Summer isn’t gone by any means, but its bags are packed, and, as a working grownup, that’s just fine with me. First of all, it’s festival season which means I’ll be at one beer festival or another pretty much every weekend between now and Halloween. And that’s just on the production brewery side of things. Fall is a great time to be a homebrewer because, as the harvest comes in, you can throw just about anything you would like into a beer and see what it does.

Bring on the fall beers, and the festivals they entail

Increasingly, people travel for beer festivals. Just a few years ago breweries were a bonus, something you discovered when you visited a place. More and more now, they are the reason that people choose a destination. Festivals are a great opportunity to get a tour of the beers in a region without having to do too much driving, that’s one of the reasons they’re so popular.


In Colorado, the success of breweries has folded in on itself to create its own craft beer destination. The Shore can’t be far behind.

Repetition is key

What’s fun about this story is that, as more craft beer drinkers come of age, these myths will persist (except for the one about cans, that probably won’t last another generation). Talking about beer, especially craft beer, includes forever debunking myths about it, even the well-worn ones.

Delaware Beer Festival

The Delaware: A Brew Story mostly was a success. That is, it was a huge success for them and a predictable disaster for me as my book tour continues to resemble Spinal Tap’s. They had more than a few people come out and enjoy the event and, overall, it was a lot of fun. What I noticed was how many more breweries there were since I started writing my book this time last year. There even were more that have opened since it came out in May.

Tony Russo
Author: Tony Russo

Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces OceanCity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

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