best brewery experience in Pensacola

Doing it all for the people; Emerald Republic Brewery is for those who live, think and dream outside the standard and the norm. 

Emerald Republic: The best brewery in Pensacola

Emerald Republic Brewery is a one-of-its-kind local brewery for people who love to live, think and dream outside the standard and the norm.

Here’s why. Chill atmosphere, solid drink menu, different spaces to relax, including a spacious and dog-friendly beer garden, fun events hosted every week, and incredible brewery team creating a unique experience that Pensacola regulars rave about. 

More on that below summarized from over 200 5-star customer reviews…


Chill Atmosphere at ERB

At ERB, the vibe is everything. The carefully designed aesthetic with moody elements sets the tone for a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else in Pensacola. Drink in hand, you’ll relax in our comfortable furniture with a “come as you are,” friendly and relaxed vibe. 

Emerald Republic Brewery is equally enjoyable for large groups as it is for a party of one. Come with friends or come to meet friends. These are your people.

Hungry? The Short Fuse food truck sits right outside and serves food our customers can’t get enough of. Good beer. Good food. Good vibes. You are welcome here. 


Wide selection of quality beers, cocktails, and non alcoholic beverages

Taste the passion we brew into our award winning variety of beers, including brown and cream ales, sours, and pilsners. 

Love craft beer? That’s our speciality. Whether you’re looking for a unique zing on the tongue or a tried and trusty staple, we have you covered. 

Yea, we brew great beer, but we also have options for non-beer drinkers. A little bit of something for everyone with a versatile drink menu, no matter your group’s dynamic palate. 


Spacious Beer Garden

ERB has multiple areas to enjoy beer, including a fan favorite spacious beer garden. Dog people are our people. Bring your pup and enjoy your favorite beer in a setting that will make your heart whole again. 

Nothing beats relaxing in the warm Pensacola, Florida air with friends in a chill outdoor setting while listening to live music around the outdoor stage.

Many of our regular events are hosted in our beer garden. 

Fun events hosted regularly

Emerald Republic Brewing hosts fun events all the time. We’ve got weekly trivia, bingo, and live music planned, making our local brewery a staple for people looking to have a good time.

Emerald Republic Brewery is Pensacola’s top spot to drink beer with friends or meet new people who are looking to relax and unwind.

Tap to learn about our Upcoming Events

If you’re looking for event space to host a private event in Pensacola, we offer that too. Contact the Emerald Republic Brewing team for more information about creating an unforgettable experience for your guests. 

Great people to match the unforgettable vibe

Our ERB team is unmatched. Our customer service is top notch because we’re the good-to-be-around salt of the earth kind of people who are also knowledgeable about beer. We love our jobs and you can tell in the way we share our craft with the good people who visit Emerald Republic Brewery.

All of our staff are certified beer servers of the Cicerone Certification Program, and they can describe our beers better to you than any menu possibly could. So if you look at our boards and see a beer you like, ask them for all the details. You’ll be pleasantly surprised what you’ll learn. Are you a good fit to join our Emerald Republic Brewing team? Please fill out the form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. 


Come have a beer with us.

Plenty of parking and a convenient location along with the the chill atmosphere and high quality beer to make Emerald Republic Brewery the best brewery in all of Pensacola.

Trials & Tribulations

The Story of the Republic


Emerald Republic was devised in 2008 when owner/founder Phil Zayas began his passion for homebrewing.


Phil probably could have gone from homebrewer straight into business, but he wanted to hone his craft. In 2017 Phil graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a Professional and Master Brewers Certificate. He then began the journey to find a perfect home for the Republic.


Phil saw the blossoming craft beer scene and wanted to extend it to the west side of Downtown Pensacola, Florida. In 2018, the Republic found its home in an old auto-mechanic shop that was built in the 1960s. Inspired by its industrial past, Emerald Republic took shape with its minimalistic colors, exposed trusses, and open space- while still having a warm, inviting ambiance.


Emerald Republic opened its doors with six beers on tap for the first time. During the first few months of being open, Emerald Republic provided a neighborhood hangout with a heavy metal twist, with metal Mondays and an eclectic set of music being played. Unfortunately, after only being in operation for three months, Emerald Republic temporarily shut down due to the global COVID pandemic.


After restrictions had been lifted, the doors to the Republic opened once again. Emerald Republic flourished until Hurricane Sally hit Pensacola and damaged the facility. Unfortunately, Emerald republic faced the third closure, and hopefully, it’s last.


On the morning of April 10, 2021, a microburst hit Emerald Republic Brewing Company, damaging 90% of the facility.


After eight long months of hard work and construction, Emerald Republic finally had its Grand Re-Re-Re Opening. And we are here to stay.

Founder // Brewer


Phil has a long history in the beer industry. From graduating at UC Davis in the Brewing Science and Technology Program, he was later working in sales for New Belgium, to now as the owner of Emerald Republic. Phil devised the concept for ERBC in 2008 and has been crafting the details since.

Phil wears many hats around the Republic. Brewer, electrician, painter, engineer, teacher, you name it. When Phil isn’t doing the many things he does at ERBC, he enjoys listening to metal (all kinds), riding his Harley, oh and taking care of those plants and stray cats of his.

Meet Our Crew

The Team

Taproom Manager // Talent Buyer
Josh is a taproom manager and talent buyer with ERBC. He came to Emerald Republic with extensive experience in the hospitality and music industry, and a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality management from UWF. Josh loves listening to metal music, going for a run, adding to his tattoo collection, and hanging out with his three legged pitty named Crash. Josh is a big fan of west coast hoppy IPA’s, his favorite beer at ERBC is Lupulus Retrograde.
Sales Representative

Grier is a Cincinnati native who came to Pensacola to attend UWF. After graduation Grier learned that she could make a career of drinking beer and became a distributor sales rep before landing a job with ERBC. In her free time you can find Grier picking up weights, or spending time with her dog. The CDC now recommends you buy Grier a sour beer on a nice sunny day.


Alicia grew up in the Northeast but now calls Florida home. She is currently working on her Master’s towards becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). She spends a lot of time in the gym and competes nationally in Olympic weightlifting. Alicia is also passionate about traveling and occasionally hermitessing to obsessively read or play Animal Crossing for hours. She loves New England IPA’s, dislikes paper straws that crumble after the first sip, and her spirit animal is a moth.

Brand Ambassador
Carolynn is a Pensacola native, currently in school for radiology, and helping people through her work and healthcare experience is one of her passions. In her spare time, you can find Carolynn at the beach or spending time with her three dogs and fiancée.
Meet Jordan, our assistant brewer. Jordan has been with us for the past few months learning the ropes around the brewery. She came to us with experience working at several other local breweries, so this ain’t her first rodeo. When she isn’t slinging around kegs in the brewhouse or hauling hops around the brewery, she can be found hanging out with her kiddo, her doggo, roller derbying, and cruising around the beach in her Jeep. Jordan is an integral part of our production crew and we love having her with us.
Mike has been stalking ERBC since last December when we brought him in for special events around the brewery to help out. When we had an opening pop up, Mike jumped on it and became one of our regular bartenders here. Mike is originally from Arizona but was brought to Pensacola for family. When he’s not slinging beers at ERBC, you can catch him keeping the peace at Vinyl as a security guard. Mike likes going to the shooting range, painting Warhammer minis, and watching sports ball. He is also known to enjoy craft beer in any capacity and does not discriminate between styles of beer. If you’ve ever met Mike, you know his pup Kimber is not far away so keep the treats ready.
Born in Ohio, Oceana has been a resident of Pensacola for the majority of her life. When she isnt slinging beers like a badass bartender at Emerald Republic, she is hustling and slinging homes around Pensacola as a local badass real estate agent. On her off time she enjoys chilling at the home on her patio with her pup, Lady, and her small army of cats. She enjoys reading, gardening and traveling and is a massive fan of lager beer.

Emerald Republic Brewing Reviews

One of us. One of us.

Want to become a part of our brewery team?

…You 21?