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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.
 
Baltimore has a rich brewing heritage, dating back to 1748, when the first brewery was established by John Leonard Barnitz at the corner of Hanover and Baltimore Streets. Through the remainder of the 18th and 19th centuries, Baltimore and its breweries grew together. The development of increasingly advanced brewing systems allowed breweries to produce better and more consistent beer. Some of the largest breweries from those years include the Baurenschmidt Brewery, the Eagle Brewery, and Frank Steil Brewing. Then prohibition came along in 1919, ending the brewing of beer and closing almost every brewery in the city. In 1933, prohibition was repealed and Baltimore’s brewing tradition was restored. Globe, Gunther, National Brewing---the brewers of the original National Bohemian---and American were big Baltimore brewers from the 30’s through the 60’s.
 
To learn more about Baltimore’s history with beer pick up “Brewing in Baltimore” by Maureen O’Prey and “Baltimore Beer” by Rob Kasper.
 
Baltimore’s an awesome city for many reasons and one of them is its long association with beer! And fortunately, we don’t have to worry about prohibition ever happening again! It’s 2017 and we are in the middle of a beer renaissance!
 
Cheers!
 
Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy
 
 
Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy
 
 
February 17, 2017 – Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
 
As we travel on this incredible craft beer journey, we have the chance to try new beers, savor long time favorites, visit craft beer festivals, be part of smaller craft beer events, and enjoy craft beer at bars and restaurants.
 
And while some establishments might be new in offering craft beer, there are some special places that have been celebrating the flavors and aromas of craft beer for years.
 
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery in Ellicott City is one of those places. I sat down with Rob Koontz, the General Manager at Bare Bones, and talked about their recipe for their long-term success.
 
(Bare Bones General Manager, Rob Koontz, talks)
 
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery’s popularity comes from three key things: the quality of their menu items, a team of employees who love their work and… their beer.
 
(Bare Bones General Manager, Rob Koontz, talks)
 
I’ve had every one of the Bare Bones craft beers and, regardless of the style, they are each, individually, excellent. So now it’s easy: the next place to visit on your craft beer journey is Bare Bones Grill & Brewery, just off Route 29, on Route 40/Baltimore National Pike, in Ellicott City.
 
Cheers!
 
Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy
 
 
Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy
 
 
February 10, 2017 – Love Thy Beer!
 
A few weeks ago, I shared the news about a new Brewers Association of Maryland event called Love Thy Beer. Now, with FebBREWary, well underway, it’s only appropriate to talk about this again because… it happens next Friday at the Silver Springs Civic Center!
 
Love Thy Beer is a Winter Warmer showcase, and is new to the Brewers Association of Maryland’s line-up of craft beer festivals. You’ll be able to taste first time creations, regular Winter seasonal releases, and craft beers where the brewers have taken an existing recipe and made a change just for FebBREWary.
 
The VIP session starts at 6pm and is limited in attendance. The VIP session lasts for an hour and your $65 ticket offers a chance to try some small batch recipes, in addition to many other releases. The General Admission session runs from 7pm-10pm, costs just $50 per ticket, and features some incredible breweries and beer.
 
Here’s a small taste of what you’ll be able to enjoy next Friday:
  • Southside from Denizen’s Brewing, an American Style Rye IPA
  • Evolution Brewing’s Lot No. 6, a double IPA
  • Cherry Porter from Flying Dog Brewing
  • Hops The Cat from Full Tilt Brewing, an IPA
  • Tiramisu Peg Leg Stout, an Imperial Stout from Heavy Seas Beer
  • Oliver Brewing’s Creator/Destroyer, an Espresso Brown Ale
…and so many more!
 
Thirsty now? Then make sure you’re at Love Thy Beer, a Winter Warmer showcase, next Friday at the Silver Springs Civic Center.

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 
February 3, 2017 – The Raven Special Lager

Last week, RavenBeer’s President and Brewmaster, Stephen Demczuk, shared the story about how he became a brewer and ultimately formed Raven Beer.

RavenBeer produces six world-class beers:

  • The Raven Special Lager
  • Tell Tale Heart IPA
  • Pendulum Pilsner
  • Annabel Lee White, a Belgian Style Wit beer
  • Dark Usher, a Kolsch inspired beer
  • The Cask, a double bock

But the one that started it all was Raven Special Lager. I asked Stephen about how this excellent beer came to be.

(Stephen Demczuk talks)

So your mission this weekend is simple: enjoy an outstanding craft beer---The Raven Special Lager.

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

January 27, 2017 – Profile: Stephen Demczuk from Raven Beer

This week, I caught up with Stephen Demczuk, the President and Brewmaster at RavenBeer. Stephen and I have known each other for a while now and I wanted to share his story about becoming a brewer with you.

It was a number of years ago and Stephen Demczuk was heading to Switzerland to do his post-doctorate in molecular biology at the University of Geneva in Switzerland…
 
(Stephen Demczuk talks)
 
A little while later, Stephen was traveling in Germany with a friend when they pulled into a small bar and ordered two beers.
 
(Stephen Demczuk talks)
 
These events fueled Stephen’s path to brewing. He became a writer and editor for American Brewer magazine, went through a failed brewery start-up in Belgium, created Europe’s first “beer-of- the-month” club and then met Wolfgang Stark, a beer seller, in Hamburg, Germany. That’s when everything changed.
 
(Stephen Demczuk talks)
 
And so, Raven Special Lager was born. Raven Lager is the number one selling beer from RavenBeer and is a world class craft beer.
 
Next week, Stephen Demczuk will share some of the magic behind this excellent craft beer: Raven Special Lager. Until then…
 
Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 
January 20, 2017 – Beer Flights
 
OK. You’re making your first visit to a tap room and you’re trying to figure out what to try. So much beer, so many tough decisions. This is the kind of problem we all love to have!
 
Whether you’ve been drinking craft beer for years, or you’re new to this wonderful world, a fun way to begin your afternoon or evening is with a beer flight.
 
A beer flight features, typically, four to six different beers, presented on a wooden tray, board, or paddle, with the craft beers presented from light in color to dark. The pours are smaller than a standard draft, but are still enough to give you the chance to really evaluate each beer. Some taprooms have a standard flight of their signature beers and others allow you to build your own flight. No matter which presentation method the brewery offers, beer flights are a great way to try several different beers before settling in on the one or two you like most.
 
Another nice part of beer flights is that very often your bartender or server will describe the aroma and tasting profile of each beer, making the entire experience a little like dining in a fine restaurant, but instead of getting hungry as you hear the descriptives, you’re getting thirsty! It’s gourmet… drinking: a beautiful visual of your beers set up, side-by- side on the paddle, the light of the room making each beer appear especially appetizing, the smell as you lift the beer to drink, and then the remarkable flavor of a great craft beer.
 
So visit a craft brewery this weekend, spend some time in their taproom, and start your adventure with a beer flight!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 
January 13, 2017 – FebBREWary!

We are now almost half-way through January and that means we are less than three weeks away from… FebBREWary. That’s right, Feb-BREW-ary! February is Maryland Craft Beer Lover’s Month! And, as part of this month long celebration of craft beer, a very cool and different kind of event is taking place on Friday, FebBREWary 17th at the Silver Spring Civic Center. It’s called Love Thy Beer: Winter Warmer Showcase and it runs from 7pm-10pm, with a very limited attendance, 6pm-7pm, pre-event session. Love Thy Beer is another awesome event presented by the Brewers Association of Maryland.

And like their other two major events, the Maryland Craft Beer Festival and the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival, this event will exclusively feature Maryland Craft Beer. But it’s a little different because of the special beer that breweries make at this time of year. Love Thy Beer is putting the spotlight on Winter seasonals, porters, stouts, and small batch releases.

And like the other two signature Brewers of Association of Maryland events, you’ll have a chance to talk with brewers and brewery owners. It’s a great way to break out of the winter blues and have an amazing night! Tickets are available now for the main event at $50 each and for the pre-event session at $65---and those are going to sell out fast!

Celebrate FebBREWary and make your plans now to head to the Silver Springs Civic Center on Friday, FebBREWary 17th for the Love Thy Beer Winter Warmer Showcase!

I’ll see you there!

Cheers!

Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy

 

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