Don’t let the size of 3rd Planet Brewing in Niceville fool you. It may be small in square footage, but their beers and atmosphere are certainly big in flavor and overflowing with Southern hospitality.
It’s not out of the ordinary to see Tim McCool, one of the brewery’s co-owners, making his way from table to table laughing, shaking hands, and greeting both regular visitors and newcomers. The brewery and taproom are housed within an old one-bedroom house along Partin Drive that McCool and his team renovated into a cozy place that proudly displays American Flags, military coins, and a beer can collection.
It’s definitely the type of place where you want to belly up to the bar for a few brews. The taproom features 14 handles that showcase a variety of beer styles, from light to dark and everywhere in between, brewed in-house, as well as some featured beers from local breweries.
“We have a cool environment, a great selection of beers, we’re kid friendly and dog friendly,” says McCool, who opened the brewery and taproom with his business partner in 2016. “We have no TVs or loud music, just my mom’s old radio in there playing music.”
The idea was to encourage patrons to relax, enjoy a cold beverage and talk to each other. Needless to say, it’s worked. 3rd Planet Brewing has become quite the popular hangout in Niceville. From local military members and residents to visitors from as far away as Panama City, the brewery stays pretty busy.
“It’s been incredible so far,” McCool says of the community’s reception. “The city appreciates what we’ve brought to Niceville and what we have to offer.”