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$17 to Attend “Beer From Around Here” ($35 Value)
On Friday, October 19, beer and exotic-meat enthusiasts gather for the third annual “Beer From Around Here” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. As live music spills from the Events Plaza stage and across the lawn, Marlin Grill and Jim 'N Nick's BBQ's chefs pair buffalo brisket, venison sausage, pulled pork, and smoked-tuna dip with suds from regional breweries including Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company, Mississippi’s Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company, and Pensacola Bay Brewery.
It’s barely an exaggeration to say that Marlin Grill is a cornerstone of the Baytowne Wharf community—it occupies a grand, two-story corner space in the sprawling Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, its curving façade giving out on a patio facing the Events Plaza. As might be expected of a resort restaurant, the menu is broad and accommodating—there’s even a children’s menu with fried lobster and crab cakes among the chicken fingers—but creative preparations add zip to the steakhouse template. Filet mignon (dry-aged certified Angus, like all Marlin’s beef) is wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon and itself grilled over hickory just to show trees who’s boss, and a pair of cold-water lobster tails splash into kiwi-honey mustard sauce and mango chutney. Sides tend toward the impossibly rich, the mashed potatoes mixed with ricotta and the macaroni 'n' cheese studded with Tasso ham.
The drinks program is appropriately ambitious, covering more than 600 wines, a deep list of scotches and their allies, and fruity martinis, including a $10,000 version complete with one-carat diamond. The beer selection is a little more down to earth, centering on regional brews such as Georgia’s Sweet Water 420 Pale Ale and Florida’s Grayton Pale Ale.