PGA National Resort's Craft Beer Bash Returns With 150 Brews, A Cruise Ship-Style Lounge And More

by Lyssa Goldberg Aug 08, 2016 05:39 PM

PGA National might be better known for its golfing events, but the resort is certainly no stranger to hosting beer-centric bonanzas, either.

This weekend, the Palm Beach Gardens venue will host its Craft Beer Bash with unlimited beer samplings, a home brewers contest, and more. It takes place Saturday, Aug. 13, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and tickets are $39 in advance or $49 at the door.

The indoor event, which was moved into an air-conditioned ballroom last year, will also feature live music by The Helmsman, a DJ, timed beer releases, a cider room, vendor village, and food for purchase. Eats include soft pretzels, braised short rib mac and cheese, St. Louis ribs and more.

This year, Craft Beer Bash will offer two unique lounge areas: one sponsored by Celebrity Cruises that's designed to feel like a cruise deck with photo opportunities and games, and another focused on the Tampa Bay area's distilleries and microbreweries, with beer tastings from the Brew Bus.

In total, more than 150 craft beer and cider brands will be showcased—from local breweries like Twisted Trunk, Tequesta Brewing Co., Saltwater Brewery and Wynwood Brewing Company, as well as national breweries including Blue Point, Shock Top and Dogfish Head. Event-goers will vote among these options to name the Best Craft Brewery and Best Hard Cider.

For an additional $5, home brewers can also enter a brewing contest judged by a panel of experts. The winning King of All Home Brewers will earn a beer mug trophy and two-night stay at PGA National, including a round of golf and dinner for two. (Second and third place winners receive a one-night stay and $50 gift card to Ironwood Steak & Seafood, respectively.) 

Finally, timed beer releases will give guests the chance to taste exclusive beer flavors offered in limited supply only at certain times throughout the event.

"It adds a lot of excitement and the opportunity for people to try creative, limited-edition flavors just for a short period of time," said Karen Cantor, PGA National Resort's director of public relations and events marketing. 

True beer enthusiasts can start the weekend early with a special Bites & Brews beer pairing event at Ironwood on Friday, Aug. 12. Five hand-selected local breweries will be stationed at the restaurant, serving their beers paired with plates created by the resort's executive chef, Sean McKee. (Think Twisted Trunk's Watermelon Saison with watermelon gazpacho.) Tickets are $65.

"We thought it would be a great opportunity for craft beer aficionados to get to know the brewers behind the local craft beers," Cantor said. "The roving event is a five-course dining experience, but it allows the guests to get to know the beers in more of an intimate setting and get more one-on-one attention versus the large festival-style event on Saturday." 

Guests who wish to stay the night and "take the elevator home" can enjoy $99 rates on Friday if they attend the Bites & Brews dinner, or $149 (single occupancy) to $169 (double occupancy) on Saturday, which includes general admission tickets.

Photos courtesy PGA National Resort & Spa


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