Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival returns for 3rd year

Having just spent the weekend shopping and dining around the Annapolis City Dock, I was pleased to see the return of one of the famed citywide festivals- 3rd annual Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival Saturday, September 13, 2014, noon-6 pm at The Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. The only craft beer festival of its size in and around historic Annapolis, theAnnapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival will feature over 40 breweries represented pouring over 150 craft beers. Events will combine award-winning artisan beer tastings from regional and national artisan breweries along with music of all varieties on The Pilsner Stage.  Attendees have the opportunity to shop for gifts from dozens of arts, crafts, and specialty food exhibitors and purchase oysters on the half shell plus other delicious Maryland cuisine in the food concessions court.


According to Jim Barthold, of City Dock Productions:  "In just a few short years, craft beer has developed a tremendous following among men and women of all ages. There are literally hundreds of craft beers being brewed today, each with its own distinctive characteristics. Tasting and comparing brews has become an activity of the beer enthusiast. Ours is a festival whose time has come:  there is no other event like it in Annapolis as others limit the patron to a few tickets to sample beer.  We provide  unlimited tastings, and with 150 beers to taste in six hours, that's a lot of unique tastes.  And, Mr. Barthold explains, “The Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival combines the rare experience of sampling craft beers while listening to local popular bands … selecting from a menu of food items from our private caterer and shopping among arts and crafts exhibitors.  All here is an exciting waterfront town." 


A general admission ticket includes a souvenir pilsner glass, samples of UNLIMITED craft brews, and music of all genres all day long under the music pavilion tent.  For details and to purchase tickets:  Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival or call 1-410-263-4012. Advance group sales of 10 or more are available and a limited number of discounted tickets are being sold at specific times on the internet.   The festival will benefit The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County which seeks to promote cultural attractions and the arts:


The Navy-Marine Corps Stadium has ample parking, which makes it the ideal venue for the Festival.  Directions: take Rt. 50 to Annapolis, take exit 24 (Rowe Blvd) and make the second right onto Taylor Ave. to the entrance at Gate 5.  Parking is $5.00 per car. 


After the festival, visitors can stroll through the brick-lined street of historic Annapolis!  Plenty of nearby hotel accommodations in every price range, continuous shuttle bus service to downtown and all of the many shops, restaurants and attractions of historic Annapolis are just some of the amenities visitors will enjoy while visiting the City of Annapolis for the weekend.  Check the festival website at Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival for accommodation suggestions.

Patti Neumann is Publisher/Founder of and an award-winning columnist and blogger on food, wine.

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