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Need a few more sips of summertime? DSI’s Summer Sip is next week


SALISBURY — The Salisbury Summer Sip Crawl and Festival have always been two halves of a whole.

The crawl happens on Friday night, and the festival is the next day.

But Katelin Rice, the promotions coordinator for Downtown Salisbury Inc., said that this year, organizers wanted to put space between the events to give people a better chance of attending both.

“We’re saying, ‘Two months, two great events.’ It’s going to give everybody sort of the opportunity to attend both if they want to,” Rice said. “Because I know personally, for me, I have a hard time dedicating all day Saturday, a whole Friday night. … So that’s sort of the thought process behind it.”

The Summer Sip Crawl is a week from today, Aug. 4, and will involve more than 30 local businesses. Hours are 5 to 9 p.m.

Rice said that when people go to pick up their tickets for the crawl, they will get a map, tasting mug and wristband. From there, they will be able to get beer samples from 20 of the participating businesses.

“When you go into a store, everybody will already have their wristband and their cup and their map,” Rice said. “(The maps) have little beer cups, like icons, around the perimeter. And there’s 20 spaces, so each business owner, when they give you a sample, they’re going to punch your map. So once you fill up your 20 punches, then you can’t sample anymore.”

People of all ages will be allowed in each of the participating businesses, but only those with wristbands will be able to sample beer.

Although participants cannot sample beer at every location, Rice said they should still try to visit each of the shops.

“We do encourage them to visit all of the locations of the different businesses because this is Downtown Salisbury’s way of exposing the community to all of the awesome businesses that we have,” Rice said. “It sort of gives them a reason to go into these shops that maybe they wouldn’t go into. So we hope that they’ll find a new favorite from this event.”

Participants can purchase tickets at DSI’s website — downtownsalisburync.com. Tickets are $25 plus taxes and fees.

Participants can then print their tickets or pick their tickets up at will call on the day of the event. Will call opens at 4 p.m. on Aug. 4.

The trolley will be running from 5 to 9 p.m. to help participants get to businesses that might be farther away. It will be free to ride, and a list of trolley stops will be released in the next week.

The second part of the celebration, the Salisbury Sip Festival, will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 9.

Tickets are $40, plus taxes and fees, and will include unlimited beer samples, live music and access to food vendors.

Rice said organizers are still looking for volunteers for the festival. Volunteers can choose between two shifts — 3 to 5 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. — and will receive a free T-shirt and a ticket for a friend, as well as benefits that depend on what shift volunteers choose.

Those who work the 3-5 p.m. shift will get free access to the festival afterward.

Those who work the 5-7 p.m. shift will get a New Sarum care package and will be able to access the festival beforehand.

Volunteers cannot drink before or during their shifts.

For more information about both of the DSI’s craft beer celebrations coming up, visit the organization’s website, www.downtownsalisburync.com.

Contact reporter Jessica Coates at 704-797-4222.





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