Pitcher Perfect

By Allison Mitchell | August 1, 2016 | Articles National

Head to the beach and raise a glass this fall at the 9th Annual Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival at the beautiful Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Described as the “best beer fest on the Emerald Coast,” this two-day suds soiree highlights nearly 200 craft beer selections (including seasonal, specialty and not-yet-released varieties); 40 on-site beermasters (don’t miss Idyll Hounds, Pensacola Bay Brewery, Grayton Beer and Gulf Coast Brewery among others); live music; and behind-the-scenes seminars and samplings. Insider tip: Book a VIP ticket to get in an hour early to Saturday’s Grand Tasting (2 to 6pm, from $60) to beat the lines and score bites from Marlin Grill.

As for where to stumble after a day of good libations, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort offers complimentary tram rides to and from the party, plus an exclusive Beer Fest package featuring tickets to Saturday’s tasting and discounted room rates for you and your crew (overnight rates from $119, use code Beer16). When the boozy indulgence sends you into R&R mode, four on-site pools, Spa Sandestin (massages, facials and manicures—oh, my!) and sugar-white beaches await. Still in rage mode? Get dolled up and mingle with the city’s hottest singles at Rum Runners (dueling pianos!), Fat Tuesday Daiquiri Bar (try the lethal 190 Octane) or John Wehner’s Village Door Bayfront Restaurant & Nightclub (shots with the famous Tooter Girls are a must). Now, that’s a weekend you’ll never forget (or never remember!). Overnight summer rates from $179, @sandestin


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