And on the eighth day He created bacon, and He looked upon His creation and said it was good.
Then He had a beer and rested again, this time with a frothy beer, because when you’ve created something as good as bacon you deserve a break.
Visitors to Atlantic City will be able to do much the same Jan. 11–17 as the Tropicana Casino & Resort celebrates its first annual Bacon and Beer Week.
According to the Tropicana’s Maria Marques, the event has historically been two distinct theme weeks. Those celebrations were both enjoyable on their own, but you know what they say about two great tastes that taste great together: Each proved to be so popular, the organization has merged them into one big gastrointestinal nightmare of a good time.
The week-long event will spread out across the entire Tropicana Casino & Resort, covering two dozen restaurants, 18 bars and lounges, and more. An array of bacon- and beer-related specials and menus are being featured throughout the resort: Highlights include a Saturday beer brunch at Broadway Burger Bar, beer- infused recipes at il Verde, limited bacon-kissed cocktails and entrees at Fin, and specials on bacon candy at Old Farmer’s Almanac, among others.
This, of course, isn’t the first time the universe has brought bacon and beer together. Funky Buddha Brewery makes a “maple bacon coffee porter” that is breakfast in a glass — yes, you read the beer description correctly. Rogue does a bacon-infused beer as well, as do several other breweries. But a week-long event featuring all manner of creative bacon dishes and excellent craft beer? That might be a first.
Quirky events like this one are becoming more common around Atlantic City, though, as the region broadens its tourism scope to cater to a wider range of interests. And then, of course, there’s craft beer: A.C. is embracing the explosion of independently produced brews that’s been making its way slowly but surely through American cities over the past few years. The craft market is expected to grow by more than 20 percent in 2015, and there are now over 3,000 breweries operating in America.
Atlantic City has fairly quickly established itself as one of South Jersey’s best beer towns. Indeed, that the Tropicana can devote an entire week to celebrating beer along with its good friend bacon is a testament to just how popular the good brews have become.
No need to drive home after filling up on beer and bacon, either. During the event week, the Trop is offering packages that include overnight accommodations and a $20 food & beverage credit for just $65. n
Bacon & Beer Week
Jan. 11–17. Tropicana, Brighton Ave. & Boardwalk, A.C.
Complete menu & more info: tropicana.net/events/beer-bacon-week