Monday
Aug182014

2014 Ft Walton Beach Beer Fest

There is more than one option this weekend for those looking to enjoy a craft beer festival. There is the Dauphin Street Beer Festival taking place in Mobile, AL as well as the Ft Walton Beach Beer Festival hosted by Chan's Wine World.

There will be over 50 beers available for sampling at the festival as well food and live music from Continuum.

Official Event Flyer

Tickets are $25 in advance and can be bought online. Tickets will also be available the day of for $35. 100% of the proceeds are being donated to SFA Ch. 7, a non-profit all volunteer organization that provides support to families of the 7th Special Forces Group (Ariborne).

Event Summary
Event: Ft Walton Beach Beer Fest
Location: FWB, FL - Uptown Station
When: Saturday, August 23rd 4pm - 7pm
Cost: $25 Advanced / $35 Day of
Tickets: Available Online

Monday
Aug112014

17th Annual Dauphin Street Beer Festival

It was disappointing news when the Inaugural Port City Brewfest was cancelled due to low ticket sales. But now it is time to start preparing for a beer festival in Mobile that has been going for 16 years strong, the Dauphin Street Beer Festival, showing that craft beer does have a following in Mobile.

The 17th Annual Dauphin Street Beer Festival takes place Saturday, August 23rd from 6 - 9 pm. This festival does not follow the typical template many other beer festivals follow, instead they use a "pub crawl" concept and place it on steroids, allowing participants to sample an impressive collection of craft beers in various local bars, taverns, and restaurants in Downtown Mobile.

A festival map and list of beers found at each venue can be found on the festival's Facebook page:

Festival Map

Festival Venue / Beer List

Tickets are $25 and can be bought at any of the participating venues or online through a few of the participating venues: Crescent Theater, Soul Kitchen, and Serda's Coffee Co.

After buying your tickets you will need to register them in order to gain entry into the 16 private clubs participating in the Beer Fest. You can do so at the City of Mobile Festival Registration website.

For those traveling from Florida to attend make sure to check out the hotel specials.

Event Summary Event: 17th Annual Dauphin Street Beer Festival
Location: Mobile, Alabama
When: Saturday, August 23rd, 6pm - 9pm
Cost: $25 per person

Wednesday
Jul162014

GrassLands’ Grasstacular Fundathon is On

GrassLands Grasstacular Fundathon

We've been covering the development of GrassLands Brewing Company out of Tallahassee, Florida since August of 2012 with our review of their Le Roi Rouge Imperial Red. In March of this year GrassLands chose the future site of their brewery. And now, with a launch date planned for September, owner Gabe Grass has announced the GrassLands’ Grasstacular Fundathon.

The GrassLands’ Grasstacular Fundathon is a chance for you to help GrassLands Brewery become a reality. Every donation from 10 to 5,ooo dollars will receive a reward along with acknowledgement via a plaque centerpiece located in GrassLand Brewery's taproom.

Owner Gabe Grass:

Your assistance is so meaningful to us – whether you decide to contribute $20 or $2,000, each and every contribution will make a huge difference in helping GrassLands open its doors and hit the ground running! We want to help make Tallahassee and eventually the state of Florida a craft beer destination, and we absolutely cannot do that without your help. You’ve been so awesome in your support of our eventual launch, and we definitely couldn’t have come this far without you.

GrassLands' CrowedBrewed campaign has a goal of 30,000 dollars. As of today 96 backers have donated over 11,000 dollars. If the goal is not reached by August 5th all money will be returned. So the time to support a promising up and coming local brewery is now.

Visit GrassLands’ Grasstacular Fundathon to learn more about the vision of GrassLand's Brewing Company, read up on all the awesome rewards, and most importantly, donate.

Wednesday
Jul092014

FBC Celebrates Mardi Gras in July

Do you really enjoy Mardi Gras? Ever wonder why it only comes around once a year? Well you're in luck, as Fairhope Brewing Company (FBC) feels the same way. This weekend FBC brings you Mardi Gras in July.

Mardi Gras in July kicks off Friday night with a Masquerade Ball. Music at the ball will be provided by The Lost Bayou Ramblers, a Grammy-nominated zydeco rock band from Louisiana. Formal attire is not required, just bring a festive mask or pick one up at the door when you arrive. Cost to attend is $15 and includes a commemorative glass and one free beer. Make sure to keep the commemorative glass as it will also get you into Saturday's event.

On Saturday, starting at 4pm, FBC is celebrating Fat Brewsday. There will be family friendly entertainment from 4pm - 6pm including live music from the Bay City Bass Brand, traditional Mardi Gras street food, face painting, and balloon animals. Small batch beers will be periodically released from 6pm to 8pm and Grayson Capps and Friends will take the stage at 8pm to keep the festivities going into the night. Saturday's events will cost you $15 which includes a commemorative glass and one free beer. Children get in for free.

Attending food truck Pretty Mean Sweets has created an appropriately festive menu for the event:

  • Voodoo Dog
    Bacon wrapped dogs with our spicy Cajun coleslaw.

  • Red Bean Nachos
    Trailer made red beans and andouille sausage on piled high corn chips.

  • Banana Foster Creme Brûlée Donuts
    Donut holes filled with custard and topped with caramelized sugar.

  • Old Fashioned Moon Pies
    Salted Carmel and dark chocolate covered cookie.

  • New Orleans Shaved Ice

Last but certainly not least, FBC's Mardi Gras brew Lil' Poison Ale will be on tap the entire weekend. So join FBC this weekend and as they say "Laissez le BREW Temps Rouler!"

Mardi Gras in July

Event Summary
Event: Masquerade Ball
Location: Fairhope Brewing Company
When: Friday, July 11th 7pm-11pm
Cost: $15, also gets you in Saturday
Includes commemorative glass and one free beer

Event Summary
Event: Fat Brewsday
Location: Fairhope Brewing Company
When: Saturday, July 12th 4pm-11pm
Cost: $15, children free
Includes commemorative glass and one free beer

Wednesday
Jun112014

2nd Annual Fish House Craft Beer Festival

We enjoy updating our list of beer festivals as the number of local festivals grows, especially when it is one that is held in Pensacola. This weekend will be the kickoff for the 2014 beer festival season in Pensacola. The 2nd Annual Fish House Craft Beer Festival is this Saturday, June 14th, from 3pm - 7pm.

There will be over 50 different beers available to sample. The list of participating breweries include locals Pensacola Bay Brewery and Grayton Beer as well as many regional and national craft breweries. There will also be offerings from the local Home Brewer’s Association and specialty bottled craft beers. There will also be a selection of small production vodkas, rums, and bourbons available for tasting at designated "spirit tables".

Official Festival Flyer

The Fish House will also be launching their new house-brew Fish House Fish Head Red which was developed and brewed by Pensacola Bay Brewery. The festival will include live music and special beer presentations by guest speakers. Guest Speakers will include Mark Robertson of Pensacola Bay Brewery, Trip Collins of Back Forty Brewery, and Charlie Delapena from Sam Adams.

A portion of the event proceeds will be donated to Autism Pensacola. Tickets can be purchased at the Fish House's gift and souvenir shop, Tackle Shop, or online. Advance tickets are $20 and designated driver tickets are $10. Tickets at the door on Saturday will be $25.

Event Summary
Event: 2nd Annual Fish House Craft Beer Festival
Location: The Fish House
When: Saturday, June 14th 3pm - 7pm
Cost: $20 Advance, $24 Day Of. Designated Driver $10.
Tickets: The Fish House at the Tackle Shop or Online