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Cheers to six years! Fort Myers Brewing Company celebrates sixth anniversary with beer festival on tap for Feb. 28 – March 3

Fort Myers Brewing Company is celebrating its sixth anniversary with a four-day festival that includes 15 food trucks, 7 live bands, a beer mile fun run, hangover party and beer… lots of beer.

A trendsetter in the craft beer industry, Fort Myers Brewing is Lee County’s first brewery and has been recognized as the “Best Brewery in Florida” at the Best Florida Beer Championships, has been awarded a gold medal in the US Beer Open and won a silver award in the 2018 World Beer Cup.

The four-day anniversary celebration will be held Thursday, Feb. 28 through Sunday, March 3 at Fort Myers Brewing’s location in the Gateway community, 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive, Suite 28, in Fort Myers. The family- and pet-friendly event features the staples that patrons have come to love about Fort Myers Brewing – cold beer, hot food, local musicians, fun and friendship.

“We have been overwhelmed with the community’s support since day one, and it’s amazing to think how quickly we’ve grown in such a short period of time,” said Rob Whyte, who co-founded Fort Myers Brewing with his wife, Jen Gratz-Whyte. “In addition to serving our flagship beers, we’re brewing specialty ales, stouts and lagers exclusively for the anniversary celebration, so we’ll have something for everyone – from the savviest craft beer drinker to someone new to craft beer.”

A flavorful selection of more than 50 craft beers will be on tap throughout the weekend and Fort Myers Brewing has recruited 15 locally operated food trucks for the event, including favorites like The Nosh Truck, Gator John’s BBQ and Doc Ford’s. Seven music acts also will take the stage, including headliners The Freecoasters, Ben Allen Band, Soulixer and Them Hamilton Boys.

Fort Myers Brewing is bringing back its popular Beer Mile from last year’s anniversary celebration. The race begins at noon on March 3 and has a very simple set of rules: “Drink a beer. Run one-fourth of a mile. Repeat three more times. Try not to fall down.” The cost is $30 for individual runners, $25 per person for teams of two or $20 per person for teams of four, and includes a T-shirt and one beer per lap. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest individual male and female participants.

For more information about the event, please follow “Fort Myers Brewing Company” on Facebook or call 239-313-6576. To register for the Beer Mile race, search for “6 Year Anniversary Beer Mile” on EventBrite.

Festival hours vary each day. The schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 28 (Noon to 11 p.m.)

  • Food truck rally (starts at 4): Currywurst Truck (noon), Hungry Pony Foodcart, The Nosh Truck, Three Little Birds Breakfast Truck, Flavour Street, Currywurst Truck
  • Live music: The Freecoasters (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)


Friday, March 1 (Noon to 11 p.m.)

  • Specialty beer releases
  • Food truck rally: H-Anger Management, Gator John’s BBQ, The Sizzle Truck, Red Roc Cravings, The Folkswagen
  • Live music: Gator Nate (3:30 to 6:30 p.m.), Ben Allen Band (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)


Saturday, March 2 (Noon to 11 p.m.)

  • Main event: Specialty brews will be released throughout the day and only served until the keg runs out
  • Food truck rally: The Nosh Truck, Rollin’ Raw Bar, Wicked Streatery, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, Vesuvius Wood-fired Pizza
  • Live music: Troublemakers (Noon to 3 p.m.), Real Deal Dueling Pianos (3 to 7 p.m.), Soulixer (7 to 11 p.m.)


Sunday, March 3 (Noon to 8 p.m.)

  • Beer Mile: Register online through EventBrite or in person beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, and the fun run begins at noon. Individual and team entries are available, and includes a T-shirt and beer.
  • Hangover Party: Specialty brews will be released throughout the day and only served until the keg runs out.
  • Food truck rally: Grumpy Goat Coffee, Bombin’Tacos, Currie’s Smokin’ Hot BBQ
  • Live music: Local DJ (noon – 2 p.m.), Them Hamilton Boys (2 to 6 p.m.)


About Fort Myers Brewing Company

Established in 2013, Fort Myers Brewing Company was the first microbrewery to open in Lee County and continues to lead Southwest Florida’s surging craft beer movement. Founded by Rob Whyte and Jen Gratz-Whyte, Fort Myers Brewing carries a signature line of flagship beers in addition to seasonal brews and small batch specialties. Its ales, pilsners, stouts and IPAs are winners of multiple prestigious awards, including golds at the Best Florida Beer Championships and a silver at the 2018 World Beer Cup. Fort Myers Brewing was named “Best Brewery in Florida” in 2016. The brewery is located at 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive, Suite 28, in Fort Myers. For more information, visit FMbrew.com or call 239-313-6576.

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