ROSEMARY BEACH — A new taproom hopes to give guests a refreshing option for having a cold one on the coast.
Owned by Seagrove Beach residents Lisa and George Shultz, Beach & Brew on 30A opened its doors June 1 in The Village of South Walton at Rosemary Beach.
"It's so much fun and we love it," Lisa said.
Originally from Atlanta, the pair moved to Walton County earlier this year after owning a house in the area for about five years. They said their decision was inspired by George's recent retirement.
The pub features 30 taps divided into 27 beers, two wines and a root beer. They also have wine smoothies and margaritas, which Lisa said are quickly becoming crowd favorites.
"The frose is pretty awesome," said Lisa, who added her drink of choice is a Emerald Coast Kolsch from Destin Brewery. "I'm not even a wine person, and I like that."
Beers are split between local breweries — including Idyll Hounds Brewing Company and Destin Brewery — and others from across the Southeast, they said.
George, whose go-to brew is a Hooter Brown from Oyster City Brewing Company in Apalachicola, said that they also keep a guitar handy for anyone brave enough to play.
He jokingly added that those who play it well enough might even get a discount.
To help turn the Beach & Brew on 30A into a local hangout, they also introduced "Pay it Forward," which allows people to buy a drink for a friend in advance.
Happy hour is from 4-6 p.m. every day and features $1 off pints of beer and $1.50 off 8-ounce glasses of wine.
For those looking to take beer or wine to go, the pub offers 64-ounce glass growlers and 32-ounce plastic prowlers.
Looking ahead, they plan to create a members' program and said people could expect to see more deals soon.
"We want this to be a really fun place," George said. "It's kid-friendly, it's dog-friendly (and) we have tons of games for the kids."