The festival kicks off at Seville on Thursday, September 8 from 7:00 -9:00 pm with a five course beer-pairing dinner featuring hand-crafted ales from Rogue Brewery of Newport Oregon. John Lassiter of Rogue will be presenting the beers with each specially prepared course. The cost is $55.00 and seating is limited to 80. Advance ticket sales only at Seville Quarter, 850-434-6211.
From 6:00 to 8:30 pm, on Friday the festival continues with a beer tasting featuring more than 30 breweries and brewers from throughout the United States including microbrews and homebrew styles. Some of the featured breweries include Pensacola Bay Brewery, Terrapin, Seven Bridges, Moccasin Bend, Rogue, Sweetwater, Highland Brewing, Abita, Dogfish Head, Bell’s, Stone and Shipyard. There will also be food vendors and live music.
Festival tickets are $20 in advance from an Escambia Bay Homebrew club member or online at the club’s website at www.escambiabayhomebrewers.org, $25.00 in advance from the following outlets: Seville Quarter, Pensacola Bay Brewery, Richey’s East, Wisteria Tavern, Four Winds Foods, The Shady Lady, Wine World Outlet, Aloha Wine & Liquor and Spirits and Grapes in Gulf Breeze, and Island Wine and Liquor on Pensacola Beach. Tickets are $30.00 the day of the event. An additional $10.00 ticket may be purchased for designated drivers.
VIP tickets are limited to 100 and can be purchased in advance for $50.00. VIP ticket holders receive early entry to the VIP room, hors d’oeuvres and special exclusive hand-selected beers chosen by the top breweries.
All ticket holders receive a souvenir festival beer tasting glass and free admission to a post-concert event in Seville Quarter’s Seville Plaza.
Proceeds from the festival ticket sales benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida and Seville Rotary. For details visit www.emeraldcoastbeerfest.com