Craft beer, food, live music on tap Nov. 10 at first-ever Matanzas Craft Beer Fest on the Bay

Matanzas on the Bay on Fort Myers Beach is pleased to announce its first-ever craft beer event, “Matanzas Craft Beer Fest on the Bay,” on tap from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Bringing local breweries, musicians, and cuisine to Matanzas on the Bay’s waterfront setting along the back bay of Fort Myers Beach, the fundraising event will benefit Operation Open Arms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the care and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military personnel.

Matanzas on the Bay has partnered with J.J. Taylor Distributing to bring five local beer vendors to this first-time event. They include Bone Hook Brewing Company, Fort Myers Brewing Company, Momentum Brewhouse, Palm City Brewing and Point Ybel Brewing Company.

Soulixer will perform from noon to 2 p.m., introducing a blend of indie rock and soul.

Soulixer’s performance will be followed by Sheena Brook, local singer-songwriter, and The Voice contestant, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Matanzas on the Bay will serve up a selection of its popular cuisine, with tasty bites offered throughout the event. Guests can also participate in a number of prize drawings, with proceeds also benefiting Operation Open Arms.

Tickets for Matanzas Craft Beer Fest on the Bay are available for $50, and includes access to craft beer, food and music. Advance ticket purchases can be made at the restaurant or online at www.MatanzasontheBay.com, and can also be purchased on-site the day of event.

The event will take place on the outside deck at Matanzas on the Bay, 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach. The show will go on rain or shine. Should weather require, live performances will be moved to Petey’s Upper Deck, the restaurant’s upstairs sports bar.

About Operation Open Arms

Operation Open Arms is a 501(c)(3) charity and nationally acclaimed military outreach program that provides active, foreign duty U.S. service personnel every possible act of kindness through unique outreach services and PTSD mental health care within 30 days of returning home from deployment. For the past 12 years, Operation Open arms has continued to make a difference in the lives of more than 3,500 U.S. troops returning from combat or foreign duty stations, totaling $13.8 million in direct tangible benefits. For more information about Operation Open Arms and its efforts, visit www.OperationOpenArms.org.

About Matanzas on the Bay

Matanzas on the Bay and Petey’s Upper Deck are best known for waterfront views, fresh seafood, and old Florida ambiance. They are located at 416 Crescent St. on Fort Myers Beach on Estero Bay. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, as well as caters to special occasions and private parties.

The restaurant has a commitment to use as many locally sourced products as possible. Matanzas on the Bay offers seafood from Blue Star Seafood Company, produce from Pair-A-Dice Produce and draft beer from Fort Myers Brewery. Its upstairs sports bar is Petey’s Upper Deck. They are popularly known for its Dave’s Dockside Pizza, named the best pizza on Fort Myers Beach. The restaurant is located adjacent to the Matanzas Bayside Inn waterfront accommodations. It is just steps away from the Fort Myers Beach entertainment district. Free car parking and boat dockage is available. To book your party or for more information, call 239-463-3838 or visit www.MatanzasontheBay.com.