This week Berlin announced that October once again would be recognized as Shore Craft Beer month, just in time for the inaugural Berlin Crab Feast, featuring local beers (I personally am looking forward to trying out the Blue Crab Stout brewed with crabs). Next week, Ocean City and Worcester County are going to follow suit, making this the second annual Shore Craft Beer month. It’s exciting.
What I’ve said elsewhere regarding growing the Carroll County Beer week applies equally to Shore Craft Beer Month. It is a matter of perseverance that makes these extended designations work. Throughout the month, we’ll be highlighting beers that the brewers have designated “OCtoberfest” beers. Some were brewed specifically for the event while others are beers you’ve come to know and love that the brewers think you’ll enjoy.
We’ll also be hyping OCtoberfest beer pairings at local restaurants and even throwing out the occasional recipe.
Beyond that, there are lots of different events and special releases that will culminate in the OCtoberfest Shore Craft Beer Festival Oct. 29 in Sunset Park. Tickets are already on sale here and there are hotel packages with even more special deals here.
The OCtoberfest Shore Craft Beer festival have some exciting changes this year, including a VIP hour that features firkins brewed especially for the occasion and a lineup of several of the OCtoberfest beers before they disappear for the season. The festival also coincides with the annual Seaside 10.
Finally, Doug and Patti and the folks from Xtreme Brewing will be cooking up something special for the event just as they did last year.
We’ll be updating event dates and announcing specials as they occur, so (if you’re not already) make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Also, as always, consider subscribing to our Beer with Strangers podcast.

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 OceanCity.com and ShoreCraftBeer.com 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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