It’s an amazing beer week in Atlantic City. Choose wisely my friends. One of the best beer events of the year returns to Atlantic City as Golden Nugget Atlantic City’s 2013 Beer Festival offers brews and waterfront views all weekend.
It all kicks off Friday, Sept. 27, with a preview to the Saturday night main event with a Craft Beer Tasting in the Bayview Room on The Deck. Beer lovers can try some of the best beers on the planet, including a bunch of great seasonal beers, while overlooking the bay at Frank S. Farley Marina and the Atlantic City skyline.
Admission is free since you can just pay for what you drink, plus the great Nugget culinary team will also offer some fabulous pairings. There will be live music, too.
Also on Friday night, Vic & Anthony’s steakhouse will host a 7 p.m. beer dinner featuring a four-course meal highlighting the beers of Brewery Ommegang, a Cooperstown, N.Y., brewery that is one of the best craft beer makers in the country.
Executive Chef Norman Reola and his staff will certainly impress diners with each course that will be paired with an Ommegang beer. Tickets are $70 and can be purchased by calling 609-441-8355.
If sushi is your thing, Lillie’s Noodles, Asian Cuisine and Sushi will host sushi and beer pairings on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27 and 28, during its normal operating hours. Just order the sampler of five sushi rolls paired with five seasonal brews at your leisure.
But the main reason to hit the Nugget is the Craft Beer Tasting 8 p.m. Saturday inside the Grand Ballroom. My favorite beer event of the year allows guests to sample about 100 seasonal craft beer selections from 32 breweries across the United States. Admission also includes fabulous food from the Nugget culinary team — all for just $49.
For an extra 10 bucks, enter the tasting an hour early — 7 p.m. — to enjoy smaller lines plus one-on-one time with the brewmasters. Some of the breweries participating include Goose Island, Starr Hill, Ommegang, North Coast, Anderson Valley, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher, Smuttynose, Slyfox, River Horse, Troegs, Brooklyn and many more.
In addition to Golden Nugget Atlantic City’s beer weekend, there are other events definitely worth checking out.
It all starts 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, when Dogfish Head, one of the best beer makers in the country, invades Village Whiskey inside Revel Casino Hotel for an Ancient Ales Dinner.
Step back in time with the renowned craft brewery’s series of Ancient Ales paired with Iron Chef Jose Garces’ amazing menu that includes a selection of East Coast oysters with pickled champagne grapes; cauliflower cheddar soup with apple butter and torn rye croutons; Luna Farms Greens salad with poached pears, toasted hazelnut, whipped goat cheese and cherry vinaigrette; beer-brined pork rib chop with smoked cippolini, Rogue smoky blue cheese and Juniper pork jus; and orange spice cake with honey Canela ice cream, cranberry jam and caramelized gala apples. All-inclusive tickets are $75, and everyone receives custom glassware. Call 609-225-9880.
Finally, beer enthusiasts can also head to Resorts Casino Hotel on Saturday, Sept. 28, for the casino’s first Craft Beerfest.
Featuring more than 90 different craft beers from around the country, the beer festival will include brews from Flying Fish, Yard’s, Flying Dog, Brooklyn, Harpoon, Arcadia, Terrapin, Stone and more. The event runs from 2 to 6 p.m. and is priced at just $25, which includes live music. Classic beer food favorites will also be available for purchase. Tickets are available at the door or go to WebTix.net.
Former Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil showed he certainly has a lot more to offer than football when his wines were featured during a fabulous dinner at Robert’s Steakhouse inside Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort. Executive Chef Will Savarese and his staff scored big with diners thanks to a special menu that featured pork in every dish paired with wine from Vermeil’s Napa Valley-based vineyard. Hats off to General Manager Salvatore Spena and his staff for completing the experience.
A celebrity in the gambling world — Don Johnson — hosted a “Double Down with Don Johnson Charity Blackjack Tournament” at Haven nightclub inside Golden Nugget Atlantic City recently. Representatives of nightlife venues from the area and Philadelphia came together to compete against legendary blackjack player Johnson to win $5,000 for the charity of their choice. The winning team from Soundgarden Hall, led by Shane Hort, received a $5,000 check from the Nugget for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. Other A.C. clubs that participated included Dusk, Bally’s Beach Bar, The Pool at Harrah’s Resort, Revel’s HQ Beachclub and Nightclub, Providence and Anthem.
Four former New York Jets will be inside Ego Bar and Lounge at Trump Taj Mahal on Sunday, Sept. 29, as the bar televises the Jets vs. Titans game from Tennessee. Freeman McNeil, Fred Baxter, Bobby Jackson and Randy Beverly will appear 3 to 5 p.m. and pose for pictures and sign autographs with fans free of charge.
The New York Jets Flight Crew Cheerleaders will also be on hand to pose for photos and will also give away T-shirts, hats, jerseys and more. Kickoff is at 4 p.m., and admission is free.
Metallica, Dorothy come to IMAX
The IMAX at the Tropicana Casino and Resort will host its first ever concert-based film — “Metallica: Through the Never” — in 3D for a limited, one-week run from Friday, Sept. 27, through Oct. 3.
The R-rated, 90-minute flick features the Beatles of the heavy metal scene offering a “never-before-seen live performance by Metallica created for the film plus an suspenseful narrative to produce a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience.”
The movie is actually a movie inside a movie as Dane Dehaan portrays a young roadie sent on a mission that turns into a surreal adventure as Metallica performs some of its most iconic songs for a sold-out arena. The filmmakers claim “Through the Never” features the “most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and was filmed with state-of-the-art 3D photography captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously.” Showtimes are 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 p.m. daily with a 10 p.m. pre-screening event Thursday, Sept. 26. Tickets are $15.
Also in IMAX, if you’re a fan of the classic film, “The Wizard of Oz,” head off to see The Wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, in IMAX at the Tropicana through Thursday, Oct. 3.
The timeless classic is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a re-release that is offered for the first time in IMAX 3D.
“The Wizard of Oz” opened at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 15, 1939. Directed by Victor Fleming, who also directed “Gone with the Wind” that same year, the film features amazing performances by a then-16-year-old Judy Garland. The film went on to win two Oscars and was nominated for Best Picture. Tickets are $14, and showtimes are noon, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. through Sept. 26, and noon only Sept. 27 to Oct. 3. Go to Tropicana.net.