Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The 3rd annual St. Michaels Brewfest scheduled for June 4, 2016 is not only a great place to taste an amazing variety of local craft beers, but is a fun way to experience the heritage and tradition of St. Michaels, MD and maybe even learn a thing or two!
Buying a ticket gets the purchaser into several different venues that are on an easy walking trail designed to enable visitors to enjoy the town during the day. Partnering this year are the waterfront venues of Foxy’s Harbour Grille, Town Dock Restaurant, and the famous St. Michaels Crab Claw in addition to the working Eastern Shore Brewery.
The Crab Claw dates back over half a century and the Brewery is located in the lovingly restored Mill property on Talbot Street. Along the walking path between each venue, visitors will be treated to views of historic homes and gardens, museums, and fantastic water views of the Miles River. The back streets of this town that dates to the late 1700’s are a little-known gem to most visitors and walking throughout the day is a great way to get a feel for this town that began hundreds of years ago as a busy maritime seaport.
Adrian Moritz, owner of Eastern Shore Brewing Co. states, “If you’ve been to another beer festival, you’ll figure out pretty quickly this is unlike any other.” Close to one hundred beers have been carefully selected and featured in the festival and many of the brewery owners and Brew Masters will be on hand to discuss their craft in detail. Many participants choose to spend the weekend and dig into the seafaring culture and fine cuisine featuring locally processed crabs and oysters.
For even more delectable education, VIP ticket holders will be treated to an hour long cruise on the Miles River aboard the Patriot Cruise boat. The host on the Patriot will be Hugh Sisson, founder of Heavy Seas Beer in Baltimore, along with Heavy Seas Brewmaster Christopher Leonard. They will be available to answer questions about how the microbrew industry has evolved over the years and will offer special samples of special small-batch brews not available to the public.
On hand this year will also be a variety of Firkins, or cask, beers, which are fresh, small batch brews that are completely unique and must be consumed at time of “uncorking” - creating a lively atmosphere for the guests. This traditional method of serving beer that has not been filtered, pasteurized, or carbonated goes back centuries before our modern draught beer was invented for shipping and preservation purposes.
RAR Brewing, Devil’s Backbone, Eastern Shore and Evolution are among a sample of the breweries offering firkins.
Each of the past two Brewfests have sold out. The Brew Fest committee expects the same this year. They believe that the teamwork and cooperation between the festival and the town has a lot to do with the successful event. Community partners that are involved to make the event safe as well as entertaining include the St. Michaels Rotary, which will man “Hydration Stations” at each venue sponsored by Check Yourself Talbot and Comfort Keepers of the Eastern Shore.
“We applaud the Brew Fest organizers for their commitment to alcohol responsibility and are excited to again partner for the third year,” said Beth Williams, Check Yourself Talbot chairwoman. “The inaugural Brew Fest marked the first time our coalition participated in an event, and the response proved overwhelmingly positive! We handed out hundreds of waters and snacks, and had so many participants thank us for being there.
“This year, we’re bringing more than 2,000 waters to keep everyone hydrated. We look forward to another great festival and greatly appreciate the organizers for their continued effort toward hosting a safe – and fun – event.”
To purchase tickets and get up-to-date information about St. Michaels Brewfest, visit www.stmichaelsbrewfest.com.
Hosts St. Michaels Brewfest, Teddy Bear Fresh, Kelley Distributors and Eastern Shore Tents and Events remind you to please drink responsibly. CheckYourself Talbot is a community-based coalition of people who are committed to supporting positive and safer drinking choices among young adults.
Information is available online at www.checkyourselftalbot.com. CheckYourself Talbot also is on Facebook and Twitter.
Media contact: Terye Knopp, owner St Michaels Brewfest 443-786-1245
Media Contact: Adrian Moritz, Eastern Shore Brewing, 410-200-0468
Media Contact: Kelley Allen, Check Yourself Talbot, 410-829-2937