Year after year, the Good Time Tricycle Productions team has been dedicated to making the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival one of the premier beer festivals in the country. Scheduled for March 29-30, 2019, the festival promised an unforgettable experience with an impressive lineup of musical acts including The Used, SOJA, and The Wonder Years headlining the stage.

This festival is more than just a spectacle; it’s a paradise for beer enthusiasts. Boasting nearly 600 beers from 150 breweries, attendees had the opportunity to sample a diverse selection of local, national, and global brands. The festival also featured some of the most interesting beer festival vendors and a variety of delicious food options, ensuring that there was something for everyone.

With so much to see and taste, experiencing the festival in just one session is nearly impossible. To truly savor all that the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival has to offer, it’s highly recommended to make a weekend of it and attend multiple sessions. Each session also featured a different headlining musician, providing a fresh musical experience with each visit.

Choosing from the plethora of great beers at the festival was undoubtedly a challenge. However, it’s all part of the fun. One attendee shared their experience, starting with a beer from a local brewery. They admitted it might have been a bit unfair, as they had the opportunity to visit the brewery the week before and have a more intimate sit-down with the beer, adding an extra layer of appreciation to their tasting experience.

Victory Brewing Company

Cloud Walker

With this newer release from Victory Brewing Company, they have finally entered the business of Hazy IPAs, pretty much my go-to beer style. Pours a hazy, dark straw color with moderate, creamy, white foam with some minimal retention over time. Mellow fruit and citrus aromas, including pineapple rind and malt. Medium-bodied, light carbonation, with a wonderfully smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Citrus hop flavors, with oranges, tangerines, and pineapples dancing on the tongue. Mild bitterness and a boozy bite followed by the malt and sweet fruit. Probably my favorite beer to come out of Victory, ever.

Double Nickel Brewing Company

The Big Looper

Vinyl Brewing Company

Glitch in the Matrix

Winner of the best Sour at the festival, I just had to try. Conditioned on blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, this is one hell of a sour beer. The raspberries and blackberries are definitely in control here, with blueberries along for the ride. Take the red pill, try this beer yourself.


Every AC Beer & Music Festival, a panel of judges decides on the BEST beers available from every brewer. This years winners are as follows:


1st Place:  Genesee Bock Beer
2nd Place:  Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers House Lager
3rd Place:  Bucket Brigade Crowbar Cream Ale

New England IPA

1st Place:  Three 3’s Back To Reality
2nd Place:  Beach Haus We Were Made For Peach Other
3rd Place:  Nickel Brook Wicked Awesome

American Pale Ale

1st Place:  Beach Haus Free World Pale Ale
2nd Place:  Half Acre Smoking Gull
3rd Place:  Wild Onion Crazy Fingers


1st Place:  Rusty Rail Fool’s Gold
2nd Place:  Jughandle Hefeweizen
3rd Place:  Garden State Beer Company Blue Jersey


1st Place:  Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
2nd Place:  Mud Hen Captain Doug’s Porter
3rd Place:  Cross Keys Peepin’ Porter

West Coast IPA

1st Place:  Melvin Brewing Melvin IPA
2nd Place:  Slack Tide Angry Osprey IPA
3rd Place:  Wild Onion Misfit IPA


1st Place:  Allagash Tripel
2nd Place:  Springdale Beer Pearly Wit
3rd Place:  Jersey Girl King Gambrinus

Fruit Beer

1st Place:  Hokkaido Brewery White Peach Ale
2nd Place:  Left Hand Brewing Flaming Dreams Nitro
3rd Place:  Big Muddy Blueberry Blonde Ale

Malt-Forward Ale

1st Place:  Devil’s Creek Caramel Apple
2nd Place:  Death Of The Fox Reynard’s Last Chase
3rd Place:  Bucket Brigade Axe Head Amber Ale

Double+ IPA

1st Place:  Half Acre Navaja
2nd Place:  Tonewood Improv
3rd Place:  Melvin Brewing 2×4


1st Place:  Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner
2nd Place:  Ship Bottom Czech Pilsner
3rd Place:  Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers Post Shift Pilsner


1st Place:  ACE Pineapple Hard Cider
2nd Place:  Angry Orchard Rosé
3rd Place:  Angry Orchard Crisp Apple


1st Place:  Jughandle Break Dancing With The Czars
2nd Place:  Spellbound Living The Dream?!
3rd Place:  Manafirkin Wake The Firk Up


1st Place:  Vinyl Brewing Glitch In The Matrix
2nd Place:  Manayunk Belly Flop
3rd Place:  Fort Nonsense Admiral of The Narrow Seas

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Andrij Harasewych
Editor at The Craft Beer Diaries. Devoted husband and father. Excessively geeky. Comic books, video games, and craft beer are my vices. Favorite beer style easily the IPA. Growing love for the DIPA, specifically.
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