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Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival 2014

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Photo by Christine Steiner

Photo by Christine Steiner

ATLANTIC CITY — The ninth annual “Celebration of the Suds” Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival drew about 24,000 people to the resort town and Atlantic City Convention Center on Friday and Saturday, April 4-5,

The festival featured over 100 craft breweries from around the nation, three major headliners and six independent bands, seminars of all sorts and a new batch of fun stuff for folks to do, (including motorized toilet racing).

Click the link below for some highlights of this year’s festival.

It’s Almost Time to Celebrate the Suds!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — The ninth annual Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, or “Celebration of the Suds,” returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center Friday and Saturday, April 4-5.

The 2014 event will be an amazing experience in taste and sound including amazing music to compliment savory brews. In 2014 Atlantic City, New Jersey is the destination to discover beer and music! Over 100 different breweries from around the corner and across the country will showcase their unique libations.

2014_Atlantic_City_Beer_FestThe focus of The Atlantic City Beer Festival is the promotion of craft beers and the brewers that create them. This event is the perfect opportunity for beer aficionados, beer lovers and the casual beer drinker to speak to company representatives and brewers responsible for some of their favorite brews. And it’s an opportunity to discover and taste new brews and special “limited release” beers and ales.

Each year the festival organizers review the event and look to further enhance the beer lover’s experience and make each year better than the last. In nine years the festival has grown to be one of the country’s largest celebrations of beer. For 2014 festival producers will bring in a variety of indie and national artists  (click here for complete lineup).

Already one of Atlantic City’s most anticipated events of the year, the 2014 festival will have the perfect soundtrack to enjoy great brews, great tunes and thousands of great people! All bands and performers will be featured on the event web site under sounds.

The 2014 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will also feature culinary demonstrations from area chefs; beer seminars hosted by author and television personality Gary Monterosso as well as other beer personalities and brewers, and some “off the wall” activities. Additional festival vendors will offer great food and some unique beer-related apparel and goods. This year’s festival will appeal to absolutely everyone.

With a large concern on the safety of attendees, the festival offers a “Designated Driver” price of $15 per ticket (available at the door) to encourage attendees to be responsible. There are many transportation options in Atlantic City and the surrounding areas — jitneys and cabs, as well as New Jersey Transit train arriving directly in the Atlantic City Convention Center. (See for a train schedule) This is one of the reasons why the Atlantic City Convention Center makes for the perfect home of “The Celebration of The Suds.”

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Festival Sessions and times

Session #1 Friday April 4th 7pm to 11pm (last call 10:45pm) Featured act: Saves the Day
Session #2 Saturday April 5th 12pm to 4pm (last call 3:45pm) Featured act: Dirty Heads
Session #3 Saturday April 5th 6pm to 10pm (last call 9:45pm) Featured act: Less Than Jake

Magic Hat’s Delightful Dream Machine

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Photo by Julie Pipitone

Photo by Julie Pipitone

Atlantic City Weekly’s friends from the Green Mountain state, Magic Hat Brewery of Burlington, Vermont, were kind enough to send a sampling of the company’s newest year-round craft beer — and first new non-seasonal brew in about 10 years — called Dream Machine.

Dream Machine is an India Pale Lager (IPL) that will be packaged in 12- and 22-ounce bottles. It has a 5.7 percent alcohol by volume (ABV) and is described as a “melding of varied visions of an India Pale Ale and an Amber Lager… Upon first sip, a smooth hop bitterness reveals itself — fresh, bold and slightly spicy — before subtle hints of mild maltiness appear.”

It goes on to state that “the IPL combines the highly sough bitterness of an IPA with the clean, crispness of a lager. When Magic Hat combines these styles, they discovered they had in their tanks one good, heady beer.”

Dream Machine debuts Saturday, March 1, and should be available soon in many South Jersey distributors. Visit

Tony Mart’s Presents ‘Live @ The Atlantic City Bottle Company’

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — Tony Mart’s Presents announces another phenomenal free concert series beginning Jan. 31 and other select Friday nights at the cozy and posh Atlantic City Bottle Company, 648 N. Albany Ave, in Atlantic City.

1011787_10100325495471509_973526112_nThis is a great opportunity to enjoy the very best regional entertainers in a most intimate setting from 7-10pm, as well as sample some of the area’s most eclectic fare, finest wines and hard-to-find craft beers.

For info and all reservations call the AC Bottle Company at (609) 348-6400.

Jan. 31 — The Dan Burke Trio (above) — Hear staples of Americana music, bluegrass, new-grass classic and folk rock.

Feb. 7 —
Ernie Trionfo and Danny Eyer - Dueling Guitars — Two of New Jersey’s greatest guitarists will sing and trade licks a fabulous selection of classics and favorites.

Feb. 21 — Howard Isaacson — Premier jazz and R&B saxophonist with piano accompanist. Smooth and contemporary jazz originals and R&B classics. maxresdefault

Feb. 28 —
Patty Blee with Ernie Trionfo (right) — Exquisite classic and folk rock vocal stylings of Blee with the phenomenal Trionfo accompanying on lead guitar.

Beer Week Event @ Fin Restaurant @ the Tropicana is Tuesday, Jan. 14

Monday, January 13th, 2014

logoATLANTIC CITY — Looking for great value? Visit the Tropicana tomorrow night, Tuesday, Jan. 14, for a five-course, seven-beer dinner at FIN restaurant.

This is one of the flagship events of the Trop’s second annual Beer Week. It starts with a 6pm reception and dinner begins 7pm. The cost is $75 per person and includes tax and gratuity. The event is being run by Flying Fish Brewing Company founder Gene Muller and will also include input from one of the area’s foremost authorities on beer, Gary Monterosso.

Call 800-345-8767 to make reservations. image003

Flying Fish Beer Pairing Menu & Itinerary (more…)

Don’t Worry, Be Happy @ Resorts in 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

ATLANTIC CITY — Happy hour just got a lot happier at Resorts, which recently announced three new Happy hours for 2014. That means more hours, more days per week, and more people left feeling happy.

Bar One, Resorts’ newly revamped casino lounge located on the casino floor near the hotel lobby, features Happy hour specials Sunday through Thursday from 2-7pm. Guests can enjoy $3 draft beers, $3 craft beers, $4 wines and $5 cocktails — all just steps away from the non-stop casino action.

Margaritaville's Blue Colada

Margaritaville's Blue Colada

Margaritaville’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, “embracing the carefree, fun island lifestyle of its creator, Jimmy Buffett,” has Happy hour specials all day Sunday through Thursday (noon-2am) featuring $3 draft beers, $4 well drinks and $5 margaritas.  On Thursdays from 6-9pm, 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, accessible right off the casino floor or from the Boardwalk, will host Trivia Night for prizes, gift cards and bragging rights.

Gallagher’s Steakhouse may best be known for its prime steaks, but the establishment also does a prime Happy hour as well. Every Sunday through Friday guests can enjoy $4 draft beers, $6 wines, $7 cocktails and $7 martinis from 4-7pm. Gallghers hosts SIN (industry night specials) every Wednesday with happy hour specials all night long.

Plus, enjoy a tapatizer menu daily at Gallaghers with dishes ranging from $4 to $9 at the bar. Selections include fried calamari with cherry tomatoes, $5; Wasabi peppercorn crusted tuna, $9; blue cheese and fig preserve on a brioche roll, $6; house-made guacamole with pita chips, $4; poached egg, sautéed spinach, hollandaise sauce, crumbled bacon on French baguette, $6; goat cheese and chicken quesadilla, $6; bacon and feta wrapped shrimp with a spiced orange marmalade, $7; or choose crab cake slider with roasted pepper puree or beef slider with carmelized shallots, $5.

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For more ideas on where to find Atlantic City’s best Happy hours, click here.

Tun Tavern’s Harvest Brewmaster Dinner is Friday Evening, Nov. 1

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

ATLANTIC CITY — The venerable Tun Tavern, Atlantic City’s only brewpub, is ringing in November with a Harvest Brewmaster Dinner on Friday, Nov. 1. Join Tun brewmaster Tim Kelly and chef Dave Levecchia for a fabulous dinner with beer pairings, as Kelly infuses hand-crafted Tun Tavern-brewed beers into some delectable fall recipes. Enjoy live music, tastings, and a collectors logo pint glass. The cost is $59 plus tax and gratuity. The event starts 7pm.

tuntavernbeerThe menu includes Cape May Salt oysters on the half shell with a Champagne Mignonette, with a beer pairing of Tun’s Leather Neck Stout; warm goat cheese soufflé over artisan greens with hop-infused vinaigrette paired with Tun’s IPA; entrée choices of  barley wine and cider-glazed roast duck, spinach, roasted butternut squash and dried cranberry hash with a beer pairing of Tun’s Pumpkin Spiced Ale; pan-seared diver scallops with Tuscan kale and barley risotto with red ale butter sauce and a beer pairing of Tun’s perfect pilsner stout; braised short ribs with root vegetables atop garlic mashed potatoes with a beer pairing of Tun’s Irish Red.

Desserts include salted caramel pumpkin-spiced cake with ale-infused whipped cream, and a beer pairing of Tun Barley Wine. The dinner is also served with coffee, espresso, latte or cappuccino.

Visit or call (609) 347-7800 or e-mail

Savor Borgata Weekend Announced for Nov. 8-10

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

acw-feat-savorborgata ATLANTIC CITY — The Borgata’s beloved Savor Borgata culinary event, which this year takes place the weekend of Nov. 8-10,  is evolving.

According to a statement released Wednesday, Oct. 9, “For the second year, Borgata will present a program of unique events throughout the weekend that celebrate the individual talent of each participating chef.”

On Friday, November 8, Savor Borgata Weekend will commence with “A Taste of 5 Culinary Masters,” a four-course dinner and cocktail party with Bobby Flay and Michael Symon (both Iron Chefs) collaborating with fellow Borgata culinary masters Stephen Kalt, Michael Schulson, and Thaddeus DuBois.

This event will be located at Borgata’s new 28 West (formerly SeaBlue), with guests able to enjoy a course by each chef.

On Saturday afternoon, November 9, Bobby Flay will give a live culinary demonstration at Borgata’s Music Box theatre, where he will discuss his most celebrated recipes.  Following that event, Michael Symon will sign copies of his new cookbook, 5 In 5: Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners, inside 28 West.

Saturday will also feature a “Lunch & Learn” event at Wolfgang Puck American Grill, hosted by the restaurant’s Executive Chef Aram Mardigian.

RELATED: 2011 Savor Borgata Preview

“Guests will enjoy a three-course lunch paired with wine, while learning how to create several of Puck’s classic dishes,” states the release from the Borgata. “Down the hall, former White House Executive Pastry Chef, Thaddeus DuBois – who currently oversees pastry production for both AAA Four-Diamond Borgata and Water Club hotels – will celebrate his sweet tooth at ‘Confectioner’s Delight: The Art of Marzipan,’ a lesson on how to sculpt delectable fruits and flowers.

“Also on Saturday, Fornelletto’s Chef/Partner, Stephen Kalt, will host ‘Holy Ravioli,’ sharing his expertise on the quintessential Italian dish, and Izakaya’s Chef/Partner, Michael Schulson, will host ‘Sushi & Sake with Schulson,’ demonstrating just how easy and fun sushi-making can be.”

Borgata will also present tasting events for guests to pick their poison amidst bourbon, tequila, beer, and wine seminars across the property on Saturday. The Long Bar will host “Wild Turkey Bourbon & BBQ”; the Gypsy Bar will host “Tequila n’ Tacos”; and 28 West will host “Bites are Better with Beer.”

Wine lovers will not be left out as the Borgata’s signature hotel, The Water Club, will host “Eyes Wine Shut with Master Sommelier Robert Bigelow” and “Wine Seminar with Francis Ford Coppola Winery.”

On Sunday, November 10, Atlantic City’s Top Restaurant, Old Homestead Steak House — named Atlantic City’s “Top Restaurant” in both the 2012 and 2013 editions of Zagat’s America’s Top Restaurants Guide — will offer more savoring for foodies with a “Sunday Brunch,” hosted by restaurateurs Greg and Marc Sherry.

Finally, later that day, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, will close the weekend with “Absolut-ly Fabulous” in The Sunroom lounge. An intimate group of foodies will be able to enjoy a four-course tasting of Zakarian’s small bites, paired with Absolut cocktails.

RELATED: Photos from the 2011 Savor Borgata event

Also, back by popular demand, Savor Borgata Restaurant Week will return for the third year, beginning Sunday, November 3 through Friday, November 8. “Throughout the week, Borgata will offer three-course tasting menus, starting from $39, at Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Fornelletto Cucina & Wine Bar, Izakaya Modern Japanese Pub, Bobby Flay Steak, and Old Homestead Steak House.”

In conjunction with the 6th annual Savor Borgata, The Borgata will present “Street Eats,” which is described as “a unique street festival, on Saturday, November 9, to celebrate the many culinary experiences of Borgata’s star-studded food and beverage line-up.” The star-studded event will be hosted by food and beverage personality Sissy Biggers. Music will be provided by The Rockets, while the street festival will also include other entertainers and games. Guests will also have a chance to win a place on-stage with Iron Chefs Bobby Flay and Michael Symon for a live culinary demonstration.

“Every year we evolve the Savor Borgata series of events,” says Becky Shultz, VP of Food & Beverage for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. “And this year, we’re thrilled to have acclaimed chef Michael Symon join our lineup of renowned talent to provide a fun event where food and drinks are the main attraction.”

Tickets for SAVOR BORGATA Presents Street Eats are on sale now for $79 per person at or by calling 1.866.900.4TIX (4849).


Resorts Inaugural Craft Beer Fest

Monday, September 30th, 2013

cmsFresh off the opening of its Landshark Bar & Grill this summer, named after a lager beer marketed by Jimmy Buffett, Resorts debuted its first Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28.

“It’s all about pumpkin ales, it’s all about ciders, and it’s all about craft beers here at Resorts,” says Edward Batten, executive director of food and beverage at Resorts. “Why are we doing this? To have a little bit of fun, because we are the place where the fun is here.”

Click the video link below to see highlights of the festival.

2013 Golden Nugget Craft Beer Fest

Monday, September 30th, 2013

indexThe feature event of the third annual Golden Nugget Craft Beer Festival was once again a gala beer-and-food pairing held in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday night, Sept. 28, that included craft beers  from 32 breweries nationwide.

“Today we have 99 great beers from the great states of Utah, Colorado, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware — craft beer as everybody knows is exploding across the United States,” says Scot Tarwater, Golden Nugget’s corporate director for wine and special events.  “One of the things we really pride ourselves in is the seasonal beers that come out this time of year. We have all the new pumpkin beers that have hit the market. As most of you beer aficionados know they only stay on the shelves for a few weeks at the very, very most. We managed to grab 24 of the pumpkin beers and some one-time only productions from several of the breweries that are out here.”

Click the link below to see highlights from the third annual event.