With the boom of interest in craft brewing, the Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival promises to be more popular than ever. The 10th annual event will be held October 13-14, 2017, at the charming Village of Baytowne Wharf the perfect backdrop for fun-in-the-sun during the traditionally beautiful month of October.
Known as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast,” the festival will have opportunities to discover and sample specialty beers from around the country. The Baytowne Beer Festival is the largest beer event in Northwest Florida. This year’s event will feature a wide range of beers varying in strength and style.
From light pale ales and rich dark stouts to a number of bottled and yet-to-be-released fall beers – beer aficionados and novices will be able to savor the best in sudsy selections.
Here’s the schedule of events planned for the weekend:
Friday, October 13: Beer From Around Here
The event will take place in the Village Events Plaza from 6-8 p.m. Visitors will sample local breweries like Destin Brewery, Props Brewery, Fairhope Brewing Company, Idyll Hounds and Grayton Beer, taste appetizers from merchants in the Village, and enjoy live music by the Forrest Williams Band.
Saturday, October 14: Saturday VIP event
The VIP event will feature exclusive beer tastings, TimberCreek Distillery bourbon, and delicious featured menu items from Marlin Grill from 1-2 p.m. This ticket is all inclusive for Saturday’s events and guests receive express entry into the grand tasting.
During Saturday’s Grand Tasting from 2-6 p.m., the Village will transform into a taster’s paradise with tents and nearly 200 domestic and international beers from more than 40 on-site craft brewers.
New craft beers and different selections from past years will be featured.
A sample of the brewing companies featured at this year’s festival includes: Idyll Hounds, Grayton Beer Company, Destin Brewery, Props, 3rd Planet Brewery, New Belgium, Back Forty, 3 Daughters, Pensacola Bay Brewery, Shipyard Brewing Company, SweetWater, Abita, Sierra Nevada, Fairhope Brewing Company and many more. Brewery representatives will be available to discuss the different types of lagers and ales, teaching about the variety of styles.
Saturday, October 14: Craft Beer Tasting
Saturday’s Craft Beer Tasting tickets are on sale for a reduced price of $30 per person until October 14, VIP tickets are on sale for $60 and Beer From Around Here tickets are on sale for $40. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $35 and special pricing for groups is also available. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Sandestin Welcome Center’s front desk. Guests are advised to purchase tickets early, for the event has sold out in past years. All ticket holders will be provided a Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival tasting glass for sampling.
The Baytowne Beer Festival is a pitcher perfect reason for a South Walton getaway, and special discounted accommodation packages are available with savings of more than $50 which includes a pair of tickets to Saturday’s event. Enjoy the convenience of accommodations just steps away or a convenient complimentary tram ride away from the festival at Sandestin. Call 844.614.BEER or visit Sandestin.com/beer for pricing (mention code: BEER17).