The Wicomico County Council approved October’s designation as Shore Craft Beer Month at its meeting on Sept. 15. The County now joins its neighbors Worcester and Caroline in making the designation. October, the newly crowned Shore Craft Beer Month, will kick off with the Good Beer Festival on October 10 & 11 at Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury, MD.
As the shore’s largest craft beer event, the Good Beer Festival offers unlimited tastings of over 100 different American craft brews. The returning Local Beer Garden partners Wicomico County based breweries Evolution Craft Brewery, Tall Tales and Rubber Soul with neighboring Dogfish Head, Fin City, Burley Oak, 3rd Wave and Assawoman Bay Brewing Company. Throughout the event, Xtreme Brewing will host home brew demonstrations and Pro Brewer Beer Talks, where professional brewers will discuss their craft and offer exclusive tastings.
In addition to great beer, the festival offers the weekend’s biggest games in the Sports Zone and food, craft and commercial vendors amongst the backdrop of the 18th Century Pemberton Hall. From its inaugural year, the festival quickly garnered a strong reputation for its winning and eclectic music mix. The tradition continues this year as folk, funk, 80’s, acoustic pop, rock, reggae and bluegrass can be heard from both a main and bar stage.
Early bird tickets are available until Sunday, October 4 for $25 per day or $40 for the weekend. Regular tickets are $35 per day or $60 for the weekend. Non-tasting tickets are also available; early bird non-tasting tickets are $5, regular non-tasting tickets are $10. Additional fees may apply to ticket prices. Proceeds from The Good Beer Festival benefit Wicomico County’s Recreation & Parks Division and are used to help offset rising program costs. Visit www.goodbeerfestival.org for a complete festival schedule or to purchase tickets.