One decade of Brews on the Beach is in the books, following this year’s annual West Ocean City beer fest that ALMOST got rained out but then, thankfully, didn’t.

Below are some of our favorite photos from this year’s Brews on the Beach. If you missed it, or if you made it out and just can’t wait until the next one, be sure to join us at OCtoberfest on Oct. 27 at downtown Ocean City’s scenic Sunset Park

. A big thanks goes out to everyone — festivalgoers, vendors, musicians and the lovely staff at Hooper’s Crab House — who braved the rain to either enjoy the festival or help make it happen. There’s nothing like a cold beer in the pouring rain!

Brews on the Beach 2018
It started out as a nice enough day — we got to the Hooper’s parking lot bright and early to set up all our stuff, including the smaller, 10 x 10 tent that we’d use as a check-in area before guests entered the big tent where all the breweries and vendors were stationed. We put the glasses out. Had our wristbands ready. And a little before 12:30, festival-goers started pouring in.
Brews on the Beach 2018
And a little after 12:30, rain started pouring in, too. Not just a little bit of rain, but what looked and felt like a monsoon. We waited under the tent for about 10 minutes before packing everything up and hauling all our soaking wet stuff, and our soaking wet bodies, underneath the bigger tent.
Brews on the Beach 2018
With our check-in table now set up “inside,” people continued to make their way in. We couldn’t believe how many people faced the torrential downpour just to come inside the tent and drink beer with us — but we’re glad they did. Opposite Directions started playing again after about 25 minutes, when the rain finally lightened up and everyone calmed down enough to get their glasses refilled once again.
Brews on the Beach 2018
What was billed as “the best party on the beach” somehow became even more of a party with a couple hundred people huddled under one tent, watching the band play and having a good time in spite of the thunder and the puddles.
Brews on the Beach 2018
Even a hurricane couldn’t stop Brews on the Beach!
Brews on the Beach 2018
Hula-hooping vendor from Mellow Mood Creations.
Brews on the Beach 2018
Tall Tales, Big Oyster.
Brews on the Beach 2018
Backshore Brewing. Surf, tan, drink in a van.
Brews on the Beach 2018
Burley Oak.
Brews on the Beach 2018
Apocalypse Bakery with everyone’s new favorite snack: Cookies made with beer.
Brews on the Beach 2018
Opposite Directions.
Brews on the Beach 2018
Rule of thumb for outdoor beer festivals, always come with an umbrella.
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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