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Reach for a Brew on the Beach

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

The third Brews on the Beach festival is making a grand move outside this Saturday.
Usually contained within the spacious halls of Hooper’s, this year’s festival will migrate without – into the parking lot, which offers nearly unlimited space.
“We really wanted a festival-type atmosphere,” organizer Patrick Brady of Hooper’s Crab House said. “We want you to grab a hamburger, grab a hot dog and sit out under a tent to try something you haven’t had before.”
More than 25 brewers will be represented including local favorites EVO and Dogfish Head but also popular (my favorite) breweries such as New Belgium, Magic Hat and Sierra Nevada.
An as-complete-as-possible list follows:
  • Anchor Steam
  • Blue Moon
  • Dogfish Head
  • Evolution
  • Fat Tire
  • Flying Dog
  • Fordham
  • Great Divide
  • Harpoon
  • Heavy Seas
  • Lagunitas
  • Leinenkugel
  • Magic Hat
  • Oliver
  • Ommegang
  • Oscar Blues
  • St. Michaels
  • Sam Adams
  • Shiner
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Stone
  • Stoudts
  • Tommyknocker
  • Yards
  • Yuengling
  • 16 Mile

“We had 21 different breweries last year, and we’ve expanded to 28 this year because we wanted to include some off-the-wall things like Lagunitas and Oscar Blues,” Brady said.


Tickets are $25 each in advance and jump to $35 at the door. Designated Driver tickets are $10. Advance tickets are available at Cheers! in both Berlin and Salisbury, co-sponsor ClearChannel radio stations in Salisbury and Hooper’s Crab House.  
“The September and October weather is perfect for this kind of festival,” Brady said, “because you don’t want to try a heavier beer when it’s 100 degrees outside.”
Entertainment will be provided by SU alum David Andrew Smith, who has most recently been touring up and down the East Coast.
It’s sort of hard to go wrong organizing an event around the beach and beer. With this being only the third year and already bursting the seams of Hooper’s, it’s hard to imagine what else this event will take over.

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  1.  Of couse they do, it’s this Saturday from 1-6. Edited to include arguably the most important information. I feel apropriate shame


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