Grayton Beer Opens Taproom

Back in March of this year, Grayton Beer opened their new brewery in Santa Rosa, FL. You would think they might take some well deserved down-time after tackling such a large endeavor, but instead have continued working at break-neck speeds. Including completely renovating their website, releasing their first seasonal "Gordgeous" in draft and 22 ounce bottles, and expanded their distribution into Alabama.

More big news was announced this week by Grayton: their new taproom opens this weekend! The scheduled taproom hours are:

  • Friday (11/21): 3 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday (11/22): Noon – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday (11/26): 3 – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday (11/29): Noon – TBD

Image courtesy of Grayton Beer

So if your in the area, or need an excuse to make a day trip along the coast, check out Grayton's new taproom. Located at 217 Serenoa Road, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459.


Locals Only Night at Hopjacks

What should you do the night before the 3rd Annual Pensacola Craft Beer Festival? Rest up and hydrate? Maybe so, if it wasn't for Hopjacks great idea to hold a Locals Only Night.

Hopjacks is bringing together some of the local breweries attending the festival on Friday, November 14th starting at 8pm. So far, the list of local breweries consist of:

During the event, they will also be holding a blind taste test between participating breweries and handing out shwag. Join Hopjacks this Friday and hang out with some of our wonderful local breweries.

Event Summary
Event: Locals Only Night
Location: Hopjacks - Downtown
When: Friday, November 14th 8pm - ?


3rd Annual Pensacola Craft Beer Festival

The local beer festival season may be wrapping up but it isn't over yet! The Third Annual Pensacola Craft Beer Festival takes place at Community Maritime Park on Saturday, November 15th from 2 - 6 pm. The festival will include food vendors, arts & craft vendors, and multiple entertainment events:

Live Music
Music from local artists will be playing at the Maritime Amphitheater all day long. The list of bands/performers that will take the stage during the festival includes:

  • Chain Smoking Hags - local band playing "low down nasty blues/ swamp rock".
  • Jess Meuse - #4 on the thirteenth season of American Idol, playing "a blend of southern rock with alternative and rock n’ roll".
  • Tyler Mac - local who has toured with Van Morrision, The Allman Brothers, and Johnny Winter to mention only a few. His Debut album "Already Home", released in 2012, was nominated by the "The Blues411 Annual ‘Jimi Awards’" in the category of "Best New Debut Release".

Whiskey Corner
Old Hickory Whiskey Bar will be sponsoring a “Whiskey Corner” where you can sample several incredible whisky offerings. Old Hickory is one of Pensacola Beer's favorite local venues (when not drinking beer) and the whiskey corner is sure to be a welcome addition to the festival. Sampling at the Whiskey Corner costs an additional $10.

Car Show
Hill-Kelly Dodge is sponsoring the 3rd Annual Panhandle Mopar car show. Registration for one vehicle costs $25, additional vehicles cost $10 each.

Cornhole Tournament
Kaboom Sports & Social Club will be hosting a double elimination cornhole tournament in conjunction with the festival. Registration starts at 11 am and the tournament starts at 12 pm. Participation in the tournament costs $60 per team of two in advance and will cost $70 at the gate. Purchase price includes two tickets to the festival. You can check out all the details on the tournament homepage.

A list of some of the breweries participating in the festival can be found on the festival's website. You can keep up with the latest festival news and announcements on Facebook and Twitter.

General admission tickets cost $35. VIP tickets are $70 and get you into the festival at 1pm, an hour earlier then general admission. VIP tickets also include sampling of special brews from Pensacola Bay Brewery's brew master, Mark Robertson, paired with dishes from H20's local celebrity chef Dan Dunn. VIP ticket will not sold at the gate and must be purchased online by November 10th.

Event Summary
Event: Pensacola Craft Beer Festival
Location: Pensacola Community Maritime Park
When: Saturday, November 15th 2-6pm (VIP 1-6pm)
Cost: $35 General Admission / $70 VIP
Purchase: Online, VIP available till Nov 10th.


German Beer Dinner at Hopjacks

Hopjacks has held many wonderful beer pairing dinners in the past but it has been over a year since they last held one. So it was a welcome surprise when they announced that they would be holding a German Beer Dinner at their downtown location.

Official Event Flyer

The dinner will take place at the downtown location on Wednesday at 7pm. It will be hosted by Hopjacks owner Joe Abston and guest chef Karin Streckel. The planned four course dinner consist of the following pairings:

  • 1st: Bratwurst (Spätzle/Paulaner Hefeweizen)
  • 2nd: Beef Rouladen w/ Baked Sauerkraut and Potato Pancake (Hofbrau Original Lager)
  • 3rd: Duck Schnitzle w/ Root Vegetables (Ayinger Oktoberfest)
  • 4th: Duo of Strudels – Poppyseed & Apple – w/ Currant Sorbet (Spaten Optimator Dopplebock)

The dinner has not sold out yet, so call now and make your reservations!

Event Summary
Event: German Beer Dinner
Location: Hopjacks - Downtown
When: Wednesday, October 29th Starts at 7pm
Cost: $55 per person + Tax & Gratuity
Reservations: Call 850.497.6076 ext 3


2014 Destin Beer Festival

Hope all our readers have been taking full advantage of all the great local beer festivals in-and-around the Pensacola area. For those who haven't yet, it's not too late to start as there are still several more on the calendar before the year is out. The next being the Destin Beer Festival, taking place on Saturday, September 27th from 2pm - 5pm. The festival has put together an impressive lineup of participating breweries and will include culinary stations and live entertainment provided by Boukou Groove.

Official Festival Flyer

The entire list of participating breweries can be found on the festival's website and currently consists of the following:

A few breweries that we personally would recommend visiting this year are:

Props Brewery & Brewpub (Fort Walton Beach, FL)
Definitely should check this local brewery out if you haven't done so already. Not only do they have a good regular lineup of offerings but they also have been putting out some great seasonal/specialty beers as well. They are also well on their way to distributing their beers, hopefully by the end of the year.

Idyll Hounds Brewery (Santa Rosa Beach, FL)
A chance to try some beer from this up-and-coming new brewery. Also well on their way to distributing their beer in cans. Though they may not be in the Pensacola market initially, we hope to see their brews on the market shelves in the future.

Hop Heads Home Brew Supply (Fort Walton Beach, FL)
The local brewing supply source for FWB and the surrounding areas. They carry all the supplies you will need to home brew including grains, malts, and hops. They also host a monthly "Brew Day" beer making class.

General Admission tickets are $35 in advance and $45 the day of. VIP tickets are $50 in advance, $60 day of and includes early 1pm entrance to the festival, access to the VIP Tent, a chance to meet some beer celebs, and tastings from special casks reserved for VIP attendees. Proceeds from the festival benefit Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation which raises money to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida.

Make sure to check out the festivals Facebook and Twitter page to keep up with new announcements.

Event Summary
Event: Destin Beer Festival
Location: Chan’s Wine World (Destin) - 4424 Commons Dr E, Destin, FL When: Saturday, September 27th 2pm - 5pm
Cost: $35 in advance, $45 Day Of / VIP - $50 in advance, $60 Day Of Tickets: Online or at gate on day of