First ever 30a Craft Beer & Spirits Festival

Event formerly known as the Destin Beer Festival returns

Special to The Log
Special to The Log

People gathered in the VIP tent during last year's beer festival.

Beer here!

Emerald Coast Beer Week taps into a new event for 2016 thanks to a collaborative partnership between Wine World, The Craft Bar and ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals. This Oktoberfest season, suds lovers can fill the last weekend of September — and a stein or two — with craft beer, along with spirits and cocktails, flavorful local food and toe-tapping live music.

30A Craft Beer & Spirits Festival will be held Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, at Gulf Place on Scenic Highway 30A in Santa Rosa Beach.

“We are thrilled to host this collaborative event for the first time at Gulf Place in the heart of 30A,” said Wine World and Craft Bar founder Chan Cox. “There is a real excitement around the craft beer and fine spirits movement and this event really embraces all of it.

"We hope everyone turns out to taste and learn about some of the most exciting brands being tapped and poured anywhere. Pair that with our lineup of impressive culinary partners and incredible music and you have a must-not-miss event, with proceeds going back into our community to a deserving local charity,” he added.

The two-day event kicks of Sept. 30 with Destin’s own five-member Heritage Band performing an energized show of reggae, surf and rock-infused music from 6-9 p.m.

The party continues on Oct. 1, featuring old-school funk rhythms and classic rock riffs from one of South Carolina's hottest bands Dead 27s, who will perform cuts from their newly released album, “The Ghosts are Calling Out.”

General admission is from 2 to 5 p.m. VIP package passes are available and provide early entry beginning at 1 p.m. Festivalgoers can stroll through the culinary village, enjoy the live entertainment, browse the merchandise booth or hang out at the VIP tent featuring specialty brews and cocktails by some of the biggest names in the industry.

Nearly 20 local, regional and national brewers and master distillers will be pouring and sampling some of their finest craft beers and spirits.

Many of the finest area restaurants and catering companies will be showcased at the event, including Aegean Restaurant, Bijoux, Bud & Alley's Waterfront Restaurant, The Bay, The Craft Bar, Emerald Coast Catering, Inc., Great Southern Café, Trebeaché, Wine World, Signature Catering of 30-A and Sweet Henrietta's to name a few.

Advance purchase prices are $45 per person for Friday or Saturday and $80 per person for a two-day pass. The day of the event, admission Friday or Saturday will be $55, and two-day general admission will be $100.

VIP packages provide early entry on Saturday only and exclusive access to the VIP Tent. VIP admission is $65 per person on Saturday and a two-day VIP package pass is $100. Tickets are limited and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Advance ticket purchase is recommended.

The Seaside School Foundation will receive 100 percent of the net proceeds from this event. The Seaside School Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 2008 to benefit and support The Seaside School Inc., a public charter school in Seaside.

The school receives some state funding to cover basic operational costs; however, it depends on outside financial contributions to finance capital building and renovation initiatives, to fund robotics, art, music, gardening, and technology and other elective programs, to purchase library books and technology equipment, and to maintain smaller class sizes in math.

It is governed by a board of directors comprised of community and business members along with educators. One hundred percent of all donations directly benefit The Seaside School Inc.

“We are honored to be the beneficiary of this exciting first ever event on 30A,” says Alicia Butler, executive director of The Seaside School Foundation. “We owe a toast of gratitude to everyone who plays a part in this event, which will help our school continue its mission to provide students in Walton County with individualized and innovative instruction, delivered by quality teachers in a community-based community-school setting.”

Tickets are limited. For a schedule of events and to purchase tickets, visit www.xorbia.com/events/wineworld/30ACraftBeerFest. Tickets are also available for purchase at all Wine World locations. For more information, call 850-269-2909.