As the leaves turn golden and the crisp autumn breeze sweeps in over the ocean, beer enthusiasts and connoisseurs are gearing up for the highly anticipated OCtoberfest Shore Craft Beer Fest on October 28, 2023, in beautiful Ocean City, MD. This year’s festival promises an unforgettable experience with over 15 local craft breweries in attendance, offering unlimited tastings of over 40 of their finest brews. In addition to an array of craft beers, attendees can also savor a unique mead/seltzer hybrid from The Buzz Meadery and Hoop Tea. Let’s explore the featured breweries that will make this festival an exceptional celebration of craft beer culture.

If you want more information on the festival, just go to the Shore Craft Beer Fest site.    You will find a list of vendors who will be in attendance.  If you love perusing cool crafts and items for sale, then this year’s Shore Craft Beer Fest on the water at Sunset Park will be your favorite.  There are more vendors than ever before.  You can even have your fortune told!  There are food trucks on site for the festival and kids and pets are welcome.  This is a rain or shine event because, after all, cold craft beer is good anytime!

If you want to check out the beers, here is a list of the featured breweries.

Featured Breweries

Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales:

Dogfish Head beer
Dogfish Head beer

Renowned for their innovative and flavorful brews, Dogfish Head is a craft beer pioneer. Expect bold and inventive flavors that push the boundaries of traditional brewing.

Beer Styles for the Festival:​

Big Oyster Brewery:

Big Oyster Brewery, operating since 2015, brewing local craft beer made by the people for the people. Named 2018’s fastest growing independent craft brewery in America by the Brewer’s Association.

Beer Styles for the Festival:​

Berlin Beer Co:

Not opening until next Spring, the Berlin Beer Co is in downtown Berlin and will feature a tasting room, indoor and outdoor dining, and lots of cool activities.


Berlin Beer Co is building their new brewery in downtown Berlin, Maryland.  However Adam, the owner and head brewer, is no stranger to local craft beer.  He brewed at Backshore Brewing on the Boardwalk before becoming the head brewer at Burley Oak.  He ventured out on his own to build his dream brewery in the old Southern States building in downtown Berlin which hopes to open next Spring.  In the meantime, he is contract brewing at Burnish Beer Co in Salisbury.

Fin City Brewing:

Fin City

Offering a selection of delicious and easy-drinking brews, Fin City Brewing is the go-to spot for those looking for refreshment and flavor in every pint.

Beer Styles for the Festival:​

The Buzz Meadery

Sinepuxent Brewing:


Sinepuxent Brewing is the embodiment of local craft beer excellence. Their commitment to quality and their local community is evident in every beer they brew.

EVOlution Craft Brewing:

EVO at Shore Craft Beer Fest
EVO was a big hit at Shore Craft Beer Fest

EVOlution Craft Brewing is known for crafting beers that evolve with the ever-changing tastes of beer enthusiasts. Expect a diverse and dynamic lineup that caters to all palates.


Other Breweries: In addition to the featured breweries, the festival will showcase several other notable names in the craft beer industry. Burley Oak, Big Truck Farm Brewery, Burnish Beer Co, The Other One Brewing Co, Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, Blue Earl, Lost Rhino, Cape Charles Brewing, and Hoop Tea will all be on hand to offer their finest brews, ensuring that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

The Octoberfest Shore Craft Beer Fest 2032 in Ocean City, MD, promises to be a spectacular celebration of craft beer, where attendees can explore a diverse range of flavors and styles. From the bold and experimental to the traditional and time-honored, these breweries represent the best of the craft beer industry. So mark your calendars, gather your friends, and get ready to savor the unique tastes and vibrant culture of craft brewing on October 28th, 2023. Prost!


Ann McGinnis Hillyer
Author: Ann McGinnis Hillyer

Ann's father was in the Corps of Engineers so she was born in Africa and moved all over the world and the United States growing up. After graduating cum laude from Duke University, she started her marketing career at an airline based out of Dulles International Airport. She furthered this career in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds before helping launch StateVentures, LLC, the publisher of,, and other state and regional geodomains. Here, she focuses on tourism and tourism marketing through a broad media mix including online, print, and social media efforts. While at the airline, she worked with Jim Koch and the Boston Beer Company, brewers of Sam Adams beer. This love of craft beer and the craft beer industry as well as her interest in tourism, led to the founding of and the effort to make the Shore a craft beer destination.

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