We were a little nervous looking at the forecast the week leading up to OCtoberfest, but when everyone on the Eastern Shore began canceling their Halloween events scheduled for the 27th, we just held our breath and crossed our fingers.

It wasn’t a beautiful day, but it didn’t rain and we didn’t totally freeze. And somehow, even with the dismal weather forecast for Oct. 27, our fourth annual OCtoberfest, co-sponsored by OCDC and the Town of Ocean City, saw its largest number of attendees yet. Approximately 1,000 beer drinkers and 400 non-drinkers (not including four-legged friends) showed up to Sunset Park on a cloudy, cool October day to warm up with seasonal stouts and session ales and by dancing the afternoon away to the sounds of Johnny Bling.

I served my first pouring time at a festival at the Dogfish truck, along with some friends who were kind enough to volunteer, and aside from losing feeling in my cold, numb fingers, it was actually a lot of fun. I learned:

1.) People really like heavy-duty stouts, specifically Dogfish Head’s Siracusa Nera.

2.) Brewery reps have a really cool job, at least sometimes.

3.) It pays for the reps to be there at festivals! Sometimes they just don’t show up, and volunteers aren’t able to answer all the questions that festivalgoers have about the beer and the brand. Especially when the brand makes really good beer, and people want to know where they can pick up a six-pack or where else it’s on tap. Us lowly volunteers can only shrug and say, “uh, you can probably find out online somewhere?”

Anyways, it was a really fun festival, and some of our favorite photos are below. See you next time at Love on Tap, Feb. 23!

OCtoberfest 2018: Child- and mischief-friendly.
Ironweed Ale Werks with a dinosaur.
Not as many dogs came out this year as last because of the weather, but Frenchie the Bulldog was there in a skull sweater.
These dogs sat and stayed for a photo with the help of a tootsie roll.
And I would have liked to see more costumes, but Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy did not disappoint.
This family from Australia came decked out in Oktoberfest garb for OCtoberfest.
Whimsical Wonders by Kris in their recycled beer cap accessories.
Rina Thaler of the Art League of Ocean City stopped by for a beer (during her busy Artrageous weekend, no less).
Pam Robertson and Michael Day (Pam holding the special koozie from her wedding the day before.)
Backshore Brewing even made them a special wedding beer, “Hoppily Ever After” IPA, that was served at the festival. (If you hadn’t noticed, the glasses also said “Hoppily Ever After” on the back.) Love was very much in the air.
It was really one big party. You know how beer festivals get after a few hours.
Most of the post-festival comments we’ve received were about how great the band, Johnny Bling, was.
They kept the crowd dancing (and falling a little, sometimes) all afternoon.
Our fantastic Shore breweries are always featured at the beer fests, but a few breweries from the Baltimore area came out for this one, too.
Of course, none of this would have been possible without all of our fantastic volunteers.
Kristin Helf
Author: Kristin Helf

Kristin is a writer and picture-taker in Ocean City, Maryland. She likes puppies, pumpkin ales and watching movies for the Ocean City Film Festival in her spare time.

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  1. Best beer festival ever! Best beer, best food trucks and the best band to benefit downtown redevelopment and the Cutest executive director :)

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