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December 2, 2016 – Flying Fish Brewing – Part I
 
The year was 1994. I was working at a radio station in Philadelphia and already into my deep love affair with craft beer when I read about an internet-only brewery. But it didn’t make any sense to me. For beer to be made, there has to be a physical brewery… right? As it turned out, the internet-only brewery was simply a concept that Gene Muller used to launch the now extremely successful Flying Fish Brewery.
 
Gene Muller is the Founder and President of Flying Fish Brewery. I had the chance to spend some time at the Flying Fish Brewery in Somerdale, New Jersey recently, and asked Gene to tell us the story behind Flying Fish.
 
(Flying Fish’s Gene Muller talks)
 
You can see, smell and taste the true care and craft that has gone into making these award-winning beers. Flying Fish has six year-round craft beers. Here’s Gene Muller with the line-up:
 
(Flying Fish’s Gene Muller talks)

 

Now I know you’re thirsty! Time to have a Flying Fish craft beer!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

 

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

November 25, 2016 – White Marsh Brewing at Red Brick Station

 

I’ve always felt that part of the fun and adventure in life comes from dreaming your dreams and then doing everything you can to make them come true.

Well that’s just what Bill Blocher, President of White Marsh Brewing at Red Brick Station Restaurant & Brew Pub, did! Bill is someone who had a dream and, through persistence, patience and passion made it come true, in a big way.

I recently spent some time with Bill Blocher and his Head Brewer, Dave Thompson, to talk about Bill’s development of Red Brick Station Restaurant, the formation of White Marsh Brewing, and to taste some great craft beer! But before we tasted the beer, we talked about how this all happened.

(White Marsh Brewing’s Bill Blocher talks)

And I was lucky enough to enjoy a few White Marsh Brewing craft beers with Bill and Head Brewer, Dave Thompson. Dave started as a whole grain home brewer and, while still brewing at home, took a job at Red Brick Station Restaurant as a server and bus boy. Then Dave started coming in on his own time to learn about brewing beer on White Marsh Brewing’s larger 10-barrel system. When former Head Brewer, Mike McCormick, left of open Key Brewing, Dave Thompson took over the brewing operations. And Dave is making some great beer. So now it’s time to have one!

(White Marsh Brewing’s Dave Thompson talks)

Daily Crisis IPA is an excellent craft beer. And White Marsh Brewing at Red Brick Station sells crowlers, so you can take home fresh Daily Crisis IPA as you go about your Holiday shopping… or even give a White Marsh Brewing crowler as a gift! Now that’s a good idea!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

November 18, 2016 – Winter Blonde Ale from Harpoon Brewery

A few days ago, I got together with Bruce Bickford and Danny Levine from Harpoon Brewery. Harpoon is an outstanding employee owned craft brewery in Boston with a great philosophy about craft beer: “Love Beer. Love Life.”

Bruce and Danny are fired up about their newest seasonal release, UFO Winter Blonde. UFO is a line of beer from Harpoon that is unfiltered.

Here’s Harpoon’s Bruce Bickford.

(Harpoon’s Bruce Bickford talks)

The beer brings a wonderful new taste and aroma profile to the craft beer world and is, plain and simple, really good. I asked Harpoon’s Danny Levine if there was a special event for the release of UFO Winter Blonde.

(Harpoon’s Danny Levine talks)

So do what you just heard us do: grab a UFO Winter Blonde and toast the season!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

November 11, 2016 – Fall Beers in Growlers & Crowlers

The leaves are changing, the air is a little cooler, and the Christmas and Holiday Season is just around the corner. These are fantastic Fall days. We are all able to enjoy the beauty of the season, the comfortable and brisk weather, and some of our last chances to savor some delicious craft beer brewed just for this time of year.

As you stop by your favorite pub or bar, or shop in your local liquor store, make sure you take advantage of the chance to try a Fall seasonal beer or drink one of your regular Autumn-only beers. Soon they will be gone, but for just a few more weeks, you can find Octoberfests, Pumpkin Ales and Harvest Beers.

One of the great ways to enjoy one of these limited release beers---and, actually any craft beer---is to take home the draft version of the beer in a growler or a crowler. Growlers are reusable glass, aluminum or ceramic containers and have twist or snap-top lids, allowing you to take fresh, draft craft beer home. The most common growler size is 64 ounces, but there are also 32 ounce and 128 ounce sizes. Unopened, growlers can last 2-3 weeks. But once they’re opened, the beer should be consumed within 12-24 hours. And, again, growlers are designed to be reusable.

Crowlers also allow us to take home fresh, draft craft beer, but are different in how the beer is sealed. Crowlers are aluminum cans, like a large beer can, that are filled with craft beer and then sealed by a special crowler sealing machine. The beer goes directly from the tap into the can and is filled to the rim. Then the completely filled can is placed on the crowler sealer and, magically, we have a 32 ounce can of draft craft beer! And while most beer is best at its freshest, beer in a crowler can be kept for months. When you’re done with your crowler, toss it in your recycling container; crowlers are not reusable containers.

So as we enjoy this time of the year, be sure to also enjoy an Octoberfest, Pumpkin Ale or Harvest Beer in a bottle, can, draft… or from a growler or a crowler!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

November 4, 2016 – Johansson’s Brewing Company

If you’ve never been to historic downtown Westminster, it’s a nice way to spend an afternoon. The streets are lined with mature trees, there are stores and shops to visit and then there’s Johansson’s Dining House. Located on Main Street, at the corner of Main and Railroad Avenue, Johansson’s is a place for food, drink and craft beer! If you stand on Railroad Avenue, you can see the brewhouse located inside Johansson’s, less than three feet from the still active railroad tracks.

I met with Johansson’s head brewer, Jay Lampart this week and, like every brewer, his story to brewing is an adventure. Just after starting college, Jay developed an interest in the food service business, changed direction, and headed off to cooking school in Baltimore. After graduating, he began cooking, but found a real love for making pastry. And along the way, the creativity that led him to cooking and becoming a pastry chef, got him started home brewing. Then in late 2005, Jay Lampart started at Johansson’s as a part-time brewer and in early 2006, Jay became the head brewer.

I asked Jay to talk about Johansson’s craft beers.

(Jay Lampart talks)

And then, just as we finished---timing is everything!---the train went by and, yes, it really is less than three feet away!

(Train whistle)

Next Thursday from 5pm-7pm, I’ll be at Johansson’s, at the corner of Main and Railroad in downtown Westminster, broadcasting live on 100.7 The Bay. If you’re in the area, stop by and enjoy one of Johansson’s craft beers. I’ll see you then and there!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

October 28, 2016 – RaR Brewing

A couple weeks ago, my wife and I took a drive to the Eastern Shore and stopped in Cambridge to visit with Chris Brohawn who, along with business partner and long-time friend, J.T. Merryweather, own Realerevival Brewing, better known as RaR Brewing.

In 2009, Chris and J.T. got together with some friends and built a better-than-average homebrewing system, set it up in a back room at a friend’s restaurant and started brewing all grain beer, with no extracts. What started as something that was simply fun to do quickly became a big part of their lives. Here’s Chris Brohawn.

(RaR’s Chris Brohawn talks)

That was 2012. And that plan helped them receive some money from a private investor, money that helped them get a small business loan from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. UMES had set up a program for small businesses that wanted to help revitalize downtown Cambridge. They then found an old pool hall and started building the brewery in January 2013. In August that year, they opened the doors to their taproom. And, in March of 2014, they hired Randy Mills as their brewmaster and became a fully operational craft brewery in downtown Cambridge.

RaR makes some great craft beer, including their flagship beer, Nanticoke Nectar.

(RaR’s Chris Brohawn talks)

Nanticoke Nectar is an awesome IPA and something you absolutely must try. It is… delicious!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

October 21, 2016 – Baltimore Craft Beer Festival

The tremendous development of craft brewing in Maryland is both a reflection of the incredible growth in the craft beer industry as a whole and the work of the Brewers Association of Maryland, or BAM. BAM’s mission statement “is to grow, promote and protect the Maryland craft beer industry.” Beyond putting on two outstanding craft beer festivals each year, BAM also does work that only a few see, working with our state legislator so that Maryland continues to be a state that embraces craft brewing.

I talked with Kevin Atticks, the Executive Director for the Brewer’s Association of Maryland, about the growth of BAM and the sense of community among craft brewers.

(BAM’s Kevin Atticks talks)

There are now over 60 breweries that are part of BAM and more are gearing up at this very moment. You can enjoy beer from some of the best and some of the newest Maryland craft breweries tomorrow at one of BAM’s two signature events: the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival, running from 12noon-6pm tomorrow at Canton Waterfront Park, on Boston Street, just a few blocks from downtown Canton. The VIP session runs from 12noon-2pm featuring many limited release beers. Then at 2pm, it’s General Admission. There will be music, food and, of course, lots of great craft beer throughout the festival. 100.7 The Bay will be there all day with reports from different breweries so you can get thirsty on your way to the event! I’ll see you there! 

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

October 14, 2016 – Frey’s Brewing Company

Another busy week, but there’s always time for beer!  I took a drive out to Frey’s Brewing Company, a farm brewery just outside Mt. Airy, and spent some time with Adam Frey, the owner and brewmaster.  We grabbed a couple of chairs and a few beers and walked out to a serene space next to the barn.  Adam then opened up a bottle of the latest creation from Frey’s Brewing, a golden Belgian-style ale.  The beer had just been pulled out of the bright tank and was soft and smooth.

(Adam Frey talks about How Infantry Defeated Frankenstein)

And you can now buy How Infantry Defeated Frankenstein in 750ml bottles!  This is a wonderful golden Belgian-style ale. 

As we enjoyed our beers, Adam Frey talked about a new venture for Frey’s Brewing.

(Adam Frey talks about his tasting room plans)

I can’t think of a better way to spend a few hours---admiring the beauty of this world and enjoying a delicious craft beer.  Here’s to hoping that the Frey’s tasting room opens soon!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

October 7, 2016 – Baltimore Beer Week Featured Breweries 

 

Today’s the day---the kick-off of the 8th Baltimore Beer Week. This wonderful 10-day celebration of beer runs all the way through Sunday, October 16th and features a wide variety of events: beer and food pairings, tap take-overs, beer festivals, a beer stein holding competition, pint nights… and so many more. It’s a “week” of great beer and great fun!

One of the pint nights happens this Tuesday, the 11th, at Duda’s Tavern at 1600 Thames Street in Fells Point. It’s a Flying Dog Pint Night, featuring Raging Bitch on draft. I talked with Flying Dog’s Brewmaster, Ben Clark, about the story behind Raging Bitch.

(Flying Dog’s Ben Clark talks) 

So many beers, so many breweries at Baltimore Beer Week! RavenBeer, Heavy Seas, Oliver, Milkhouse, Full Tilt, Union, Key, Waverly, Manor Hill, The Brewers Art, Evolution, Diamondback, DuClaw and Monument---all from Maryland; Yards and Victory from Pennsylvania, Dogfish Head from Delaware; DC Brau from Washington D.C.; Devil’s Backbone from Virginia; Flying Fish from New Jersey; Sam Adams and Harpoon from Massachusetts; Sierra Nevada, Stone and Ballast Point from California; Oskar Blues and New Belgium from Colorado; Bells and Founders from Michigan… and more!

Go to baltimorebeerweek.com for a complete listing of events… and have a blast!

Until next week…

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

September 30, 2016 – Baltimore Beer Week

 

Well, we are one week away from one of the best weeks of the year. Next Friday, October 7 th, is the start of Baltimore Beer Week! This 10-day “week” was started in 2009 by two deeply passionate beer guys: Joe Gold and Dominic Cantalupo.

I sat down with Joe Gold a few days ago and talked about this year’s Baltimore Beer Week.

(Baltimore Beer Week Founder, Joe Gold, talks)

And this year’s Baltimore Beer Week features a new event to start this 10-day celebration of great beer.

(Baltimore Beer Week Founder, Joe Gold, talks)

A complete listing of official Baltimore Beer Week events can be found at baltimorebeerweek.com. The countdown is on!  We are just seven days away from the 8th Annual Baltimore Beer Week! 

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

September 23, 2016 – Maryland Breweries at the GABF!

The year was 1982 and a bunch of beer enthusiasts decided to stage what was, at the time, one of the very first beer festivals that celebrated American beer, only. 24 breweries were part of that inaugural event, now known as the Great American Beer Festival. How times have changed! Now, in its 35th year, this year’s Great American Beer Festival will feature more than 800 breweries! It happens October 6 th -8 th in Denver and more than 60,000 people will be there to celebrate American beer!

Although most American breweries submit beer for the massive Great American Beer Festival, or GABF, competition, the breweries that are actually at the event are selected via a lottery. And Maryland is well represented! Jailbreak, Flying Dog, Denizens, Oliver, Union and Waverly will all be at this year’s GABF!
 
I caught up with Roy Fisher, the head brewer at Waverly Brewing and asked him about the beers they have entered into competition. This is Waverly’s first year of operation, having just opened in November 2015, so this is also the first year they’ve been able to enter beers into the GABF competition.
 
(Waverly Brewing’s Roy Fisher talks)
 
I also stopped by Union Craft Brewing and talked with Jon Zerivitz about their GABF competition beers.
 
(Union Craft Brewing’s Jon Zerivitz talks)
 
And, like you, I wish I could be there with them and drink some amazing beers. The problem is… the GABF is sold out! But we can drink beer with all of these craft breweries and more Maryland craft breweries at the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, October 22nd . I’ll see you there, for sure!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 
 
September 16, 2016 – The Hops & Harvest Festival

Wow­­­ mid­September already!  This is such a great time of the year.  The Orioles are  chasing the American League East title; the Ravens are off to a great start; the weather is a  little cooler; pumpkin ales are everywhere; Baltimore Beer Week is almost here and the  Baltimore Craft Beer Festival is just around the corner!

As the interest and passion for craft beer keeps growing, so does the number of craft beer  events.  This year, a brand new beer festival is happening in Columbia, at the visually  stunning Columbia Lakefront.  On Saturday, October 8th, The Hops & Harvest Festival kicks  off for the very first time and features over 20 Maryland craft breweries and cideries and  more than 20 artisans and crafters!  

I met with Chad D’Amore at the Columbia Lakefront this week and talked about the event.   Chad D’Amore is the founder of The Hops & Harvest Festival.

(Chad D’Amore talks)

And it does go on.  Oliver, RAR, Calvert, Monocacy, Smoketown and Mad Science, to name  just a few more.  It’s a great setting for a craft beer festival.

(Chad D’Amore talks)

And then there’s all that good beer!  The Hops & Harvest Festival, Saturday October 8th at  the Columbia Lakefront, on Wincopin Circle in Columbia.  It’s going to be a good day!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

September 9, 2016 – Hops Effect on Beer – Part II

Last week, Heavy Seas Brewmaster and Operations Manager, Chris Leonard, described the  importance of finding just the right hops in brewing a truly great craft beer.  The process  involves deciding on the types of hops to use­­­bittering, flavoring, dual purpose and aroma  hops­­­and then selecting the specific variety within each hop type.

I asked Chris Leonard to talk about the range of flavors available from the many varieties of  hops. 

(Chris Leonard talks)

But from talking to Chris and many other outstanding Maryland brewers, I’ve learned that  they all enjoy the adventure.  The development of each craft beer recipe has an element of  experimentation: what if we blended these hops?  Or changed the malt this time?  Or if we  introduce this strain of yeast?  What if we made a single hop IPA?

This weekend, take a look at the beer you’re drinking and jump online and find out what  kind of hops the brewer used to make it taste so good!  

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

September 2, 2016 – Hops Effect on Beer – Part I

Although most craft beers are made with malted barley, hops, yeast and water, each brewer  finds ways to take these four critical ingredients and find unique recipes.  The water, the  strain of yeast, the specific grain, and the kind of hops all affect the aroma, flavor and  appearance of beer.

I got together with Chris Leonard this week and talked about some of the ways hops affect  beer.  Chris is the Brewmaster and Operations Manager at Heavy Seas Beer.

(Chris Leonard talks)

And Warrior and Simcoe are just two of many hop varieties.  Chris, and his fellow brewers  across America, are especially excited about brewing possibilities right now!  It’s the time of  year when hop growers are harvesting their 2016 crop and this has been a big year, with a  17% increase in plantings over last year and an expected increase in crop yield of about  20%!  More hops for great brewers like Heavy Seas’ Chris Leonard mean more amazing  craft beer for you and me!

Next week, Chris will share some of the hop varieties that brewers use and some of the  characteristics that each bring to the beer.  Until then, pick up a Loose Cannon and taste  the clean bitterness of the Warrior hop and the citrus flavor and aroma of the Simcoe hop  that combine to make this such an incredible craft beer.

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

August 26, 2016 – Max’s Taphouse – The Festivals Bob Simko is one of the managers at Max’s Taphouse in Fells Point.  Bob has a wonderful  enthusiasm for great beer and especially American craft beer.  When I met with Bob a few  weeks ago, he was already anticipating one of Max’s special beer celebrations; one that just  took place this past weekend: Hopfest.  I asked Bob about these events.

(Bob Simko talks)

Well, like Bob, I am also a “hop­head”, and knew then I would be visiting Max’s Taphouse  for Hopfest!  So last Friday afternoon, I left work a little early and stopped by Max’s.  As  soon as I arrived, Bob had a tremendous cask­conditioned IPA from Ellicott City’s Manor Hill  Brewing ready for me.  He then introduced be to a long­time, loyal Max’s Taphouse  customer, Bruce Baldwin.  As soon as we met, I learned that Bruce shares my passion for  Double IPAs and Imperial IPAs and had actually brought a few hard­to­find IPAs to show to  some of his friends at Max's.  The first one he showed me was from Lawson’s Finest Liquids,  a small batch, artisanal craft brewery in Warren, Vermont.  The beer’s name?  Sip of  Sunshine, a Double IPA, that Bruce described as “spectacular”.  Then, he put three more on  the bar and told me about these. 

(Bruce Baldwin talks)

And all I could do was dream!  But fortunately, it was Hopfest and Max’s had plenty of other  “spectacular” and “phenomenal” IPAs ready to enjoy.

Max’s Taphouse, on Broadway in Fells Point.  It’s quite a place.

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

August 19, 2016 – Independent Brewing – Part I: The Art of Brewing
 
Last week, President and Head Brewer Phil Rhudy told us about the vision, concept, and formation of Independent Brewing Company in Bel Air. This week, Phil shares some of thefun… and art… in brewing. Like many of his brothers and sisters in the brewing industry, Phil loves to innovate, experiment and create new and interesting variations on different beer styles. It’s simply part of his passion for brewing craft beer.
 
(Phil Rhudy talks)
 
And that very creativity can be seen by just looking at the huge chalkboard near the bar where all 22 beers are listed. Each one is different and each one is delicious.
 
Here are a few to try:
  • Carpe Diem, a Double IPA
  • Bolan’s Red, a Red Ale
  • Election Year, a Barleywine, and
  • Blue-Eyed Blonde, a Belgian-style Blonde Ale
 
Whether you enjoy an Independent Brewing beer in their Main Street, Bel Air taproom, or take home a growler, you’ll be tasting craft beer at its freshest.

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

August 12, 2016 – Independent Brewing – Part I: The Beginning

The fun… the joy… in drinking craft beer comes from that amazing experience of seeing it in the glass, smelling the aroma, and tasting the liquid nectar.
 
But not just anybody can make outstanding craft beer. It takes time, patience, and a love for beer. Independent Brewing’s Phil Rhudy is one of those guys who consistently captures magic in a barrel and brews amazing craft beer.
 
(Phil Rhudy talks)
 
And Independent Brewing is just that: a part of the Bel Air community. It was just a little less than two years ago that Phil Rhudy signed a lease to build a craft brewery on the edge of downtown. After a short delay, construction began in January 2015. In September, the equipment arrived and the brewing system was assembled. Then on October 30th , 2015, Independent Brewing opened its doors. It’s a great space and a great place. Yes, it takes time, patience and a love for beer to create a brewery like Independent, but the wait was worth it. You’ll find 22 gluten-free beers available on every visit and a bunch of peopleenjoying a special part of life: enjoying craft beer with family and friends.
 
Next week, I’ll share a little more of the Independent Brewing story. Until then…

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 
August 5, 2016 – Bel Air Beer Week – Part II

Well it starts tonight!  Bel Air Beer Week, Harford County’s celebration of all things beer,  especially craft beer!

I sat down with Matt Remsnyder, who along with business partner Dan Brown, operate Sean  Bolan’s Irish Pub on Main Street in downtown Bel Air.

(Matt Remsnyder talks)

And Sean Bolan’s is ready for a busy week.

(Matt Remsnyder talks)

Sean Bolan’s has events every day, including Terrapin Beer Company features tonight and  next Friday, a Maine Beer Company tap take­over, a 4­course Avery Brewing beer dinner, a  Ballast Point Brewing “balloon burst” night and a Sunday brunch featuring Evolution Brewing  beers.

(Matt Remsnyder talks)

Sean Bolan’s wraps up Bel Air Beer Week next Saturday and Sunday with a chance to win a  trip to Boston for a tour of the Sam Adams brewery.  And Sean Bolan’s is just one of many  bars, restaurants and liquor stores with special events.  

There are things going on all over Bel Air, including a craft beer festival, tap takeovers, beer  dinners, beer tastings at Ronnie’s Beverage Warehouse and The Liquor Stop, and a special  beer made just for the week by Bel Air’s Independent Brewing called “With A Little Hops  From My Friends”­­­a craft beer that will be available all over town.  It’s going to be quite a  week!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

July 29, 2016 – Max’s Taphouse – Part I

Imagine a place that feels like home the moment you step through the doors. Imagine a place where your every craft beer desire can be met, a place where the bar staff knows beer and the kitchen staff knows food. Welcome to Max’s Taphouse. I met with Bob Simko, one of Max’s managers, this week and asked him about the history of this very special beer bar in Fells Point.
 
(Bob Simko talks)
 
This is a place that you have to visit. Max’s Taphouse is a block from the harbor, located on Broadway in historic Fells Point. Fells Point is a wonderful part of this city; cobblestone streets; a rich history; and, well, Max’s. So what’s it like to walk inside Max’s Taphouse?
 
(Bob Simko talks)
 
And once you visit Max’s, you’ll go back again and again and again. And with this year being Max’s 30th Anniversary, the staff and breweries are creating new events and experiences each month!
 
I’ll see you at Max’s Taphouse!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 
 
July 22, 2016 – Severna Park Taphouse

If you live in the Severna Park/Pasadena area and love craft beer, or if you simply want to  try a new bar and restaurant, plan on making a visit to Severna Park Taphouse on Earleigh  Heights Road in Severna Park.  This past Tuesday, I met with Jessica Tinordi, the manager  of Severna Park Taphouse and asked about how this craft beer destination came to be.

(Jessica Tinordi talks)

Forty­three beer handles!  I like it!  Here are some of the beers on draft at Severna Park  Taphouse, right now: 

 Seersucker, a Pilsner from Abita

 Oarsman, a Weissbeer from Bells

 Old Oriole Park, a Bohemian Pilsner from Peabody Heights

 UFO Raz, a fruit infused Hefeweizen from Harpoon

 Blackboard #2, a dry hopped Pilsner from Victory

 Dew Right, a Blonde Ale from Jailbreak

 reDANKulous, an Imperial Red IPA from Founders

 Hoppy Bunny, a Black Ale from Duck Rabbit

 Double D, a Double IPA from Fordham Dominion

 120 Minute, an Imperial IPA from Dogfish Head

 Go To IPA, a Session IPA from Stone 

 Arm Chair, a Dry Stout from Blue Point …and so many more! 

The draft lines rotate, so you’ll always have the chance to either try something new or enjoy  a craft beer that you’ve had before.  Severna Park Taphouse is a place where families are  welcomed, friendship is celebrated… and craft beer is savored!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

July 15, 2016 – Shandy and Radler Beer Styles

Gotta love summertime. Yeah, it’s hot on some days, but we get to do so many things that only this time of the year offers.

With the rapid growth and popularity of India Pale Ales­­­IPAs­­­over the last 15 years, most breweries have made sure that they have at least one IPA in their portfolio of craft beers, even if their focus is on lagers. The concept of the IPA goes all the way back to the 1800’s when Great Britain brewed a higher alcohol ale to last on the six­month journey by ship from England to India.

Recently many craft breweries have looked to add lower alcohol products to their line­up of beer, ranging from brewing lagers to session IPAs­­­IPAs that have lower alcohol by volume­­­to brewing shandies and radlers.

Shandies and radlers are very similar, with the distinction between the two being that the shandy was conceived in England while the radler originated in Germany. Both styles, shandies and radlers, are made with a combination of a citrus or fruit beverage, and beer or ale. The result is a light, refreshing, usually slightly sweet, lower ABV beer. The two most common citrus additions are lemons and grapefruit, usually individually and not combined. Ginger, oranges, raspberries, black cherries, limes, cranberries and mangos are also used, again almost always as a single fruit blend.

With another hot weekend upon us, this is a great time to go on a craft beer adventure and try a shandy or a radler! Flying Dog makes Hibiscus Grapefruit Radler a delicious example of the radler style and is only 4.2% ABV. Del’s Shandy, brewed by Narragansett Beer is a lemon shandy that checks in at 4.7% ABV. Both are excellent and a nice way to spend a hot summer afternoon with family and friends.

Cheers!

Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

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