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More than 50 local, regional craft brews will be on tap for inaugural tasting event at 45th St. Taphouse

                    LISA CAPITELLI ¦ Assistant Editor

(Oct. 5, 2012) Approximately two-dozen local and regional breweries will offer more than 50 beers for tasting during the 45th Street Taphouse’s inaugural Beer Fest, set for Saturday from 1-7 p.m.

“We wanted to showcase the beers and what we do here at the Taphouse. Nobody in Ocean City carries the number of craft beers on tap that we do,” said Jeff Burton, 45th Street Taphouse general manager and executive chef. “We have 36 beers on tap in the restaurant. Six or seven are domestic and we have about 30 craft beers.”

Many of the beers the restaurant offers on draft will be featured during Saturday’s beer festival in the 45th Street Village parking lot. Some of the companies that will be represented are Evolution, Dogfish Head, Burley Oak, Fordham, Harpoon, Eastern Shore Brewing, National Bohemian, Starr Hill and Lancaster Brewing.

“We are super excited to be part of a beer festival in our back yard. Ocean City deserves more local beer festivals and we are proud to serve beer that represents the people of Ocean City,” said Bryan Brushmiller, owner of Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin.

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Burley Oak Brewery owner Bryan Brushmiller holds Costa Rican coffee beans used in a special &ldquo;Bunker C&rdquo; porter cask. Burley Oak Brewery owner Bryan Brushmiller holds Costa Rican coffee beans used in a special “Bunker C” porter cask. Burley Oak will feature several brews during the festival, including its Aboriginal Gangster IPA; Bunker C, a robust porter; Rude Boy, an imperial red ale; and Just The Tip-Kolcsh, Brushmiller said. The Berlin brewer will also present a special cask of Bunker C with Costa Rican coffee beans.

Three bands — Pompous Pie, Willowbrook and Mood Swingers — will perform throughout the day. DJ Wood will be the festival emcee.

Tickets cost $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. They may be purchase at the Taphouse restaurant on Ninth Street and the Boardwalk, at the 45th Street location or at any Sunsations store. A 5-ounce sampling glass will be provided. Guests must be 21 or older. Food and T-shirts will also be sold.

“I’m excited about the event. It should be a lot of fun,” Burton said.

A “meet the brewers social” is scheduled to take place from 7-9 p.m. the night before the festival. The $25 cost includes a sampling of exclusive brews paired with Taphouse food. Representatives from Burley Oak, Dogfish Head, Evolution, Fordham, Eastern Shore Brewing and Harpoon are scheduled to participate in this evening’s event.

For more information, call the 45th Street Taphouse at 443-664- 2201. A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation. The organization’s Respite Housing Program provides critically ill children and their families a much-needed getaway to the beach from the everyday stresses of a child’s medical illness.

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