play in the sand as you eat and enjoy your beverage. 

LuLu’s

Address: 200 East 25th Avenue

The sheer size of LuLu’s may make you want to turn around but give it a chance. Built near a marina, the large facility houses the restaurant, a beach area complete with volleyball nets, and a ropes course (opened seasonally). 

You can bring the kids knowing they’ll be entertained all day, while you sit back and have a drink and some great food. The food is fresh and made from scratch – a perfect pairing for your craft beverage. 

Their craft beer selection isn’t huge, but it has something for everyone. Their canned selection is more robust than their local draft options. They carry the Crazy Sista ales, and a few others. 

Fairhope Brewing Company (Fairhope, AL)

Address: 914 Nichols Ave, Fairhope, AL

About 30 minutes outside of Gulf Shores is Fairhope Brewing Company. You’ve likely seen their beers in local restaurants. From the front, the building is a plain red brick with their logo over the door. Inside is a large taproom and a small outdoor beer garden.  

They keep 14 beers and a cider on tap year-round, all with fun names. Personally, I like Banana Nut Muffin, an American Brown Ale, but they’re probably best known for their Rescue Dog Red Ale. 

They have everything from IPAs to stouts to crisp golden ales making everyone happy. 

The taproom is huge and can get crowded. There’s no food served, but you can bring your own and a few places will deliver. Food trucks often park out front too. 

Check their online calendar for food trucks, live music, and other events like live trivia.  

Wrap Up: Breweries in Gulf Shores, AL

If you enjoy well-crafted, small-batch beers then be sure to stop and check out one of the breweries or restaurants listed here the next time in you’re Gulf Shores.  

Want to enjoy some great beers at your hotel or condo, or found something you like and want to bring it back home to share with friends? Rouses grocery store is known for having a great selection of local craft beer available for purchase. 

With temperatures perfect for being outside year-round, make time to enjoy a beachside beverage, or visit a Gulf Shores brewery the next time you’re in town.

Similar Posts