Step aboard the historic Battleship New Jersey, and let me take you on a journey back to the classic rock era as we recap the unforgettable “WMGK Brew Blast on the Battleship” that took place on Saturday, September 9, 2023. This iconic event, hosted by the beloved classic rock radio station 102.9 WMGK, promised an afternoon of music, camaraderie, and an impressive array of craft beers on the picturesque Delaware River.
Before diving into the details of the event, it’s essential to acknowledge the remarkable setting—the Battleship New Jersey. This legendary vessel, known as “America’s most decorated battleship,” has a storied history dating back to World War II. Now a floating museum, the Battleship New Jersey offers a unique backdrop with panoramic views of the Delaware River and the Philadelphia skyline.
With over 50 beers on tap, the WMGK Brew Blast was a craft beer lover’s paradise. Attendees had the opportunity to savor a wide range of brews, from classic favorites like Yuengling and Sierra Nevada to local gems like Evil Genius and Urban Village. Even Jersey Shore’s beloved MudHen made an appearance, bringing a taste of the shore to the ship deck.
What made this event even more exciting was the expansion of offerings by some breweries. Spirits and hard seltzers joined the party, adding a spirited twist to the classic beer lineup. With such a diverse selection, there was something to please every palate.
The soundtrack for the day was provided by 102.9 MGK’s house band, Incognito. These talented musicians had the honor of winning the WMGK House Band Competition in 2022, earning them a coveted spot at events like the Brew Blast. Their classic rock tunes filled the air, setting the perfect mood for the occasion.
Radio hosts Steve Vassalotti and Andre Gardner, representing WMGK, engaged with listeners and shared their passion for classic rock. It was a unique opportunity for attendees to connect with the voices they’ve been tuning in to for years. As attendees savored their brews and enjoyed the music, there was also delicious food available for purchase, ensuring that no one went hungry during this celebration of beer and rock ‘n’ roll.
Getting to the Battleship New Jersey was a breeze, thanks to convenient transportation options provided by Riverlink Ferry, Riverline Light Rail Train, and PATCO. These options ensured that all attendees could arrive and depart safely. A little impending hurricane somewhat made the last hour a wet one, but it couldn’t dampen the spirits of Brew Blast enthusiasts, as the event was rain or shine. The dedication of both the organizers and the attendees made sure that the celebration concluded safely.
The WMGK Brew Blast on the Battleship was a fantastic fusion of classic rock, craft beer, and history. It brought together beer enthusiasts, music lovers, and radio fans in a unique setting that celebrated both the rich traditions of classic rock and the innovative spirit of craft brewing. It’s an event that left a lasting impression, and we look forward to future Brew Blasts aboard this iconic battleship.
Cheers to another successful year!
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