I started with a Banyan Brown while my girlfriend chose the Pensacola Bay Porter (her favorite). After admitting 'the more you drink, the better we sound', the band opened at 7:20 with I'm Shipping Up To Boston by the Dropkick Murphys. They continued with traditional Irish tunes mixed with a few mainstream rock songs, including I Would Walk 500 Miles, which it turns out is sadly just as irritating with a fiddle as without. Ignoring that unfortunate song choice, the band did a great job of turning the brewery into an Irish pub for the night.
I eventually moved on to the Deluna Extra Pale Ale while my girlfriend went with the Blackbeard Oatmeal Stout. For those keeping score, that's three gold medal winners and one silver at the 2012 Best Florida Beer Championships.
The crowd was steady and enthusiastic without being overwhelming, and the bartenders entertained themselves with hula hoops and the occasional quarters game. We look forward to the 2nd Annual Pensacola Bay Brewery Pre-St. Patricks day celebration next year.