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Buy tickets for Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love on Tap

By Kara Hallissey | Feb 15, 2018
More than 800 people attended the second annual Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love on Tap event at Seacrets on 49th Street last year. Brewers Mathew Shockley (Backshore Brewing Company) Joe Belia (Ocean City Brewing Company) and Matt Burrier (Burley Oak Brewing) pose for a photo before the event. The 2018 beer festival will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24.

(Feb. 16, 2018) Live music, unlimited tastings and the opportunity to talk with local brewers await craft beer drinkers next Saturday, Feb. 24, during the third annual Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love on Tap at Seacrets on 49th Street.

“Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love on Tap at Seacrets will be the best way for craft beer lovers to celebrate FeBREWary and it will be a sellout event so everybody should buy tickets in advance,” said Ann Hillyer, creator of shorecraftbeer.com.

Attendees have the chance to sample close to 30 beers from 13 local breweries including Fin City, Evolution, Dogfish Head, OC Brewing Company, Backshore Brewing, Tall Tales, Third Wave, Burley Oak, Fordham & Dominion, Mispillion River Brewing, Rubber Soul Brewing Company, Blue Earl Brewing and Big Oyster Brewery.

“The first hour is for VIPs who not only get an extra hour of beer tasting and access to the brewers, but they also get a commemorative T-shirt,” Hillyer said. “This annual event features only locally produced craft beers from 13 different breweries as well as live music by local favorites Brett Andrew & Company and Full Circle Duo.”

Each brewery will have at least two beers to sample, and the first 800 arrivals will receive a complimentary commemorative pint glass. Attendees must be at least 21 years old and have a valid ID.

“Seacrets is a fabulous place to be in February, but to celebrate local craft beers, have the breweries actually pour the beer for you, all while you listen to two different bands, when in the nightclub and another in the main bar area, will be even more fun,” Hillyer said.

Brett Andrew and Company will provide folk, blues and southern rock music in addition to the Full Circle Duo putting their own spin on popular songs throughout the three-hour event.

“Brett Andrew and Company combine different elements, are unique and cover artists like Bob Marley and Queen,” said Jackie Miller, Seacrets’ marketing manager. “The Full Circle Duo harmonize well and are easy to listen to.”

For an additional charge, Seacrets is offering a beer and food pairings menu.

“For the food pairings, you will see a lot of seafood, pork and barbecue to go along with the craft beers,” Miller said.

Jerk chicken, steamed shrimp, blackened fish tacos, a Cuban sandwich, barbecue ribs, a pulled pork sandwich, pan roasted clams and a Caribbean quesadilla are some of the paired food items available.

“Beers include a Russian imperial stout from EVO, a chocolate cherry stout from Third Wave, a double-fudge chocolate stout and a wild berry sour from Tall Tales, romantic chemistry IPA from Dogfish Head, the cherry blossom lager from Fordham & Dominion, as well as many more traditional and unique FeBREWary beers,” Hillyer said.

Representatives, brewmasters and experts will be on hand to meet and talk with attendees.

“February is craft beer lover’s month,” Miller said. “We are really excited to have this event again. It is so much fun and sells out every year. If you want to come, make sure to get tickets in advance. I am not sure if there will be any left at the door.”

Shore Craft Beer Fest: Love on Tap will take place from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. Tickets cost $35 and $10 for designated drivers with unlimited soft drinks.

There will also be VIP tickets available for $50, which provide an extra hour of unlimited tastings starting at noon and an event T-shirt. T-shirts will also be for sale at the event.

To purchase tickets, visit shorecraftbeerfest.com.

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