Got this from my Beer-Buddy Chris DePeppe regarding the upcoming Shark River Beer Fest!
NEPTUNE, NJ. October 2, 2012 – The brand new Shark River Beer Fest will be held Saturday, October 20 at Sunsets Waterfront in Neptune and will showcase over thirty craft breweries and more than fifty different beers.
The event will also feature a great buffet highlighted by some interesting beer and food pairings. The new chef and management at Sunsets are excited to bring this event to their unique indoor/outdoor space and expect it to become an annual celebration.
The breweries involved are also excited to sample their products to a new audience.
John Merklin, owner of East Coast Beer co. in Point Pleasant Beach, sees this as another sign of the growing beer scene in Jersey, "The fact that the Jersey Shore is supporting more craft beer festivals is a testament to the growing appetite and interest local folks have in craft beer."
East Coast will be joined by NJ breweries such as Carton, Cricket Hill, Flying Fish and New Jersey Beer Co. Award-winning regional breweries such as Yards, Brooklyn and Sixpoint will also be there, along with Sam Adams, Stone, Ommegang and many more.
Beers to be sampled will cover the full spectrum of styles and feature seasonal flavors as well as a “Hoppy Hour” IPA Bar on the patio. Breweries will be stationed on the covered patio and at the outside bar and a full buffet will be open all day to VIP ticket holders.
The new Sunsets is open year-round and features a diverse menu, casual dining room and brand new big-screen televisions for live sports (including the NFL Package). Sunsets is located on Rt. 35 just over the Belmar Bridge and across from the Shark River Marina.
The Shark River Beer Fest will have one session from 2-6PM and a limited number of tickets will be sold. Once the event sells out, no additional tickets will be available for purchase. Tickets are $40 each or $55 for VIP Tickets which include the full buffet, and all tickets can be purchased at the event website www.beerheads.com. General Admission tickets include admission to the tasting, a souvenir tasting glass, the freedom to enjoy 2 oz. samples of any of the beers, and free parking. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10 each. No one under 21, including designated drivers, will be admitted and photo ID is required for entry.