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September 22, 2017 – The 3rd Annual Baltimore Craft Beer Festival

The countdown is on!  The 3rd Annual Baltimore Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, October 7th at Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston Street, with a clear view of the harbor and Fort McHenry.  This is one of the Brewers Association of Maryland’s biggest and best events!  I talked with BAM’s Callie Pfeiffer about the BCBF, the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival:

(Callie Pfeiffer from the Brewers Association of Maryland talks)

30 breweries!  Just imagine how many different craft beers will be available!  Anyway, beyond the beer, there will be some awesome music filling the early October air during a competition titled “Battle of the Brewskis.”

(Callie Pfeiffer from the Brewers Association of Maryland talks)

And a special presentation will be made to one of Maryland’s craft breweries.

(Callie Pfeiffer from the Brewers Association of Maryland talks)

 It’s an event not to be missed. 

 …see you in a couple weeks!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: jw@craftbeerguy

 

September 15, 2017 – Oktoberfest

A celebration that is now 207 years old kicks off tomorrow, worldwide!  Oktoberfest---spelled with a “k”---was first held in 1810 to honor the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen--Hildburghausen. It was a six-day celebration held in the fields in front of the city gates of Munich, starting October 12th and ending with a horse race on October 17, 1810.  Over the years, it went from being an annual wedding anniversary celebration to an event that involved parades, costumes, beer booths and dance floors, while still following the tradition of enjoying the fields outside the city.  As the celebrations were repeated, Oktoberfest was lengthened and moved forward into September for the warmer temperatures that mid-to-late September offer.

Oktoberfest is now a 16-dayt celebration held every year in Munich, Germany with over six million people attending each year.  And while we may not be able to make it to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest at its original location, we can enjoy many wonderful Oktoberfest celebrations here and savor some outstanding Oktoberfest beers.  And while many of the best Oktoberfest beers are brewed in Germany, there are some American craft breweries that make outstanding Oktoberfest beer.  I’ve had a number of these and have found one that is really outstanding: Sam Adams Octoberfest---spelled with a “c”.  It even won a Gold Medal at Munich’s Oktoberfest several years ago.  It’s rich, malt-forward, very smooth, a wonderful amber/orange color and is perfect for the fall and for Oktoberfest!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: jw@craftbeerguy

 

 

September 8, 2017 – Bel Air Beer Week

If you live in or near Harford County, these next 10 days, starting today, are 10 great reasons to drink some awesome craft beer!  Today is day #1 of Bel Air Beer Week!

 Events range from tap takeovers to beer-and-food pairings to meet-the-brewer nights to the first Bel Air Oktoberfest.  Some of the breweries being featured during Bel Air Beer Week events include Manor Hill Brewing, Ballast Point, 4 Hands, Dogfish Head, Maine Brewing Company, Heavy Seas, Lagunitas, Independent Brewing Company, Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, Union Craft Brewing, Magic Hat and Terrapin Brewing.  Many of these will also be part of Bel Air Oktoberfest, happening Saturday, September 16th at the Bel Air Armory.  Tickets for Bel Air Oktoberfest are going fast and, at this writing, there are only 86 tickets left!

 If you jump online, you can get a complete listing of events and locations.  Ronnie’s Beverage Warehouse, 1514 Rock Spring Road in Forest Hill has a ton of beer tastings. And Sean Bolan’s Irish Pub, at 12 South Main Street in downtown Bel Air, is hosting a wide variety of events, including a Maine Brewing Company tap take-over tonight---that’s where I’ll be, for sure! 

…see you tonight!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: jw@craftbeerguy

 

September 1, 2017 – Craft Beer Celebrations

As we enter the last, unofficial weekend of Summer, we hit September with a bunch of warm weather ahead of us and some excellent craft beer celebrations set to make our late summer and early Fall spectacular.

Next week I’ll be talking with Shane McCarthy, founder of Bel Air Beer Week, about some of Bel Air Beer Week’s events, including Bel Air’s first Oktoberfest.  And in coming weeks, I’ll be putting the spotlight on the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival, one of the Brewers Association of Maryland’s biggest events happening at Canton Waterfront Park on Saturday, October 7th.  And I’ll also feature Baltimore Beer Week co-founder Joe Gold when he takes us inside some of the awesome Baltimore Beer Week events!

There are so many great craft beer events and festivals coming, including Cheesetoberfest at Fordham/Dominion Brewing in Dover, Delaware, that the biggest problem you’ll have is which one, or even how many, to go to! 

Have a great and safe Labor Day Weekend!

 Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

August 25, 2017 – Waverly Brewing – What’s New!

I stopped by Waverly Brewing this week and enjoyed a couple of their outstanding craft beers with Head Brewer Roy Fisher and brewer Greg McGrath.  They had just finished the initial set-up of a new piece of equipment for Waverly Brewing and I asked Roy Fisher to share the news with us.

(Waverly Brewing’s Roy Fisher talks)

And although the set-up isn’t permanent right now, you can start taking home crowlers of Waverly craft beer tomorrow!  Waverly brews a wide variety of styles, often with a very interesting twist.

(Waverly Brewing’s Roy Fisher talks)

One of the wonderful aspects of the craft beer industry is its sense of community.  While I was there, we each had a Captain Bates IPA, and the story behind it is… special.

(Waverly Brewing’s Roy Fisher talks)

And in just a couple of weeks, Waverly will be releasing their first beer in their brand new sour program, a peach sour using almost two hundred pounds of local peaches!

Waverly Brewing is at 1625-C Union Avenue in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore.  You’ll love the space, the people and… the beer!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

August 18, 2017 – Brewery Tours

One of the distinct pleasures in life is enjoying a really well made craft beer. Whether it’s something you’re drinking at home or at your favorite pub, bar, or restaurant, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate life. 

So what’s behind that craft beer you love so much? How is it made? Well, you can get a very cool, inside look at the brewery’s operation by taking a tour at one of the many local craft breweries in our area. Because brewery tours are set for specific times at each brewery, you should always check with the brewery. Some require reservations so you should always find out the best way to take a tour, either by going online or calling. And it’s important to also know that not every brewery offers tours. But if you do visit a brewery that gives you chance to see their set-up, you’ll hear how the brewing process happens, see the brewing system itself and be able to smell some of the hops and malts, either in the air or right out of your own hand! It’s a great experience. And each brewery visit offers a different view of the craft of brewing. 
 
With a lot of great weather ahead of us for the summer and fall, this is a perfect time to set up a tour and then go on a craft beer adventure! One of the best tours is just minutes away, at Heavy Seas Brewery in Halethorpe. It’s a great space and both the tap room and the outside deck are great places to drink fresh, draft craft beer!
 
Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 
August 11, 2017 – Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Twenty-one years ago, Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies realized a dream when they opened their first brewery/restaurant.  It was 1996 and Newark, Delaware became the home for the first Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant.  Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies shared a vision of building a business based on serving incredible food, brewing world-class beer, and doing it all in a warm and attractive space.  Each of them brought distinct experiences and interests to the table: Kevin Finn and Mark Edelson were award winning home brewers and Kevin had a strong marketing background; Kevin Davies had years of experience in restaurant operations. 

Then in 1999, Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant opened their second location in West Chester, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb.  It became an immediate sensation.  Kevin, Mark and Kevin knew they had something special.  Iron Hill has continued to expand and now has 12 locations with a 13th and 14th set to open in Center City, Philadelphia and Rehobeth Beach, Delaware next year.  I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying dinner and craft beer at five of their locations and every experience has been outstanding.  Each space is unique in design, yet each retains the Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant signature.  The food has been excellent every time.  And the beer is always amazing.  Iron Hill has won 45 medals at the Great American Beer Festival, including wins in each of the last 20 years, the longest by a craft brewery in GABF history.

There are a couple Iron Hill locations that are a short drive away, in Wilmington, Delaware and in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  In addition to enjoying great beer and food at any location, you can take home cans of their beer and corked 750 milliliter bottles.  This is a beer… and space… that you need to put on your list of craft beer experiences to enjoy!

 Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

August 4, 2017 – Brewery Tap Rooms

One of the many nice trends in the craft beer industry is the increasing focus on developing interesting, inviting tap rooms. Craft breweries are no longer just a building filled with brewing systems, they are more and more often becoming a place where we can visit and enjoy beer as its freshest, meet other craft beer enthusiasts, and soak in some of the vibe of the brewery. We are fortunate to have some really cool tap rooms right here in
Baltimore. Here are two to check out:
  • Independent Brewing, at 418 North Main Street in Bel Air, provides a view into the brewery through windows behind their long, rectangular bar. The walls are filled with art from Harford County artists with most art available for sale. There is a massive chalkboard to the left of the bar with a listing of their 22 excellent, gluten-free beers. The two indoor rooms and outdoor patio provide lots of room for you and your friends.
  • Waverly Brewing, at 1625-C Union Avenue in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, let’s you step into a place that is warm, fascinating, and incredibly unique. It features an eclectic mix of memorabilia creatively placed throughout the tap room, walls that are covered with random sizes and colors of painted wood, and tap handles that are always unusual in the very best way. And their beer is delicious.
And with today being International Beer Day, it’s a perfect day to visit a taproom. Uhhh,
wait a minute, ANY day is a perfect day to visit a taproom!

 Cheers!

 Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 
 
July 28, 2017 – Falling Branch Brewery – Part II

Last week, I talked with Allen Galbreath, one of the founders of Falling Branch Brewery in the town of Street.  The idea of starting a farm brewery began with Allen’s son, Alex Galbreath.  While Alex was getting his Environmental Sciences degree from the University of Maryland, he had a great idea.

 (Falling Branch Brewery’s Alex Galbreath talks)

The “Grant” that Alex references is Grant Pfeiffer, the brewmaster at Falling Branch.  Grant met Alex and Allen Galbreath through some mutual friends when the Galbreath’s were looking to start Falling Branch.  I asked Grant Pfeiffer to talk about three of their beers.

(Falling Branch Brewery’s Grant Pfeiffer talks)

 It’s the weekend!  Time for a Falling Branch craft beer!

 Cheers!

 Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

July 21, 2017 – Falling Branch Brewery – Part I

Take a drive into the beautiful farm lands of Harford County and head for 825 Highland Road in Street, the location of Falling Branch Brewery, a farm brewery since 2015.  You’ll enjoy the drive, the look of the farm, and drinking Falling Branch craft beer in their taproom, located right inside the barn!

 Built just before the Civil War, the barn was used for dairy cows for about 150 years.  I can’t begin to describe the beauty of this barn, so here’s Allen Galbreath, one of the founders of Falling Branch Brewery.

 (Falling Branch Brewery’s Allen Galbreath talks).

 It’s a wonderful place to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

 Next week, Grant Pfeiffer, the brewmaster at Falling Branch, describes three of their signature craft beers: Daybreak, a farmhouse ale; Barnstorm, a Belgian style stout; and Street Gathering, a double dry-hopped American pale ale.  But why wait to hear about them?  Head to Street this weekend, and drink ‘em all!  Delicious stuff!

Cheers!

Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

 

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

July 14, 2017 – Profile: Fred Crudder from Heavy Seas Beer

Imagine having a career in craft beer!  There are a lot of people living that dream these days in a wide variety of positions.  Sure there are founders and brewers, but there are also people in sales, marketing, taprooms, maintenance and more.  So how does it all start?  Here’s a look at how Fred Crudder, the Marketing Director at Heavy Seas Beer built his career.

 (Heavy Seas’ Fred Crudder talks)

 And Fred’s story is far from finished.  Fred is about to take on a new position in the craft beer industry in Atlanta, giving him a chance to be working with some long-time friends and a chance to be near family. 

 So today, I raise my glass and toast a good man, and a true craft beer enthusiast.  To Fred Crudder…

 Cheers!

 Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

July 7, 2017 – Shell Raiser Pale Ale and Shell Raiser IPA

As craft beer continues to gain popularity, restaurants and bars are often private labeling one or more craft beers for their location.  Private labeling means taking a product, in this case beer, that is made by a full production brewery, and selling it under the restaurant’s name.  Private labeling gives restaurants or bars the opportunity to offer something that helps extend the image of the restaurant or bar.  And for the brewery, it’s a chance to sell more beer.

A good example of this is what the Greene Turtle restaurants have done with their Shell Raiser Pale Ale and Shell Raiser IPA.  The turtle and turtle shell are a prominent part of the Greene Turtle’s logo.  So when they partnered with DuClaw Brewing Company---brewers of HellRazer IPA---to make a Greene Turtle beer, it was almost a natural for the Greene Turtle to name their beer Shell Raiser. 

There are two Shell Raiser ales offered by the Greene Turtle: Shell Raiser Pale Ale and Shell Raiser IPA.  Shell Raiser Pale Ale is an English style pale ale and checks in at 4.75% Alcohol By Volume, making it a great beer for a nice session with family and friends.  Like almost all IPAs, Shell Raiser IPA has a much more pronounced hop profile and is a 7.2% ABV craft beer.

All Baltimore area Greene Turtles feature these two ales, along with a solid selection of draft and bottled craft beer.  If you’ve never had the chance to try either of these, here’s a perfect chance for you to try them.  Join me at the Greene Turtle in Hunt Valley Towne Centre, next Thursday from 5pm-7pm, to help welcome Shell Raiser IPA to the Greene Turtle family of craft beers.  I’ll see you then and there!

Cheers!

Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

June 30, 2017 American Pale Ales

With the seemingly never-ending popularity of India Pales Ales, or IPAs, it’s easy to overlook a wonderful craft beer style that is American born-and- bred!

The American Pale Ale is a style that is similar to English Pale Ales and to Amber Ales, but differs from both because of a stronger hop profile. But, American Pales Ales aren’t anywhere near as bitter as IPAs and often have almost no distinct bitterness. And that’s part of the appeal of this fantastic beer style.
 
What really separates American Pale Ales from English Pale Ales and Amber Ales is the use of American hops, most notably Cascade. But there are plenty of others that are used. Columbus, Summit, Crystal, Magnum, Galaxy are just some of the hops that become part of the brewmaster’s recipe.
 
An American Pale Ale ranges from having a deep golden to copper color and are usually clear or slightly hazy. When you raise your glass for a drink, you’ll pick up citrus and floral aromas and when you taste it, you’ll find medium hop bitterness. The malt flavor is more apparent in an American Pale Ale because it’s not overwhelmed by hops the way the malt is in an IPA. You’ll sometimes taste a slight biscuit or caramel flavor that the malts bring to American Pale Ales. You’ll also notice that you won’t usually detect alcohol in the flavor and if you do, it’s very mild.
 
If you’ve not ventured into the American Pale Ale style, here are four excellent ones to enjoy: Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing, Dales Pale Ale from Oskar Blues Brewery, Duckpin Pale Ale from Union Craft Brewing and Baltimore Pale Ale from Full Tilt Brewing.
 
Have a great 4 th of July and celebrate America with an American Pale Ale!

Cheers!

Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 
June 23, 2017 – Locally Grown Ingredients

This wonderful growth in the craft brewing industry is because more and more people are discovering the richness in the taste of craft beer.  And that same growth has done more than just give us the chance to enjoy a wide variety of beer, it has been a major boost to our economy.  Empty real estate space is turning into breweries and tap rooms; new construction is taking place; electricians, plumbers, and HVAC companies are being contracted for work; and people are landing all sorts of jobs at breweries.  And, over the last few years, fields of hops, barley, wheat and rye are being grown so that craft brewers can have locally sourced ingredients.

When I met with Milkhouse Brewing’s Tom Barse a couple weeks ago, he spoke passionately about their Green Farmer Pale Ale series, an ale made with Maryland and Pennsylvania hops and malt. He also talked about a brand new beer from Milkhouse.

(Milkhouse Brewing’s Tom Barse talks.)

Local ingredients.  Local beer.  Simply stated, without farms there wouldn’t be beer.  So, here’s to farmers!

Cheers!

Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 
June 16, 2017 – Diamondback Brewing
 
Another week and more amazing craft beer to savor! A few days ago, I ran over to Diamondback Brewing, part of McHenry Row in Locust Point. Diamondback Brewing was founded in 2013 by three long-time friends, Tom Foster, Francis Smith and Colin Marshall. Like almost all craft breweries, their story started in a kitchen and grew from there. I sat down at the bar in Diamondback’s warm and inviting taproom and talked with Colin Marshall.
 
(Diamondback Brewing’s Colin Marshall talks)
 
Diamondback Brewing is making some awesome craft beer! Diamondback has come up with some recipes that are spectacular!
 
(Diamondback Brewing’s Colin Marshall talks)
 
These guys got it right. Green Machine IPA and Omar’s Pale Ale are absolutely delicious craft beers and are ones that you’ll want to drink again and again.

Cheers!

Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 
June 9, 2017 – Milkhouse Brewing’s 7th Annual Brewfest on the Farm

 With a true summertime weekend on the way, it’s time for a new craft beer adventure!  So here you go!  Tomorrow, Milkhouse Brewing is holding their 7th Annual Brewfest on the Farm.  Milkhouse Brewing is located in the beautiful, idyllic farmland that surrounds Mt. Airy.  The brewery itself is located next to Stillpoint Farm, a classic American farm.  I met with Tom Barse, owner and head brewer at Milkhouse, to talk about one of the beers you can enjoy tomorrow… and any time… at Milkhouse Brewing.

(Milkhouse Brewing’s Tom Barse talks)

 I then talked to Milkhouse Brewing’s Abby Casarella about tomorrow’s event.

 (Milkhouse Brewing’s Abby Casarella talks)

 You can buy your tickets now at mdtix.com, or get them when you arrive. 

The 7th Annual Brewfest on the Farm, tomorrow at Milkhouse Brewing in Mt. Airy.  A perfect way to spend a summer day.

Cheers!

Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

June 2, 2017 – Unfiltered Craft Beer

Part of what we all love about the craft beer journey is the joy of experimentation and discovery.  Whether you’re a craft brewer or a craft beer drinker, trying new things is part of the fun. 

Over the last year, there has been a surge in the availability of unfiltered craft beer.  Some of these unfiltered beers are brand new recipes and some are variations on a previous or existing recipe.  Years ago, a cloudy beer often meant the beer was bad.  But today, many brewers are intentionally releasing hazy craft beer.  The haziness comes from the lack of filtering out the finest parts of the ingredients making up the beer, most notably the yeast.  But the very fact that these little particles are still in the beer go beyond giving the beer a cloudy appearance; they add other flavors and aromas.

As a passionate craft beer lover, there are a lot of breweries that I consider to be absolutely amazing.  One of these rock-star breweries is Southern Tier Brewing Company, in Lakewood, New York.  And we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy their beers right here.  This year, Southern Tier took 2XIPA, their fantastic double india pale ale, and released an unfiltered version.  It’s a delicious beer and just as good, but in a different way, than their standard 2XIPA.  A cool way for you to see just how great an unfiltered beer can be is to drink a 2XIPA and a 2X Unfiltered IPA, side-by-side.  You’ll love ‘em both and discover another wonderful part of the craft beer world: unfiltered beer.

Cheers!

 Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

May 26, 2017 – The “Old” and The “New”

This incredible craft beer world we are living in is giving all of us the chance to taste fantastic new beers from brand new breweries and from breweries that are now, in this still relatively new craft beer industry, almost heritage breweries. 

Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada, Boston Beer, Brooklyn, Summit, Harpoon, Abita and Bell’s are, in many ways, the foundation for the craft beer industry.  These companies began brewing at a time when the only way to enjoy interesting, fascinating beer was to drink imported beer.  These breweries made a commitment to giving craft beer lovers an entirely new beer drinking experience; a commitment that has never stopped.  Freshness, richness, complexity, aroma, and originality all helped each of these forerunners develop a large, enthusiastic following.

As you know from listening to this feature, I am deeply passionate about craft beer.  And I am equally passionate about many Maryland craft breweries.  Writing this feature each week for three years has given me the opportunity to meet some outstanding people in the Maryland craft beer industry.  And, like you, I seek out Maryland craft beers because there are so many good ones.  But I also continue to enjoy awesome craft beer from some of the “heritage breweries” I just referenced---Sierra Nevada, Boston Beer and more---as well as newer, well established breweries like Southern Tier, Stone, Wyerbacher, Bear Republic, Dogfish Head, Ballast Point, Heavy Seas, New Holland, Firestone Walker and… the list goes on.  For me, I like mixing up my choices with a little from the amazing “heritage” breweries with some from the well-established and some from the new.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend and remember what this weekend is all about.  Find a moment to grab a craft beer and toast those who have died while serving our country.  To our fallen heroes…

 Cheers!

 Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

May 19, 2017 – Craft Beer on The Bay---Literally!

Every year, one of the best music festivals in America happens right here in Maryland, on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay. And this very cool event is happening this weekend, running all day tomorrow and Sunday. It’s the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis!

The blues are and were a source of inspiration for many Classic Rock artists on 100.7 The Bay. That’s one of the reasons why we are part of the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival every year. This year, Craig Chambers, Colleen Carew and Stash will be emcees for the entire festival. And Colleen will be broadcasting live on Saturday and Stash will be live on Sunday.

The line-up is always filled with amazing blues solo artists and bands. Some you will know by name and some you will not. But these musicians, from the “star” to the backing bands, are the real deal. The music starts at 10:30am both days and the headliner for each evening starts at 7:15pm. Tomorrow, the Fabulous Thunderbirds hit the stage at 5:40pm and the Mavericks wrap up the day as the headliner. On Sunday, Johnny Lang closes the festival with what will surely be another incredible performance.

This year, for the very first time, the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival will have a craft beer tent! While craft beer has been available at the festival over the last several years, this will be the first time when there will be a number of craft beers. Here’s the line-up:

 From Blue Point Brewing: Summer Ale and Toasted Lager

 From Goose Island Beer: Goose IPA

 From Devil’s Backbone Brewing: Striped Bass Pale Ale and Vienna Lager

 And from Cisco Brewers: Whales Tale Pale Ale

So spend this weekend on the bay---the Chesapeake Bay! You can listen to 100.7 The Bay on your way to and from the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival. Then, while you’re there, you can truly enjoy a… “Craft Beer on The Bay”!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

May 12, 2017 – Tomorrow’s 2017 MDCBF!

Tomorrow is the day for one of Maryland’s best annual events: the Maryland Craft Beer Festival! The event is presented by the Brewer’s Association of Maryland and is always a great time! I got together with Kevin Atticks, the Executive Director of BAM---the Brewer’s Association of Maryland---to talk about this year’s festival.

(BAM Executive Director, Kevin Atticks, talks)

This is a rain or shine event and with rain looking likely for tomorrow, come dressed for the day! Ponchos, umbrellas, water-proof boots, and rain hats will all be perfect for the day. If the rain misses, bonus! And if it rains, you’re ready and you’re enjoying amazing craft beer!

The 12noon-2pm VIP tickets are sold-out, except for a few if you ride the BAM bus from Independent Brewing in Bel Air. General Admission tickets are available online right now; just go to mdcraftbeerfestival.com.

Rain or shine, the Maryland Craft Beer Festival is on tomorrow! I’ll see you there!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

May 5, 2017 – Fruit Infused Craft Beer

The idea of adding fruit or vegetables to beer has been around for hundreds of years.

Some are seasonal and some are year round. The great news is that you have a lot of fruit infused craft beers to… pick… from. There are beers with peaches, blueberries, strawberries, mango, pineapple, apricots, oranges, clementines, and raspberries. Here are a few to try:

 Baltimore’s Full Tilt brews Fleet Street Raspberry Wheat, a light wheat ale with raspberries and a subtle sweetness.

 Dover, Delaware’s Dominion makes Cherry Blossom Lager with red sour cherries and dark sweet cherries.

 Salisbury, Maryland’s Evolution has bottled Pine’Hop’Le this year, an IPA brewed with pineapple juice. 

 Baltimore’s Heavy Seas released TropiCannon this year, a mango, grapefruit and blood orange infused IPA.

 Vermont’s Magic Hat has made a mark with Magic Hat #9, a very drinkable craft beer with apricot flavors. 

 Bar Harbor, Maine’s Atlantic Brewing puts fresh blueberries into their Bar Harbor Blueberry Ale, an amber colored, yet, light ale. And there are so many more. 

And like all parts of your craft beer journey, you’ll find a few that you will only have once and others that will become life-long favorites. 

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

April 28, 2017 – Bloodline Blood Orange Ale

Springtime is alive and the weather is perfect for enjoying a craft beer brewed with hops that bring out tropical fruit and citrus flavors and aromas. Citra and Galaxy hops do just that and when you combine them with a little fruit, the taste is amazing!

In 2013 Flying Dog Brewery brewed a 20-gallon test batch of beer using blood orange juice, blood orange peel and northern brewer, citra and galaxy hops. When the beer was finished, the result was fantastic. Here’s Flying Dog’s Brewmaster, Ben Clark on Bloodline Blood Orange Ale.

(Flying Dog’s Ben Clark talks)

So your decision is easy this weekend! Grab some Bloodline Blood Orange Ale from Flying Dog and celebrate life! 

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy 

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

April 21, 2017 – 2017 Maryland Craft Beer Festival 

Here’s the setting: an idyllic creek that winds its way through a cool Maryland town. The air is filled with the sounds of live music and laughter. You can smell food cooking from food trucks and everywhere you look, you can see and taste beer from Maryland craft breweries!

It’s the 2017 Maryland Craft Beer Festival, happening Saturday, May 13th at Carroll Creek Park in Frederick. Carroll Creek Park is part of downtown Frederick and features footbridges over Carroll Creek, brick walkways, and elevated grass areas. It’s a beautiful setting for an outstanding event!

The Maryland Craft Beer Festival is one of two signature events that the Brewers Association of Maryland puts on every year and each one is amazing. You’ll have the chance to savor craft beer from some of Maryland’s most popular breweries in addition to ones that have just opened their doors.

Here’s just a sample of some of the breweries that’ll be there:

 Heavy Seas

 Jailbreak

 Waverly

 Flying Dog

 Denizens

 Union

 Milkhouse

 Evolution

 

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