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

by S. Lynne on July 12th, 2018

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 Festival. 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 12 and 13, it makes a “pitcher-perfect” excuse for a fall getaway to Destin, Florida!

With 40-plus breweries offering more than 200 domestic and international craft beers, the 2018 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 at 6 p.m. with Friday Beer From Around Here, featuring samples from local brewers paired with appetizers from restaurants in The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Guests will also enjoy live music by the Forrest Williams Band, performing 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 Festival glass for the tastings, and there will be live music all afternoon performed by The Modern Eldorados and The Moon Lagoons.

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 from Marlin Grill.

Practical Matters

Tickets, as well as special beer festival packages that include tickets and discounted accommodations, are available from Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Advance cost of a general admission ticket for the Saturday tasting is $30 per person ($35 on day of event). 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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