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Experience Ocean City’s Shore Craft Beer Cruises Aboard the OC Bay Hopper

What’s a Shore Craft Beer Cruise?

Shore Craft Beer and the OC Bay Hopper, in collaboration with craft breweries across Delmarva, teamed up to offer Craft Beer Cruises again this summer: An opportunity for people to enjoy fantastic views from the water on  Thursday evenings while drinking, and learning all about, local craft beer.   Social distancing is accomplished by selling three zones in the boat.  Aft, port and starboard sections.  You and your family or friends can buy a section and have as many as four in your group.  The total number of passengers allowed is 9.

Through October, the OC Bay Hopper will embark from the dock at Hopper’s in West Ocean City and put the Shore’s World Class Beer and World Class Beauty on full display, sailing two hours to Assateague Island and back.   There will be one bathroom break mid-way.

Some cruises provide a wide variety of Shore beers which will give you a great survey of many breweries here on the Shore.  Other cruises feature “Tap Takeovers,” where a representative from one brewery hosts the cruise to tell guests about their brewery and their beer.  Tall Tales Brewing from Parsonsburg, 3rd Wave and Big Oyster have controlled the “tap” on craft beer cruises last year and are joining the line-up again this year.  Crooked Hammock will join the cruises for the first time this year as they have gotten a license to distribute in Maryland.   Ann Hillyer founder of Shore Craft Beer will host the survey cruises and provide many different craft beers from which to choose .

A ticket aboard the Bay Hopper’s Shore Craft Beer Cruise includes two complimentary beers of the ticketholder’s choosing, and additional beers are available for purchase thereafter. 

Cruise participants can grab dinner and drinks at Sneaky Pete’s  before or after their cruise.   Sneaky Pete’s is behind Hooper’s Crab House on the water next to the Route 50 bridge.  It is a wonderful place to enjoy the Bay before and after the cruises.  Their kitchen is open for food and their bar for drinks and beer.  They are home to Fin City Brewing and know good craft beer.  You can also order take-out and get it as you board the boat for your Shore Craft Beer Cruise.

Craft Beer Cruises depart at 7 p.m.  on Thursday evenings; cruises are selling out fast, so it’s recommended that guests purchase their tickets in advance.

More information can be found online here and by calling 410-777-5145. 

Now enjoy some scenic photos from Ocean City’s  Shore Craft Beer Cruises last year!

Shore Craft Beer Cruise Feat. Tall Tales Brewing Co. (Parsonsburg, MD)

Tall Tales rep. Bree educates cruisers on the makings of a Tall Tales beer.
A beautiful evening with cans in hand.
A variety of beer styles are available from each brewery on the Craft Beer Cruise; Here, guests photograph Tall Tales’ Los Lobos Mexican Lager and their Mother Juice New England IPA. 
Osprey nests are plenty on the boat ride to Assateague.
Under the bridge.

Shore Craft Beer Cruise Featuring 3rd Wave Brewing Co. (Delmar, DE)

Some of the best views in town can be found as you’re leaving the West Ocean City marina, especially as sunset approaches.
Guests enjoy beer provided by 3rd Wave.
The sunset is complete with a Sunset Peach Pale Ale.

Shore Craft Beer Cruise Featuring Burley Oak (Berlin, MD)

Burley Oak rep. Matt talks about Burley’s famous Lost IPA.
Golden hour views on the water.
The Ocean City skyline + Burley’s Sour Chicky Berliner Weisse = heaven. 
A perfect summer evening in Ocean City! 

See more pictures on Shore Craft Beer.

All Aboard Ocean City’s First Craft Beer Cruise – Starts June 27th!

Craft beer cruises are back in Ocean City. You can actually book and pay for a craft beer cruise around the West Ocean City harbor, Assateague, and more. Explore Ocean City from the water with a cold LOCAL craft beer in hand.

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