One of the new television shows this fall season is “Pan Am” on ABC. Set in 1963, the show tells the story of several flight attendants (then called “stewardesses”) at the beginning of the jet age.
For us, the show immediately reminded us of the birthplace of Pan Am in Key West. And it just happens to be the home of a brewpub now.
Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery is located at 301 Whitehead Street in Key West. You can enter under this sign to go right to the outside seating.
Or you can go around the right side of the part of the original building where Pan American Airlines was born to both the inside bar and the brewery itself.
The brew tank at the entrance lets you know you’re at the right place.
This large sign on the corner of Caroline and Whitehead lists the beers that Kelly’s brews on premises.
But, next to the beer sign is this sign telling you that you are at an historic place.
The wall between the breezeway entrance and the inside seating is separated by some display cases with Pan Am memorabilia in them.
The beer is pretty good. We happened to be there on a down day and it was hard to get a good picture of the brewhouse. We also managed to miss getting a picture of the bar top made from the wing of an airplane.
It seems sometimes that if you throw a rock you’ll hit something historic in Key West. Or a drunk tourist. If I were you I’d avoid the rock-throwing drunk tourists and get a beer at Kelly’s. You won’t be sorry.