Return of the Hops: Atlantic City’s Beer and Music Festival

The infamous Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival returns to the AC Convention Center this weekend full of events and amazing beers to sample. As the anticipation builds, we picked our favorite events happening all weekend long inside the “Celebration of the Suds”.

Tasting over 100 beers from breweries around the world can take all day. As you’re indulging, tons of entertainment is happening in the convention center. Take a break from the booze and check out these events.

Entertain your ears on Friday April 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with Saves The Day, followed by The Dirty Heads on Saturday April 5 at 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Less Than Jake  from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Are you Proud of your manly mustache? Head over to the Mustache Lounge all weekend and try limited release brews and enjoy a variety of food offered specifically to those gifted with facial hair. Sorry ladies.

Beer and Chocolate Pairings is an interesting seminar showing how delicious the combination is. Learn which treat matches with the perfect beer on April 4 at 8:30 p.m. and April 5 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Since you will be inside, you won’t be able to play in the sand, but you can check out spectacular sand creations by Matthew Deibert. His weekend long sculpture performance is inspired by the beers and tunes of the weekend.

As the beer gods would say, “Have your beer and eat it too”, Grille Sergeant Brad Turner will be teaching tricks and tips all weekend on how to incorporate your favorite brews into your favorite foods.

Did you ever wonder how beer ferments? The Love2brew Crew presents The Science of Beer, an interactive class all weekend long. Take notes and you may become the next Sam Calagione.

Wine isn’t the only drink that pairs with cheese. Exploring Beer and Cheese is an educational class on pairings starting on April 4 at 8:30 p.m. and on April 5 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Explore the New Jersey Craft Beer Scene on April 4 at 9:30 p.m. and April 5 at 2:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. with Mike Kivowitz. After the short seminar, try a special collaboration beer made by the New Jersey breweries!

The 2014 Atlantic City Beer Fest will also feature local food vendors and beer-related goods. Just remember, you must be 21 or older to enjoy this event. Cheers!