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03-19-2009, 01:00 PM
7th Annual Destin Beer Festival on Tap for Spring time Blowout

Juried beer competition gives attendees chance to taste gold.

Each Spring, Wine World puts together the biggest and best beer event on the Emerald Coast, the Destin Beer Festival. This year’s event, held on March 28th from 1 to 4 pm has something new, a juried beer competition. 50 beers in 17 categories were judged in mid-February by regional beer experts. “Part of our mission at Wine World is to educate our customers about the world-class products we sell,” says Chan Cox, owner of Wine World. “With over 300 different beers in our store, it can get overwhelming trying to find something you like. The juried beer competition is our way of informing people about beer styles that are truly worth trying.” Of the 5 beer judges, 3 are HBA certified judges with the other two being local brew masters.

Celebrating its 7th year, the Destin Beer Festival will feature over 130 beers. These include all 17 gold medal winners. Get your feet stomping with the down-home stylings of local blues legend Hans McMinimin. Wine Bar Chef, Alison Porter, will have her BBQ and Brat talents on display. Food plates are $5 and include chips. $2 premium draft beers will be available.

Drink beer and increase your brain power. Come early and enjoy one of our beer or tequila seminars. Brewery and distillery representatives from Abita, Lazy Magnolia, Lagunitas, Corsendonk, Bali Hai and Hornitas Sauza tequila will be on-site pouring beer and tequila while discussing styles and techniques. Ticket holders should come early. Seminars start at 11am. Seating is limited. Call (850) 269-2909 to reserve seats.

The event is located at Wine World’s Destin store, 4424 Commons Drive (across from Destin Commons next to Pier 1 Imports). Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of event. The ticket includes a $5 rebate toward the purchase of beer as well as a crystal tasting glass. Tickets may be purchased at any Wine World location or by calling (850) 269-2909.