With such a righteous microbrewing scene in Duval County, you might forget picturesque Fernandina Beach. But don’t count them out of the brewing scene — in fact, Karibrew Brew Pub & Grub, part of Café Karibo, has been serving in-house craft brews since February 2009.
It’s located a block off Centre Street, and co-owners Tim and Theresa Poynter have created an atmosphere that’s pure urban funk. Karibrew lures locals and flocks of tourists to stop in to cool off their heels in the pub, the café or the shaded patio that is so old-meets-new Florida, you might look around to see if George J.F. Clarke’s ghost has stopped in for a pint.
Most popular on tap is the Karibrew American pilsner, a smooth, easy-drinking variety that goes great with a pirate hat. Be sure to try Sloppy Skip’s Stout or a seasonal (currently Summer Wheat). “We pour the beer directly from the fermentation tank,” manager Colin Dooley said. “The fermentation tanks add so much flavor.”
With live music on the patio on Friday and Saturday beneath swaying oak trees and fresh, delectable cuisine that’s 100 percent Northeast Florida – much of the produce comes from local sources — between bites of Spicy Thai Noodles, you’ll be asking yourself why you waited so long to make the trip.