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As in past years, the venue is Seville Quarter, 130 Government St., Pensacola, FL 32501
Beer Drop Off
Beer may be dropped off Thursday at Seville Quarter for overnight storage in their keg cooler. Ask for a manager when you arrive. The refrigerated beer truck will be set up in the parking lot on the west side of Seville beginning between 9:00 and 10:00 am for those arriving early.
Downtown Pensacola Breweries
There are two micros and two brewpubs close to the festival site: Pensacola Bay Brewery at 225 Zaragoza St., McGuire’s Irish Pub at 600 E. Gregory, Gulf Coast Brewery on Heinberg St. behind McGuire’s and the new Perfect Plain Brewery at 50 E. Garden St. Check them out before you head to the beach.
Set Up & Equipment
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. All homebrew clubs and breweries using their own draft equipment will be located outside. All indoor draft beer will be served with Seville’s pouring system at various bars. Taps are limited. Please make your site request on your registration. The festival will provide a table, ice and rinsing water/bucket. We strongly recommend bringing a 10 X 10 canopy tent and folding chairs for outdoor locations. Electricity will be available for low wattage lighting. Bring a 25 ft. extension cord. Set up time is 2:30 – 3:00 pm and should be complete by 5:00 pm (4:00 pm for VIP).
Ice will be available from ice truck/trailer (see map) at 3:00. You can pick it up or we’ll bring it. Volunteers will be delivering ice, replenishing water and dumping buckets. Please only use as much ice as you need. The remainder will be used for the Saturday beach party.
Map of Festival and Table Locations
The festival map with table locations and assignment will be emailed to all registrants no later than a week prior to the event. It will also be posted on the website and printed on the festival brochure.
Worker volunteer wristbands for your table will be distributed on check in, a maximum of six for homebrew clubs and four for breweries, one of which will be for the VIP room. All registered homebrew clubs and breweries may purchase additional tickets for $20.00 for additional workers. They can be redeemed at the check in table for a wristband. Go to http://emeraldcoastbeerfest.com/form/brewersMailin.pdf
We usually struggle to provide enough local volunteer pourers to help out tables that are short handed. Make your request on the registration form and we will do our best to provide at least one volunteer. If you have two or more pourers, please don’t request pouring help.
Pouring Policy, etc.
We allow a maximum 2 ounce pour. Please don’t exceed it. This is a beer tasting event. Anyone who is obviously impaired must NOT be served. Giveaways and merchandise for sale is allowed. NO beer for sale!
If you have a beer donation for the VIP room, please don’t forget them. They will be ready to
take your beer from 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm. If you have a VIP wristband, please go and mingle during
Complimentary shuttle service will take brewers from the Days Inn to Seville early Friday afternoon and bring them back after festival shutdown. The shuttle schedule will be posted at the Days Inn desk. The first shuttles from the Days Inn are for the set up crews. Don’t forget your driver.
Last Call, Breakdown and Load Up
Last call is at 8:20 and breakdown commences at 8:30 sharp. Seville Quarter wants to transition back to a drinking establishment as soon as possible. Please cooperate by moving out quickly. All the leftover beer and draft equipment may be loaded up on the beer truck where it awaits you Saturday morning. Load it carefully and well. Label your kegs and equipment to help prevent loss.
Saturday Beach Party & Beer Olympics
Set up begins at 8:00 am when the beer truck is opened. The Days Inn has a few folding tables but not enough for everyone. Beach chairs, canopy tents and plastic cups are encouraged. The beach party kicks off at 9:00 am with free, authentic New Orleans gumbo served on the Days Inn party deck. DJ Steve will spin vinyl from then to the wee hours. A live band will entertain in the late afternoon. The Days Inn has added a restaurant out back which replaces the food concession. What a party! We only ask for a $10 donation to cover the band, tent and other costs.
This festival tradition started years ago with the “Big Bob” Chadbourne from New Orleans who would bring barleywines from his collection for tasting on Saturday night. With his passing, it will revert to its roots. After the band wraps up, the conference room will be open until 9:00 pm for camaraderie and an informal tasting of those special beers.
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.
The primary hotel is the Days Inn on 16 Via De Luna Drive on Pensacola Beach. It is undergoing a major renovation which may or may not be completed by Labor Day. They have added a restaurant between the hotel and the beach. One potential problem is that there may not be a soft sandy area to play our Beer Olympics. Until we know for sure, we’ll still be ready to hold them. Make hotel reservations directly with the Days Inn at (850) 934-3300 or (800) 934-3301. Be sure to mention you are with the beer festival.
The secondary hotel is the Holiday Inn next door and rooms are slightly higher in price. Reservations can be made by phone (855) 373-7271 or online www.holidayinnresorts.com/pensacolabeach. Use the code “EMB” to get the group rate. This offer expires August 6.
The Paradise Inn is across the street from the Days Inn and is pet friendly. Call (850) 932-2319.