Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the 2,400-acre resort on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast, will host the Fifth Annual Baytowne Beer Festival in The Village of Baytowne Wharf Oct. 19 - 20.



The popular festival will include opportunities to discover and sample American specialty beers from around the nation. The event features more than 100 domestic and international beers and 40 craft brewers. The charming Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin will be 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 includes 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 will be able to savor the best in beer selections.



A sample of the brewing companies featured at this year’s festival includes: Dogfish, Harpoon Brewery, Abita, Blue Moon Brewery, Magic Hat, Grayton Brewery, Sweetwater Brewery, Nola, Yuengling, Merchant du Vin and many more.



Visit baytownebeerfestival.com for the latest 2012 participating breweries.



Guests will be able to register for a seminar Friday evening highlighting “Three Decades of Craft Beer: A Taste of History and Today” presented by John Holl, an award-winning author, journalist and beer expert.



Having visited more than 900 breweries around the world, Holl has been privileged to learn about the brewing process from the most dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable people in the business. In addition to Holl’s duties as news editor and columnist of The Ale Street News and associate editor of Beer Connoisseur magazine, he regularly appears on NBC’S “Weekend Today” and is a regular contributor to Beverage World magazine, Craftbeer.com and All About Beer Magazine. He has also written beer-and travel-themed articles for the Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Celebrator Beer News, Alma Cerveza and Patch.com.



Let the savory smells of barbeque tempt your palate as the autumn breeze crisps the air to welcome fall! Kick off the Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival with Marlin Grill’s “Beer From Around Here” a beer walkabout and menu pairing for $35 per person the night of Friday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. Featuring barbeque by Jim ‘N Nick’s, beer pairings from local breweries and live music on the lawn. Pair gourmet grilled meat with the finest of brews the Southeast has to offer.



Delicacies include gourmet grilled meat and a slew of decadent side dishes and sauces.



Festival tickets are on sale for a reduced price of $25 per person through Oct. 19. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event for $30. The Friday seminar with John Holl is an additional fee of $15. Special pricing for groups is available.



Sandestin is offering a wide variety of discount accommodations and overnight packages for the Baytowne Beer Festival. Visit www.sandestin.com or call 1-866-91-BEACH for information.