About 1,250 brew fans flocked to the Destin Beer Festival at Chan's Wine World Saturday, Sept. 28.
Chan's manager Randy Hayden said the festival is the premier beer-centered event in Destin. More than 35 brewers and distilleries were on hand with more than 100 beers, cyders and whiskies for festival-goers to sample. Several local restaurants provided food, including Tucker Duke's Lunchbox, Bonefish Grill, The Wine Bar and Boshamps, which won the Best Food Award for its oysters.
The event raised money for the Children's Neighborhood of Children in Crisis, which "provides homes and establishes hope for the abused, neglected and abandoned children of Northwest Florida."
Chan's manager Randy Hayden said organizers were overwhelmed by the positive response from the festival attendees. He said he does not yet know how much money was raised for Children's Neighborhood, but that Chan's will present a check to the organization soon.
Congrats to the 2013 Destin Beer Festival Winners:
Best in Show: Kopparberg Strawberry and Lime Cider
Best Seasonal: Samuel Adams OctoberFest
Best Belgian: Ommegang Hennepin
Best Amber: Bells Amber
Best Cider: Angry Orchard
Best Wheat: Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
Best Brown: Cigar City Brewpub Vanilla Maduro
Best Porter/Stout: Highland Oatmeal Porter
Best IPA: New Belgium Brewing Ranger
Best Pale: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Fan Favorite Food: Boshamps Oyster House