30A Craft Beer & Spirits Festival Sep 30 & Oct 1

September 30, 2016 by SoWal Staff

The Inaugural 30A Craft Beer & Spirits Festival will be at Gulf Place on Sep 30 and Oct 1, 2016. Formerly known as The Destin Beer Festival, the popular and tasty event has attracted over 1,000 craft beer & spirits lovers to our area each year with 100% of the proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations. This year the benefiting charity will be the beloved Seaside School Foundation.

About The Festival: 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, Florida.

The two-day event kicks of Friday, Sept. 30 the “Best Band on the Emerald Coast” Destin’s own five-member Heritage Band performing an energized show of reggae, surf and rock-infused music from 6 to 9 p.m.

The party continues on Saturday, Oct. 1 featuring old-school funk rhythms and classic rock riffs from Charleston, S.C.’s hottest band, Dead 27s, who will be performing 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 are being 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 to Friday or Saturday will be $55, and two-day general admission will be $100. Buy Tickets Online >>

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.

For visitors traveling to the area for a fun fall weekend or for locals looking for an end-of-season “staycation,” ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals is offering special event packages that bundle Festival admission and accommodations. Festivalgoers can save 10 percent off three or more nights. The more bedrooms you reserve, the more tickets you receive. Tickets booked through this promotion can be picked up on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the ResortQuest office in Gulf Place. To reserve a package, call (844) 872-2484 or book online using Promo Code “BEERFEST” to take advantage of this deal. 

Follow the event on Facebook at  For more information, call (850) 269-2909.

The Seaside School Foundation was established in 2008 to benefit and support The Seaside School, Inc., a public charter school in South Walton County, Florida.

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.

The Seaside School would not be able to operate without the support of individuals and business leaders who so generously contribute to our school’s mission. Their mission is simple — to provide students in Walton County with individualized and innovative instruction, delivered by quality teachers in a community-based, community-school setting.

The foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and 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.


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