Enjoy a Beer on the Gulf Island Coast

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By Heather Turk

After a busy day, there’s nothing better than unwinding with a nice cold beer in your hand—especially when you’re on vacation. Allegiant passengers visiting Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach will find several places to kick back with a brew.

FAT POINT BREWING

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The taproom at Fat Point Brewing

Located in Punta Gorda, Fat Point Brewing has its own taproom on site featuring 10 rotating flavors. Must-try craft brews include the light and crisp Big Boca Ale and the hoppy Ryeght Angle IPA. Guests can savor the hand-crafted selections while watching five big-screen televisions and enjoying a flavorful pizza or pretzel. fatpoint.com

THE CELTIC RAY PUBLIC HOUSE

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A selection of beers from The Celtic Ray Public House

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in February, this Irish pub is the only Punta Gorda establishment exclusively selling imported and craft beers. Boasting more than 20 imported draught selections and six rotating Florida craft brews on tap, guests won’t find a single premium-domestic beer. Be sure to order a Fuller’s ESB, available straight from the keg, and a properly poured Guinness. celticray.net

THE ICE HOUSE PUB

Serving 34 rotating draughts and more than 100 bottle craft beers, The IceHouse Pub in downtown Punta Gorda is a great place to watch a game. Guests can sit at the English pub’s 37-foot mahogany bar or on its patio while enjoying beers like the Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan Nut Brown Ale or Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. theicehousepub.com

FLOUNDERS RESTAURANT AND TIKI BAR

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Flounders Restaurant and Tiki Bar serves a selection of craft beers on tap

Another local favorite, this Englewood establishment features 13 craft beers from around the U.S. on tap, including five from Florida breweries. Guests can enjoy a pint of Miami Brewing Company’s Shark Bait or Tampa Bay Brewing Company’s Reef Donkey APA while dancing to a live band or playing a game of cornhole. floundersonthebeach.com

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