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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

 Wardeca

 RavenBeer

 Oliver

 Full Tilt

 Manor Hill

 Key

 Independent

…and so many more. It’ll be a day to celebrate all the good things in life. I’ll see you there!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

April 14, 2017 – Red Shedman’s Bluegrass, Brew & Barbecue

Spring is in the air, and that means the chance to be outside and enjoy some of the beauty of the area while taking in a craft beer festival! One of Spring’s coolest craft beer festival’s is the 3rd annual Bluegrass, Brew and Barbecue, happening Saturday, April 22nd from 11am- 6pm at Red Shedman Farm Brewery in Mt. Airy.
 
I got together with Vic Aellen, Red Shedman’s owner and head brewer, to talk about Bluegrass, Brew and Barbecue. But first, we had to talk about craft beer!
 
(Red Shedmans’ Vic Aellen talks)
 
Vic poured a couple Strawberry Rhubarb Ale and it is just as Vic described, refreshing and striking a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness.
 
We followed Strawberry Rhubarb Ale with Red Shedman’s Pumphouse IPA, a stellar India Pale Ale.
 
(Red Shedmans’ Vic Aellen talks)
 
And you’ll be able to enjoy Pumphouse IPA at Bluegrass, Brew and Barbecue, next weekend!
 
(Red Shedmans’ Vic Aellen talks)
 
The craft beer line-up is impressive. And if you’re going with friends who prefer wine, Linganore Wine Cellars is right there too. It’s going to be a great day!
 
Cheers!
 
Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy
 
 
Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy
 
 
April 7, 2017 – Denizens Brewing Company
 
I took advantage of a beautiful Spring day this week to visit Denizens Brewing Company in Silver Spring. Denizens Brewing is owned by Julie Verratti, Emily Bruno and Jeff Ramirez and is making some great craft beer.
 
Julie and I grabbed a couple of stools in the taproom and talked about the founding of Denizens Brewing.
 
(Denizens Brewing’s Julie Verratti talks)
 
What was a great idea then started to become very real. Over the next year, Jeff Ramirez began looking at equipment and designing the brewing system. Julie Verratti’s background as an attorney gave this company-in- the-making the legal advice and guidance they needed. And Emily Bruno’s experience in business and project management helped the three of them establish a business plan and marketing concepts. In November 2013, Julie,
 
Emily and Jeff signed a lease for what is now a very cool space on East-West Highway in Silver Spring. Then in July 2014, Denizens Brewing opened its doors!
 
(Denizens Brewing’s Julie Verratti talks)
 
So… great space, great design… how about some great beer?
 
(Denizens Brewing’s Julie Verratti talks)
 
Denizens has several signature events, and one of them is just a month away. On Saturday, May 13 th , Denizens Brewing presents an adult carnival with jugglers, magicians, a dunk tank and, of course, great craft beer!
 
Denizens beers are available right now at the Wine Source on Elm Street in Hampden, so grab some cold Denizens craft beer for the weekend!
 
Cheers!
 
Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy
 
 
Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy
 
March 31, 2017 – Full Tilt’s Coconut Porter & Hops The Cat IPA
 
For a brewer, developing a new recipe is just part of the fun in brewing. I got together with Full Tilt’s Nick Fertig and talked about their newest recipe: Port of Baltimore Coconut Porter, released a couple of months ago especially for the winter and early spring season.
 
(Full Tilt’s Nick Fertig talks)
 
Port of Baltimore Coconut Porter is delicious and has a subtle sweetness that makes this so easy to drink. You’ll find yourself dreaming of the islands as you taste this excellent porter made with, as you now know, toasted coconut right out of Nick Fertig’s kitchen!
 
We also talked about Full Tilt’s incredible IPA, Hops The Cat. Nick and fellow brewer and owner, Dan Baumiller, came up with the recipe for Hops The Cat IPA a little over a year ago.
 
(Full Tilt’s Nick Fertig talks)
 
And Hops The Cat is an unfiltered IPA, so you’ll notice that the beer is a little cloudy. But that very trait-- -the unfiltered aspect-- -actually intensifies some of the flavors and aromas in the beer. This is an outstanding IPA.
 
The weekend is here! Pick up Port of Baltimore Coconut Porter and Hops The Cat IPA!
 
Cheers!
 
Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy
 
 
Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy
 
 

March 24, 2017 – What MD House Bill 1283 Means to Craft Beer!

 
When I started writing and recording this Craft Beer on The Bay feature almost three years ago, my thoughts were only about sharing the joy and celebration that’s part of the wonderful world of craft beer.
 
Today, for the first time in the 148 consecutive weeks of talking about craft beer, I have something to share that’s goes beyond talking about the awesome craft beer adventure. It’s about Maryland House Bill 1283 that is now in front of our State Senators in Annapolis. It has a major negative impact on Maryland craft breweries. I met with Kevin Atticks, the Executive Director of the Brewer’s Association of Maryland, and asked him to talk about what House Bill 1283 means to the brewers and, subsequently, to you and me.
 
(BAM’s Executive Director, Kevin Atticks, talks)
 
Your voice can make a difference. Contact your State Senator at mdelect.net; that’s mdelect.net. Just enter your address, and your senator’s name and email address will display.
 
If you are just catching the end of this, you can hear it again, and any other Craft Beer on The Bay feature, at thebayonline.com.
 
To the successful amendments to House Bill 1283:
 
Cheers!
 
Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy
 
 
Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy
 
 
March 17, 2017 – Chesapeake Pale Ale from Independent Brewing
 
Ever since Independent Brewing opened its doors on October 30, 2015, they have been producing outstanding craft beer and welcoming craft beer enthusiasts to their inspired tap room on Main Street in Bel Air.
 
One of the core beliefs of Phil Rhudy, Independent’s Owner and Head Brewer, is the concept of “No Farms, No Beer.” Phil is deeply passionate about the importance of local farming and its ability to provide the ingredients that will make beer fresher than ever. Well that concept has turned into reality.
 
(Independent Brewing’s Phil Rhudy talks)
 
And unbelievable numbers in malt testing means an unbelievable beer. Independent Brewing has just released Chesapeake Pale Ale with malt from Harford County’s own Chesapeake Malting Company.
 
Here’s Independent Brewing’s Aaron Hopkins, a brewer and a maltster, on how Chesapeake Malting Company got started.
 
(Independent Brewing’s Aaron Hopkins talks)
 
You have to drink this one. Chesapeake Pale Ale from Independent Brewing Company. I got to have a sample when it was still in the fermentation tank last Friday and it was delicious then.
 
And now it’s released and available for you and me to drink! I’ll race you to Independent Brewing’s taproom… now!
 
Cheers!
 
Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy
 
 
Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy
 
 
March 10, 2017 – 206 IPA (formerly Draft Punk)… and more
 
As you may recall, Oliver Brewing got its start at Pratt Street Ale House, at 206 Pratt Street in downtown Baltimore. The brewing operation was there for years, until the summer of 2015 when Oliver Brewing set up a brand new brewing system on Shannon Drive in Northwest Baltimore, near Rosedale. I stopped by to enjoy a beer with head brewer, Steve Jones, and talk about the story behind their spectacular 206 IPA, available almost everywhere now!
 
(Steve Jones, Head Brewer at Oliver Brewing, talks)
 
Until recently, all of Oliver Brewing’s canning was handled by a contracted, mobile canning company. But that just changed with Oliver’s purchase of their own canning system.
 
(Steve Jones, Head Brewer at Oliver Brewing, talks)
 
And that includes Oliver’s Dark Horse, a 4.0% ABV English Dark Mild Ale. And there are more Oliver Brewing craft beer adventures coming!
 
(Steve Jones, Head Brewer at Oliver Brewing, talks)
 
So March 25 th it is. Two limited releases from Oliver Brewing, at the brewery: Vaevictis Double IPA and Oliver’s Russian Imperial Stout. Once again, I’m thirsty!
 
Cheers!
 
Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy
 
 
Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy
 
 
March 3, 2017 – Blind Beer Tastings
 
I’m sure at one time or another, you’ve seen a TV ad featuring a blind test where people are given two or three products and are asked to identify their preference. These blind tests often reveal that while we develop brand preferences, usually for very good reasons, sometimes these same brand preferences keep us from trying something new.
 
In our craft beer journey, we each develop certain beer preferences, preferences that are based on having fantastic experiences with the individual beer or the brewery as a whole. But what if we had the chance to try a beer without knowing anything about its style, its tasting profile, or the brewery. Well that moment is just one week away! Next week, Shane McCarthy and his craft beer team at Ronnie’s Beverage Warehouse in Forest Hill are holding a blind tasting event.
 
(Shane McCarthy from Ronnie’s Beverage Warehouse talks)
 
So what will the blind tasting be like? Shane McCarthy explains. (Shane McCarthy from Ronnie’s Beverage Warehouse talks) Sounds like it’s time for a new craft beer adventure: the Ronnie’s Beverage Warehouse Blind Tasting, next Friday in Forest Hill, on Route 24, just off Route 1/Bel Air Bypass.
 
Cheers!
 
Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy
 
 
Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy
 
 
February 24, 2017 – A Brief Look at Baltimore’s Brewing History
 
Craft beer’s explosive popularity is being driven by people of all ages with one thing in common: a desire to drink amazing beer. The tremendous variations on each style, by each brewer, has made the craft beer experience an incredible adventure. Craft breweries have differentiated themselves from the large production national breweries because of the depth in flavors and aromas that these wonderful beers have.
 
If we go back two hundred years, the beer world was much like what’s happening today with local breweries producing the beer that locals drank. Here in Baltimore, breweries were often starting out just the way today’s craft breweries are, making a few thousand barrels a year and then growing as the individual beer’s popularity grew.

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