In October, representatives from regional, local, and national craft breweries gather inside the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to pour samples of geek-lovers brews. Visitors sip on signature standards from breweries such as Oskar Blues, Union Craft Brewing, Old Dominion, Starr Hill, Heavy Seas, and Flying Dog Brewery, along with special varieties of bourbon-barrel-aged stouts, whiskey-barrel-aged ciders, and hearty IPAs.
When not enjoying beer-related activities, festival-goers can check out one of the eight live bands playing all afternoon on two stages or take in the display of antique and exotic cars. The stadium catering company serves local delicacies such as Maryland crab cakes, shucked oysters on the half shell, and crab-and-cheese pretzels. More than 60 merchandise vendors offer artisan crafts and specialty food items.