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We like to be where the people are. In mid-October, the people will be at the Baytowne Wharf Beer Fest in Sandestin. The 7th installment of this beer festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 17th and 18th. Saturday’s main event will feature more than 200 craft beers of both domestic and international origin. There will also be live music and a new event that will have the crowd yelling. If that’s not enough to get you going, how about a chance to win two tickets from VPS? More on that later.

The fun kicks off on Friday at 6:00 pm with first ever Beer BINGO at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Guests can pick up their BINGO cards at the Events Plaza Stage. From there, they can visit the merchants on-site until the BINGO card is filled in. At 9:00, all cards will be turned in and entered to win prizes from Yolo, Grizzly, Power Up Sports, Adventure Zone, and Rum Runners.

Beginning at noon on Saturday, VIP tent will feature a special beer tasting and a BBQ. VIP guests will also receive a commemorative beer glass. The VIP tasting will last until 2:00 when the main event begins.

The craft beer tasting will take place from 2:00 until 4:00 and features approximately 200 brews from more than 40 breweries. Each brewery will have a representative on-hand to answer questions and discuss beer styles, flavors, and attributes.

beerfest2013_yii129Confirmed breweries include:

Abita • Anchor • Angry Orchard • Asahi • Ayinger • Back Forty Beer Company • Bell’s Brewery • Bitburger • Blue Moon • Blue Point Brewery • Carlsberg • Chimay • Cigar City • Dogfish Head • Good People • Goose Island Brewery • Grayton Beer Company • Green’s • Highland • Idyll Hounds • Kona Brewing Company ** New to this year’s Festival! • Kostritzer • Labatt • Lagunitas • Lazy Magnolia • Leinenkugel’s • Lil Kings • Linderman’s • Magic Hat • McGuire’s Irish Pub • MillerCoors • Murphy’s • New Belgium • Newcastle • NOLA • Orval • Oskar Blues • Oyster City Brewing Company ** New to this year’s Festival! • Paulaner • Pensacola Bay Brewery • Peroni • Radeberger • Redd’s • Rouge • Saint Arnold Brewing Company ** New to this year’s Festival! • Sam Adams • Samuel Smith • Shiner • Sierra Nevada • Spaten • Stone • Straight to Ale • Sweetwater • Terrapin • Twisted Tea • Victory Brewing Company • Warsteiner • Well’s / Young’s • Westmalle • Woodchuck Ciders **Gluten Free • Yuengling Brewery

Live entertainment will be provided by The Owsley Brothers from 2:00 until 4:00, and then Native Run will perform from 4:00 until 6:00. The entertainment portion of the event is open to the public.

Tickets are available on the Baytowne Wharf Beer Festival website, but you can enter for a chance to win a pair from the Northwest Florida Regional Airport.

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