Distillery 98 launches Emerald Coast Spirits Fest Sept. 23

VIP event scheduled for Friday, Sept 22

Sept. 19, 2023
Special to 30A Food & Wine

INLET BEACH – Distillery 98, the award-winning micro-distillery and home to Half Shell Vodka, is proud to host the first-ever Emerald Coast Spirits Festival in partnership with the Florida Craft Spirits Association. Slated for Saturday, Sept. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. at 30Avenue, distillers from across the state will come together to showcase their products, with complimentary tastings and specialty cocktails for spirits enthusiasts, along with live entertainment and food sampling from local restaurants.

Emerald Coast Spirits Festival

Inspired by the FCSA’s Jacksonville-area Sunshine Spirits Festival, Distillery 98 is collaborating with the organization and sponsors including Emerald Coast Magazine, Cultural Arts Alliance and Driftwood Wine and Spirits to create an event that elevates local businesses in Santa Rosa Beach’s 30Avenue district and attract tourists to the world famous Emerald Coast beaches.

Exclusive cocktails crafted with spirits from participating distillers will be created by Better Together Beverage; Manifest Distillery, St. Petersburg Distillery, Big Storm Pinellas LLC, Severessence Distilling Co., Fish Hawk Spirits, LLC, Tapì USA, 30A Distilling Co., and Rollins Distillery.

Food will be provided by amici 30A Italian Kitchen, amigos 30A Mexican Kitchen, and Cuvee 30A. Guests will enjoy music from local artists and Alaqua Animal Refuge will be onsite with animals looking for their forever homes.

VIP and general admission tickets available

The festival weekend kicks off with a special VIP event Friday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., held at Distillery 98, 835 Serenoa Road in Santa Rosa Beach.

General admission and VIP tickets are available here. The 30Avenue Business District is located at 12805 US-98 East, Rosemary Beach. Both events are adults only and 21-plus; bring a valid driver’s license or ID.