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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 15:41

Cape May Brews By Bay fest 2nd NJ guild event for 2014

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The first Saturday in September brings a second festival for 2014 by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild.

Brews By the Bay, set for Sept. 6, is also a bistate affair, with consecutive four-hour sessions at the ferry terminals in Cape May and Lewes, Delaware, and, depending on which event ticket you opt for, ferry passes that allow you spend your day sampling Jersey-brewed craft beers and those made by our neighbors across the bay.

What makes this event rather cool is, it’s a sendoff for summer that fits nicely in plans for a post-Labor Day weekend getaway in either state. Or you can go the far simpler route and just enjoy some craft beer sampling, à la festival.

brew poster-4ABrews By the Bay is a spinoff of a festival on the Delaware side that has seen a good turnout over the two years it’s been held. To craft beer industry folks in both states, reshaping the Delaware fest into a bistate event seemed like a great way to build on the initial momentum. (It also gives the Garden State brewers guild a follow-up event to its annual June festival aboard the USS New Jersey on the Camden waterfront.)

To that end, Cape May Brewing co-owner Ryan Krill has been working with folks from Dogfish Head (and the Delaware Brewers Guild) who have run the Delaware event.

The result, Ryan says, is a fest where you can tailor your experience.

“You can buy a ticket for just one side – you can go to just Delaware or New Jersey. Or you can do both,” he says. “And how that works is, it includes a roundtrip foot-passenger ferry ticket.”

(It’s 60 bucks for both sessions; otherwise, it’s $40 for either the Jersey or Delaware sessions. Find tickets here. The Jersey-side event starts at noon, 4 p.m. in Delaware. As with festivals, the lineup can change. The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is also a sponsor.)

A sufficient number of ferries will be sailing during the hours of each session. So, catching a ride back to whichever side of the bay you need to be on shouldn’t be a problem. And there’s a good chance that at least one of the ferries will feature something craft-beery to do besides dolphin watching during the 17-mile, cross-bay cruise.

“We haven’t worked out the details of what we’re going to do on the boat yet, but we’ll probably have an event,” Ryan says.

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