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Ales for Sails

 Thank you to everyone who attended our 6th Annual Ales for Sails!

It was another sell out crowd, 600 attendees, last Friday night.  We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of community support.  Thank you to our sponsors; Wegmans, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Maloney, Reed & Scarpitti, Highmark, Vartech Metal Specialist, Michael Machuga, William Hartleb, Joseph Phillips and Jim McBrier.

Congrats to The Brewerie at Union Station for winning the People’s Choice Award for 2018

Thank you to all the local brewers, Cali’s West, Millennium Sound, Video Veritas,  who made the evening very special.  We are grateful for our amazing team of volunteers including  planning committee members, Bren and Kathy Lindell, Carol and Mike Hirsch, Kathy, Lew, and Andy Boucher, Emily Perrotta, Doug and Cindy Boucher, Mike and Meg Eisert, Scott Hitz, Travis Burch, Debbie Heitzenrater, and Rich and Amy Eisenberg. Thanks to Anna Lindell for the gorgeous posters and t-shirts and to our Gannon University volunteers who all did a great job!

Also, a big thank you goes out to all the local businesses who donated merchandise for our Gift Basket Raffle.

*Growlers, free fills and merchandise from all 10 Breweries
*Erie Apparel
* Perf A Lawn
*Ambridge Rose Spa and Salon
*Brasserie Dearie
*Post Net
*Monacella Massage and Kinesiology
*Mary Kaye Cosmetics
*Flip Cafe
*U Frame It
*Evan Everhart Metal Art
*2 tickets to 2019 Ales for Sails
*Schooner Porcupine Merchandise
*Another Round Sailing-Sailing Charter
*Handcrafted Beer Flight Paddles with stained glass handles by Melany Myers
*$50 Scratch Lottery Tickets
*Glass Growers Gallery
*Bloody Mary Basket
*Baby themed gift basket
*Chocolate and Wine Basket
*Kahula/Coffee and assorted snacks basket
*”Book Club” themed basket
*Wine Basket

The Photo Booth was a big hit.  To see the photos that we posted please visit our Facebook Page.  


Thanks again, everyone for continuing to help make Ales for Sails an amazing event.  See you all next year!!



Friday, February 9, 2018, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm is the date for our 6th annual fundraiser, Ales for Sails. Enjoy local craft brew from 10 breweries, sample delicious appetizers, enter to win a gift basket, dance to the live DJ music, play in the photo booth, check out the unique bayfront boatshop venue and more – all while supporting a great cause!

As always, tickets will be $40 each and available pre-sale only. Tickets can be purchased on-line during the first week in December 2017 – and they always sell out. . .  Each ticket comes with one vote to select your favorite brewery for the coveted People’s Choice Award.

Who will receive the Ales for Sails People’s Choice Award for 2018? Choose one of ten entries including: Erie Ale Works, Erie Brewing, Lavery Brewing, Blue Canoe, Timber Creek, 5 & 20 Spirits and Brewing, The Brewerie, Millcreek Brewing Company, Voodoo, and Arundel Cellars & Brewing Company.

Must be 21 to attend.

Ales for Sails T-Shirt 2018. You may order your shirt on-line when you purchase your tickets and we will have it ready for pick-up at the event.  If you have already purchased your tickets and want to reserve a shirt click here.

Brewers_ales_Winter 2017CHEERS to 5 YEARS!

Thank you to EVERYONE who made BMC’s 2017 winter fundraiser a huge success! The event SOLD OUT for the fifth year in a row. We raised $20,000 to help support hands-on maritime programs at BMC.  A special thank you goes out to our Ales for Sails committee: Kathy and Bren Lindell, Doug Boucher, Kathy and Lew Boucher, Carol Hirsch, Mike Eisert, Debbie Heitzenrater, Dennis Williams, Rich and Amy Eisenberg, Amanda Loose Nagle and Emily Perrotta. Great job everyone!

Cheers to Five Years!!!  Our Ales for Sails event featured the 1812 Gunboat Schooner Porcupine on display center stage in the BMC boatshop, local craft brews, delicious food provided by Stephany’s Catering, a live DJ by Millennium Sound, Photo Booth by Video Veritas, Maritime Training Simulator Demonstrations by Gene Polaski and more! We were excited to welcome local breweries Voodoo, Lavery Brewing, Blue Canoe, Erie Brewing, Erie Ale Works, Timber Creek, Five &20 Spirits and Brewing, The BrewErie and Millcreek Brewing.

Winner of the People’s Choice Award for 2017 – Erie Ale Works!Ales Brewery winner_Winter 2017  Congratulations!!

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The Bayfront Maritime Center is a 501(c)3 Community Based Organization.

For more information, contact Rich Eisenberg  or call (814) 456-4077.