Emerald Coast Beer Fest

posted Oct 2, 2012, 11:16 AM by Josh Hartley

by: Ron Unz

The 2012 Emerald Coast Beer Festival (ECBF) was another successful beer and homebrew event for the Golden Triangle Brewers. Richard Bryant, Nathan Power, Doug Shelton, Jerry Pokorney, Tram Pokorney, Tram's brother-in-law and Ron Unz made the journey to Pensacola, FL on September 7th to represent the club. The festival was located at the Seville Quarter in Pensacola. Fifteen homebrew clubs from Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida served beer along side breweries such as Bell's Brewery, Lazy Magnolia, Shipyard, Terrapin and several more. Raise Your Pints (RYP) even served beer at this years festival.

For the brewers of the festival, the event started off with a free lunch at the Pensacola Bay Brewery. This was an opportune time to stretch out from the drive and to prepare for a fun filled evening of beer serving and consuming. Pensacola Bay Brewery brought in pit masters for some amazing BBQ. Beer and flights were available for purchase from the brewery.

After lunch the club signed in at the hotel (Pensacola Beach Days Inn) and setup the club's tent at the festival. The club began serving beer around 5:15 to other homebrewers. At 6:00 the gates were open to the general public. Beers served by the GTR Brewers include: mild, rye pale ale, stout, kolsh, and an IPA. The club's beers were so well received that all five of the beers were gone before the end of the festival. Leftover beer from all of the homebrew clubs and some breweries were brought hotel for the beach party on Saturday.


The beach party started off with a free Gumbo breakfast for the brewers.  After breakfast most of the homebrew clubs and breweries setup their tables and serving equipment. Craig Hendry from RYP counted 98 kegs at the beach party. This doesn't include the breweries that brought canned and bottled beer. The rest of the day was a laid back, hangout, and drink beer kind of day. The only planned events for the rest of the day were the second annual homebrew competition award ceremony and the beer olympics.

For the second year in a row, the GTR Brewers won gold at the ECBF homebrew competition. The category for this years competition was kolsh. This years beer was brewed by Ron Unz. The GTR Brewers are the only homebrew club to have won gold at ECBF, so the pressure is on for third gold next year.

Nathan, Doug, Jerry, Tram's brother-in-law and another MS native made up the GTR Brewers beer olympics team. The GTR team tried their best, but finished in the middle of the pack. However, it looks like they had a blast participating. Everyone else had a fun time watching them.

It is already on the calendar for the GTR Brewers to attend the ECBF on Sept 5 and 6th of 2013. Make a note on your calendar if you think you'd like to come next year. The more people that come, the more fun there will be!