PGA National’s Craft Beer Fest To Showcase 120-Plus Brews In The Glorious AC

by Ileana Llorens Jul 23, 2015 05:26 PM

This year, PGA National is all about the brews. 

The famed Palm Beach Gardens resort and spa will be hosting a Craft Beer Bash on Saturday, Aug. 8. The event—which in the past has included a burger competition—will focus on showcasing more than 120 brews from local breweries including Due South Brewing Co., Tequesta Brewing Company and Funky Buddha Brewery, as well as Boulevard, Ommegang, Peak Organic and Founders Brewing Co. 

The decision to drop the burger portion of the event was prompted in part because the reigning champion, Chuck Burger Joint, closed its doors, PGA National Resort & Spa representative Lisa Gallo said. 

Those who balk at the thought of drinking in the Florida heat will appreciate that this year’s event will be held indoors in an air-conditioned ballroom—a request from plenty of past participants, Gallo said. There will be live music, food and retail stations, and a contest for home-brewers. Food options will include braised short rib mac and cheese, ribs, sweet sausage, pizza and pretzels. 

So, what makes the event different from the similar Palm Beach Summer Beer Fest taking place just two weeks earlier on July 25? Ticket prices are $10 cheaper, and guests will have the option of spending the weekend at the luxury resort, Gallo said. 

“Bash-goers can make a weekend ‘stay-cation’ out of this event by taking the elevator home,” she said. “The Craft Beer Bash Room Package includes two general admission tickets and a one-night stay at PGA National for $149.” 

The home of the Honda Classic—which has over the years undergone a $100 million renovation—will also be hosting a New Belgium Brewery VIP pairing dinner at the resort's Ironwood Steak & Seafood restaurant on Friday, Aug. 7. The five-course meal—which includes grilled shrimp flatbread and beef short ribs—will be prepared by executive chef Sean McKee. Tickets are $79 and include taxes and gratuity. 

PGA National Resort and Spa; 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens