Sample, learn about craft beer at the Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival

Annap Craft Beer Music FestivalCraft beer and music lovers can look forward to the annual Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, noon-6 p.m.

With more than 120 beers available to sample, beer seminars, live music and food, arts and crafts for sale, the afternoon has something for all tastes.
This year, 47 regional and national craft breweries will be at the event with samples ranging from IPAs to porters and stouts, including lagers, amber ales and seasonal brews such as pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers.

"People who come to the festival are mostly enthusiasts," said Jim Barthold, Annapolis Craft Beer & Music Festival organizer. "The craft brew phenomena began with home brewing, then evolved into an industry. ... the continued growth is astonishing."

Educational seminars open to all festival ticketholders include Craft Beer 101 and a Q&A with brewers. These are on a first-come, first-seated basis in the tent just inside the main entrance.

Craft Beer 101 is led by Jim Lutz, of Fordham/Old Dominion Brewing Co., with other breweries represented. Brewers will talk about their beer, what they are doing, what's different and new products. A Q&A session follows, where the audience can ask questions of a panel of brewers.

TJShaw Craft Beer Festival webBring your own chairs to relax and enjoy the musical lineup:

Of the breweries and beers available to taste, a few samples include:

  • 21st Amendment Brewery – Down to Earth Session IPA, Brew Free or Die IPA
  • Assawoman Bay Brewing Co. – Bayside Blonde, Angry Clown Brown, Pony Swim and Transporter
  • Blue Point Brewing Co. – Toasted Lager, Hoptical
  • Breckenridge Brewery – Vanilla Porter, Agave Wheat, Avalanche Amber, Summer Bright
  • Calvert Brewing Co. – Good Company Pale Ale, Opening Day Cream Ale
  • Chesapeake Brewing – Marsh Mud Oyster Stout, Crab Shanty Pale Ale, Smith Island Cream Ale, Beat Army Golden Lager (!!)
  • DC Brau – Public, Corruption
  • Devils Backbone – Pumpkin Hunter, Schwartz
  • Flying Fish – Hopfish IPA, Oktoberfish, Exit 1, Bayshore Oyster Stout, RedFish IPA
  • Fordham & Dominion – Gypsey Lager, Spiced Harvest, Hop Lips IPA, Candi Blegian Trippel
  • Goose Island – Autumn Ale, Goose IPA
  • Manor Hill Brewing – Manor Hill IPA, Farm Fuzz, Grisette, Mojito Sour Blonde
  • Pub Dog – Amber Dog, White Dog, Raspberry Dog
  • Shipyard – Pumpkinhead, Export Ale
  • Starr Hill – Northern Lights IPA, Box Carr Pumpkin Porter

Other breweries include: DuClaw, Eastern Shore, Flying Dog, Full Tilt, Heavy Seas, Jailbreak, Lonerider, New Belgium, Terrapin, Union Craft Brewing and Yards. Find a complete list on the Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival website breweries page.

Tickets are $40 general admission with unlimited beer tastings; $20 designated driver ticket and $10 for ages 13-20. Ages 12 and younger are free with a paying adult. Purchase tickets online.

Parking is available at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium parking lot. For more information, visit the Annapolis Craft Beer & Music Festival website.

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