On June 27th, 2019, craft beer cruises are coming to Ocean City. This will be the first time that you can actually book and pay for a craft beer cruise around the West Ocean City harbor, Assateague, and more. Explore Ocean City from the water with a cold LOCAL craft beer in hand. The OC Bay Hopper, in collaboration with Shore Craft Beer and local breweries across Delmarva, are showing guests aboard the Bay Hopper water taxi exactly what it looks like when world class beer meets world class beauty — and when it comes to beauty and craft beer, you truly couldn’t ask for anything better than this.

Every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9 p.m. through the summer, the Bay Hopper will embark from the dock at Mad Fish Bar & Grill for a casual, beer-centric trip down the Shore. Tickets to the Bay Hopper craft beer cruise include two local craft beers, and additional beers can be purchased for $5 each thereafter. Guests can learn more about their favorite beers and their origins or discover new favorites, while also enjoying stunning sunsets and unparalleled views of the Ocean City skyline and its natural surroundings.

Some of these cruises will provide a wide variety of Shore beers, while others will feature “Tap Takeovers,” where representatives from a specific local brewery provide samples of their beer. On July 2, July 11 and Aug. 15, for example, Berlin’s Burley Oak Brewing Company will host the Tap Takeover. More information.

Find photos from both the Bay Hopper and the Alyosha’s trial run craft beer cruises below. Just remember: photos hardly do justice to a summer on the Shore, and to really get a feel for the world class beauty (not to mention the world class beer), you’ve got to be there in person.

The Alyosha sails out of the West Ocean City marina outside Mad Fish Bar & Grill.

The ferris wheel on the Jolly Roger pier is in full view as the sailboat embarks on its four-hour journey.

Tall Tales’ Candy Kitchen stout makes an appearance, among other choice beers from Fin City and 3rd Wave.

The Inlet is on full display.

And the Alyosha heads further and further from the Shore.

Shore Craft Beer contest winners enjoy the variety of local beer on tap.

Just don’t leave your can on the ship’s trampoline for too long, because you never know when the current might pick up.

Luckily, the water was eerily calm on this Friday evening in late spring.

The Alyosha returns to its home in the marina.

Meanwhile, the Bay Hopper cruise provides views from the other side of the peninsula… Here’s Harpoon Hanna’s, all the way from the bayside in lower Delaware.

And here’s a look at “Bird Island” on the Assawoman Bay.

By 9 p.m., the sun has just gone down on the Shore and a perfect evening of beautiful landscapes and craft beer has just about wrapped up. Until next week!