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Beer Fest this Saturday at 45th Street Taphouse

(Oct. 4, 2013) After a turnout of about 300 people at the inaugural event last year, the 45th Street Taphouse is bringing Beer Fest back this Saturday, Oct. 5.

“It went really well,” Taphouse General Manager Jeff Burton said. “We’re adding probably another 10 or 15 brews.” That bumps Beer Fest up to about 60 beers to sample tomorrow, between 1-7 p.m., at the event with live music.

“It’s a great opportunity to educate customers,” said Bryan Brushmiller, owner of Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin. Burley Oak participated in the inaugural Beer Fest last year and will be back in 2013 with its Oktoberfest lager, Waffle Stomper Belgian IPA, Just the Tip and Rude Boy ales.

Last year’s Beer Fest “was a great event,” he said. “I think people in Ocean City really love to have a festival in their own back yard.”

Other local and regional breweries will be at Beer Fest, including Dogfish Head, Evolution, Yards and Fordham. New this year, Beer Fest patrons will get a larger sample glass to hold unlimited tastes of the brews, Burton said.

The idea behind Beer Fest is twofold, he said: To introduce newcomers to craft beer and to showcase the 45th Street restaurants.

“All of my restaurants are about craft beer, and I’m doing it more and more,” Burton said. He’s even planning to open a brewery next spring.

“I’m trying to do it to show people what we can do,” he said.

Live music by Lauren Glick and The Mood Swingers and other bands will play throughout Beer Fest. There will be T-shirts for sale and food available at a discount for ticketholders at the restaurants in the 45th Street Village.

“We’ll have a little bit of everything,” Burton said.

With about 40 tickets sold a week ahead of the event and warm weather predicted for Saturday, he said, “It’ll be a great event.”

Part of the proceeds from the Beer Fest will go to a charity, still undecided as of last week. Last year, festival funds went to Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, an organization providing critically ill children and their families with a weeklong stay in Ocean City. The foundation is one of the charities being considered this year, Burton said.

Tickets to Beer Fest cost $25 in advance at any of the businesses in the 45th Street village, or $30 at the door. Attendees must be 21 and show a valid ID.

Each ticket includes a six-ounce commemorative glass with unlimited refills during Beer Fest, 1-7 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 5., in the 45th Street village parking lot. Leashed pets are welcome at the event.

For more information, call the 45th Street Taphouse at 443-664-2201.

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