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10th Annual Brews on the Beach is the Best Party on the Shore

Saturday’s beer festival in West Ocean City celebrates the “art of the craft” with 30+ local beers, rain or shine

The oldest beer festival in Ocean City celebrates its 10th year this September as beer lovers from all over the East Coast come together to enjoy beer brewed right here on the Shore. Brews on the Beach, hosted by Shore Craft Beer and Fin City Brewing Company, will kick off the fall beer festival season and feature more than 30 local-only, seasonal brews made for the summer-to-fall transition.

The festival will take place from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 8, under the tent outside Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City. Scenic views of the Assawoman Bay and the Ocean City skyline will complement live music provided by acoustic rock duo Opposite Directions and the flavors of crabcakes, burgers and fish ‘n chips for sale in the Hooper’s caboose.

Billed this year as The Best Party on the Beach, Brews on the Beach cultivates a fun and festive atmosphere that comes alive with music and dancing under the tent, vendors with goods ranging from cookies made with beer to handmade jewelry to airbrush tattoos, cornhole and even four-legged friends, as the festival is dog-friendly, too.

Not only is Brews on the Beach the oldest-running beer festival in Ocean City, but it’s also one of the best-value beer festivals anywhere. General Admission tickets that include four hours of tasting 30+ local brews are only $40. General Admission and Designated Driver tickets can be purchased at shorecraftbeerfest.com/brews-on-the-beach.

“This is cheapest day of fun — with beer — that anyone could possibly have, right here on the bay,” said Shore Craft Beer CEO Ann McGinnis-Hillyer. “With local beer and food, music, games and vendors, I can’t imagine a better way to kick off the beer festival season than this, the best picnic on the beach.”

Early September can still be an expensive time of year to lodge in Ocean City, but hotel packages are available from Dunes Manor, the Grand Hotel and the Clarion Resort that include festival tickets and make vacationing on the Shore just a little bit cheaper. These packages can also be found at shorecraftbeerfest.com.


Founded to ensure that the Shore becomes a top 10 craft beer destination nationally, Shore Craft Beer showcases Delmarva’s world class beer and world class beauty. We focus on breweries, craft beer, hotels that offer packages, bars, restaurants and general education, and highlight the fantastic craft beer destinations we have here on the Shore.

Kristin is a writer and photographer in Ocean City, Maryland, and is the content manager for OceanCity.com and other State Ventures, LLC sites. She loves getting reader-submitted stories and photos, so send her an email anytime. She also works part-time at the Art League of Ocean City and the Ocean City Film Festival and lives just off the peninsula with her dog and fiancé. Her photos can be found on Instagram @oc_kristin.

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