ATLANTIC CITY — The Celebration of the Suds, a.k.a. the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival, returns to the Atlantic City Convention Center for the eighth year Friday and Saturday, April 5-6.
The 2013 event will be an amazing experience in taste and sound including hot music to compliment cool brews. Over 90 different breweries from around the corner and across the country will showcase their unique libations.
New Jersey's own Bouncing Souls will headline Session 1 (Friday, 7-11pm) starting 9:30pm.
The focus of the A.C. 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. Now in its eighth year, the festival has grown to be one of the country’s largest celebrations of beer.
For 2013 festival producers will bring in musical headliners Reverend Horton Heat and Rusted Root and New Jersey’s own Bouncing Souls to kick off the weekend. Eight bands and performers will be featured at the festival and are profiled on the event Web site (celebrationofthesuds.com) under “sounds.”
The 2013 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival will also feature culinary demonstrations from area chefs, beer seminars hosted by 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 (aged 21 and over).
The festival offers a “Designated Driver” ticket price of $11, available at the door, to encourage attendee responsibility and use the many transportation options in the Atlantic City area, including jitneys and cabs. New Jersey Transit’s Atlantic City Line train arrives right inside the Atlantic City Convention Center and NJ Transit officials report that Beer Fest weekend marks the highest single-day ridership numbers all year long. (See njtransit.com 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.”
Tickets are $51 in advance (fees apply) online at acbeerfest.com or through Ticketmaster.com, $56 at the door (if available), or $51 (no group discounts available) at Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlets on Fire Road in Northfield, or the Black Horse Pike in EHT. For group sales call (609) 348-7023. Keep in mind the festival has sold out for the last four years, so don’t wait to get tickets!
Among the entertainment will be Mark Sceurman and Mark Moran, publishers of 'Weird NJ' magazine as they tell tales of their adventures in the Garden State.
Additionally, in an effort to do its part and give back to the Jersey shore communities, the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival attendees are dedicated to help rebuilding the shore and get its residents back on their feet, according to event organizer Jon Henderson. One dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to “Restore the Shore via Hometown Heroes.” For more info check out njhometownheroes.org.
Bally’s Atlantic City is the official “Host Hotel of the 2013 Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival,” offering special rates to festival attendees. Go to acbeerfest.com and click the Bally’s link at the bottom of the page for details.
Join a variety of mustached Americans in one of the festival's staples, the Mustache Lounge
All attendees are urged to taste responsibly. Please know your limits. No one under the age of 21 will be admitted into the show.
A valid photo identification must be presented.
For up-to-date information or inside notes, follow the fest on twitter @acbeerfest or contact Henderson at email@example.com or call (609) 412-9056.
To find out more about the A.C. Beer & Music Festival app, click here.