Baytowne Beer Fest

Baytowne Beer Fest

A Celebration of Craft Brews, Music, and Fun

Words by Andrew Buchanan

Beer enthusiasts and music lovers unite at the Baytowne Beer Fest, an annual event held at the picturesque Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort along Florida’s Emerald Coast. Now in its 15th year, this two-day extravaganza showcases over 200 domestic and international craft beers, offering a unique opportunity to sample and savor a wide variety of lagers, ales, and specialty brews. With live music and a vibrant atmosphere, the Baytowne Beer Fest has earned its reputation as the best beer festival on the coast.

Beer aficionados flock to the Baytowne Beer Fest to indulge in the vast selection of brews available. From local breweries to renowned national brands, this festival offers a diverse range of options for all palates. Whether you're a fan of hoppy IPAs, rich stouts, refreshing lagers, or unique experimental brews, there is something for everyone to enjoy. With over 200 craft beers to choose from, attendees have the chance to expand their beer knowledge and discover new favorites.

In addition to offering a wide array of beers, the Baytowne Beer Fest aims to educate attendees about the craft brewing industry. Experts and brewers are on hand to share their knowledge and provide insights into the brewing process, beer styles, and flavor profiles. This interactive experience allows visitors to engage with industry professionals, ask questions, and deepen their understanding of the art and science behind the brewing process.

The Baytowne Beer Fest goes beyond beer, as it also features a lively lineup of live music acts. As festival-goers stroll through the event, they can enjoy listening to the talented musicians performing on the lawn. The combination of great beer and live music creates a vibrant and festive atmosphere that keeps attendees entertained throughout the weekend. Whether you're tapping your foot to the rhythm or dancing with friends, the festival offers an unforgettable experience for all.

What sets the Baytowne Beer Fest apart from other beer festivals is its stunning coastal location in the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort provides a beautiful backdrop for the event, allowing attendees to bask in the natural beauty of the Gulf Coast while enjoying their favorite brews. The festival's welcoming and laid-back atmosphere creates a sense of camaraderie among beer enthusiasts, making it a must-attend event for both locals and visitors alike.

The Baytowne Beer Fest not only celebrates craft beer, but also contributes to the local community. The festival supports local breweries and merchants, providing them with an opportunity to showcase their products and reach a broader audience. By attending the event, beer lovers can directly contribute to the growth and sustainability of the local craft beer scene, helping to strengthen the community and promote small businesses. Not only that—the festival also partners with Fisher House of the Emerald Coast & Sandestin Foundation for Kids, donating a portion of proceeds to these incredible organizations.

For beer enthusiasts and music lovers, the Baytowne Beer Fest is an annual highlight not to be missed. With its vast selection of craft beers, engaging educational experiences, live music, and stunning coastal location, the festival offers a truly unforgettable weekend of fun and exploration. Whether you're a seasoned beer connoisseur or just starting to explore the world of craft brews, this festival provides an excellent opportunity to indulge in exceptional beers, discover new favorites, and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals. Mark your calendars for October 6th and 7th, and get ready to raise a glass in celebration of the craft beer community! 

The beautiful October weather makes the Baytowne Beer Festival an even more enticing getaway, and Sandestin makes it even better with special offers—including weekend passes. Book now for the best location and rates, and spend the weekend just steps or a complimentary tram ride away from the event festivities.