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Welcome to 100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Blog! 

July 18, 2014

This is the good life.  At last, we’re livin’ and lovin’ summertime, warm weather and the many adventures this time of the year brings.  And after the insane winter we all experienced, sometimes it almost feels like we’re owed a couple bonuses for simply getting through all that snow and ice! 

Well I have some great news: a bonus is coming in just eight days!  Next Saturday, July 26th, the first Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival is taking place at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds and for a first year event, this is gonna rock---in more ways than one!  As the name implies, the Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival is a celebration of great brews and great music! 

The music happens all day long and is from several tribute bands.  You’ll hear songs from U2, Journey, John Cougar Mellencamp, Jimi Hendrix and Dave Matthews.  And the brews--- almost all craft beers---are from as far away as Hawaii and as close as… right here! 

There will be over 60 different craft beers, including amazing brews from these Maryland breweries (alphabetical): Duclaw, Eastern Shore, Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, Jailbreak, Tall Tales and Union!  And here’s another bonus to the Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival: almost every one of these Maryland brewers are bringing firkins! 

If you’ve never had an ale pulled from a firkin, this is your chance!  Yes, it’s pulled; a hand-pump is used to draw the beer into your glass.  Firkins are smaller kegs---about a quarter barrel of beer---and are filled with cask conditioned ale.  This means that fermentation takes place in the firkin and the beer actually matures while in this small keg.  There’s a different quality to cask conditioned ales and the Brewsic Festival will give you the chance to see why firkins offer such a special craft beer experience.

So plan on joining a bunch of great people next Saturday the 26th at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds for the Mid-Atlantic Brewsic Festival… and cash in on those well-earned bonuses!

 Until next week…

 Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

July 11, 2014

Before my family moved to Baltimore we lived on the Eastern Shore, in Berlin, which is just a few minutes from Ocean City.  The actual town of Berlin was just named “Coolest Small Town in America” by Budget Travel magazine and it certainly is just that: it’s a very cool place.

The town offers some small art galleries, several interesting shops, a number of very good restaurants and a historic downtown with beautiful brick architecture everywhere.  And there’s something else that’s very cool about Berlin.  It’s the home to Burley Oak Brewing Company, founded in 2011 by Delmarva resident Bryan Brushmiller.  The brewery features a comfortable, inviting taproom where you can stop in, grab a stool at the long, wooden bar and enjoy some of the freshest beer you’ll ever have.  Bryan has a deep commitment to creating outstanding brews and---here’s what’s very different and very cool---using locally grown ingredients at every opportunity.  You can find Burley Oak products at a bunch of bars and restaurants on the Eastern Shore and in a few select package stores where 750ml bottles are sold.

I’ve not had one Burley Oak brew that I didn’t like, but if there’s one I always think about when I think of Burley Oak, it’s Rude Boy Red Ale.  It was one of their first brews and it was the very first Burley Oak beer I ever had.  I remember the day well.  The brewery had just opened, I was sitting in the tasting room in Berlin with a group of great friends, talking, laughing and celebrating life. 

So grab a Rude Boy Red Ale and talk and laugh and… celebrate! 

Until next week…

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

 July 4, 2014

OK. So you like beer. And maybe even you love beer! How many times have you walked into a store to buy beer, looked at the selection and thought, “I’d love to try a bunch of these.” 

Well, there’s a way that you can! Grab some friends and attend a craft beer festival!
 
Craft beer festivals come in many different formats, but all celebrate the art of brewing amazing beer. Some are almost exclusively craft beer focused, others feature music, art, crafts... or all of the above. And all feature food. And that’s important. As with any pairing of food and drink, the food adds unique qualities to the taste of the beer and the beer adds the something special to the taste of the food.
 
There are a ton of craft beer festivals right here in Maryland, from small to large. Beginning this week, we will be listing festivals and celebrations on the Events tab of our Craft Beer page at thebayonline.com.
 
Here are three taking place in September. With a busy summer ahead of you, knowing about these gives you plenty of time to arrange your schedule so you can attend them all!
  • The 47th Annual Maryland Seafood Festival, Saturday & Sunday, September 6th & 7th at Sandy Point Park State Park, near the Bay Bridge. 
  •  The 3rd Annual Annapolis Craft Beer and Music Festival, Saturday September 13th at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. 
  • The 9th Annual Maryland Microbrewery Festival, Saturday September 27th at the Union Mills Homestead, Westminster.
You’ll love everything about a craft beer festival: the atmosphere, the people... and, of course, the beer.
 
Until next week...
 
Cheers!
 
Jefferson
100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy
 
 
June 27, 2014
 
There’s nothing like summer! And there’s nothing like enjoying a cold beer on a hot summer day.
 
But which beer? So many to choose from and so little time. Do you want an ale? Or a lager? Ales and lagers are names for two different categories of beer. 
 
Ales use yeast that ferments at the top of the fermentation tank and typically ferments at warmer temperatures. Ales produce a range of distinct flavors, from sweet to bitter. They are often amber in color, but can also be golden or dark brown. And all ales produce a variety of wonderful aromas. 
 
Lagers feature bottom fermenting yeast and are usually golden in color, but with darker malts can be various shades of brown. Lagers are what many people think of when they hear the word “beer”. But as you either already knew, or now understand, beer is a word that simply describes the delicious liquid that we all love!
 
So... here’s an ale to savor this weekend: Jackspot Amber Ale from Fin City Brewing. And here’s a lager to enjoy: Small Craft Warning, from Heavy Seas.
 
Until next week...
 
Cheers!

Jefferson
100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

 

June 20, 2014

Summertime is here and the livin’ is easy. And the beer is ice cold!

One of the many truly wonderful aspects of the growth of the craft beer industry is the never ending introduction of new products. So with summer here, there are, again, a bunch of great new brews and the welcome return of some seasonal beers.

If you’re new to the craft beer journey, seasonal beers are an exciting and special part of the experience. As each of the four seasons approaches, special brews are released, whether for the first time or returning for another season of savoring.

For example, Flying Dog Brewery recently released Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale. It’s an ale that is literally brewed with Old Bay. The first taste is intriguing and lets you know that Old Bay is definitely in there! But as you work through your first Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale, the ale just feels like, and tastes like, summer.

If you’d like to try a great double IPA, head to the Pratt Street Ale House and order a Big D. Double IPAs, or imperial IPAs, are just a variation on the India Pale Ale style. Big D, on draught now at Pratt Street Ale House, is a fantastic double IPA.

And there are so many more. So go shopping, go searching... start the journey. It’s a great adventure.

Until next week...

Cheers!

Jefferson
100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

 

June 13, 2014

Another week and more beer.  Life is good.

This week I had the chance to visit with the guys from the Baltimore-Washington Beer Works who brew The Raven Special Lager and more.  I stopped by the brewery yesterday (Thursday) and enjoyed one of their excellent brews and heard, first hand, a brief history of how The Raven came to be.  More about that particular excellent brew in a minute.

When brewery founder Stephen Demczuk brewed his first Raven Special Lager, he was in Germany running Europe’s first beer-of-the-month club.  Not too long afterwards, Stephen came back to Baltimore and began brewing here.  Although The Raven beer started it all, the brewery has expanded on the Edgar Allen Poe theme and now makes Tell Tale Heart IPA, Pendulum Pilsner and The Cask (a double bock)… with Annabel Lee White (a Belgian wit beer) coming soon.  The company is booming and the interest in their beers is so high that it’s hard to keep up with the demand! 

 Of the four beers in the Edgar Allen Poe series, I’ve had three of them and I can recommend them all.  But, I did promise I’d tell you about the one we all enjoyed yesterday as we talked, surrounded by beer, filtration systems and brew kettles.  It was the Tell Tale Heart IPA and it is… awesome!  So try it this weekend… if you can find it!  If not, grab a Pendulum Pilsner or a Raven Special Lager.  It’ll be a nice weekend with one of those nearby.

Until next week…

 Cheers!

 Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

 

June 6, 2014

If you love great beer, than you feel the same way I do: I’m glad I live in Baltimore.  There are a lot of great craft breweries right here… and as a result we’re able to enjoy their beers and ales from bottle and draught on a regular basis.

 And one of the best is Heavy Seas.  Founder Hugh Sisson is about as passionate as anyone about great beer.  The company started as Clipper City Brewing Company in 1995.  As the brewery grew, new beers were brewed and new styles were developed including many in the Heavy Seas line-up.   The Heavy Seas beers, ales and stouts popularity took off and Heavy Seas quickly became the new identity for Clipper City. 

 Heavy Seas is, literally, an award winning brewery with medals from the prestigious Great American Beer Festival, the World Beer Cup… and more.  I can honestly recommend all of their products simply because I can’t think of one I haven’t had. 

 If you’ve never had a Heavy Seas beer, let me give you one to start with.  It’s Heavy Seas Loose Cannon.  It’s their flagship beer and is an American IPA.  IPA stands for India Pale Ale and there’s a great history to the IPA style---but that’s for another time. 

 So try a Loose Cannon from Heavy Seas.  You will be amazed!  And if you’ve had it, you know exactly what I’m talking about!

 Until next week…

 Cheers!

 Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

 

May 30, 2014

Ahhhh craft beer.  Wonderful, interesting… delicious craft beer.  Whether it’s beer, ale, stout, or any one of the---now---thousands of variations on each traditional style, craft beer is something to enjoy, savor and… celebrate!

And that’s just what this page is designed to do: to celebrate craft beer.

Over the last 35 years, craft beer has gone from an industry with only a handful of breweries to a booming segment of the beer industry with craft brewers in every state and thousands of different bottled and draught products.

So here we are, coming off another incredible year of growth in the craft beer industry in 2013.  We can now buy incredible brews at so many places, quench our thirst in so many restaurants, and find cold ones sitting in the refrigerator at the homes of friends and family.

And we all enjoy the ease of finding information about craft beer in many places by simply browsing the web. 

We invite you to bookmark thebayonline.com and visit The Bay’s Craft Beer Page each week for our part of our shared journey through the world of craft beer!  We’ll post a weekly blog, feature posts from friends in the craft beer industry and have convenient links and information for local craft breweries, focusing on Maryland and our neighbors in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. 

In this first week, I’ve only listed Maryland craft breweries from whom I’ve had at least one of their brews.  But this will expand.  I simply wanted to start off by acknowledging some excellent breweries that through my own personal interest or lucky circumstance, I’ve had the chance to enjoy a craft beer from their brew kettles.  We’ll add others each week.

Until next week…

 Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

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