Golden Nugget Atlantic City will be all about the brews with its 6th annual Craft Beer Tasting, Beer Festival 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. With more than 99 seasonal craft beers on tap from more than 30 different breweries, this festival promises to have a hop, malt, lager or ale to please even the toughest of beer aficionados. Perfectly paired snacks and live music will round out the night.
While craft beer has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity, “Jersey fresh” craft beer is on the verge of an explosion. “This year’s Beer Festival at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City has a strong tie to New Jersey breweries. In fact, we will be featuring more Garden State breweries than ever before with a total of nine, four of which are making their first appearance at our annual event,” says Scott Tarwarter, corporate director of wine and special events at Landry’s Inc.
One such brewery is Three 3’s out of Hammonton. Under the guidance of Master Brewer and Owner Dave Tomasello, a retired healthcare executive, Three 3’s opened its doors in January. In just nine months, Three 3’s has already gained a stronghold on the local brewing scene. “We specialize in IPAs and saisons and it has been going great,” Tomasello says. Three 3’s is distributed throughout New Jersey, but this will be their first beer festival. “This is beer fest season and we’re looking forward to our first beer fest,” Tomasello says.
While Jersey will be strongly represented, there will be beers from all over to sample. “Of course, with about 40 breweries represented there will be something for everyone to sip on,” Tarwarter says.
In between cheers, chef-inspired beer snacks will be available to munch on. “Our chef and his team thrive during these special events as these tastings allow them to tap further into their creativity to tackle the challenge of creating beer-friendly food,” Tarwarter says.
With premium beer and delicious food, the “best band in South Jersey,” as they are touted — Don’t Call Me Francis — will provide the entertainment, bringing their high-energy sound to the beer fest stage.
In addition to the beer fest on Saturday, Golden Nugget will feature all nine Jersey breweries at The Deck for the entire weekend — Sept. 23 to 25. Guests will have the chance to sample seasonal and small-production beers from well-known New Jersey breweries like Tuckahoe and Beach Haus.
“Visitors will even be introduced to brand new breweries like Three 3's, Demented and Forgotten Boardwalk,” Tarwarter says.
GOLDEN NUGGET BEER FESTIVAL — 6th ANNUAL CRAFT BEER TASTING
WHERE: The Grand, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Huron Avenue and Brigantine Boulevard
WHEN: 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24
HOW MUCH: $59 or $69 for VIP early access