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Beer on the Bay Sees Growth in 7th Year

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With more than 40 food and drink vendors, Beer on the Bay is bigger than ever. It’s a happy, or perhaps, “hoppy” experience for the Erie Regional Chamber Partnership.

"We have more home brewers this year as well, we have many more vendors and many more in the VIP participating as well for the specialty food/specialty beer tasting,” said Barbara Chaffee, president and CEO of the Partnership.

Thirty-eight breweries from all over the United States filled up thousands of cups Saturday for the 7th annual event, which allows brewers to offer their finest on tap.

"This is a great opportunity for not only Erie Brewing, but other breweries who attend the fest as well to showcase new and upcoming things they have out," said Jennifer Lowther, Northeast regional sales manager for Erie Brewing Company.

Taste-testers sampled beer throughout two sessions, with some going to the extra mile to keep their beer cold in a super-size iced beer mug.

"It's a great novelty,” said Tony Noble, of Erie. “It keeps your beer cold and you can drink out of it and it's a unique item that I've never seen anywhere else."

With more than 30 microbreweries showing off their blends at this year’s Beer on the Bay, it allows patrons to find their favorite one of a kind drink.

"It's so awesome, craft beer, because there's something for everyone,” Lowther said. “Even if you're not a beer drinker, there are different styles that will appeal to you and draw you in.”

Chaffee says the economic impact from Beer on the Bay is also appealing to the partnership.

"This year particularly, we've seen a drastic increase in out-of-towns, so the campgrounds are getting business, the hotels and motels are getting business, and the local restaurants also,” Chaffee said.

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