2019 June 18

Destin Crafted Festival Returns to The Henderson for Second Year!

Destin Crafted Beer Fest poster

Destin, FL– Local company Wine World will once again team up with The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa to host an exclusive craft beer and bourbon tasting event raising funds for Children in Crisis. This year’s main event will take place on Saturday, November 9th, from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm, on the scenic pool deck and lawn at The Henderson.

Proceeds from the very first #DestinCrafted exceeded expectations; over $13,000 was donated to Children in Crisis and The Children’s Neighborhood. This year, hosts and sponsors are setting their sights even higher.

This isn’t our first rodeo,” explains Chan Cox, Wine World Founder & President, “our team has years of experience with Destin Beer Festival and the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. Partnering with The Henderson has given us a new gorgeous setting, but more importantly it brought new friendships and fresh ideas to the table. The collaboration is strong and the event will get better every year, guaranteed!” 

Destin Crafted will feature hundreds of samples from over 40 renowned small-production breweries & distilleries alongside food from Destin’s favorite eateries with live music entertainment and more. Guests will also have the option to enter a raffle for a grand prize, raising additional funds for the charity.

This year, an extra event has been added to the schedule. First, the weekend kicks-off with an exclusive cocktail party on the rooftop Sunset Vista at The Henderson on Friday November 8th. Then, Sunday morning after Saturday’s main event, VIP’s will also attend a special “Beer ‘n Brunch” at The Craft Bar in Destin.

Tickets go on sale on July 1 atdestincrafted.com. General Admission is $50 per person for the grand tasting on Saturday, with live music performance and raffle. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $145 each, and include access to all three events, Friday through Sunday. All scheduled events are 21+, adults-only. For details and continued updates, visit destincrafted.comand follow @ChansWineWorld on Facebook.



2018 December 21

Destin Crafted Festival Raises $13,000 for Children in Crisis

DESTIN, FL– The first annual Destin Crafted fest, was held at The Henderson Beach Resort on Saturday November 3rd, 2018. This craft beer, bourbon, and food festival was organized by Wine World to raise funds for Children in Crisis Inc., a local non-profit whose mission is to support and house children in need in Northwest Florida.

This month, Wine World donated festival proceeds to the charity in the amount of $13,410.

“Our goal in partnering with The Henderson was to host an event unlike any other in the area. Wine World’s event expertise coupled with a gorgeous venue was the key, and the results were even more than we imagined. We are thrilled that our community and sponsors joined us at this fabulous resort to make this donation to the charity possible.” –Chan Cox, Wine World Owner & Founder

DEC. 2018 - Just in time for the holidays, Wine World & The Henderson present Children in Crisis with funds raised from Destin Crafted

DEC. 2018 - Just in time for the holidays, Wine World & The Henderson present Children in Crisis with funds raised from Destin Crafted

Nearly 500 guests, both local and visitor, attended Destin Crafted, with events spanning from the VIP cocktail party on the sunset terrace Friday night to Saturday’s main festival on the pool deck at The Henderson. Celebrity distillers and brewers joined local restaurants and community sponsors over the weekend to provide a unique experience to fest-goers and enthusiasts.   

“The event raised the bar high--it was the best one ever! I can't thank everyone enough; Chan Cox, staff at Wine World and The Henderson, the sponsors, our volunteers and most importantly, the participants who came to enjoy the day. This supports our Children’s Neighborhood and improves the lives of the at-risk kids we take care of.” –Ken Hair, Children in Crisis President & CEO

Next year’s Destin Crafted main event is set for Saturday, November 9th, 2019 at The Henderson Beach Resort. Plans are underway to add new food and beverages for guests, as well as possibly expanding the event and adding extra activities. All proceeds will benefit Children in Crisis, Inc.



2018 September 19

Veterans, Heroes, & Distillers To Visit Destin for Craft Beer & Bourbon Festival

DESTIN, FL– American Freedom Distillery is owned & operated by a group of veterans whose story is so riveting, a blockbuster hit movie, 12 Strong, was inspired by it. As an immediate response to the 9/11 attacks on our country, these U.S. Army soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan, where they completed some of the first missions in the War on Terror in the desert on horseback.

Today, these heroes run their distillery in Tampa, and Horse Soldier Bourbon is quickly becoming one of America’s most beloved small-batch bourbons taking over the market.

“American Freedom started on the back of horse in Yellowstone a little over 3 years ago. We visited several craft distilleries and spent time understanding what was needed to start our own craft distillery. We trained in Scotland, Ireland, and Kentucky.” –Scott Neil, U.S. Army Retired Master Sergeant, Co-Founder American Freedom Distillery

American Freedom Distillery

On November 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, Scott and his comrades Mark Nutsch, Bob Pennington, and John KoKo will be visiting Northwest Florida for Destin Crafted, the area’s inaugural craft beer & bourbon festival for charity. The festival will be hosted at The Henderson Beach Resort, and benefit Children in Crisis.

Fest goers with VIP access will have the opportunity to meet and talk with these whiskey-crafting war heroes, and sample one of their rarest batches of bourbon at the VIP party on Friday November 2nd at 5 pm. Horse Soldier (single barrel) will be available to sample at the main event on Saturday, November 3rd . Those interested in attending the festival or VIP party can purchase tickets at any Wine World store, online at destincrafted.com, or on Facebook @ChansWineWorld. 

“We support our troops and our military, not to mention we love craft spirits, so I was naturally thrilled when I heard about Horse Soldier Bourbon. I was even more thrilled when I tasted it! We are very excited to get to meet these American heroes and learn even more about their product.”  –Chan Cox, Destin Crafted Founder, Wine World Owner & Founder

Horse Soldier Bourbon Destin Crafted Festival

As a kick-off to the weekend festivities, on Thursday November 1st Wine World will host a bottle-signing and cocktail event at The Craft Bar in Destin. Guests of honor Mark Nutsch, Bob Pennington, John KoKo, and Scott Neil will be signing bottles and mingling with guests on Thursday afternoon and specialty cocktails will be featured into the evening.

VIP tickets for Destin Crafted are $100 and include admission to all events. Tickets for Saturday only are $50. All proceeds will be donated to Children in Crisis, Inc, a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. More information about the event is available online at destincrafted.com.



2018 August 1

Wine World Launches Destin’s Premiere Annual Craft Beer & Bourbon Festival

DESTIN, FL—Originating as the Destin Beer Festival hosted by Wine World in the parking lot at Paradise Key, this fundraising event has become legend in the Destin community. Now, having outgrown their parking lot setting, Wine World has teamed up with The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa to host this elevated tasting event to raise funds for Children in Crisis.

“Wine World is honored that the team at Henderson Beach Resort joins us in giving back to our community. We are so pleased to welcome them into this community and host an event on their beautiful property. The setting will elevate the whole experience!” –Chan Cox, Wine World, Owner & Founder

The event dons a new name (and hashtag): Destin Crafted, but all the favorite elements of Wine World’s past fests will still be intact. The event, held on Saturday November 3rd from 1:00pm til 4:00pm, will feature over 50 premium craft beers and small-batch bourbon for guests to sample alongside hand-crafted foods prepared by some of Destin’s top dining establishments. Guests will enjoy all of this on the spacious and luxurious pool deck and green area at Henderson Beach Resort & Spa.

“The name change illustrates many things, but above all: it’s not just about the beer! This fest is immersive in the “craft” culture, and that includes small-batch bourbon and from-scratch food just as much as craft beer.” –Fontella Hardman, Wine World, Marketing & Event Coordinator

General Admission tickets are $50 per person and include the grand tasting on Saturday, with live music performance. A limited number of VIP tickets are also available for $100, and include an reserve tasting on the Sunset Terrace on Friday evening, catered by The Henderson. Both events are 21+, adults-only. Ticket holders may also buy raffle tickets on the day-of for a chance to win exclusive prizes, TBA. The raffle will raise additional dollars for Children in Crisis. For more information, visit destincrafted.com, or @DestinCrafted on Facebook.