If you’re anything like most people, your first preferred beer was “whatever’s in the keg, brah” at college parties. While many still look to mass-produced beer like Budweiser, Miller and Coors to catch a buzz, microbrewing and craft beer have flourished in recent years, a fact that will be celebrated at the Big Brew Beer Festival in Morristown.
In 1979, only 89 craft breweries existed in the United States, and now there are literally thousands. If you’re a beer aficionado, you’ll have a chance to sample over 200 of them on March 4th, as the Big Brew Beer Festival comes to the Morristown Armory for two sessions.
Drinking or Driving
Taking place for one day only from Noon – 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm, the Big Brew Beer Festival is fun for the whole family… given that your whole family is 21 or older. There are two different types of tickets available: The one most people want gets you a five-ounce sample cup upon entry. You’ll be able to try any of the more-than-200 different beers and ciders for $60, which is an early bird special until February 19th, offering a savings of $15 off the price at the door.
The second is a “designated driver” ticket, which runs $10 until the 19th. It doesn’t allow you to drink, but you can still take the sights and sounds in. But wait, there’s more: If you order your tickets online — for either Session 1 or Session 2 — you can get an extra $15 off your total purchase by entering promo code “BestofNJ” at checkout.
Speaking of sounds, there will be live music as well; session one features acoustic duo Sick Star Nation while Stereo Junkies are playing session two. You’ll also be able to purchase food from the vendors on site, including Mr. Crabby’s, The Cow and the Curd, Handsome Devil and more. Big Brew’s even got transportation on lock, with a complimentary shuttle service between the Morristown train station and the Armory. Ridesharing service, Lyft, is also sponsoring the event, offering a free $15 in ride credit for new users who use promo code “MOTOWNBB” after downloading the app.
What’s on Tap
As far as the beer, if you’ve been to a bar recently, you’ll undoubtedly recognize some of the names. Boston’s Samuel Adams is the country’s largest microbrewer, and they’ll be there; as will Pennsylvania companies like Victory and Yards. But for every brewery you may be familiar with, there are many more smaller names to discover; meanwhile, some of the larger names will have limited edition brews to try. Delaware’s Dogfish Head will have their “Beer to Drink Music To 2017” item; and Goose Island will offer their 13.6% abv 2016 Bourbon County Stout. Of course, New Jersey beer will also have a presence; Newark’s Ironbound Hard Cider and Cherry Hill’s Flying Fish and Forgotten Boardwalk are among the NJ alcohol purveyors in attendance.
The Big Brew Beer Festival takes place on March 4 at the Morristown Armory. There are two sessions – Session 1 from Noon – 4:00 pm and Session 2 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased here. Be sure to enter promo code “BestofNJ” to get $15 off your total ticket purchase.
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