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(Oct. 3, 2014) From Oktoberfest-style beers to pumpkin ales, seasonal brews will be in no short supply at the 45th Street Taphouse’s Beer Fest this Saturday.

Lee Rutkowski, left, and Vince Wright of Fin City Brewing take part in the second annual Beer Fest at 45th Street last year.

Around 20 breweries will be on tap, so to speak, pouring local recipes from 12-6 p.m. in the 45th Street village lot.

“It’s a great time of year to get out and taste some of the seasonal beer offerings from the local breweries,” said Tom Knorr, owner of Salisbury’s Evolution Craft Brewing Company, which will be offering its Jacques Au Lantern Belgian-style pumpkin ale in addition to other local favorites.

Evo isn’t the only area brewery that will be participating. Ocean City’s Assawoman Bay, Fin City, Lazy Lizard, OC Brewing Company and Backshore breweries will be on site, joined by Berlin’s Burley Oak. Others from around the region include Delaware’s Dogfish Head, Parsonsburg’s Tall Tales and a new brewery out of Cambridge, R&R, organizer Jeff Burton said.

“We’ve kept it very, very local this year,” he said. “We try to support our local breweries.”

The owner of Assawoman Bay Brewing Company, Burton described the recent boom in breweries here as “friendly competition.”

“We do push the local guys. I am good friend with a lot of guys who own these breweries around here,” he said. “It kind of becomes a small community and everybody knows each other, everybody helps each other out.”

Bringing local brews to the crowd is why he started Beer Fest three years ago, Burton said. The purpose is “to educate people — show people what’s out there with craft beers,” he said.

The breweries also will be able to give patrons a lesson on milling and mashing during the festival.

“I usually work behind the booth, so it’s fun educating people on all our different beers and what makes our

brewery so special,” Knorr said.

In addition to its pumpkin ale, Evo will have its Lot No. 3 IPA, Lucky 7 Porter and Exile Red Ale on tap, Knorr said of the mostly darker beers that go with the season.

“We’ll be there enjoying the feedback from our customers,” said OC Brewing Company’s Josh Shores. “When they love a beer, there’s nothing like it.”

Ocean City’s fledgling brewery opened June 7 and already has 22 of its own beers on tap, a few of which will be available for unlimited 6-ounce samples at Beer Fest Saturday. Festivalgoers can try Route 50 Pale Ale and OC Brewing’s seasonal pumpkin beer, Shores said.

In addition to unlimited pours, attendees can find beer-friendly fare such as hot dogs, pretzels and sausages for sale at Beer Fest. There will be live music and event merchandise for purchase.

Last year, some 250 people came out for the sip-and-sample event.

Tickets cost $20 in advance at www.assawomanbaybrewing.com/oc-beerfest-2014.html or inside any of the 45th Street village businesses. Visitors pay $25 at the door.

Entry includes a commemorative sampling glass and part of the proceeds will benefit a local charity, Burton said. Attendees should be 21 or older and show a valid ID. Leashed pets are welcome.

Visit the website or call the 45th Street Taphouse at 443-664-2201 for more information.

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