Fun activities during the Good Beer Festival

The focus of the Good Beer Festival is of course, craft beer, but we're also about good times! We hope you'll take part in some of our ‘fun' additions to enhance your festival experience.


Learn How To Brew With Xtreme Brewing

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Looking to get started in home brewing? Or have tried it yourself and have a few questions? Doug Griffith of Xtreme Brewing has the answers and the supplies you'll need. Check out his online shop at

Good Beer Festival Home Brew Competition

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Award Ceremonies: 4:30 pm

Entry Information
To enter the competition, you must register online, then download the Entry Form to submit with your entries.

Register Online
Download Entry Form

Deadline to enter: September 1, 2014
Bottle Drop Off: September 17 - September 27 (locations listed on entry form)
Fee: $5.00 per entry. Limit of 2 entries per person. Maximum of 100 entries for the competition. You do not have to be present to win.

The Good Beer Festival brings great craft beers to the masses; and now we want YOU to bring your great home brews to us! The Good Beer Homebrew Competition is unsanctioned, however we encourage competitors to follow the BJCP Style Guidelines. This year's event will be limited to five categories including: IPA, Spice/Herb/Fruit, Smoked/Wood-Aged, Sours, and Stout/Porter.

Prizes: Judges will grade the beers on a point system that includes aroma, appearance, flavor, mouth feel and overall impression. Winners will be selected from each style/category, those selected will then compete for Best of Show. Best in Show: 1st Place - $300, 2nd - $200, 3rd $100; 1st-3rd place ribbons for categories. Award money will be cash or gift cards.

Questions about the Home Brew Competition? Contact

Are you an avid home-brewer or just a bit curious? Stroll through the Good Beer Festival Home Brew Competition area on Sunday.

Winners Section

2013 Results

  • 1st Place
    Michael Navas
    Fruit Beer
    Name – Raspberry Kolsch
  • 2nd Place
    Gary McCready
    American IPA
    Name – Mc IPA
  • 3rd Place
    Dean Pierce
    Strong Scotch Ale
    Name – Wee Little Ditty

2012 Results

  • 2012: Best in Show - Michael Piorunksi - Saison

Local Beer Garden

Saturday & Sunday
Explore the Eastern Shore’s local breweries in the Local Beer Garden. Included with your admission ticket, sample batches concocted by Delmarva’s own 16 Mile, Burley Oak, Dogfish Head, Evolution Craft Brewing, Fin City, Shorebilly, Tall Tales and Third Wave. Folks from each brewery will be on hand from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the beer garden.


Relax with friends over a leisurely game of cornhole. Not familiar with the game? It goes by many names including corn toss, bean toss, and more. If that still doesn't ring a bell, you'll pick it up very quickly if you've ever played a game of horseshoes! You can also test your hand-eye coordination with wall hooky or giant Jenga.

Not up for being a part of the action yourself? Well swing by the Sports Zone where you can sit-back, relax and enjoy the weekend's biggest games! Stay tuned – we'll post a schedule of games as the festival nears.

Before you start to play, be sure to purchase a full pint of your favorite brew (only $4) so you don't go thirsty!

Taster's Choice Award

Let us know which brewery is your favorite! With over 50 breweries to choose from, the decision will be difficult – but we want to know which brewery you like best.

How it Works
All tasters will receive a ‘ballot’ with their sampling glass upon entering the festival. All pouring stations will have a mason jar for each brewery available at that station. Once you find your favorite, simply drop your vote into the mason jar for that brewery. Voting will close by 4:00pm on Sunday. The Taster's Choice Award will be announced on Sunday at 5:00pm, right before the last band takes the stage. The winning brewery will win a trophy and a spotlight at next year’s festival.

Winners Section

  • 2013: Tall Tales Brewery
  • 2012: Evo
  • 2011: Evo
  • 2010: Evo

Good Beer Festival After-Party

Brew River

Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 6pm

Stop by our booth at the Good Beer Festival for after-party details.