There is a new brewery in our neck of the woods, and of course, we have to show our support for the local guys. How supportive of us. Yesterday Grayton Beer Company threw a grand opening party and pulled out all the stops. There was free beer and food, tours, music, and lots of excitement surrounding this local venture.
The company started in 2011 with the goal of producing craft beer that reflected the vibe and attitude of the Emerald Coast. The two original styles, Grayton Pale Ale and Grayton I.P.A., launched the company but the recent move to the new brewery brought more room to support additional fermentation tanks and bottling equipment. With that . . . the beer list has grown. Now beer enthusiasts can enjoy a Belgian white, an amber, 30A Beach Blonde Pale Ale, and many more seasonal brews.
But as the company grows they maintain their local connection which is reflected in the beer names and packaging. The amber ale is affectionately called “1890 Founder’s Ale” which is a tribute to the year the town of Grayton Beach was incorporated. The beer called “White Dunes” is a Belgian style wheat beer named in honor of the 15 coastal dune lakes that are a rare treasure to the South Walton area. And the 30A Beach Blonde whimsically incorporates the true spirit of the stretch of road known as 30A and the beach blonde babes that grace its shores.
|The new brewery includes a big tasting room to accommodate lots of thirsty beer enthusiasts.|
|Having a brew or two with our friend Nikki Nickerson owner of local Cowgirl Kitchen.|
|Twenty-minute tours gave the brewmaster time to show off his stainless steel tanks and talk about fermentation.|
|Live entertainment kept the toes tapping.|
We had a great time at the event and look forward to continuing to support this local brewery. The beer is great and it will remind us of fun times in the panhandle. Give it a try if you come across it.