Emerald Coast Beer Festival draws big crowd to Seville Quarter (photos)

Written by Dennis Pillon for al.com

PENSACOLA, Florida –For the 17th year in a row, the Emerald Coast Beer Festival brought together Gulf Coast beer enthusiasts with brewers, large and small, from around the country Friday.

Breweries like Abita, Avondale, Sweet Water, Terrapin, Bell’s, Highland, and several more set up tables in and around Seville Quarter, serving up samples while musical acts The Posi-Tones and The Hotheads performed for the crowd.

The breweries traveled from far away places like Hawaii, Michigan, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee and North Carolina.

Closer to home, the Pensacola Bay Brewery, McGuire’s Irish Pub, Grayton Beer Company, Middle Bay Brewing Company, Perdido Vineyards and more brought their products to the festival.

Fifteen home brew clubs from across Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi manned tables, offering attendees a chance to sample their home-made brews.

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