• You won't want to miss •

Unlimited samples from 21 craft breweries, free food and live music!


Your all access festival pass

Regular Pass

$55 from 12pm to 4pm

VIP Pass

$65 from 11am to 4pm

Bus Pass

$25 to and from DuClaw Arundel Mills


Know the when and where to go


11am to 4pm


16-A Bel Air S Parkway
Bel Air, MD 21015

Take the Bus

TO AND FROM DuClaw Arundel Mills
• Standard Tickets leave at 11am
• VIP Tickets leave at 10am


You've got questions, we've got answers

  • Why are the tasting cups plastic?

    Safety first! We know that tasting real ale out of anything other than glass is sacrilege, but plastic doesn't shatter and end up embedded in your foot when you drop it.

  • How can breweries run out of beer?

    Each brewery is only bringing two casks of beer, when they're gone, they're gone.

  • Can I leave the event and re-enter after doing so?

    Yes. We will be tagging fest-goers with RF ear-tags when you enter the event so that we can keep track of you. OR there will be a stamp or wristband of some kind.

  • Can I bring my pet?

    Sorry, humans only UNLESS your dog is “on the job”: Service animals are permitted.

  • Will the festival be cancelled if it rains?

    Bring your slicker, your umbrella and your rubbers, err, galoshes cause rain or shine, the fest must go on.

  • Can I leave my car overnight?

    At your own discretion. DuClaw Brewing Company will not be responsible for lost or damaged vehicles. We encourage attendees, when possible, to carpool, use our bus service (see below) or take public transit.

  • What is the bus schedule?

    VIP tickets (11AM to 4PM) gets you round trip bus service to and from the event from our restaurant at Arundel Mills Mall at 10AM.

    Regular tickets (NOON to 4PM) festival tickets will depart from Arundel Mills at PRECISELY 11AM.

    Please be at the bus pick-up location 15 minutes before departure as we're taking this PRECISELY thing very seriously. Have you seen the movie Open Water? That's what happens when you miss your scheduled departure time. Okay, you won't get eaten by sharks, but you will miss out on all of the fun. All buses depart Bel Air for the return trips shortly after the conclusion of the festival.

  • Can I volunteer at the Real Ale Fest?

    No. Because of liability issues only professional brewers and DuClaw Brewing Company staff may work the event.

  • Can I get paid to work at the Real Ale Fest?

    If we won't let volunteers work for free, what chance do you think you have of getting paid to do it? Buy a ticket and start drinking already.

  • How can I be a participating brewery next year?

    Glad you asked! Contact us at realalefest@duclaw.com and tell us that you would like a vendor packet for next year's festival.

  • What is a “Firkin”?

    A firkin is actually the name of an eleven-gallon keg that holds cask-conditioned ale (real ale).

  • What is “Real Ale”?

    “Real Ale” is served unfiltered, whereas the yeast in conventionally served ale has been filtered out to give it a “clear” appearance. Real ale is served at “cellar” temperature (50-55°F), unlike conventional ale, which is served cooler. Finally, real ale is lightly carbonated so it almost appears "flat" compared to conventional ale.

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