Beer on the Bay
Dozens of craft brewers, two sessions, one location. Beer on the Bay is back.
Having options is a wonderful thing, but for the casual beer fan, it can also be intimidating. Craft beer enthusiasts can have a blast picking out different India pale ales, deciding between dortmunders, and seeking out saisons, but some may be afraid to shill out dollars for a fancy-named fermented beverage without trying it first. Fortunately, Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership caters to both crowds with the seventh annual craft brew festival Beer on the Bay, bringing together over 40 brewers for two tasting sessions Saturday, July 26 to the Burger King Amphitheater at Liberty Park.
"People can get out and try all of the different beers in one place" Southern Tier Brewing Company Head Brewer Dustin Hazer says of the event held less than an hour from the brewery's Lakewood, N.Y. location. "Erie's right in our backyard. A lot of people have come up and told us stories about coming to the brewery."
Now people can try the tasty brews of not only Southern Tier, but also a delicious Two Hearted Ale from Michigan's Bell's Brewery, a refreshing Commodore Perry IPA from Cleveland, or some creative concoction from one of the dozens of breweries – and the numerous vendors appealing to those looking for non-alcoholic treats – represented without having to travel elsewhere in Pennsylvania or out of state.
The two sessions will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m., with regular tickets available at eriepa.com and discounted options for designated drivers as well as VIP tickets for those looking for some rarer brews, food tastings, and hookah privileges. EMTA shuttles will be available for parking purposes, and if the beer tastings get a little out of hand, Erie Yellow Cab can provide a safe travel choice for those taking advantage of all the craft beer options. — Alex Bieler
Saturday, July 26 // Liberty Park // 454.7191 ext. 123, eriepa.com/beer-on-the-bay