A new experience awaits residents and visitors to South Walton this fall at Alys Beach - a new event thoughtfully designed for curious craft beer lovers and people who simply live and love to sample outstanding culinary and cocktail creations in an extraordinary setting.
The inaugural Alys Beach ‘Firkin Fête’ will take place on Friday, October 25, with participating breweries showcasing their special brews in a distinctive cask ale, called a firkin, which is made of stainless steel and holds 10.8 gallons of beer. Unique in the sense that the beer goes through a secondary fermentation in the firkin, the end result is a surprise to all. Not the brewer nor the taster knows what lies within until the firkin is tapped – an air of excitement and buzz wafts through the crowd as people line up to be among the first to sample what could be the next great ale. An eclectic and unique tasting experience in an elegantly rustic setting, Firkin Fête will surely become a great tradition for ushering in cooler, crisper weather along our beautiful Gulf Coast beaches.
The event, which is underwritten by the Alys Foundation, will feature a Thursday, October 24 night mix-and-mingle at the Grayton Beer Taproom. The event will take place from 6:30-9pm with live music and food by the Grayton Beer Brewpub. Here, guests will get to meet the brewers from the participating breweries and get to learn first hand the excitement around tapping a firkin and why exploring and discovering new beers is a hundreds year old tradition that has in recent years become a new experience again for many.
The main event will be held on Friday, October 25 where the tapping of the individual brewer’s firkins begins at 7 pm, doors open at 6:30pm and sampling ends at 9pm. There will also be live music, craft cocktails, bourbon and wine tastings to compliment the evening’s activities so everyone has the opportunity to participate in the excitement of discovery, no matter what your preference.
The all-inclusive Firkin Fête tickets are $100 in advance, $150 at door.