Maryland Craft Beer Festival

An Annual Celebration of Maryland Beers

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The Maryland Craft Beer Festival, presented by the Brewers Association of Maryland, is annual festival that brings together approximately 40 local brewing companies offering samples of more than 200 unique beers. Festival highlights include exclusive access to small-batch beers, one-of-a-kind casks in a family-friendly environment with live music featuring local bluegrass/Americana/folk music. Fresh local foods and goods from artisan vendors will be available for purchase. All proceeds from the festival will directly support the Brewers Association of Maryland and promote the local beer industry.

Date and Time: The second Saturday in May from 12 to 5 p.m.

Location: Carroll Creek Park, 44 E Patrick St., Downtown Frederick, Maryland

Transportation: Select breweries will provide shuttle service to and from the event via the BAMbus. Buses depart from the hosting breweries in the morning and will return to them in the evening. Tickets for the BAMbus were $80 in 2019 and included VIP access to the festival.

Parking: If you're driving yourself, metered street parking is available, as well as the following parking garages:

  • Carroll Creek Garage - 44 E. Patrick St.
  • Church St Garage - 17 E. Church St.
  • Court St. Garage - 2 S. Court St
  • E. All Saints St. Garage - 125 E. All Saints St.
  • W. Patrick St. Garage - 138 W. Patrick St.

You can also park in one of the following lots:

  • Everyday Square Parking (free parking for patrons) - 8 N. East St.
  • Shab Row Parking (free parking for patrons) - 130 N. East St.
  • North Market Street Public Parking Lot - 331 N. Market St.

Admission: Tickets are not sold at the gate. In 2019, General Admission was $40 and included 1:30 p.m. access to the event along with a souvenir tasting glass. VIP tickets were $65 and included 12 p.m. entry to the festival, a Brewers Association of Maryland VIP souvenir glass, and early access to small-batch and limited-release beers. Designated drivers/non-drinkers tickets were $15. Kids under 12 get in free.

Participating Breweries

1623 Brewing Co., 1812 Brewery, 7 Locks Brewing, Astro Lab Brewing, Attaboy Beer, Backshore Brewing Company, Backshore Brewing Company, Barley & Hops Grill & Microbrewery, Black Flag Brewing Company, Brewer’s Alley Restaurant & Brewery, The Brookeville Beer Farm, Brewery Fire, Carroll County, Bull & Goat Brewery, Calvert Brewing Company, Charm City Meadworks, Checkerspot Brewing, Crooked Crab Brewing Company, Cushwa Brewing Company, Denizens Brewing Company, Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Elder Pine Brewing and Blending, Evolution Craft Brewing, Flying Dog Brewery, Franklins Restaurant, Brewery, & General Store, Full Tilt Brewing Co., Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, Heavy Seas Beer, Homaide, Hysteria Brewing Company, Idiom Brewing Co., Independent Brewing Company, Jailbreak Brewing Company, Key Brewing Company, Manor Hill Brewing, Midnight Run Brewing, Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm, Mobtown Brewing Company Brewing, Monocacy Brewing Company, Monument City Brewing, Mully’s Brewery, Nepenthe Brewing Co., Olde Mother Brewing Co., Oliver Brewing Co., Peabody Heights Brewery, Prospect Point Brewing, RAR Brewing, Red Shedman, Ruhlman Brewery, Rockwell Brewery, Sapwood Cellars, Smoketown Brewing Station, Steinhardt Brewing, Streetcar 82 Brewing Co., True Respite Brewing Company, Union Craft Brewing, Waredaca Brewing Company


The Brewers Association of Maryland (BAM) is the non-profit trade association of Maryland breweries, brewpubs and farm breweries, founded in 1996. The mission of BAM is to promote and protect Maryland craft beer. For more information, visit

See a guide to Annual Beer Festivals in the Washington DC Area

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