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Monday, June 3, 2013

June 15--Craft Beer fest at Great Adventure

Beer Devotees at "Beers on the Boards"

“I think beer should always be served with a coaster,” quipped Chris DePeppe, owner of TotalBru Marketing and, co-producer of the event to be held on Saturday, June 15th in Jackson. “But really, as soon as I saw the pavilions in the picnic grove at Great Adventure , I knew they were meant to be beer halls.”
In fact, back in the 1970s these pavilions were used for the annual Oktoberfests held for many years. And since the picnic grove area where the pavilions are located has a separate entrance from the amusement park, there is no park admission required to attend the beer fest.
“The beer fest is a separate event and you can choose to buy a ticket with the park admission or not,” DePeppe said, adding that the comedy element is a free show afterwards and not part of the actual beer tasting event.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill DePeppe
Breweries expected include a list of Jersey’s finest such as Carton and Flying Fish and East Coast, as well as some award-winning American craft breweries like Brooklyn, Ommegang, Boulder, and Great Lakes, along with a few hand-picked imports. Guests will enjoy over 60 different beers from over 35 breweries along with an all-day buffet.
The brewery representatives (and occasional brewmasters) will be present to serve and discuss their products and there will be a full spectrum of beer styles represented.
Six Flags Great Adventure has a brand new safari experience featuring open safari vehicles that roam amongst the beasts, three of the world’s top-ranked roller coasters (including the world #1-ranked wooden coaster El Toro), and is now the world’s largest theme park.
So why not have a craft beer fest at Great Adventure?
The event will be held on Saturday, June 15th from 4:30-8:00PM with a 4:00PM opening for season pass holders and VIPs. The comedy show starts at 8:30PM. Beer fest tickets are $50 and include a 5 oz tasting glass and freedom to try 2 oz. samples from any exhibiting brewery and a large buffet open all day. Designated driver tickets are available. Everyone must be 21+ with valid ID for admission. Tickets and information are available at

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