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Cape May – Lewes Ferry Hosts First Ever Bi-State Brews-By-The-Bay
Cape May, NJ- Sit back, relax, and have a brew by the Delaware Bay this September 6 when the Cape May-Lewes Ferry hosts the first ever bi-state Brews-By-The-Bay! This festival, taking place on the grounds at both the Cape May and Lewes Ferry Terminals, is jointly organized by the Garden State Brewers Guild and the Delaware Brewers Guild. Listen to live music as you relax by the beautiful Delaware Bay and sip on beer from all of your favorite native New Jersey and Delaware breweries.
“The Cape May – Lewes Ferry is your ticket to two festivals in two states combined into one incredible craft brewing event,” said Rhona Bronson, Director of Ferry Marketing. “Brews by the Bay is quickly becoming a must do for locals and tourists alike. There is going to be live music, good food, and plenty of finely crafted beer from your favorite local breweries. Don’t forget to bring a blanket and chair so you can relax by the bay and enjoy the festivities with your favorite craft brew.”
Bronson added, “Brews by the Bay is a one-of-a-kind event. Advance ticket sales are strong, but to fully appreciate all the newest craft brews, participants need to attend each side as only NJ breweries are featured in Cape May and only Delaware breweries in Lewes. Can any other craft brew festival tout the cooperation of two State Brewers Guilds to offer a brew fest in two states? Attendees will always remember this year’s Brews by the Bay!”
The Garden State Brewers Guild will be at the Cape May Terminal from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. New Jersey breweries expected to participate are Cape May, Tuckahoe, Flying Fish, Kane, Carton, Rinn Duin, Glasstown, Iron Hill, Cricket Hill, and River Horse. Gates open at 12 noon.
The Delaware Brewers Guild will be at the Lewes Terminal from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Participating First State breweries at this event will include 16 Mile, Dogfish Head, Fordham/Old Dominion, Iron Hill, Stewarts, Twin Lakes, 3rd Wave, Argilla, and Mispillion River Brewing. Gates open at 4:00 p.m.
The festival has been designed so that there is ample time for visitors to attend both festivals and be able to return home in one day. The ferry between Cape May and Lewes takes approximately 90 minutes. Admission to this event buys you a souvenir glass and pours of your favorite brews. Food vendors will be on-site to provide the crowd with a wide variety of food for purchase. Musical entertainers will also perform live. Cape May – Lewes Ferry’s outdoor bar and grill, “On the Rocks (OTR)”, located at the water’s edge, will also be open for the event.
Sponsored by both the Delaware Brewers Guild and Garden State Brewers Guild, Brews-By-The-Bay is a celebration of New Jersey and Delaware brewing talents with your local, homegrown breweries! The Garden State and Delaware Craft Brewers Guilds are 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organizations that exist to unify the New Jersey and Delaware brewing communities. Their mission is to protect, promote, represent, and educate its membership and customers regarding the industry.
Tickets will be sold for each individual side or as a combo ticket for both sides. Combo tickets for both Cape May and Lewes are $60, including a round trip foot passenger ticket on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry ($65 for same-day tickets). Please call 800-64-FERRY to purchase combo tickets.
For those starting out from Lewes, Delaware, festival attendees can take the 10:15 or 11:15 ferry to Cape May, enjoy the Cape May festival for as long as they like and return to the Lewes terminal on the 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. ferry departures to attend the second part of the festival on the Lewes, Delaware side.
For New Jersey craft beer fans, begin the Brews by the Bay experience at the Cape May terminal, and then head to Lewes, Delaware on the 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. ferry departures to enjoy your second festival of the Day at the Lewes Terminal and return back to Cape May on the 6:15 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. departure!
A special rate is available for designated drivers to enter both festivals and to use the Ferry as a foot passenger.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
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Brews by the Bay in Lewes