The Cape May-Lewes Ferry is hosting the third annual bi-state Brews-by-the-Bay Craft Beer Festival (BBTB) on Saturday, Sept. 10. Featuring over 40 breweries from two states, this festival—taking place on the grounds at both the Cape May and Lewes Ferry Terminals—is presented by the Garden State Craft Brewers Guild and the Delaware Brewers Guild.
The festival opens on the Cape May side at the Bayside Green at 11:30 a.m. Festival-goers have a choice of either celebrating on the one side of their choosing, or purchasing full-experience tickets to cruise on the ferry and enjoy the festivities on both sides.
The full-experience combo ticket is $70, which includes both festivals and a round-trip ferry ride. Full-experience ticketholders will also receive a tasting of an exclusive concoction and an opportunity to purchase additional tastings while enjoying the ride over to the Delaware festival. The brew is a nod to the Dutch nautical history of both Cape May and Lewes. It’s a Dutch golden ale featuring lemons, hibiscus, lemongrass and green cardamom.
A ticket to the Cape May side includes 15 four-ounce samples of New Jersey craft beer, with the option to purchase more, and a souvenir BBTB tasting glass. The cost of this ticket is $40, and the festival runs from 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. A ticket to the Lewes side includes samples of Delaware craft beer and a souvenir BBTB glass. The cost of this ticket is $40, and the festival runs from 4–8 p.m.
A designated driver’s ticket costs $5 (no ferry ticket included) or $20 (a round-trip walk-on ferry ticket included). With the exception of the designated driver ticket, all ticket prices will be $5 higher if purchased at the door.
Tickets can be purchased at brewsbythebay.ticketleap.com. The events will be held rain or shine. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax on the green while listening to the live music.