Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Beach, Boardwalk And Beer? Yeah, That's AC!

Atlantic City is a beer-drinker’s town. Here are some of the more noteworthy places to sample some suds:

In the Casinos

· Bill’s Bar and Burger: For classic comfort food and plenty of microbrews Bill’s Bar and Burger at Harrah’s Resort is the place to be. Burger junkies will find the hamburger of their dreams and a Belgian, stout or IPA to go with it. The hand-dipped spiked milkshakes end the meal with a sweet surprise.<>

· Boardwalk Beer Garden: Right in the center of the Boardwalk action and with an ever-changing mix of live music the Boardwalk Beer Garden at Caesars Atlantic City has just the right selection of beers and microbrews. In addition, their assortment of over 25 different frozen drinks and cocktails puts you in a summer state of mind.<>

· Firewaters: Considered AC’s original craft beer bar, Tropicana Casino & Resort’s taproom stays open 24 hours a day all weekend long to pour golden liquid from 50 draught lines and 101 bottles. For those who can’t choose, there’s the four-beer sampler served in mini-mugs. Beer geeks can get a head start by checking the website for a detailed and up-to-date list of what’s on tap.<>

· Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill: This authentic British pub at Caesars Atlantic City offers plenty of craft brews to wash down their signature bangers and mash or ale-battered fish and chips. The bar features more than 26 beers on tap, 22 bottled beers from around the world and the greater Atlantic City region, 16 widget cans and other can beer options. Plus a unique selection of beers on tap are available for take home in custom 64-ounce growlers.<>

· Harry’s Oyster Bar & Seafood: The family behind Atlantic City’s best recognized seafood empire runs Harry’s at Bally’s Atlantic City, cherished primarily for three things: a grassy courtyard that opens onto the ocean, a late-19th century decorative motif that harkens to the days when the family patriarch opened the city’s longest-running restaurant (Dock’s Oyster House), and a unique beer program. Harry’s was among the city’s very first bars to sell growlers (64-ounce glass containers that preserve and transport draught beer), and managers are proud of their craft-heavy tap list and large-format bottle selection.<>

· Landshark Bar & Grill: Enjoy its namesake beer next to a fire pit with your toes in the sand at Atlantic City’s only year-round beach bar Landshark Bar & Grill at Resorts Casino Hotel. This Jimmy Buffet themed paradise also offers signature frozen concoctions and margaritas.<>

· Scores: The adult entertainment complex at Trump Taj Mahal is also home to a PG-rated sports bar known for its craft brews. Savor select dishes from the menu of Robert’s Steakhouse and pair them with more than 100 beers in bottles or on tap. Want to take a walk on the wild side? Venture inside for the gentlemen’s club entertainment.<>

Around Town

· Atlantic City Bottle Company: Positioning itself as a destination for hand-crafted, small-batch beers, wines and spirits, ACBC sells niche liquids in its take-out shop and pours them in its Iron Room Restaurant alongside seasonal small plates designed for pairing. What’s more, the craft beverage boutique programs experiential classes to educate the public about its products.<>

· Tun Tavern Brewery and Restaurant: Head brewer Tim Kelly produces mostly lighter bodied, lower-alcohol styles at the city’s only brew pub, established in 1998 and named after the Philadelphia brew house where the U.S. Marine Corps was born during the Revolutionary War era. Kelly invokes Jersey pride by brewing a special batch of his American IPA with two varieties of hops grown in-state.<>

* Vagabond Kitchen & Tap House: One of the city’s original craft beer draught lists can be sampled at the family-friendly bar and restaurant that overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway. Managers list rotating draft beers on a chalkboard and provide flights for those who want to taste more than one. They also state a preference for local brews with as many as seven of ten taps hailing from New Jersey, Philadelphia or Delaware.<>

· Wingcraft: Hailed as a kitchen and beer bar specializing in hot wings and craft brews, this newly-opened hotspot offers shoppers at Tanger Outlets The Walk a welcome respite with a selection of local and national craft brews on tap that rotate seasonally. With multiple happy hours and Sunday brunch Wingcraft always has something special on tap.<>


· Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival: The East Coast’s biggest beer fest comes to the Atlantic City Convention Center every year and brings along with it some of the biggest acts in live music. Three sessions of beer tasting from more than 100 domestic and foreign breweries are accompanied by educational workshops, vendors and musical performances. Missed the March 2015 event? 2016 dates to be announced.<>

· Atlantic City Boardwalk Beer Festival: The inaugural "Boardwalk Beer Festival" will be held in the beautiful oceanfront courtyard and scenic Boardwalk out-cove of Harry's Oyster Bar at Bally’s Atlantic City. Craft brewers from all over the region and beyond will gather to showcase their tasty brews. The event is divided into two, four-hour sessions. Fill your souvenir glass as many times as you wish with beer samples, enjoy live music, games and a variety of food offerings throughout the day. June 13<>

· Atlantic City Cider Social: The producers of Seafood Fest and the AC Beer and Music Festival bring a day devoted to ciders, meads and other fruit based brews at Gardner’s Basin. Cider fans will partake in 30 cider/mead brewers, five local food exhibitors, cooking demos, live music, cider seminars and amusements. August 8<>

· Atlantic City Taste, Food & Wine Festival: Don’t let the name fool you, this food and wine fest provides plenty of action for beer-lovers too. Hosted by The Claridge Hotel, this year’s event will include three beer seminars from the Atlantic City Bottle Company – Beer and Cheese, IPA: East Coast vs. West Coast and Off Beat Beers: Wild Brett Beers, Sour Beers, Rye Beers, Oh, My. July 23-25<>

· Golden Nugget Atlantic City Craft Beer Fest: Sample nearly 99 craft beers from 30 breweries on September 26 and enjoy craft beers on special at The Deck throughout the weekend. September 25-27<>

* Savor Borgata Culinary Series – Beer & Bites: Year-round events at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa celebrate the restaurants and chefs that make Borgata a culinary destination on the East Coast. Beer fans can enjoy complimentary craft beer samplings every Saturday at Vintage – A Wine Boutique in The Water Club. The opening of Borgata Festival Park in June 2015 will also pay a prominent role in the Savor Borgata series by hosting food and beverage festivals in this unique outdoor concert venue and festival grounds.<>

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