The Pensacola 2012 Beer Festival season kicks off later this week at Seville Quarter with the Emerald Coast Beer Festival. Brought to you by the Escambia Bay Homebrewers Club, festivities will include both a Beer Pairing Dinner and Beer Tasting Event.
The Beer Pairing Dinner takes place Thursday, September 6th from 7 - 9 PM in Apple Annie's Room. Beer will be provided by the Southern Tier Brewing Company out of Lakewood, New York . Large screen TV's will offer a virtual tour of the brewery and their brewmasters will be available for questions. Two special beer firkins will also be produced for the dinner.
Tickets for the dinner (limited to 80) were 55 dollars (excluding tax and gratuities) and are sold out.
The Beer Tasting Event takes place on Friday, September 7th (also at Seville Quarter). Patrons will have the opportunity to taste over 200 beers from at least 30 breweries. A variety of bottled specialty beers from at least 6 distributors will also be available, as well as some great homebrewed beers.
Food will be available for an additional charge. Vendors include Woody's Pizza, Happy Pig Bar-B-Que, and Tin-Tin Oriental Foods. Entertainment will include bluesy-folk rock from The Hotheads as well as jazzy classics from the Posi-Tones.
VIP tickets are limited to 200 and cost 55 dollars from a ticket outlet. Those with VIP tickets will gain early entry into the festival at 5:15 PM from the East side of Seville Quarter. A room available to VIP patrons for the entire evening will include free food and exclusive beer to sample.
Advance standard tickets are limited to 2,500 and cost 25 dollars from a ticket outlet. Entry into the festival for those with standard tickets is 6:00 PM. There will be day-of-festival tickets available at the door for 30 dollars. Tickets are 10 dollars for a designated driver (must be with regular ticket holder).
The list of ticket outlets includes Seville Quarter, The Shady Lady, Wine World Outlet, Richey's East (Gregory St. Only), the Wisteria Tavern, and Pensacola Bay Brewery. Hours and location of these establishments can be found on the Pensacola Beer locations page.
The 2012 Emerald Coast Beer Festival will end at 8:30. However, many of the great beer venues listed on our locations page will be open late and are in easy walking distance of Seville Quarter including World of Beer, The Leisure Club, Hopjacks, and the Pensacola Bay Brewery. So why not make a night of it and help support the local craft beer scene.
We hope to see you out there.