The Nation’s hottest chefs will compete in three categories (Cajun, Rockefeller, and Create Your Own Raw) for the best oyster and you will have the chance to taste them all. Enjoy live music, an oyster shucking competition, cooking demos and more. Help crown the nation’s best oyster in the “Blind Oyster Taste Test.” Football fans won’t miss a game. Watch your favorite game in one of the sports viewing lounges on site or inside the Hangout.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Craft Beer Festival Kickoff Party
The Hangout, 101 E. Beach Boulevard, Gulf Shores, AL, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance at or at The Hangout. Must be 21 or over.

Enjoy samples of over 60 beers from over 25 craft breweries and entertainment from The Mulligan Brothers, Steelism and Willie Sugarcapps. Your ticket includes samples from all of the craft brewers and entertainment all night long.

Breweries include but are not limited to:
New Belgium Brewing, Back Forty Beer Company, Good People Brewing Co., Terrapin Beer Company, Fairhope Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewery, Yellowhammer Brewing, Abita, Samuel Adams, NOLA Brewing, Bell’s Inspired Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Strongbow, Blue Pants Brewery, Ciderboys, Steamworks, Finch’s Beer Company, Goose Island Beer Company, The Brew Stooges, Straight to Ale, Redd’s Apple Ale

Friday Night Beer WorkShops
Presented by Rae Anne Coutu
Boston Beer Company

Session One 7:30 – 8 p.m.
Ingredients in brewing and the brewing process.

Session Two 9:30 – 10 p.m.
Beer Styles and Boston Beer’s Rebel IPA, Winter Lager, Boston Lager and Merry Maker

7th Annual Oyster Cook-off

The Hangout, 101 E. Beach Blvd., Gulf Shores, Alabama, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission is free to the public. Tasting tickets are available for purchase to use in exchange for oysters, beer, wine, moonshine and champagne. Pre-sale tasting ticket booklets are $25 for 15 tickets; Day of $30 and available at or at The Hangout.

Cooking will begin at 11 a.m. Awards are at 5 p.m.

2014 Bloody Mary Invitational
Prove you have the “best bloody” in the Bloody Mary Invitational. The Hangout will provide a “Bloody Mary Pantry,” including a variety of Absolut vodkas, Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix, Crystal Hot Sauce and a variety of ingredients and items to serve your concoctions. Entrants must be 21. Entries must include Absolut Vodka and Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix. They will be judged on Flavor Profile and Creativity and Presentation. To register your team, visit

Saturday Cooking Demonstration Schedule
11 a.m. – Chef Tyler Williams presents Southern Bo Saam
11:30 a.m. – Rae Anne Coutu presents The Traveler Beer Company
12 p.m. – Chef Linkie Marais presents Spicy Tequila Grilled Oysters
12:30 p.m. – Chef Josh Habinger presents Kimchi and Oyster Bloody Mary
1 p.m. – Chef Michele Ragussis presents Grilled Oysters with Chorizo Butter
1:30 p.m. – Chef Ryan Prewitt presents Grilled Oysters with Lemon Jalapeno Butter
2 p.m. – Chef Jason Roberts presents BBQ Oysters with Red Chili Nahm Jim
2:30 p.m. – Chef Ippy Aiona presents Oyster with Sweet Teriyaki, Roasted Tomatoes, Pickled Ginger and Melted Provolone
3 p.m. – Chef Nikki Martin presents Bloody Mary Skirt Steak
3: 30 p.m. – Chef Jim Smith presents Rockefeller 101: Classic Rockefeller

Chef Pairing Dinner
The Gulf, 27500
Perdido Beach Blvd.,
Orange Beach, Alabama
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, 8 p.m.

Tickets are $50, are limited and available at Benefits No Kid Hungry. Exclusive artisan meal menu prepared by chefs Jason Roberts, Martie Duncan and Ephraim Kadish and paired with New Belgium Craft Beers and Ole Smoky Moonshine.

Check out Lagniappe’s interviews with the following chefs:
Martie Duncan: Party blogger Martie Duncan brings expertise to Gulf Shores
Ryan Prewitt: James Beard Award winner to judge oyster dishes
Jason Roberts: New Zealander Jason Roberts looking forward to first Gulf Coast visit