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Beer, wine tasting festival set for Saturday



Due to Thursday's rain, the Hagerstown Suns postponed their Beer & Wine Tasting Festival to Saturday from 3-6 p.m.

Those with tickets to the event will be able to use them Saturday, and advance tickets will go back on sale for $15, effective immediately. Tickets will be sold on the day of the event for $18.


Benjamin Franklin once said, "Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

You've probably tried the top-selling beers. Maybe you've even tried every flavored lager Samuel Adams has to offer.

Looking for something new? Hagerstown locals are gathering to take a shot at tasting other brews.

The Hagerstown Suns will be hosting its fifth annual Beer and Wine Tasting Festival on Saturday at Municipal Stadium.

"I want to say it's a party, but it's just a really laid-back event," said Reid Hunley, director of promotions and special events for the Hagerstown Suns.


The purpose of the Beer and Wine Tasting Festival is for patrons to sample beverages they usually don't find on tap.

"It's just a chance for people to try different types of beer that we usually don't sell at the stadium," Hunley said.

This is the first year the Suns are including wine tasting in the festival. Hunley said he hopes it will attract patrons who might prefer wine over beer.

Within the past five years, Hunley says he's seen the festival grow in popularity, both in attendance and the number of distributors and breweries interested in participating in the event.

Admission costs $15 per person in advance and $18 at the gate; this includes tickets for 10 samples. In addition, the first 500 patrons will receive a 5-ounce tasting glass.

Breweries participating in this year's festival are coming from across the United States.

"We have Brooklyn Brewery coming from Brooklyn, N.Y., one coming from Erie, Pa. They're from all over the place," Hunley said. "We contact distributors and they work with us to get the breweries' contact information and get them involved with the festival."

The brewery receiving the most sample tickets by the end of the night is named Best Brewery. In 2008, that title went to Erie Brewing in Erie, Pa. Runners up were Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, Md., and Southern Tier Brewing Co. in Lakewood, N.Y.

Local Keedysville alternative grunge-rock band Fallen Sparrow will perform during the festival.

All patrons admitted into the stadium must be 21 years of age or older. Security will be checking IDs at the entrance.

If you go ...

WHAT: Fifth annual Beer and Wine Tasting Festival

WHEN: 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Municipal Stadium

COST: $15 per person in advance; $18 at the gate

CONTACT: Call 301-791-6266

MORE: Must be 21 or older with a valid ID.

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