The Best Breweries on Sanibel and Captiva Islands

When you’re considering a trip to the Sanibel Island area, there are tons of fun activities to enjoy. Stroll along the sand and try to find some unique seashells, go on unforgettable hikes on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, head into a local museum or historic site to learn about the past, or try some mouthwatering local seafood caught right off the coastline.

If you’re looking for the perfect way to relax and unwind after a long day of sightseeing, head into one of the top Sanibel Island breweries! Each of these breweries is located just a few minutes from our Sanibel vacation rentals and is offering up one-of-a-kind drinks for you to end the day with. 

Point Ybel Brewing Company

Take a day trip to nearby Fort Myers to experience the incredible Point Ybel Brewing Company. This brewery has been a local staple since 2013 and is owned by Jordan Weisberg, the Head Brewer and co-owner with an insane passion for brewing. On tap here, you’ll find unique sours, wheat beers, stouts, and even hard seltzers. In addition to the brews themselves, Point Ybel Brewing Company is also known for its fun events throughout the week. Stop in for trivia on Wednesday nights, live music every Saturday, or yoga on Sunday! The delicious drinks and the welcoming atmosphere is a recipe for success every time.

You can find Point Ybel Brewing Company at 16120 San Carlos Boulevard in Fort Myers. Their hours are as follows: 

  • Monday and Tuesday: 2 to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday through Friday: 2 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 noon to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 noon to 8 p.m.
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Eight-Foot Brewing

Located about 40 minutes away from Sanibel Island, Florida, in Cape Coral, Eight-Foot Brewing is one of the most unique breweries near Sanibel Island. Of course, the brewery is passionate about delivering the top-quality, most delicious brews you’ll find in the area, but that’s not their only mission. Eight-Foot Brewing is also dedicated to educating its customers about beer and developing a sense of community by working with local farmers and businesses to source their ingredients. In addition to their IPAs, sours, stouts, and other beers, you can find wines and non-alcoholic brews on their menu. Be sure to keep up with them on Facebook to see what events might be happening while you’re in town! 

Eight-Foot Brewing can be found at 4417 SE 16th Place, Unit 11 in Cape Coral. Their hours are as follows: 

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday through Thursday: 2 to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 2 to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday 12 noon to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 to 7 p.m.

Big Storm Brewing Co. Cape Coral

Another popular spot in Cape Coral is Big Storm Brewing Co. They’ve got locations in Clearwater, Orlando, and other areas in Florida. Still, the Cape Coral location is easily convenient for guests in our Sanibel Island rentals! This award-winning destination has all the makings of a world-class brewery, from the inviting atmosphere to the delicious food and drink menu and the extraordinary events nearly every day. You can get something light, pick a hoppy variety, or choose something malty, sour, or dark for your beer. This is also an excellent spot for dinner since their food menu is truly massive!

Big Storm Brewing Co. is located at 4721 SE 10th Place. They’re open at 11 a.m. every day. On Monday and Tuesday, they close at 10 p.m.; on Wednesday and Thursday, they close at 11 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday, they close at 12 midnight; and on Sunday, they close at 9 p.m.

Botanical Brewing Co.

Are you interested in visiting a brewery but don’t feel like drinking beer? Botanical Brewing Co. is the place you want to be. Here, they offer plant-infused sparking teas on tap, which they call “delicious euphoria without the hangover.” Many of the flavors they offer are inspired by fresh flavors like orange, peach, tiki apple, hibiscus berry, melon, passionfruit, and more. You can enjoy a drink on tap, grab a can, or even get a keg to share with your friends! Of course, there’s always something fun going on at their taproom; some recent events have included drag queen bingo, a Sunday Funday game night, a Christmas after-party, and more! Plus, if you fall in love with their brews, you can order them online and have them sent right to your home after your trip.

To visit Botanical Brewing Co., head to 830 Miramar Street in Cape Coral. They’re open every day of the week from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Palm City Brewing Company

When you visit the Palm City Brewing Company, you’ll not only experience delicious brews, but you’ll also get to join in fun events, and rest assured that you’re supporting a good cause. Palm City sponsors all kinds of incredible organizations around the area, including the Golisano Children’s Museum, San Carlos Little League, Wounded Warriors of Naples, and more. But how do they make money to support these causes? By holding all kinds of incredible events and serving up their unique brews, offering everything from golden ales and Pilsners to IPAs, sours, and more. Be sure to get in on fun events like weekly trivia on Thursday, $10 Beer and Burger Night on Wednesday, and “family-friendly fun” on Sundays!

If you’re headed to Fort Myers, you can find Palm City Brewing Company at 7887 Drew Circle #130. Here are their open hours: 

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 3 to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday through Friday: 3 to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 noon to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Smokin Oyster Brewery

Calling themselves “the classiest dive on Fort Myers Beach,” Smokin Oyster Brewery is one spot you don’t want to miss out on. The building started as an old Florida home, but in 1997, it was renovated and became the Smokin Oyster Brewery as we know it today. As the name suggests, oysters and brews are two of the biggest hits here. Their handcrafted microbrew is the perfect complement to any seafood dishes on the regular menu. You can also find all kinds of unique cocktails if you’re in the mood for something different. Whether you want a fun night out with the family or a relaxing and casual dinner with your friends, Smokin Oyster Brewery is the place to make it happen.

You can visit the Smokin Oyster Brewery at 340 Old San Carlos Boulevard in Fort Myers Beach. They’re open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Scotty’s Bierwerks

Finally, when you want to take a break from the things to do on Sanibel Island and head to Cape Coral, take a trip to Scotty’s Bierwerks. One of the most significant benefits of Scotty’s is their ever-changing selections; they use local ingredients to craft seasonally flavored beers so that you can try something new every time. You’ll find all kinds of unique options, from oatmeal stouts to double IPAs, ciders, pale ales, and more. They also offer many of their brews in cans to go! On top of all that, they tend to have a fun event or awesome special going on every single day of the week. Check out their website to learn more!

Visit Scotty’s Bierwerks at 901 East Industrial Circle in Cape Coral. They’re open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday from 1 to 10 p.m.; Saturday from 12 noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 noon to 7 p.m.

Plan Your Visit!

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If you’re searching for the best breweries on Sanibel Island, we’d suggest making a fun trip to one of these excellent spots. You’re sure to find delicious brews and welcoming atmospheres for an unforgettable night with your friends. Just be sure to have a designated driver, so you get back to your Sanibel or Captiva vacation rentals safely! We’re just a quick flight away from Southwest Florida, and the incredible breweries are just one of the reasons Sanibel Island is worth the flight! Want to learn more about planning your trip to our shores? Contact Gopher Rentals today to learn more about all of our Sanibel Island vacation rentals!