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Sip and Savor: Exploring the Best Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries along the Emerald Coast

April 5, 2024

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Welcome to the Emerald Coast, where the crystal-clear waters meet the delightful world of craft beverages. If you’re planning a vacation to this beautiful stretch of Florida, you’re in for a treat beyond the sandy beaches and stunning sunsets. The Emerald Coast boasts a thriving craft beverage scene, featuring a diverse array of local breweries, distilleries, and wineries that have carved their mark on the landscape. In this blog post, we invite you to embark on a journey of flavor as we explore the best craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries along the Emerald Coast and uncover the unique experiences they offer.

Craft Breweries
One of the cornerstones of the Emerald Coast’s craft scene is its breweries. Stop by the Destin Brewery where they infuse beers with Florida’s citruses and even some local Destin honey. Next stop is one of 2 locations (Destin Harbor or Grayton Beach) with Beach Camp Beer Company, where you’ll not only find a laid back, enjoyable atmosphere but also a great happy hour. While out in 30A, make sure to swing in and throw some darts or cornhole at Grayton Beer Company’s taproom.

A cold beer in a mug on a wood table at the sunny beach

Niceville has 2 stops: Strange Colt Brewery and 3rd Planet Brewing Co. where you can select from a rotating selection of small-batch brews while kicking back with the locals.

Up the way is also the Odd Pelican Beer Company, located in Freeport; let us assure you though, this is such a quaint, fun spot that you don’t want to miss it!

And last but not least is 30As newest pub, Idyll Hounds Brewing Company. Their spot is really unique inside and the eats are finger-lickin-good!

Explore the art of this micro-distillery at Distillery 98 in Santa Rosa Beach, where you must try the Half Shell vodka or one of their amazing craft cocktails in the cozy tasting room. 30A Distilling Co. is also a must-visit with some of the most unique spirits to try – Seagrove Cane Vodka, Ciao Limoncello, and the Blue Mountain Beach Bourbon, just to name a few.

Discover the charm of local wineries like Miramar Beach’s Emerald Coast Wine Cellars where they offer free weekly tastings to the brand new and exquisite Panama City Beach Winery where you can taste and load up on fabulous fruit wines. A short drive away, you’ll find Defuniak Spring’s Chautauqua Winery which is best-known for their muscadine wine and free tastings during the week.

Keep an eye out on their websites for special events and festivals hosted by these craft beverage producers throughout the year. From beer and wine tastings to spirit-focused gatherings, there’s always something exciting happening along the Emerald Coast.

A local staple is The Craft Bar, with locations in Destin, Miramar Beach, and Panama City Beach. These gastropubs always have amazing drink selections and amazing eats (Nashville hot chicken and brussel sprouts are our favorites!)

Walton County has a new local jam, Palm Folly, which is all the rave. This upscale taproom spins up sparkling seltzers where you can relax by the fire pit or out on the lawn.

Glasses of sangria wine on a wood table at a sunny beach

When exploring the Emerald Coast’s craft scene, remember to savor each sip and bite. Take your time, engage with the knowledgeable staff, and ask questions to fully appreciate the craftsmanship behind these beverages.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable adventure, please sample responsibly. Plan transportation options in advance, whether it’s designating a sober driver, using rideshare services, or booking a guided tour to explore multiple venues without worry. We suggest Sand Dollar Transportation, the 30A Party Bus (services Destin as well!), or 654 Limo – all have outstanding reputations in our area.

“Make your vacation your vacation. That is the secret to success.”

As you embark on your vacation along the Emerald Coast, don’t forget to include the region’s craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries in your itinerary. These hidden gems offer a unique opportunity to savor the flavors of the Gulf Coast and create unforgettable memories. From hoppy brews to aged spirits and fine wines, the craft scene here promises a sip-and-savor journey that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the vibrant culture of the Emerald Coast.

Cheers to exploration, discovery, and the joy of craft beverages along the way!

With love from Breathe Easy Rentals

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