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Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest: A Great Excuse for a Fall Vacation!

by S. Lynne on July 15th, 2019

Pouring and receiving a beer sample at Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest in Sandestin, FloridaIt’s not too early to start thinking about raising a glass or two at the Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest. Held every fall at The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin’s popular shopping and entertainment venue, the festival has earned a reputation as the “Best Beer Fest on the Emerald Coast.” Scheduled this year for October 11 and 12, it makes a “pitcher-perfect” excuse for a fall getaway to Destin, Florida!

With 50-plus breweries offering close to 200 domestic and international craft beers, the 2019 festival features plenty of tastings (including specialty, seasonal, and not-yet-released beers), as well as seminars and live entertainment.

The fun starts on Friday night, October 11, at 6 p.m., with Beer From Around Here. A ticketed event limited to 200 guests, Beer From Around Here will be held at Baytowne Wharf Events Plaza. It will feature samples from local brewers paired with appetizers from restaurants in The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Guests will also enjoy live music performed on the Events Plaza lawn.

During the main Craft Beer Tasting event, scheduled for Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m., brewery representatives will be available to discuss the different types of lagers, ales, stouts, porters, and other styles of beer. All ticket-holders will receive a Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest glass for the tastings, and there will be live music all afternoon.

For guests who want to get an earlier start on their fun – and the opportunity to get in ahead of the crowd lining up for the Craft Beer Tasting – there’s the VIP Event, held on Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. VIP ticket-holders will enjoy exclusive beer tastings and food pairings.

Practical Matters

Tickets for Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest, as well as special beer festival packages that include tickets and discounted accommodations, are available from Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. For tickets to individual events, click here. Beer From Around Here tickets are priced at $40 per person. Cost of a general admission ticket for the Saturday tasting ranges from $35 to $45 per person. The VIP event costs $65 per person. For more information about this year’s festival, click here.  Find additional Destin, Florida, vacation rentals on BeachGuide. Many of our listings can be booked online with no service fee!

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