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How well do you know Maryland’s breweries and brewpubs? How well would you like to know them? If your answer to the second question is, “I’d like to know them better than I do now,” then it’s true that there’s a beer festival for everyone.

Next Saturday, May 12 from 12-6pm, join the Brewer’s Association of Maryland (BAM) at the Maryland Craft Beer Festival at the Frederick Fairgrounds.

15 Maryland breweries will be present sampling over 80 different beers. The
Maryland Craft Beer Festival is for, by, and in direct support of Maryland craft beer. The festival highlights include an on-site brewing demonstration of a Brewer’s Association of Maryland Collaboration beer featuring Heavy Seas Beer and Barley and Hops, rare bottles and kegs, one of a kind casks, and VIP gifts, all a family-friendly environment with live music, kids’ activities, exhibitors, and fresh, local foods.

Tickets to the festival are now on sale.
VIP: $32 Adv/$40 day-of
GA Adults: $17 Adv/$25 day-of
DDs: and Youth: $10
Kids under 12: FREE


VIP admission includes the chance to win an exclusive tasting of the BAM Collaboration Beer, ten tasting tokens, a souvenir glass, early entrance access to rare beers and unique casks, and various craft beer gifts. Regular adult admission includes six tasting
tokens and souvenir glass. Advance ticket sales end May 11th at 9:00pm.

The Maryland Craft Beer Festival, produced by the brewers themselves, brings together craft beer from across the state in a celebration of the Maryland beer community. For a full list of attending breweries please visit the official festival website.

The BAM Collaboration Beer developed by Steve Marsh – Head Cellarman of Heavy Seas Beer, and Larry Pomerantz – Headbrewer of Barley and Hops will be brewed on-site by thre chosen homebrewers from the state.  The yeast (a Wallonian Saison and French Biere de
Garde blend) will be pitched at Barley and Hops in Frederick, where upon finishing, the ultra-small-batch will be tasted by one very special VIP winner plus 10 friends and the public (to capacity). The recipe will feature local ingredients from a variety of dried hops (2011-harvested across Maryland from the Eastern Shore to the mountains of the west), dandelions, honey, coriander and locally-grown and malted barley from Amber Fields Malting and Brewing Company in KeyMar, MD.

For more information about the Maryland Craft Beer Festival, visit www.MdCraftBeerFestival.com. Like us, at www.facebook.com/MarylandCraftBeerFestival and follow us, at www.twitter.com/BrewersAssocMD.

The Brewers Association of Maryland (BAM) is the non-profit trade association of Maryland breweries and brewpubs, founded in 1996.  The mission of BAM is to foster and promote Maryland craft beer and the community associated with it.