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March 27, 2015 – Liquor Stores

Finding a great craft beer these days is becoming easier and easier.  Restaurants, bars, pubs and liquor stores are all seeing the interest in craft beer growing and are finding different ways to meet that demand.  Craft beer is booming and if it was a stock, it would be one of the hottest stocks in history.  The growth in interest, consumption and sales is very real.  2014 saw craft beer volume---this refers to the zillions of gallons of craft beer that were sold---hit 11%, the highest ever!  More and more of us are discovering the wonderful world of craft beer!

One of the aspects of enjoying craft beer is the fun of the shopping experience.  You wander into a liquor store, gravitate towards the craft beer section, and look around… and look around… and look around.  So much beer and so little time!  And as you’ve seen, some stores simply have a few craft beers and others have a lot.  But we’re all seeing more stores commit significant store space and displays for craft beer.

 At some point, we all find a store we like to visit, whether it’s because of convenience, the variety of craft beer, the staff, or maybe all of the above.  There’s a really nice liquor store in Bel Air that has all of this, including an exceptional manager who really knows craft beer.  Jerry Schmidt is the manager at The Liquor Stop, a modest sized and well laid-out store at Conowingo Road and the Bel Air bypass in Bel Air.  Jerry is always changing the store’s craft beer selection, while still insuring that key craft beers are in stock.  You’ll never leave there thirsty!  Jerry is an easy going guy with a ton of knowledge about craft beer---just ask him about any beer in the store and he’ll have information for you.  The Liquor Stop has an excellent selection of craft beer and whether you’re browsing through the displays or looking through their wall of coolers, you’ll always find that perfect craft beer companion for your celebration.  And, like some other stores, The Liquor Stop has craft beer on draught so you can fill your growler, or buy a growler there, and go home with some fresh draught craft beer.

I’m sure you have your favorite place to shop.  The Liquor Stop in Bel Air is mine.

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

 March 20, 2015 – Frey’s Brewing Company

So now after last week’s Craft Beer on The Bay blog you know a little about farm breweries: like other craft breweries, they’re committed to making great, interesting beer.  But… farm breweries must use Maryland grown ingredients.  The beers are required, by law, to have locally grown grains, hops, and if fruit or vegetables are used, then they need to be from Maryland as well.

There are a number of farm breweries in Maryland and I am certainly looking forward to visiting as many as I can.  This week, I met with Adam Frey, the founder of Frey’s Brewing Company in Mt. Airy.  Like many craft brewers, Adam had several career paths before becoming a full-time brewer and brewery owner.  After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Adam worked in the computer field and then started his own construction company.  And along the way, he took his love for craft beer and started brewing at home.  As his passion grew, so did his interest in having his own brewery.  And so Frey’s Brewing Company was formed.

Although farm breweries don’t have to be on a farm, Frey’s Brewing Company actually is.  The setting is beautiful with rolling fields, a historic farmhouse, a barn where the beer is brewed and bottled, a stream running through the property and a hop field next to the barn---a field that yields some of the hops that are in Frey’s craft beers.  Frey’s Brewing was founded in 2013 and despite being such a young brewery, you’re able to find their beer in a lot of places. 

Because of Adam’s military background, the beers have military inspired names.  While we talked about the brewery, Adam poured us each a glass of Pussy Pilot Parade, a black rye IPA, with wonderful rye characteristics throughout.  Our second beer was Inniskilling, an American Irish red ale that is stellar.  The name Inniskilling is an homage to the Irish regiment of the same name and another example of Frey’s military theme.

So since St. Patrick’s Day was just a few days ago, pick up a bottle of Inniskilling from Frey’s Brewing Company and taste a delicious American Irish red ale!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

March 13, 2015 – Farm Breweries

As the amazing world of craft beer continues to grow, we all have the chance to experience craft beer at its freshest!  And it doesn’t get much fresher than enjoying a craft beer from a Maryland farm brewery.
 
On July 1st, last year, the state of Maryland passed a law allowing for the creation of farm breweries.  Just like every other Maryland craft brewery, farm breweries are creating their own ales and lagers.  But what makes farm breweries---sometimes called farmhouse breweries---different is that they must use Maryland-grown ingredients in their craft beer.  Farm breweries don’t necessarily have to be on a farm, but using local barley, hops or any other grain is required by law.  And if fruit or vegetables are used to create a variation on a particular beer style, those fruits and vegetables must also be from Maryland.
 
And although you should definitely make visiting a farm brewery part of your things to do list for this year, you can enjoy craft beers from farmhouse breweries right now.  Farm breweries are able to distribute their beer to Maryland restaurants, bars and beer stores in addition to selling it at the brewery itself.  
 
If you head over to Liam Flynn’s Ale House on West North Street, you can always find one of the craft beers from Frey’s Brewing Company in a bottle, and many times you’ll be able to have one on draught.  Frey’s Brewing is in Mt. Airy and brews a wide variety of craft beer.  Adam Frey started his farm brewery in 2013 and there’s a great story behind it all, but I’ll save that for another day.  For now, grab one of Frey’s Brewing craft beers and enjoy the moment!
 
Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.
com

 

March 6, 2015 – Stouts  Part III

Alright, I’m going to be Joe Meteorologist right now.  Yesterday’s snow is the grand finale.  We’re done! The snow is going to start melting tomorrow and keep melting and melting ‘til it’s gone and we’ll see some sort-of-green grass by St. Patrick’s Day!  And now that we are less than two weeks away from St. Patrick’s Day, it’s a good time to talk about stouts again.

As you know, there are many different styles of stouts.  Over the last few weeks, I’ve talked about some of those styles, brewed by Maryland craft breweries: Evolution Craft Brewing’s Rise Up Stout, a very good coffee stout; Heavy Seas Beer’s Peg Leg, a delicious imperial stout; Full Tilt Brewing’s Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout, a wonderful chocolate stout and Oliver Breweries’ Bishop’s Breakfast, an outstanding oatmeal stout.

Here are a couple more stout styles from Maryland craft breweries.  Pub Dog Brewing has combined two stout styles---chocolate and oatmeal---to create something new in their clearly named Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.  Flying Dog’s Pearl Necklace is an authentic oyster stout, brewed with oysters and imparting a subtle oyster flavor as you quench your thirst.  An interesting note about Pearl Necklace: proceeds from sales benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership, which coordinates and conducts oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.

And of course there are more styles: milk stout, extra or Caribbean stout, and of course dry stout. 

So grab a stout this weekend and dream of green!  St. Patrick’s Day is coming!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.
com

 

February 27, 2015 – Jailbreak Brewing

What do you do when you’re happily married, have children you love, drive a nice car, live in a cool house and have a job that pays you well?  Why, start brewing beer, of course!

That’s kind of what happened in Justin Bonner’s life.  Justin Bonner is the President of Jailbreak Brewing, an excellent craft brewery in Laurel.  Justin and his friend and co-founder of Jailbreak Brewing, Kasey Turner, have built a beautiful facility in Laurel, on Washington Boulevard/Route One.  Each of these men broke out of jail, so to speak, and left corporate jobs to do something they love.  The result is a line-up of interesting and excellent craft beers.

If you visit their brewery, you’ll immediately be struck by the spectacular and warm taproom.  And as you sit at the bar, or any one of their high-top tables, you have a full view of the brewery through a floor to ceiling glass wall situated directly behind the bar.  As with any bar, the draught beers are always changing, but the main beers are always there.  A must have is Big Punisher, a double IPA, and their most popular beer.  When I met with Justin earlier this week to see the brewery and to hear, first hand, the story behind Jailbreak Brewing, he gave me a glass of Welcome to Scoville, an absolutely fantastic IPA that is made with jalapeno peppers and cilantro.  I know… some of you are saying “What?”  I’m not kidding for a second---this is an incredible craft beer.  The jalapeno taste is completely present, but there is no burning at all.  None.  Scoville is a rich, smooth and extremely drinkable IPA that you should put on your list of craft beers to track down.

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

February 20, 2015 – Barleywine

Okay, so we haven’t been clobbered with serious snow this year, but we certainly have had some ridiculously cold weather.  It’s on days and nights like this that make the thought of a winter warmer especially appealing.

There are actually a lot of craft beers that use “warmer” or “winter warmer” in their names because it invokes the idea of a warming brew.  And certainly any time you step up to a higher ABV craft beer, you end up feeling a little warmer inside as you savor your experience.

It’s during winter days like this that the right mood is set for enjoying a barleywine!  Despite its name, barleywine is simply another style of beer.  What makes it distinctly different from other ales is that it tends to be much sweeter, but not sweet like soda or even a sweet wine. 

The name comes from the fact that this is a beer that is made with barley malt, hops, yeast and water, and it has an alcohol content that is closer to what wines have.  Barley wines ABVs range from 8-15%, with most between 10-12%.  If you enjoy a barleywine in a pub, you’ll find that it is almost always served in a smaller, wine-like glass for both presentation and consumption purposes.  It does warm you!  And it’s a great beer style to explore!  And if you buy a four-pack or six-pack, feel comfortable with setting a couple aside and letting them age.  Because of their high ABV, barleywines age well.

So now it’s time to try one! Flying Dog’s Horn Dog Barley Wine (they intentionally separate the words in their name) is---like every one of their craft beers---spectacular!  And it’ll help keep you warm this weekend!

 Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

February 13, 2015 – Stouts – Part II

Another cold weekend… and another week closer to St. Patrick’s Day!  Stouts are appearing on more menus, in more stores, and on everyone’s mind.  Last week, I talked about the different variations of stouts.  Dry stouts are what most people think of when they hear the word stout, but milk, oyster, imperial, chocolate, extra, oatmeal and coffee are each unique variations on a stout.

Last night I had the chance to enjoy Full Tilt Brewing’s Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout… on draught at Sean Bolan’s in Bel Air.  What distinguishes chocolate stouts from other stouts is the addition of chocolate to the brewing process.  Full Tilt’s version on this is distinctly Baltimore, and that makes it even cooler!  Brewmasters Nick Fertig and Dan Baumiller add Berger Cookies to the boil, then throw in a bunch of Cacao Nibs during the second fermentation.  You can actually smell and taste the chocolate when you drink this wonderful stout!

And just a couple weeks ago, I stopped by Pratt Street Ale House in downtown Baltimore and enjoyed---again---their incredible Bishop’s Breakfast, an oatmeal stout that is… delicious!  Pratt Street Ale House is the home to Oliver Ales and brewmaster Steven Jones makes one awesome ale after another.  One of the nice things about Bishop’s Breakfast is that it’s served on a nitro pour, where nitrogen gas is introduced.  The nitrogen pour adds a softness to the taste of the stout and is, plain and simple, fun to watch as the head from the stout rises through the glass as it’s poured. 

More on stouts as we count down to St. Patrick’s Day!  In the meantime, grab a Full Tilt Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout or visit Pratt Street Ale House and savor a Bishop’s Breakfast!

Until next week…

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

February 6, 2015 – Stouts – Part I

Wintertime in Baltimore.  Whether we get clobbered with snow or not, we know it’s going to be cold!  Yet as each day goes by, we inch closer and closer to Spring and, the unofficial start of Spring: St. Patrick’s Day!
 
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches and, inevitably, the drinking of some great Irish stout, you’ll find an increasing number of excellent craft beers that are authentic and spectacular stouts and many are from Maryland!  Some of these are year-round products and some are purely seasonal.  
 
Most people tend to think of Ireland’s Guinness when they think of stouts.  And I have to say it’s a great stout, but it’s just one of several styles of stout.  Guinness is a dry stout, a style that tends to be lighter and lower in ABV.  On the other side of the stout spectrum are imperial stouts.  Imperial stouts are generally rich, sweeter---but not sweet---than other stouts and ABV’s in the 8%-plus zone.  A stellar example of an imperial stout is Peg Leg Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas. Other stout styles include milk stout, oyster stout, chocolate stout, coffee stout and oatmeal stout.  They are each very different and each very good… as long as you grab the right brew!
 
Evolution Craft Brewing, from Salisbury, brews Rise Up Stout for release each year from October through March.  Rise Up Stout is steeped in organic coffee and features seven different malts.  It’s an excellent coffee stout and is available now.
 
Over the next few weeks I’ll talk more about other stout styles as we all get ready for St. Patrick’s Day!

Until next week…

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 
January 30, 2015 – Session Ales for The Big Game

The weekend is here and, like every year at this time, people are talking about The Big Game.  And almost everyone has some sort of plan to watch the game, whether at their favorite pub, bar or restaurant, at a friend’s or family member’s house, or in the comfort of their own home.  And with The Big Game just around the corner, we know that although we never really know if the game is going to live up to the hype or if the cutting edge commercials are really… cutting edge.  But we do know we’re going to be enjoying some great food and some high quality beverages! 

Of course we all have many choices as to what our drink of choice will be, but maybe… just maybe… if you’re going to have more than one… take this opportunity to try a session beer.  I’ve talked about them before and it’s events like Sunday’s Big Game---and hot summer days---that make session beers perfect.  The key quality of a session beer is that, quite frankly, the alcohol by volume is below 5%.  The lower ABV allows us to have more than one and pace the occasion.  Although many lagers already fit the concept of a session beer (try Pendulum Pilsner from Raven Beer for a great one.) There are a lot of brewers creating ales!

Here are three excellent session ales that are full of flavor, have excellent balance and will allow you to have more than one… if you like. 

  • Easy IPA from Flying Dog Brewery. 
  • Cross Bones Session IPA from Heavy Seas Beer. 
  • And, Pregame Session Mild from Union Craft Brewing.

Have a great… and safe weekend!

Until next week…

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

January 23, 2015 – Heavy Seas New Bottling Line

Like many of you, I enjoy the adventure of traveling through the world of craft beer.  So many styles, so many tremendous craft beers… it’s a journey that is always rich and filled with new experiences.

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new bottling line for Heavy Seas Beer.  As you know, Heavy Seas is an outstanding brewery and produces world-class craft beer.  The event was the official opening of this impressive new bottling line, an important part of the breweries growth and the increasing demand for their beers.  Have a little fun and jump on the Heavy Seas web-site and watch a cool time-lapse video of the creation of the space for the bottling line and then watch it being put together and into action.  It’ll make you thirsty just watching it!  Here’s the address: hsbeer.com.

The Heavy Seas beer portfolio is filled with one awesome beer after another.  From the easy drinkability of Cross Bones, their brand new session ale; to Siren Noire, their fascinating and complex imperial chocolate stout that has chocolate nibs and was aged in bourbon barrel for five weeks with vanilla beans; to their flagship brand, Loose Cannon, an incredible IPA that features Simcoe, Palisade and Centennial hops and has hops added to three phases of the brewing process!

The bottom line on Heavy Seas new bottling line is more beer!  And more Heavy Seas beer means we don’t every have to worry about being thirsty!

Until next week…

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

January 16, 2015 – Union Craft Brewing

There are so many ways that we can enjoy the amazing world of craft beer.  Whether you’re enjoying a great craft beer on draught, in a can or in a bottle, enjoying it with friends and family only helps to make the experience that much better.  And as the outstanding group of breweries in Maryland continues to grow, we are presented with more and more opportunities to enjoy craft beer in new and special ways. 

This week, I had the pleasure of meeting the people from Union Craft Brewing.  Jon Zerivitz, Kevin Blodger and Adam Benesch founded Union in 2011 and have been doing nothing but producing outstanding craft beer ever since.  They’re three really great guys who have put together a team who love craft beer as much as they do.  All you have to do is walk inside their brewery, as I did yesterday, and you can tell you’re in a special place.  From the smells of beer brewing, to the pristine condition of their tanks and brewing system, to the warmth of their taproom, to… the taste of their beers… Union Craft Brewing is one of Maryland’s best craft breweries.

Every brewery does things to set themselves apart, and Jon, Kevin and Adam have done several very cool things.  All of their beers are offered in cans which insures excellent taste, freshness and… ummm… ease of, shall we say, portability!  They have given extra time to create names, can design and descriptions for their beer that make the experience even better.  And, they have built an awesome taproom at the brewery that you can visit any Thursday, Friday or Saturday and taste some great Union craft beer at it's  freshest.

If you’re new to Union Craft Brewing, try a Duckpin Pale Ale this weekend.  The flavor and aromas are, in their words, big citrus and tropical fruits!  Good stuff!

Until next week…

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

January 9, 2015 – Winter Beers

Is it cold or what?!  Wow!  Winter has clearly made its arrival in a big way!  But I gotta say that although the weather is brutal, there are plenty of ways to stay warm, beyond turning the heat up on the thermostat!  And, I’m not talking about multiple layers of clothing or wearing some high-tech cold-weather gear.

The winter beers are here!  And although winter beer isn’t an actual style, it IS a concept that brewers embrace.  In most cases, the craft beers that are brewed especially for this time of the year tend to be darker and have larger amounts and varieties of malts added.  And---here’s the staying warm part---many of these have higher alcohol by volume percentages, or ABV.  That higher ABV is part of the magic of these craft beers and gives these beers some of the character that is critical to your enjoyment!

It’s important to know---especially if you find yourself absolutely loving winter beers---that these styles are available year-round, although the specific beer that you find this time of the year won’t be.  That’s why these are so special.  It’s Winter!

So put together a check-list and then make a point of trying each one of these styles and their variations (note: this list is not intended to be complete, but it’s a great start!): Barleywine, Brown Ale, Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Imperial Stout, Bock, Weizenbock, and Porter.

Now… are you thirsty?  Then grab one of these and start celebrating winter!  Here’s one for you to enjoy: Deep Six from Heavy Seas.  Deep Six is an English-style porter and is delicious.  Next, find a glass and pour this robust porter high enough to create a nice head.  Then sit down next to a roaring fire and savor… life!

Until next week…

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

 

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

January 2, 2015- A New Year's View

Well here we are at the start of the new year and, like many of you, I’ve made New Year’s resolutions.  But beyond resolutions for a way to live or things to do, a New Year gives us a chance to reflect on the last 12 months and think about the days in front of us.

As we head into 2015, one thing craft beer enthusiasts know so well: there will be some amazing new beers from Maryland breweries this year and some of these will become a permanent part of the craft beer landscape.

With new beers will also come the strengthening of some of Maryland’s craft breweries and the emergence of some brand new ones.  And there will be chances, again, to attend beer festivals that we missed last year, but are fortunate enough to have returning this year.  Along those lines, make sure you take part in Baltimore Beer Week this year!

We live in a great area for many reasons.  The city, the towns, the neighborhoods, the sports teams---Go Ravens!  And, Go O’s!---and the beer!  We have Maryland craft beer available at phenomenal restaurants, great bars, awesome pubs---Sean Bolan’s in Bel Air is my favorite; more about Sean Bolan’s soon!---and some really excellent beer stores that feature a wide selection of craft beers and, now even draught craft beer to go in growlers!

It’s 2015.  Celebrate Maryland craft beer!  And celebrate life!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

December 19, 2014 - Liam Flynn's Ale House

As the enthusiasm for craft beer continues to connect with more and more people, the number of bars and restaurants that offer large selections of draft and bottled beers keeps growing.  So many places to go… so much beer to drink… so little time!  Oh well.  One by one, we can explore these places and we find a great spot, then we gotta spread the word!

And this week, I visited just such a place---and a new pub for me, personally---but it’s been around for a couple years.  And it rocks!  Liam Flynn’s Ale House is located on North Street at the western edge of Mount Vernon in Baltimore.  With the faculty and students of UMBC, the Maryland Institute College of Art and many Mount Vernon businesses nearby, Liam Flynn’s Ale House is a destination point for anyone seeking great music, great food… and great beer!
 
I spent some time this week with owner Liam Flynn and his business partner Steve Marsh and not only loved being in the Ale House, but was impressed by their commitment to keeping up a steady rotation of cask ales, in particular.  While I was there, Steve gave me the chance to tap two casks.  And that was cool by itself!  But to taste a cask ale… well, just try a cask ale the next time you have a chance and you’ll understand.  One of the casks I tapped was Heavy Seas Peg Leg Stout and, after having a fresh sample, all I can say is: amazing!  
 
When you visit Liam Flynn’s you’ll be guaranteed to have the chance to drink several cask products every time you’re there.  And if you have any questions, just ask Steve Marsh.  He is truly a cask ale expert!
 
Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

December 12, 2014 - Christmas and Holiday Ales

‘Tis the season to be jolly!  It’s a great time of the year with so many people celebrating… and so many people thinking of others.  It’s a time of the year when all of our senses come alive and that certainly applies to some of the amazing beers that come out during the Christmas and Holiday Season.
 
For the most part, the beers that are brewed especially for this time of year are ales.  Some simply feature special hops and malts, some are variations on styles already offered by the brewery but customized for the Holidays, and some are completely unique.  As you look through the shelves or coolers at your beer store, or survey the handles at your favorite pub, you’ll undoubtedly see many beers that are only offered during this Christmas/Holiday Season.  
 
There are way too many to cover at once, but if you’d like to try a Holiday ale that’s a true adventure, here’s one of the best.  Warning: this is not for the faint of heart!  The alcohol content is much higher than most beers and the flavor isn’t at all what you normally expect from an ale.  The beer?  Mad Elf Ale, from Troeg’s Brewing Company, in Harrisburg.  Mad Elf Ale is brewed with a spicy Belgian yeast and has honey and sour cherries in the mash.  It’s ruby red in color and the flavor is spicy, with strong cherry notes and a certain sweetness.  It’s not for everyone… but it is incredible.  And it’s great to enjoy now while we’re in the Holiday Season.
 
Until next week...
 
Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

December 5, 2014 - Craft on Draught

As craft beer continues to become a way for more and more people to enjoy great beer, so does the number of bars, restaurants and pubs that offer craft beer on draught.  Although for the most part, the draught and bottled versions of a beer will taste almost the same, some beers are best enjoyed at their freshest---an advantage of draught beer---and some benefit from aging in the bottle.  The choice is yours, of course, and the more you know about the beer you’re about to drink, the better.  
 
Many establishments now feature multiple craft draught handles (or taps) and there are some places that have dedicated every single handle to a craft beer.  This week I visited just such a place.  It’s a new restaurant in Towson, located at the corner of Loch Raven Boulevard and Joppa Road, inside the Days Inn, and across from Total Wine.  The name?  Twisted Pizza Kitchen and Pub.  
 
General Manager Scott Hetrick and I met this week and Scott is fired up about the opening of this new craft beer destination for Towson.  Twisted Pizza Kitchen and Pub has 16 featured draughts and everyone is a craft product and half of the draughts are from Maryland.  You’ll find craft beers from The Raven, Evolution, Union, Duclaw, Jailbreak, Brewers Art, Flying Dog and Heavy Seas.  And as you might expect with the name Twisted Pizza Kitchen and Pub, they also have a lot of pizza!  They pride themselves on what they like to call craft pizza, with fresh, hand-made dough daily.  And if you like mixed drinks, they serve… craft cocktails… with some fascinating recipes.
 
Craft pizza, craft cocktails and craft beer?  Sounds pretty good!
 
Until next week...
 
Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

November 28, 2014 – Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Day.  A great time to celebrate life with family and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next week…

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

November 21, 2014 – Brewery Tours
 
One of the distinct pleasures in life is enjoying a really well made craft beer.  Whether it’s something you are enjoying at home or at your favorite pub, bar, or restaurant, it’s a nice moment in life.
 
So… what’s behind craft beer?  How is it made?  How is it---really---made?  Well, you can get an awesome, inside look by taking a tour of one of the many local craft breweries in our area.  Now to be fair, not all of them are set up for offering tours, so you should check before you just decide to show up.  But for those breweries that are offering tours, you’ll get the chance to see and hear how the brewing process happens.  It’s a very cool experience.  And each brewery visit offers a different view of the craft of brewing.  
 
I’ve taken a number of these and one of the best local experiences is offered by Dogfish Head Brewing in Milton, Delaware.  The tour guides are knowledgeable, can provide additional information during question and answer sessions, and all love great craft beer---and in their case, the amazing beers brewed by Dogfish Head!
 
As we head into Thanksgiving, get prepped for a brewery tour at Dogfish Head Brewery with a Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale---a pumpkin ale that is absolutely fantastic and will have you dreaming of Thanksgiving Day!
 
Until next week…
 
Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

November 14, 2014 – Giving thanks to Maryland Craft Brewers!

As we start to approach Thanksgiving, we all have many things to be thankful for, from family, to friends, to special memories from this year… and more.

One part of the year that we can all be thankful for is the continued growth of craft breweries in Maryland, and especially in and around Baltimore.  The year meant seeing some home brewers expanding into larger capacity brewing and some brew pubs moving into bottling of their beers.  The 6th Annual Baltimore Beer Week was a huge success and more and more of us are becoming part of the craft beer journey.  It all means that craft beer is alive and very healthy! 

In the coming weeks, I’ll be talking about some of the incredible Holiday and Christmas beers that are now hitting the shelves.  The craft beer world is truly a never ending adventure.

For this weekend, grab a Maryland brewery beer, whether you’re in a pub or restaurant, or your favorite beer store!  Heavy Seas, Flying Dog, Raven, Full Tilt, Evolution, Union, Fin City, and Oliver Breweries are all excellent breweries and each has a nice range of lagers and ales that you can explore!

So with that said, I’d like to offer a toast to the Maryland craft brewing community!

Until next week…

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

November 7, 2014

It’s hard to believe it but, Thanksgiving is less than three weeks away! As you walk through your local beer store, or take a seat at your favorite pub, you’ll still see some pumpkin beers around---a perfect flavor for November and, of course, Thanksgiving. And as you try to decide what to try, you may see ales, in particular, with the word “harvest” attached to the name. Harvest ales are conceived with the idea of brewing something special for this time of the year. Harvest ales aren’t really a beer style, but are definitely a great beer concept: brew something different with the spirit of the season in mind, and enjoy Fall in a glass!

 
Some other beers will appear over the next weeks that align with Thanksgiving, including several that are brewed with cranberries! And some of these are amazing. My favorite of the cranberry inspired beers is Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic, brewed by Boston Beer, one of the best brewers in the world.
 
Enjoy the season and find a great beer to... savor!
 
Until next week...
 
Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 
 
October 31, 2014 – Growlers, again!
 
About three months ago, I talked about the soon-to-be availability of draught beer at your local beer store. Well the big date arrived on October 1st! A new Maryland State law passed earlier this year gave certain beer stores the opportunity to sell draught beer in growlers. A special license is required for growler sales and stores must maintain their draught systems, just as your favorite restaurant or pub must do. If the word growler is new to you, here’s what it is: a growler is usually either a brown glass or ceramic container that’s shaped like a jug and typically has an aluminum twist off cap. There are three basic sizes: 32 ounces, 64 ounces, and 128 ounce size, with the 64 ounce growler being the most popular size.
 
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