Love on Tap, the region’s most intensely local craft beer festival, is all set for February 20 at Seacrets and there are still plenty of ways to get tickets and hotels. Some you have to pay for, some you don’t. Since free things tend to me more popular than non-free things, lets start with the basics, although the clock is ticking on getting them.

Win a free stay, dinner and tickets to a premier craft beer festival

One of the most exciting aspects of this renewed craft beer revolution push is the tourism aspect. People are starting to make trips to drink their favorite craft beers at the source. Maryland Tourism has been a huge supporter of this notion, since the state has so many great beers. As part of its own promotion push to remind people that there are more reasons than ever to travel to Maryland, they are sponsoring the FeBREWary in Maryland Sweepstakes which includes tickets to the event, two nights in an Oceanfront room at the Park Place Hotel and a $50 gift certificate to the Captain’s Table restaurant.

People on the Maryland Statehouse steps
Members of the Maryland Brewer’s Association and state tourism at the announcement that Maryland was naming February Craft Beer Lovers month.

Win tickets to the event (and stay in the know all year)

This is our second craft beer festival. The first was Shore Craft Beer Fest, held in Sunset Park in Ocean City with the bay as one backdrop and the Boardwalk as the other. The event was so popular it will definitely be repeated. Love on Tap, which is being pitched as kind of an alt-Valentines getaway is already picking up a bunch of heat on its own. We always give away tickets as part of the promotional run-up. In addition to radio and tv spots, we give tickets away to people who are on our mailing list. If you’re already on it, you’re already entered, but if you aren’t, now is the time.

Besides early invites to our festivals and the opportunity to win tickets, you’ll be invited to participate in our “Beer Talk and Tastings.” These are regular events where local brewers come out to talk about their beers and to share some for your comment and enjoyment. They take questions and have casual hang out sessions before and after the events. Most recently, we had a beer and cheese tasting that people will be talking about for another six months.

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Joe Gilmore and Fordham and Dominion president Jim Lutz were among the dozens of people who were at the most recent beer talk and tasting.

Commit to going

Some people like to leave things to chance, some don’t. If you like to have everything just so, you can buy tickets here. But, before you click on that button, consider this: you can get a hotel room and dinner for practically the same price. OK That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but only a bit:
Two nights in Ocean City, dinner and other amenities (depending upon the package) and tickets to the show for the price of a decent Valentines Day night out. It isn’t a hard sell at all.

No matter how you get here for this weekend, you really ought to plan on coming down. In case you skipped to the end, for some reason, this event is being held at the Seacrets, which is just opening after a major renovation. So in addition to trying some beers that aren’t even widely available yet, you can try them in a room that isn’t even broken in.

Here are all the links to all the free possibilities and pay options for your convenience, ’cause I’m a mensch.

FeBREWary in Maryland Sweepstakes For the chance to win a two night stay and tickets to the event.

Shore Craft Beer mailing list For the chance to win two tickets to Love on Tap at Seacrets.

Hotel Packages Book now and know that you’re assured tickets and entrance.

Buy Tickets For people who already have a place to stay, or don’t require one.

That’s it. Hope to see you folks soon.

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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