Delmarva Bike Week draws thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the country to enjoy trips along the region’s scenic back roads and world class beaches, experience local culture and gather at different rally points. This year, events take place at Winterplace Park and Shorebirds Stadium in Salisbury all weekend, but the main event is at the Rommel Harley-Davidson in Seaford.

For the first time in the history of the event, Delmarva Bike Week will host a beer garden that serves only local beer. More than 30 different beers will be available in the beer garden. Over the last few years, Delmarva has established itself as one of the premier craft beer destinations on the East Coast. So much so, that its brewers are confident that the Delmarva Bike Week attendees will be happy to get a taste of the best the region has to offer.

The Oktoberfest Beer Garden at Rommel Harley-Davidson is only a small part of the festival atmosphere the organizers are cultivating for Delmarva Bike Week. In addition to three days of music, food and vendors, it will be the only place selling Harley-Davidsons in the region. Past years had a less-centralized plan for sales.

This means that Seaford will be the central gathering place for the event, allowing craft beer lovers and newbies alike to get a sense of the top styles available in the region.

“We wanted to have a great mix of beers since there was going to be such a diverse crowd,” said Ann McGinnis Hillyer, of, which is helping organize the event. “So in addition to fall beers and high-demand beers there will be a number of gateway beers for people who might not yet be craft beer enthusiasts.”

Recently, the rise of styles like pilsners, pale ales and Belgian witbiers have made craft beer more accessible to those for whom craft beer could be a little overwhelming.

The festival is 9 a.m.-7 p.m.Wednesday, Sept. 15-Saturday Sept. 17 at the Seaford Harley-Davidson. Remember to share the road.


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 and 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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