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Local brewers to battle in first spring contest

(April 19, 2013) Six regional brewing companies will be showcased Saturday at Fager’s Island during the first-ever Battle of the Brewers Springtoberfest event.

“It’s the chance to do something in the spring to kick off the season and to promote local craft breweries,” said Marcos Lopez, Fager’s Island bartender and co-organizer of the event.

Representatives from each brewery will be on hand from 1-5 p.m. to serve samples of several beers made by the company. Scheduled to attend are Evolution Craft Brewing Co. (Salisbury), Heavy Seas Brewing Company (Baltimore), Union Craft Brewing (Baltimore), Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales  (Milton and Rehoboth Beach, Del.), Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, Md.) and 3rd Wave Brewing Co. (Delmar, Del.).

Guests may sample each beer and then vote for their favorites in four categories: Best IPA (Indian Pale Ale), Best Mystery Beer, Best Spring Seasonal and Best Brewer.

“All the craft brewers know each other. It’s a competition, but it’s more fun-based,” Lopez said. “There will be representatives behind each bar to talk about and describe the different beers. It’s a good chance for people to become more familiar with the beers.”

Tickets cost $35 in advance and $40 at the door the day of the event and include unlimited beer tastings. All attendees will receive a commemorative Springtoberfest glass. German-style food will be offered. Music will be provided by The Bullbuckers.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Fager’s Island at 410-524-5500 or stop by the 60th Street venue.

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