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November 17, 2017 – Thanksgiving and Pumpkin Ales

Fall is alive; the colors are spectacular; the air is crisp; and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Whether you’re at home or visiting family and friends, a great way to add something special to Thanksgiving dinner is to bring along some pumpkin ale for the occasion!  Although most of these are released in late August and early September, the brewers of some of the best pumpkin ales have seen the demand for these run all the way into the Christmas Holiday season.

I’ve tried a ton of pumpkin ales and have found some that are spectacular and a couple that I will never buy again.  But that’s part of the craft beer adventure---explore, experience and decide if you want to visit that beer again.  That process will bring you to amazing craft beers and will also help you know which ones you just don’t want to ever have again. 

I remember picking up six-pack of a not-to-be-named pumpkin ale a couple of years ago that was so bad that I dumped the rest of the first bottle… and the rest of the six-pack… down the sink.  But that was definitely the exception!  Great breweries make great beer and there are several knock-it-out-of-the park home runs that will make Thanksgiving dinner extra special.

Here are some to look for this Thanksgiving:

  • Wyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale.  This is rich in pumpkin flavor and is made with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove.  Based in Easton, Pennsylvania, Wyerbacher has been producing stellar craft beer for over 20 years and every beer I’ve had from the brewery has been excellent.
  • Southern Tier Pumking.  This is the one pumpkin ale that actually tastes like pumpkin pie.  Located in Lakewood, New York, Southern Tier has a stellar line-up of year-round and seasonal beers.  I’ve loved every one I’ve had, without exception.
  • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale.  This St. Louis brewery makes delicious craft beer and their Pumpkin Ale is one of their best.  Tons of pumpkins and spices make this pumpkin ale unbelievably good.

So this Thanksgiving, enjoy a little liquid pumpkin with your pumpkin pie!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 

November 10, 2017 – Yard’s Brewing Company

The year was 1994.  I was living in Philadelphia and already well into my craft beer journey and was looking for every craft beer I could find.  The internet was just being born then, so I was reading the morning paper and came across an article about a new brewery starting up in Philly.  It was a small “microbrewery” located in Manayunk, one of Philadelphia’s many neighborhoods.  At that time the term “craft beer” wasn’t yet the standard for identifying smaller batch, breweries.  The name of this start-up “microbrewery”?  Yards Brewing Company.

When I got to work that day, I was talking to one of my fellow staff members about the article and we decided to go visit them.  We jumped in the car, used a map---there were no navigation systems all the way back in 1994---and found the address.  We walked through a small entrance way, taking us from the street to a stone-paved courtyard and there, in front of us, was a small garage with a brewing system and two men working inside.  We walked up to the door, waved as we approached and Yard’s Brewing founders Tom Kehoe and Jon Bovit opened the door.  We stepped inside and were greeted by two great guys and the smell of fresh, craft beer!  We had a great talk about beer, tasted some of their beer and were excited about the idea of another Philadelphia brewery joining Dock Street Brewing in the, then, blossoming craft beer world.

Fifteen years later, I ran into Tom Kehoe at a craft beer festival and told him the same story I just shared with you and he remembered it immediately and laughed with joy thinking about where they were then and where they are now.

Yards Brewing has a wide selection of truly, top-shelf craft beers.  From session beers like Brawler, an English Mild Ale checking in at 4.2% ABV to Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale, a Strong Golden Ale at 8% ABV… and Stouts, IPAs, Porters, Pale Ales and more, Yards Brewing presents a selection of craft beer where you can close your eyes, grab one, and savor the taste of an excellent craft beer.

So do just that, close your eyes and grab a Yards this weekend and celebrate great craft beer!

 Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

 @jwcraftbeerguy

 

November 3, 2017 – Independent Brewing Company’s Expansion!

As you heard last week, Independent Brewing, located on Main Street in Bel Air, celebrated their second anniversary over this past weekend. These first two years at Independent has meant constant improvement, development and refinements in everything from the brewing system to the interior design. I asked Phil Rhudy, Independent Brewing’s founder, about some of the changes.
 
(Independent Brewing’s Phil Rhudy talks)
 
The canning line has meant great growth for Independent Brewing and with that, steadily increasing availability at bars, restaurants and liquor stores.
 
(Independent Brewing’s Phil Rhudy talks)
 
And, beginning today, Phil and his team will be canning the extremely popular Blue Eyed Blonde, Independent’s Belgian Blonde Ale, along with a seasonal release of the beer that Phil and I were drinking as we talked about their expansion: Fall Flannel, a rich, delicious Imperial Irish Red Ale.
 
So your decision this weekend is easy! Enjoy an Independent Brewing craft beer!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 
 
October 27, 2017 – Independent Brewing Company’s 2nd Anniversary!
 
Two years ago, the doors to Independent Brewing Company opened for the very first time and it’s been a wonderful adventure for everyone ever since that day, from the owners to the employees to… all of us. On October 30, 2015, Phil Rhudy realized a dream by opening a brewery and a tap room that would serve amazing beer and be a cool and comfortable place for people to hang out and enjoy life.
 
This weekend, Independent Brewing Company, located on Main Street on the edge of downtown Bel Air, is throwing their 2nd Anniversary Party with beer, music and more, all weekend long.
 
Phil Rhudy and I sat down to talk about the brewery’s celebration.
 
(Independent Brewing’s Phil Rhudy talks)
 
The party continues all day Saturday and Sunday, including Sunday morning’s regular yoga class, “Bend and Brew” and then a couple special performances on Sunday.
 
(Independent Brewing’s Phil Rhudy talks)
 
And of course, there’s delicious craft beer!
 
(Independent Brewing’s Phil Rhudy talks)
 
And that’s just what this will be! Independent Brewing Company’s 2nd Anniversary “throwdown”! I’ll see you there!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 
October 20, 2017 – Craft Beer’s Continued Growth

As a fellow craft beer enthusiast, I’m sure you remember the moment when you drank the craft beer that changed how you viewed drinking beer.  Each day, more and more people are discovering the wonderful world of craft beer.

Here are some amazing statistics on the growth of craft beer from the Brewers Association, an organization focused on small and independent craft breweries.  As of June 30th, there are now 5562 operating breweries in the United States; 906 more than the same time, last year.  That 5562 number is an all-time high for American breweries.  Plus there are more than 2700 craft breweries in the planning stages.

Now 5500+ breweries is a lot, but here’s a surprising bit of information: in 1873, there were just over 4000 breweries in the United States.  That number fell relatively quickly over the next 50 years until Prohibition wiped out all breweries, by law.  In 1920, the first year of the very sad Prohibition era, there were NO legal breweries in America.  And even after Prohibition, the country’s brewery count never came close to where it had been until… some inspired people started brewing craft beer.  Then beginning in the early 80’s, craft beer began a steady climb as people started discovering how rich, interesting, fascinating and delicious craft beer can be.

Here in Maryland, we are fortunate to have Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot as a dedicated and passionate advocate for the craft beer industry.  While presenting the 2017 Maryland Craft Beer Competition Awards at the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival two weeks ago, Comptroller Franchot spoke about the growth of craft breweries in Maryland and the awesome economic impact it is having on the state from employment opportunities to the revenue associated with a healthy industry.

So on this spectacular Fall weekend, enjoy some spectacular craft beer and celebrate the ever increasing number of beers we have to enjoy each day!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 

October 13, 2017 – Baltimore Beer Week 2017

Imagine a party where 2.6 million people have the chance to come together and celebrate the good things in life!  Well, imagine no more!  The 9th Annual Baltimore Beer Week is on now!  There are events all day, every day all the way through Sunday, the 22nd.

Earlier today, the annual Baltimore Beer Legends Hall of Fame luncheon took place at Heavy Seas Ale House on the edge of Little Italy.  During the luncheon, Bill Oliver and John and Daniel Barnitz were inducted.  And just a couple of hours ago, another traditional event, the King of the Pins, took place at Metropolitan in Mount Vernon.  Here’s Baltimore Beer Week co-founder, Joe Gold.

(Joe Gold talks)

There are so many things to do and places to go---just find ones that look like fun and rejoice that we have beer in our world! 

(Joe Gold talks)

One of the many cool events is the Real Ale Festival at Pratt Street Ale House across from the Inner Harbor.

(Joe Gold talks)

It’s Baltimore Beer Week!  Time for a craft beer!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 

October 6, 2017 – Heavy Seas Partner Ships Series

Last week, Heavy Seas Brewmaster and Operations Manager Chris Leonard told us about some of the ways craft brewers work together, from developing new beer recipes to the building or improving of brewing systems… and more.  So much of what happens within the craft beer industry involves the sharing of successes, failures and ideas.  Collaboration is a central theme to the craft beer industry.

Chris Leonard, and everyone at Heavy Seas, is a big believer in collaboration and has created a line of craft beer that gives us the chance to taste the magic that happens when brewers get together.

(Heavy Seas’ Chris Leonard talks)

And there’s one more planned for next year.  Earlier this year, Chris and members of the Heavy Seas brewing team visited Terrapin Brewing in Athens, Georgia, a trip that led to the brewing of Partner Ships-Terrapin, a Rye Wit beer.  On their way back, they stopped by NoDa Brewing in Charlotte.

(Heavy Seas’ Chris Leonard talks)

So get ready for more Partner Ships.  Collaboration at its best!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 

September 29, 2017Collaboration

I’ve often talked about the great sense of community in the craft beer world, both in the industry and for all of us who enjoy the friendships we make at festivals, taprooms and bars.  For the men and women who work in craft beer, collaboration is a central theme to all that they do.

I sat down with Chris Leonard, the Brewmaster and Operations Manager at Heavy Seas, and asked him to talk about this very special quality within craft brewing.

(Heavy Seas’ Chris Leonard talks)

Next week, Chris Leonard talks about how the concept of collaboration within the craft beer industry has put magic in a bottle!

Until then…

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

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: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

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: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

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: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

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.

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