Are you looking for a great way to warm up this winter? Consider attending Asbury Park Beerfest! This beloved festival takes place in January and entices thousands of beer-loving locals and visitors each year. It’s the perfect excuse to head to the Jersey Shore for a weekend of sipping, savoring, and sampling! Read on to learn about one of the best Asbury Park events and use our complimentary Vacation Guide to help plan your trip.
What You Need to Know About Asbury Park Beerfest
It’s no secret that craft brewing has exploded in New Jersey over the past few years. In fact, brewery licenses have increased 203 percent since 2012. The inaugural Asbury Park Beerfest was held in 2011, and today, the event continues to highlight NJ’s booming beer scene.
With more than 60 beers to sample over the course of two days, Beerfest gives you the chance to try some of the region’s best brews. You’ll find everything from well-established brands to smaller newcomers. (Be sure to taste submissions from local Asbury Park breweries!) Then, watch as they compete for coveted titles like “Best Jersey Beer” and “Best in Show”.
Tickets & Location
Beerfest kicks off at the Asbury Park Convention Hall in mid-January. In addition to offering a wide range of craft beers, ciders, and retro brews, the event features delicious boardwalk fare and vendor goods. Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. You can even take home your tasting glass as a souvenir!
Tips for Your Trip
A full day of drinking requires preparation. Use our tips below to ensure a safe (and fun!) weekend at the shore.
- Drink responsibly. Establish a designated driver or walk to the event from Ocean Grove. We’re less than 1.5 miles from the Convention Hall.
- Pace yourself. Check out which breweries are participating in advance, and when you get here, hit some of your favorites first.
- Try something new. Asbury Park Beerfest showcases lots of beers, including some you probably haven’t heard of yet. Take the time to sample these as well.
- Eat, eat, eat! Visit a few food vendors and avoid drinking on an empty stomach.
Book Your Stay in Nearby Ocean Grove
If you’re planning to attend both days of Beerfest, we recommend staying in beautiful Ocean Grove. You can reserve a room at The Ocean Plaza Hotel and forget about having to drive home. Best of all, our year-round property is just steps from the sea and has everything you need for a weekend getaway.
Browse our selection of accommodations today! Our Bradley Suite is a guest favorite and features a full living room, kitchen, and a balcony overlooking the ocean. Of course, all of our rooms come with high-end amenities like private bathrooms, WiFi, cable TV, refrigerators, coffee makers, and more. We even offer a scrumptious continental breakfast each morning. Check our availability and make your reservations today! We look forward to having you.
Don’t forget to access our free Vacation Guide to learn more about the area!