Five years ago, Craig and Cheryl McBay opened Florida Keys Brewing Company (FKBC), the first and only 100% locally owned and operated brewery in Islamorada. On Feb. 16, they celebrated their milestone in true FKBC style – with iguana races, axe throwing, live music, and, of course, lots of beer. The McBays bought the original warehouse at the Morada Way Arts & Cultural District in 2014 and celebrated their grand opening in March 2015. Subsequently, they opened the Beer Garden, dedicating the OG taproom primarily to tours, special events and, well, brewing the beer. Offering delicious, local and unique brews, FKBC has also grown to fill an entertainment gap in the Upper Keys by hosting fun and frequent events. In honor of their special five-year occasion, FKBC opened the original taproom for the day and featured their unofficial anniversary beer “Big Dick,” a stout aged in Jack Daniel’s barrels and named after the late Jack Snipes – a local musician known for his band Big Dick & The Extenders (or for some – Big Richard & the Family Fun Band). There were dedicated iguana racing pit crews (like Team Lighting McGreen), brew-serving mermaids and Iguana Bait-yielding Mr. Iwanna Iguana.

Look out for this guy! Pete Roell takes his aim in axe throwing. Also pictured is Mike Walsh of oTHErside Boardsports.
Mike Henderson, known here as Mr. Iwanna Iguana, has an envy-worthy job title – “Florida Keys Beer Guy.”
Brett Hagood and his racing competitor, Get the Lead Out.
3305/3309/3310: The day was filled with live music from Micah, the Alex Anthony Band and The Carousers.
The crowds lined up for FKBC’s first annual Iguana Races.
Anja Pankretic, Louis Lindner, Doug Brewer, Christina Sarmiento, Sam Dahmer and Wyatt Hosmer enjoy the beer and festivities.
Florida Keys Brewing Company promises fun times for kids and kids at heart.
Florida Keys Brewing Company opened their original taproom to the public in honor of their 5th anniversary.
Alex and Jeff Absten enjoyed a daddy-daughter day full of beer and axe throwing.

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