Brew Tour Bus Cruising With Gulf Coast Go
June 20, 2018 by Abby Eller
You do the drinking, let Gulf Coast Go do the driving. Hop on the Bus!
Experience a taste of SoWal's craft beer scene with South Walton's first 30A Brew Tour. Born out of love for beer, Gulf Coast Go - a "hop on, hop off" transportation service along Scenic 30A, South Walton and Destin has added an adventure for the beer lover in us all. Whether you like IPAs, Stouts, Sours or even Goses, you will find plenty of great beers to taste along the way.
Currently offered every Tuesday and Thursday for adults 21+, brew-cruisers start their tour in the public beach parking on 283 South in Grayton Beach at 1 p.m. and make three stops over three hours at Grayton Beer Company, Shades Bar and Grill, and Grayton Beer Brewpub.
Tickets are available at gulfcoastgofl.com/30abrewtours.
Co-owner Curtis Spagnola says, "While working to get Gulf Coast Go off the ground to provide reliable transportation to locals and visitors to our area, we saw the need for a local craft beer tour. We have so many great breweries on the panhandle and we love to support local business."
The Grayton Beer Company Taproom is a GRAYT place in SoWal to drink from the source, and your first stop on the tour. Pouring into the facility you are greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable beer ambassador ready to take you on a 20 minute guided tour. Donning a pair of safety goggles, take a look behind the scenes as you learn about the brewing and packing process while trying not to be distracted by the cellar loaded with massive stainless steal tanks filled with fermenting beer. Finish things off with a sampling in the taproom - a flight of selected Grayton Beer Company brews. Now's your chance to purchase merchandise and your to-go favorites to take home to your family & friends, or back to the room to sip on at sunset, before hopping back on the bus.
With the air conditioner and music pumping, take a quick ride on the trolley to Shades Bar and Grill, located on the east end of County Highway 30A, where you'll receive a flight of local beers and half off appetizers. Insider Tip: One can never go wrong with the tuna dip or volcano shrimp! Boasting an extensive selection of draft beers, Shades supports multiple local and regional breweries, including Idyll Hounds Brewing Company (Santa Rosa Beach) and Oyster City Brewing Company (Apalachicola). After taking down that guaranteed to be delicious app, if time allows purchase an additional beer and head outside to play a quick game of cornhole.
Rounding out the 30A Brew Tour brew-cruisers will take a drive down Scenic Highway 30A to view South Walton's famous sugar-white sand beaches and rare coastal dune lakes on their way to the Grayton Beer Brewpub. Fresh to the Grayton Beach scene, the brewpub is outfitted with a small batch system allowing Grayton Beer Company to produce creative and unique beers on a smaller scale. Kick back at the bar while you enjoy another flight. Brewpub bartenders will walk you through each selected style and are available to answer questions you may have or simply put in a food order if your beverage consumption deems it necessary.
A flight at the Grayton Beer Brewpub paired with the Artisan Bavarian Pretzel & Cici & PaPa's Hush Puppies. Yum!
Your three hour tour concludes at 4 p.m. right where you started, in the public parking on 283 South in Grayton Beach. This tour is ideal for friends and family, colleague outings, and just about any celebratory occasion. The first tour available will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is $75 a head. Gulf Coast Go plans to add many more types of tours in the near future including wine tours and food tours. The bus is equipped with comfortable, heated/air conditioned group seating, great music, and friendly and knowledgeable drivers
Leave the driving to Gulf Coast Go, and enjoy! Gulf Coast Go will be a "hop on, hop off" transportation service. Opening summer of 2018, Gulf Coast Go plans to have multiple stops along Scenic County Highway 30A and all the way to the Destin Harbor. Travelers will be able to buy a day pass to get everywhere from Inlet Beach to Destin.