URGENT HOTEL UPDATE: The Days Inn at Pensacola Beach is booked. There are still a few comp rooms available for qualified commercial brewers. Call Steve Fried at (850) 393-0334 for availability. Do not call the hotel. The overflow hotel is the Paradise Inn across the street. Call (850) 932-2319 for reservations and be sure to say you are with the beer festival. We have a hold at the remaining rooms until July 24.
Directions to Seville and registration table location
130 E. Government St. Pensacola, FL 32501
Coming from the beach:
Take highway 98 from Gulf Breeze to downtown Pensacola. After crossing the 3 mile bridge bear left after the traffic light onto Main St. Follow along the bay until you reach Jefferson St., 1 block after crossing railroad tracks. Turn right. Go to past second stop sign which is on Government St. Turn right into parking lot behind Seville Quarter complex.
Coming from I-110:
Take exit # 1-C, Garden St. exit. At second traffic light, Jefferson St., take a left. Go past second street, Intendencia St., turn left into parking lot behind Seville Quarter complex.
Beer drop off times and locations
Beer may be dropped off Thursday at Seville Quarter for overnight storage in their keg cooler. The refrigerated truck will be set up in the parking lot on the west side of Seville Quarter beginning at 10:00 am Friday for those arriving early.
Friday Brewery Tours
There are two micro breweries and one brewpub in Pensacola close to the festival site: Pensacola Bay Brewery at 225 Zaragoza St., McGuire’s Irish Pub at 600 E. Gregory St. and the new Gulf Coast Brewery on Heinberg St. behind McGuire’s. They welcome attending brewers and homebrewers from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm for a tour and a taste. Gulf Coast Brewing will be serving a complimentary light lunch buffet.
Setup & Equipment
All clubs and breweries using their own draft equipment will be located outside. All indoor draft will be served with Seville’s pouring system at the various bars. Taps are limited. Please make your request in the comment section of the registration. The festival will provide a table, ice and rinsing water/bucket. We strongly recommend bringing a canopy tent for outdoor locations. Electricity will be available for low wattage lighting. You’ll need a 25 ft extension cord.
Where to get ice
Ice will be available from the refrigerated truck prior to the tasting on Friday beginning at setup open. During the tasting ice will be made available by volunteers. Saturday at the beach, ice will be available beginning at 8:00 AM from the refrigerated truck.
Map of festival and table locations
The festival map with table locations and assignments will be emailed to all registrants no later than a week prior to the event. It will also be posted on the website. A cell phone app is under construction which will assist attendees to navigate the festival and find your beer.
We usually struggle every year to provide enough volunteer pourers to meet the demand. We will do our best to provide every table that needs help at least one volunteer. Make your request on the registration form. If you have more than one helper that comes with you and receives a wristband, please don’t request pouring help.
The VIP room is in the Heritage Hall at the east end of Seville Quarter. They will be open to accept your donations at 1:00 pm. Please bring them early.
Festival Entry Point for Breweries, Brewpubs, Homebrew Clubs and Distributors
Use the gate at the northwest corner of the Seville property. Entry through this gate is gained from the parking lot west and behind of Apple Annie’s Bar. The refrigerated truck and ice trailers will be parked by this gate. You will receive your wristband, glasses and beer programs at this gate. Entry should be made by 4:30 pm.
Shuttle schedule between Days Inn and Seville
Will be available at the hotel & posted on this website the week of the Festival.
Check In and Set Up Times
The Check In table will open in the Jefferson St. parking lot at 1:00 pm for the distribution of worker wristbands and tasting glasses for registered breweries and homebrew clubs. Set up begins at 2:30 pm and should be complete by 5:00 pm (4:00 pm for VIP).
Beer pouring rules and conduct
We require 2 ounce pours, only. Please do not vary from this. This is a beer tasting event. Anyone who is obviously impaired must NOT be served.
Rules on merchandise for sale, displays, etc.
The selling of beer is NOT ALLOWED. Other merchandise items may be sold.
Method for draft beer transportation to the Beach At the end of the festival, load all beer and serving equipment going to the Days Inn on the beer truck for transport to the beach. Label all equipment and kegs with the brewery or club name to prevent loss.
The beach party kicks off at 9:00 AM with free, authentic New Orleans gumbo served on the Days Inn Party Deck. The beer truck will arrive by 8:00 AM so this is a good time to set up your draft beer service. We provide the ice but it would help if you provide your own plastic cups. Sorry, no glass bottles on the deck. The food concession will open at noon and the Beer Olympics will start at 1:30 pm. A live band will crank up the party at 2:00 pm. After the Beer Olympics concludes at 5:00 pm, enjoy an informal limbo and hula hoop.
As always, DJ Steve Fried will entertain you until the wee hours with his record collection. Tickets for this fabulous event are still only $10 at the door.
Beer Olympics and team registration
For those brewers, Homebrewers, etc. that would like to field a team, please have a designated team captain register with the chairman between noon and 1:00 pm. Each team needs 5 members for all events except the keg toss. They do not need to be the same individuals competing at each event. First place for each event earns 3 points, 2nd place - 2 points and 3rd place - 1 point. The team with the highest number of points wins the glorious "Cup of Thor." In case of a tie, a team "chug off" will determine the winner. This is a great event! Please organize your team early and review the game rules on the Beach Party thread.
Yet more beer, crazy Beer Olympics, more beer and visiting with old and new friends. Scroll on down to learn about what beer Olympics are. The rules of the events and how you can participate are also there!
The fun starts Saturday at 9:00 am and goes to the wee hours!
All Emerald Cost Beer Festival attendees and their families.
$10 wristbands will be sold the day of the event.
EVENTS & RULES
The 'Mighty Cup of Thor' must be presented to the referee BEFORE the start of the Olympics. It belongs to the Escambia Bay Homebrew Club and is a traveling trophy, so it goes with the winning team, but it must be returned so it can be presented to the new winner each year.
Teams will consist of five people from the same homebrew club, brewery or locale. A representative or team leader will coordinate with the game umpire for the game start time. Substitutions are allowed.
This is an individual event where the individual with the furthest throw will win the event for the team. Measurement is made where keg first hit the ground. (I.E. No Rolls ) Men will toss an empty half barrel and the ladies will toss a quarter barrel keg. Two throws are allowed per person. Stepping over or falling across the foul line is a scratch and counts as one throw. This is the only event where the team need not be together. Simply get in line and give your name and team to the game umpire when it’s your turn to throw.
BOAT RACES (chug-a-lug)
In this event two teams will square off with one another across a table. Each contestant will have a full cup of beer of their choosing in front of them. Upon the GO signal, the first chugger will drink their beer as quickly as possible and set their cup on the table. This is the signal for the next chugger to start and so on. Excessive spillage or an early start before the empty cup touches the table will result in disqualification. The fastest team time wins the event.
This is a relay race that involves running out to a bat or post in the sand about 20 yards out, placing your forehead within a foot of the top and rotating your body around the post 10 times, in the same direction, before running back to the line at which the next contestant will begin his or her run. You must keep your head down and you must complete 7 full revolutions in the same direction before running/stumbling back to the starting line. The fastest team time wins the event.
This is another relay race where the contestant runs out to grab a beer from a table while being tied to a bungee cord around the waist. At the command GO, the first runner chugs a beer and then runs out and grabs the beer attempting to return it unspilled to his teammate who will then drink it while his other teammates attach the bungee cord belt around his waist. Once the beer is consumed and the belt is fastened, the contestant will run out for the next beer. Failure to bring back a cup is a 10 second penalty and spillage of more than half a cup is a 5 second penalty. Again the fastest team time wins.
DETERMINING THE CHAMPION
The champion team and winner of the “cup” is the team with the most points based on a sliding scale. A first place win is worth 3 points, a second place win is worth 2 points and a third place win is worth 1 point. Each teams points are added and the winner is the one with the most points.
ORDER OF EVENTS
Competition starts at 1:00pm, last time for a team to report for competition is 1:30pm.
Teams may substitute players (up to 5) prior to start of the next event.Teams will start at the boat race, one will then proceed to bungee beer the other to izzy dizzy then swap. Each team has 5 minutes to report for the next team event. All team members must report within the time limit. Find a substitute for players that are no shows within the time limit to avoid a DSQ. After completing bungee beer and izzy dizzy, the team members may toss kegs. All keg tossing will end at 1600. No individual will be permitted to toss the kegs unless he or she is a team member.
Remember in timed events you are competing against the field. The best time is first; 2nd best second etc. Each event is worth 3 points for 1st place, 2 points for second place, and 1 point for third place. Points will be added up and the team with the most wins 1st. In the event of a tie for the cup, another boat race will be held to determine final standings.
You are responsible for your safety. All players and substitutes must sign a waiver prior to competing.
Barleywine Tasting This festival tradition started with “Big Bob” Chadbourne from New Orleans who would bring barleywines from his collection for tasting on Saturday night. It grew to be a special event but with his passing, it will revert to its roots. The conference room at the Days Inn will be open until 9:00 pm for camaraderie and an informal tasting of those “special” beers.
Volunteer wristbands will be distributed upon check in, a maximum of 6 for homebrew clubs and 4
for breweries. Each commercial brewery will receive one VIP wristband with the hope that they will
mingle with the VIP’s and enjoy some fine munchies.
Click here to purchased additional tickets in advance at a discounted price of $20.00. If some of these ticket holders are part of your work force, they may redeem their tickets for wristbands at the check in table from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Friday.
Days Inn Pensacola Beach Front is located on a barrier island directly on the Gulf of Mexico. This is an outstanding hotel with a complimentary continental breakfast.
Days Inn Pensacola Beach
16 Via De Luna Dr.,
Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
Make hotel reservations directly with the Days Inn Pensacola Beach at 1-800-934-3301
We anticipate the Days Inn will sell out. We have reserved a block of rooms across the street at the Paradise Inn until July 24 at room rates comparable to the Days Inn. “Beer festival” is the password for a reservation. They are pet friendly.
21 Via De Luna Dr.,
Pensacola, FL 32561