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Destin, Florida’s New Specialty – The Craft Bar

There’s so much more than you realize that goes into a Craft Bar. Far more involved than the average pub, restaurant or bar. 

The Craft Bar Logo

The Craft Bar, The new sensational expansion of Chan’s Wine World in Destin, FL is unique, interesting & cutting edge with a fun-filled atmosphere!

Chan CoxChan Cox has done it again… with a lot of help from some exceptional and knowledgeable managers and staff.  Anyone who has visited Destin, FL and entered the doors of Chan’s Wine World surely appreciates the amount of research and dedication to finding the best there is in Wine, Spirits, Beer, Specialty Cheeses and Fresh Cuisine. The staff is educated and trained and if they don’t know an answer, they will find it! All this attention to detail spills over to the, now, TWO restaurants connected to Wine World… The Craft Bar and The Wine Bar.

The Wine Bar has a huge following both with the locals and visitors. It’s “tried and true” and labelled “Delicious”! But now the new kid on the block, The Craft Bar… it has come out of the gates STRONG!


The Craft Bar offers select “craft” beers and “craft” cocktails… yes, cocktails too!

Sutton shows there is a special utensil for each step of making Craft Cocktails

Sutton shows there is a special utensil for each step of making Craft Cocktails

Manager Brent Sutton has increased his already extensive knowledge by travelling to South Miami to meet and learn from the bartending GURU, Nick Nistico who taught them the ways and means behind a great cocktail & that balance is HUGE to get the right taste! Their spirits are so pure that there’s no need to mask it with “fillers” such as sodas or lots of juice, etc. Sutton says, “We only use small batch, high quality spirits, all syrups are made in house & all juices & fruits are fresh, lacking preservatives.”  A local favorite and popular bartender, Corey Jernigan, is labelled by Sutton as “The Syrup Whisperer”. He is so totally in his element at The Craft Bar and loves to hand mix the syrups (aka mixers) with his natural ability to create flavorful bliss in a cocktail. He got so excited to explain and show me his work… and there is a lot of science behind it!

But What is a Craft Beer???

An American craft brewer, by definition, is:

  • Small & Independent
  • Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships.
  • Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.

Why craft beer?

Craft beer has been described variously as 10 minutes of pleasure, pure happiness in a glass, authentic, archetypical, an intellectual beverage that is to be savored not swilled and much, much more. It is enjoyed for everyday celebrations and is viewed by many as one of the special things in life that makes the day taste and feel a little better.

Each glass displays the creativity and passion of its maker and the complexity of its ingredients. Craft beer is treasured by millions around the world who see it as not merely a fermented beverage, but something to be enjoyed in moderation, shared and revered. It is a versatile beverage that not only enhances food when paired, but is also often brought into the kitchen as a cooking ingredient.

The Craft BarThe Craft Bar will focus on the growing sensation of craft beer, which is featured in the popular Destin Beer Festival. Distributors such as Founder’s, Brown Dist. or Cigar City Florida Cracker, and the finest, have been hand picked for their quality and even most important to The Craft Bar, their exclusivity and uniqueness. Sutton says they, “Try to tap exclusive – not what others in town have”. They never tap the same thing twice. Once a keg is “blown”(empty), it will be replaced with something new. And the kegs come in different sizes and can “blow” as quickly as a day to couple of days, some longer… then that flavor is gone for at least a little while to keep things exciting and fresh!  We were amazed at how much goes into serving and purchasing and researching these craft beers. They are in a commitment with Founder’s Brewing to host Founder’s “one-offs”. These are special beers that will only be given to The Craft Bar, not to be offered anywhere else.

We cannot close without mentioning that the food is also “craft” style. It is the only place in Destin serving hormone-free and humanely-raised beef! Heureux Beef goes back to a simpler time. No uses of hormones, pesticides or chemicals are used. The cows have a low stress, free range environment and fed home grown, non GMO vegetables. This produces a flavorful, lean, healthy beef. It is another wonderful restaurant in Destin that will sure, beyond a boubt, leave you satisfied!

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