Reported by: Pretzel
Let’s face it! This year definitely sucks big time. The craft breweries have done an excellent job adapting to this Covid-19 environment, by setting up outside beer gardens, social distancing, and constant disinfecting. Beer Festivals on the other hand, have all been cancelled for 2020. I don’t know about you, but I sure miss beer fests – great beer, meeting new people, awesome bands and music, great food…. I could go on and on.
But all is not lost. Our good friends at Good Time Tricycle Productions who put on many of our favorite events including the Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival have decided to release the Festival Beers of New Jersey Passport to the general public. In the past, you could only get a passport at The Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival with a $5 donation to the Food Bank of New Jersey. But this year, they have released the passports to the participating NJ breweries. There are a limited number of passports available at each brewery, so you may want to call ahead to see if your favorite brewery has any passports available.
So here’s how if works….
- Pick up a 2020 Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival, Festival Beers of New Jersey Passport at any participating NJ Craft Brewery.
- Visit each (and every) brewery listed in the passport and get your pages stamped. You are expected to make a purchase at each brewery.
- Complete the passport to receive a free ticket to the 2021 Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival! You will receive 1 ticket per passport, so if several of you are going to start this adventure, make sure each of you has their own passport.
- Mail your completed passport by March 2nd, 2021 to the Atlantic City Beer Festival address listed in the passport.
Please note, usually you have an entire year to complete this task, but with Covid delaying everything, you only have about 6 months, so you better get started.
For those of you who are interested, let me give you some tips. The Stoutmeister and I completed the passports for 2018 and 2019. Not only did we finish them, but both years, we were the first participants to hand in their completed passports.
So each year, I put together a google map of all the breweries in the passport and post them on Pretzel’s Beer Blog. You can always go to PretzelsBeerBlog.com under the main menu on the green menu bar. This is an invaluable tool in figuring out your schedule, and bundling your brewery stops. I also suggest putting together a list or spreadsheet (yes, I am a computer geek and look for any excuse to put together a spreadsheet) detailing pertinent information like address, hours of operation, etc.
I do suggest you utilize a designated driver. We want everyone to be safe. Another suggestion is that you don’t need to buy and consume beer at each stop. Buy other merchandise such as glassware, t-shirts, hats, etc. You can also buy growlers, crowlers, or cans of beer to take home to share with your friends.
With 65 (or so) breweries in this year’s passport, you better get started!