Great photos from the 2013 Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest!


Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival Rolls Out the Barrel for 5th Annual Event

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 for the latest 2012 participating breweries.

New This Year

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, 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

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, October 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. Special pricing for groups is available. For more information on events and to purchase tickets visit

The Baytowne Beer Festival is a pitcher perfect reason for a Sandestin getaway. Simply call 1-866-91-BEACH or visit for pricing (mention promotional code: BEER12).


Tales of "Ancient Ales"-- Dogfish Head Brewery

Dogfish Head Brewery is known for its experimental and "extreme" beers. A rather new brewing company, only 15 years old, was founded by owner, Sam Calagione.

In the late 90's, Dogfish Head began brewing an "Ancient Ales" series. The recipes for these brews were based on a chemical analysis of residue found on various drinking vessels from several different archeological sites.

This like of beers, has led to "BREWED," a new series premiering, November 21st, on the Discovery Channel. Sam, with archeologist and beer expert, Pat McGovern will travel the world to recreate more ancient ales.

They visit Rome to research Italian beers and New Zealand to investigate making the "first tomato based beer."

This year's festival will feature:

Midas Touch- (from the Ancient Ales series) This recipe is the actual oldest-known fermented beverage in the world! It is an ancient Turkish recipe using the original ingredients from the 2700 year old drinking vessels discovered in the tomb of King Midas.

Indian Brown Ale-  a cross between a Scotch Ale, an India Pale Ale, and an American Brown.

Palo Santa Marron- An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this beer comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted.

Festina Peche- A refreshing neo-BerlinerWeisse fermented with honest-to-goodness peaches! This beer is seasonal and is only released in summer months.



Beer Fest Restaurant Menus

The folks at Poppy's Seafood Restaurant, Hammerhead's Bar & Grille, and Roberto's Pizza and Sports Bar are featuring specially priced menus in honor of the Beer Festival!  See below.

Hammerhead's Bar & Grille

First Course:                      Appetizer

Beer Braised Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings Marinated in beer; accompanied by Bud Light 

Second Course:                Entrée

Prime Rib Dinner

USDA Prime Beef Cooked to Temperature and served with Beer Boiled New Potatoes and Corn on the Cob; accompanied by Yuengling.

Third Course:                    Dessert 

Fudge Brownie

A M&M Fudge Brownie topped with Fresh Whipped Cream; accompanied by Guiness.



Poppy's Seafood Restaurant

First Course:                      Choose One:

Lobster Bisque

Rich, Creamy Lobster Bisque spiked with Brandy and Warm Caribbean Spices; accompanied by Abita Andy Gator

Beer Steamed Mussels

Blue Mussels Boiled in Beer; accompanied by Bud Light



Second Course:                Choose One:

Guiness Braised Short Ribs

Beef Short Ribs Slow Cooked in a Guiness Braising Liquid, served with Mashed Potatoes, Carrots and Accented by a Guiness Reduction; accompanied with New Castle.

Drunken Chicken

Half Chicken Marinated in Beer, Braised in Miller Lite and served with Garlic Roasted Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus; accompanied with Blue Moon.

Beer Battered Shrimp

Jumbo Gulf Shrimp delicately battered with Bud Light and Deep Fried to Golden Perfection, served with Cajun Fries; accompanied by Bud Light Lime.



Third Course:                    Dessert


Sinful Chocolate Cake

Ultra Decadent Chocolate Explosion; accompanied by Guiness.

Key Lime Pie

A sweet Florida Tradition topped with Fresh Whipped Cream and Key Lime Anglaise; accompanied by Corona



Roberto's Pizza & Sports Bar

First Course:                      Appetizer

Beer Battered Mushrooms

Button Mushrooms Delicately Battered with Bud Light and Deep Fried to Golden Perfection.


Second Course:                Entrée

Personal 9” Pizza

Choose from our amazing list of 9” Gourmet Sicilian Pizzas Including:  Vito Lo Capa, Poggioreale, Catania, Prizzi Quatro Formaggio, Ragusa, Palermo, Margarita and Muffuletta Pizza.


Third Course:                    Dessert


Root Beer Float

An All Time Classic and Favorite; Vanilla Bean Ice Cream topped with an Old Fashion Root Beer.



*All accompanied by a flight of beer that includes:  Miller Light, Abita Amber, Abita Andy Gator, Blue Moon and Samuel Adam’s Octoberfest.



Sunday Beachside Brunch at Finz

Pub Style Small Bite Stations paired with Abita Beer on the Gulf of Mexico.

Sunday October 24, 2010

11 a.m. – 2p.m.


Lobster Press- Lobster and Apple Grilled Cheese, Harvest Spiked Butternut Squash “Cappuccino”.

Abita Satsuma Harvest Wit

Crawfish Cha Cha Cha – Crawfish and Crab Cake, Tomato and Mustard Emulsion, Trinity Linguine

Abita Amber Ale

Foggy Haze Shooter- Humboldt Fog Cheese, Apple and Thyme Slaw, Preserved Lemon wrapped in Prosciutto. Purple Haze Shooter

Abita Purple Haze

Abby Ale Lamb Slider – Abby Ale Braised Lamb, Shaved Parmesan, Spiced Fig and Date Jam

Abita Abby Ale

Gator n’ Grits- Crispy Fried Alligator, Roasted Corn Grit Cake, Baby Arugula, Oregon Blue Cheese Sauce

Abita Andy Gator


25.00 ++ per person

*For reservations please call Finz Restaurant at 850.267.4800

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