The seventh annual Celebration of the Suds will have an expanded lineup of Garden State-based craft brewers and bands .
ATLANTIC CITY — When the atmosphere is festive if not a bit offbeat, everybody’s acting like this is the place to be and you’re wondering “Why didn’t I think of that?” — it could be because event organizer Jon Henderson thought of it first.
Henderson’s got his hands in more conventional events like the Atlantic City Seafood and A.C. Food and Wine festivals later this year, but more often his name is linked with the popular Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival slated for this weekend — or anything else involving beer, rock ‘n’ roll, hot rods, hot chicks or tattoos. The beer and music fest may become Henderson’s most enduring Atlantic City legacy if you consider how popular it’s been since he started it seven years ago.
Presented by 100.7 WZXL-FM radio, the A.C. Beer & Music Fest has grown in size, scope and status since it began, and this year includes a vastly expanded musical lineup featuring punk rock legend Marky Ramone, whose band closes out the first of three sessions Friday night (10pm).
There will also be 14 other bands, many locally based, playing on two stages throughout the weekend, culinary demonstrations from local chefs, and beer seminars featuring local author and beer expert Gary Monterosso (conducting an Artisan Beer seminar Friday at 9:45pm, Saturday at 2:45 and 8:45pm) and others.
Of the nearly 80 breweries represented, about 10 are in-state including Carton Brewery (Atlantic Highlands), Kane Brewery (Monmouth County), Cape May Brewery and Tuckahoe Brewing (both Cape May County), Turtle Stone (Vineland), Flying Fish (Cherry Hill), River Horse (Lambertville), Cricket Hill (Fairfield) and the N.J. Beer Company (Bergen County). Several of these craft breweries are newly licensed within the last year, according to Henderson, among them Kane Brewery, founded by former home-brewer Michael Kane in August 2011.
“We launched with two year-round beers — Head High, our West Coast-style IPA, and Afterglow, a rye pale ale — and we also had a summer seasonal called Single Fin, a Belgian-style blonde ale, that will return this year around Memorial Day,” says Kane. “Our current limited-release beer is an Imperial IPA called Overhead. Head High, Afterglow and Overhead will all be available to sample at the A.C. Festival, along with our American Extra Stout that was a limited release for St. Patrick’s Day.”
Turtle Stone owner Ben Battiata also started as a home brewer. Turtle Stone will have an American stout called Red Rye (its flagship brew along with Jasmine Green Tea Blonde Ale) and its Chocolate Milk Stout available at the festival.
Horner created a 40-bottle craft beer menu while GM at Mia, schooling the staff on the different beers and how they might be paired with meals. Since taking on a broader role at the property, he extended that to include the entire service staff as advocates or “beer ambassadors” for all the craft brews, bottled and draft, on the entire property.
The festivities include beer tastings and pairings, live music, beer-related specials at multiple venues throughout the property, and educational elements hosted by beer experts Gary Monterosso and Tara Nurin.
“All and all I’m excited to bring the festival back — I think it was a piece missing from Atlantic City.”
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“It’s steers and beers in the city this weekend,” laughs Henderson. “You know you hear so many negative things about the city, but really, look at what we have here and these attractions. This is an amazing April Fool’s weekend that’s scheduled and we’re really happy to be part of it.”
"“Let’s face it, there are numerous beer festivals throughout the year and throughout the country — probably one going on every week somewhere and Anheuser-Busch has really thrown their support behind the one in Atlantic City. That’s the respect they have for a show like the one we have here."
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