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June 26, 2015 – Ram’s Head Tavern – Annapolis

Earlier this year, I attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Ram’s Head Tavern in Annapolis.  It’s always been a cool place to hang out at, but before that January evening, I didn’t know about the direct connection between the great craft beer they serve and the kazillion shows that happen at Ram’s Head On Stage in Annapolis, and at Ram’s Head Live and Pier Six here in Baltimore.

But before all of these concerts were happening, the Ram’s Head Tavern opened in Annapolis, in 1989 as simply a restaurant and bar.  Six years later, in 1995, Ram’s Head Tavern started serving craft beer!  At that point in history, craft beer was completely new to most people.  But Ram’s Head launched Fordham Brewing that same year.  There’s a wonderful story to Fordham and the partnership it formed with Dominion Brewing, but I’ll share that with you in a couple weeks.  The cool part of this story is that with great craft beer at Ram’s Head Tavern, more and more people started going to the tavern.  And with more people, came the need for more space.  And with more space came the decision to begin booking shows with bands and solo artists who loved playing for a passionate music crowd in an intimate concert setting.  So Ram’s Head On Stage was created. 

Ram’s Head On Stage now presents concerts almost daily, year-round.  They’ve already had a bunch of killer shows this year and have a ton of shows coming up, including Leon Russell, Gin Blossoms, Graham Nash and Little River Ban.  And, so many more.  It’s a great place to see a concert and, of course, enjoy a nice cold Fordham or Dominion craft beer!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

 

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

June 19, 2015 – The Brewer’s Art
 
A few weeks ago, my wife and I went to see the magician, Cris Angel, at The Lyric.  It was a nice summer afternoon and a perfect time to walk around part of Baltimore.  The Lyric is in the Mount Vernon neighborhood, a really interesting part of this great city.  After the show, we walked to The Brewer’s Art, on North Charles Street near East Chase Street, to have dinner.  The Brewer’s Art is a very cool restaurant that doesn’t just have excellent food, it’s  also an architecturally appealing space that is immediately comfortable and… here comes the beer part… has awesome craft beer!
 
Maybe you know about The Brewer’s Art from your own experience dining there.  Or maybe you know about The Brewer’s Art because of the craft beer they can and distribute.  Before I ate at the restaurant, I had enjoyed two of their beers from the can: Resurrection Ale and Birdhouse Pale Ale.  Resurrection is the craft beer that they call their flagship brand.  It’s a delicious, full bodied brown ale and is easy to drink and just as easy to have again for round two!  Birdhouse Pale Ale is a classic example of the pale ale style, full of flavor with a nice balance between the hop and malt profile, and is a great ale to introduce to friends who have never tried craft beer.  On the night I had dinner at The Brewer’s Art restaurant, Birdhouse was on draught and it was awesome to enjoy it that way after having had it many times before from the can.
 
So try something new this weekend!  Pick up Resurrection Ale or Birdhouse Pale Ale from The Brewer’s Art---you’ll enjoy every moment!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 
 
June 12, 2015 – Low ABV Craft Beer
 
Does it seem like we skipped Spring and jumped into summer?  Summertime heat is here this weekend in a big way!  So what better way to enjoy summer than to cool off with an ice cold craft beer?  Of course when it’s hot, it’s easy to drink a lot of liquids.  And that’s a good idea, in general.  But on hot days, pacing yourself with a very drinkable, lower alcohol, craft beer is a pretty good idea.
 
Whether you seek out a lager or an ale, there are a lot of great choices for satisfying your summer thirst this weekend.  Union Craft Brewing’s Anthem Golden Ale is brewed with American grown barley, wheat, corn, and oats and Columbus and Mosaic hops and has an ABV---Alcohol By Volume---of 5.0%.   Heavy Seas Beer has created CrossBones, a light and refreshing session ale with an ABV of just 4.5%.  Jailbreak Brewing Company’s The Infinite Amber Ale weighs in at 5.0% ABV and is smooth ale for summertime, or anytime.  Raven Beer’s Pendulum Pilsner is a rich and delicious pilsner and has an ABV of just 4.5%.  And Full Tilt Brewing’s The Bay IPA is another session ale and checks in with an ABV of 4.5%.  
 
And there are a ton more.  Just grab the bottle or can and look for the ABV on the side.  Or ask someone at your local liquor store.  The key to staying cool and enjoying summer is… being cool and being in control.  And as a fellow craft beer lover, I know you like having two or three as much as I do.  So try a lower ABV beer this weekend… or enjoy one of the summer craft beers you had last year and celebrate the summer of 2015!   

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 
 
May 29, 2015 – Raven Beer            

Within this wonderful world of craft beer, there are so many rich and interesting stories about how people got involved with brewing beer.  The big unknown for every brewer is where the journey will take them. 

For you and me, finding a great craft beer is simply a matter of walking into our favorite pub or liquor store and enjoying one of our favorites or trying something new.  But for the craft brewer, creating a great craft beer takes curiosity, intelligence, knowledge of the brewing process, a willingness to experiment, a tireless work ethic, and a commitment to making the highest quality beer possible to capture magic in a bottle!  And Stephen Demczuk, the President and Brewmaster of RavenBeer, is just that: a true craft brewer.

Stephen first began brewing in Belgium, then opened Europe’s first beer-of-the-month club in Luxembourg, a very small country bordered by Germany, Belgium and France.  Talk about a great part of the world to start brewing!  Along the way, one of his beer suppliers approached him about brewing beer in Germany with an American theme.  And so The Raven Special Lager was born!  Yes, this excellent American craft beer was actually first brewed in Germany by a guy who grew up in Dundalk, graduated from the University of Maryland and has a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Oklahoma! 

Raven Beer brews five equally excellent craft beers: The Raven Special Lager, The Cask double bock, Tell Tale Heart IPA, Pendulum Pilsner and Annabel Lee White Belgian wit beer.  Annabel Lee is the newest addition to the RavenBeer portfolio and has a cool brewing profile.  It features a Belgian yeast, unmalted wheat---wheat that has not been roasted---barley malt and Hersbrucker hops.  Then coriander and orange are added during the boil of the wort---the wort is the liquid that, after fermentation, becomes beer.  The result of this creative brewing process is a delicious wit beer, one you’ll definitely want to have again and again.

Annabel Lee White, from Raven Beer, a beer that’s arrived just in time for summer! 

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

May 29, 2015 – Maryland Craft Beer Festival – Part II

The moment we’ve been waiting for is here!  Tomorrow is the 2015 Maryland Craft Beer Festival at Carroll Creek Park in Frederick!  Not only will you be able to enjoy some stellar craft beer, you’ll also be able to hear live music from a bunch of local bands and do it all along the edge of Carroll Creek in downtown Frederick! 

Carroll Creek Park is a beautifully landscaped area of Frederick with brick sidewalks, footbridges over Carroll Creek, elevated grass areas with brick walls---a nice place to sit and enjoy life for a while---and a number of restaurants adjacent to the park with even more just a few steps away.

The Maryland Craft Beer Festival is presented by the Brewers Association of Maryland, an organization that includes 38 of the 48 craft breweries in our state.  I caught up with Steven Demczuk, the President of RavenBeer, makers of The Raven Special Lager, Tell Tale Heart IPA, Pendulum Pilsner, The Cask---a wonderful double bock---and the just released Annabel Lee, a Belgian-style wit beer.  Steven is a member of the Brewers Association of Maryland, or BAM, and boiled down the purpose behind BAM to this: they work together to spread the gospel of Maryland craft beer!  And you’ll see many of these brewers doing just that tomorrow at the Maryland Craft Beer Festival: spreading the good news that craft beer is alive, healthy and on fire in Maryland! 

Make your Saturday into something special tomorrow and be a part of the Maryland Craft Beer Festival.  You’ll have your choice from 30 Maryland craft breweries and well over a hundred different beers: lagers, IPAs, stouts, pale ales, pilsners, porters, Belgian-style ales and more! 

It’ll be a day to remember! 

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

May 22, 2015 – Beer Distributors

Here we are at the unofficial kick-off for summer and like you, I’ll be stopping at my favorite liquor store for some awesome craft beer for the weekend and beyond!  We are incredibly fortunate to be able to choose from a such a wide assortment of craft beer and all of that selection wouldn’t be possible without the work of the beer distributors in our area.

Beer distributors are businesses based on bringing in hundreds of thousands of cases and barrels of beer and then getting it out to pubs, bars, restaurants and liquor stores for our enjoyment.  And as craft brewing grows, we are finding more and more craft beers available because of beer distributors.  Beer distributors actually seek out beers to bring into the Baltimore area, both from a business point of view and from a pure passion for having more great craft beer available.  And this approach applies to both in-state and out of state beers.  Most craft brewers start with distribution only near their brewery and then expand as demand increases.  For example, even if a beer is brewed right here in Baltimore, it may not necessarily be available throughout Maryland. 

Last week, I had the chance to spend some time with Mike Kulnich of Legends Limited, an outstanding beer distributor that is responsible for our ability to enjoy some spectacular craft beer here in Baltimore.  Their trucks and drivers move beer daily from their warehouse to our favorite spots.  It’s a big job and every account receives custom orders.  From outstanding Maryland breweries like Union Craft Brewing, Stillwater Artisanal Ales and The Brewer’s Art to amazing out-of-state craft breweries like Southern Tier Brewing, Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Oscar Blues Brewery and Lagunitas Brewing Company, Legends Limited delivers the craft beer we love!

Enjoy a great craft beer this weekend.  It’s summertime!

Cheers,

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

May 15, 2015 – Red Shedman Farm Brewery
 
Okay---so now you know that farm breweries were made possible due to a Maryland law passed July 1st, last year.  And you know that farm breweries are making great craft beer, just like other craft breweries, except that they are required by law to use locally grown products in their beer.  There are several excellent farm breweries near Baltimore and I had the pleasure of visiting another one this week---the Red Shedman Farm Brewery!  It’s both a place you have to visit and craft beer you have to enjoy.
 
Red Shedman is situated on beautiful farmland near Mt. Airy and is part of the Linganore Wine Cellars family---a, literally, family owned and operated company.  Brothers Anthony and Vic Aellen run Linganore Wine Cellars and Red Shedman Farm Brewery, respectively.  
 
Vic Aellen is the brewmaster for Red Shedman and is producing some delicious craft beer.  Vic designed a beautiful stainless steel brewing system located in a brand new building that houses the brewhouse and the tasting room.  Vic is passionate and creative in his brewing and personally oversees all brewing, doing much of the work himself.  His brewing knowledge is extensive and it all becomes clear just how much he understands the art of brewing when you taste one of his craft beers.  If you visit the brewery, you’ll step into a large, warm inviting tasting room, with a long wooden bar and have the chance to enjoy many different beers including some that are only available at the brewery.  You can find Red Shedman craft beer on draught in many pubs and bars and in cans in liquor stores.  Red Shedman craft beers are all in creative, colorful cans with descriptions of the beer on the side.  
 
I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying all of the canned Red Shedman craft beers and it’s not easy to pick one to recommend.  But as Vic and I talked, I heard his great pride in the evolution of the recipe in Red Shedman Vanilla Porter.  And once you taste it, you’ll see why.  The vanilla notes are strong enough to offset some of the natural bitterness that all porters have, yet the vanilla doesn’t overpower the beer.  So pick up a Red Shedman Vanilla Porter and celebrate the good life!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 
 
May 8, 2015 – 2015 Real Ale Festival
 
Over the last year, I’ve talked a little about cask ales.  And with an awesome cask ale event happening tomorrow---the Real Ale Festival, at Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore---I thought it would be good idea to take a quick look at cask ales.
 
Cask ale is beer that is conditioned in, and served from the cask.  Casks look much like a barrel and are typically made of steel.  When the ale becomes conditioned, the beer in the cask matures, clarifies and carbonates.  The carbonation happens because a small amount of yeast remains in the cask.  It’s interesting to note that up until the beer actually goes into the cask, the brewing process is the same as the beer that we all drink on draught or from bottles and cans.  
 
So now that you have a feel for cask ales, you’re ready for an amazing Spring afternoon tomorrow from 12noon-5pm at Pratt Street Ale House in the heart of downtown Baltimore!  The Real Ale Festival is all about cask ales and there will be a ton of them there, including a little bonus: you’ll also have the chance to try some craft cask ales from… England! There will be so many cask ales for you to try that I can’t name them all now, but here are a few:
  • Welcome to Scoville Jalapeno IPA from Jailbreak Brewing
  • Riot Rye (with Mango!) from Monocacy Brewing
  • Annabel Lee Belgian Wit from Raven Beer
  • Single Hop Warrior Imperial IPA from Flying Dog
  • O’Reilly’s Stout from Pennsylvania’s Sly Fox Brewing
  • Birdhouse Pale Ale from The Brewers Art
…and so many more!
 
It’ll be a great Saturday afternoon.  The Real Ale Festival at Pratt Street Ale House.  I’ll see you there!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 
May 1, 2015 – Evolution Craft Brewing
 
Take a small step back in time.  It’s late 2008 on the Eastern Shore, near Salisbury, and rumors are circulating that a craft brewery might be opening.  This was especially big news then.  The Salisbury/Ocean City area had no craft breweries in ‘08.  But that was all about to change.  Tommy and Johnny Knorr were, indeed, building a craft brewery and in so doing, realizing a dream.
 
Just a few months later, in early 2009, Evolution Craft Brewing Company opened in Delmar, Delaware, just a couple of miles over the Maryland/Delaware border.  Tommy and Johnny had hoped to open their brewery in Salisbury, but at that time, the town didn’t recognize the value of having a craft brewery.  That first space, in Delmar, Delaware wasn’t glamorous or even highly visible, but it had the room to build a brewing system, bottling operation and a small tasting room.  That was all the Knorr’s needed to get their beer to a bunch of thirsty Delmarva residents!
 
Zoom forward to now and Evolution---sometimes just called EVO---has been happily at home in Salisbury for a few years.  They’ve built a great brewery and tasting room and also have a restaurant known as the Evolution, or EVO, Public House.  If you’ve ever eaten at one of Tommy and Johnny Knorr’s restaurants, you know the food is always great!
 
I can comfortably recommend literally all of their mainline and seasonal craft beers because I’ve had them all.  If you’ve never had an Evolution craft beer and are new to craft beer, try their Primal Pale Ale, a balanced, smooth golden pale ale.  And if you’re a craft beer enthusiast, jump into Lot #6, a double IPA, with the right amount of bitterness and a ton of hop flavor and aroma!  Or have one of each!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

April 24, 2015 Maryland Craft Beer Festival

Last year, just a few days after I started writing and talking about craft beer on 100.7 The Bay, an awesome event took place---an event so cool that I already began looking forward to the 2015 version.  And now we’re just a little over a month away and I would not be doing my job as “The Craft Beer Guy” if I didn’t tell you about this.

The date: Saturday, May 30th
The time: 1pm-6pm
The place: Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick
The event: The Maryland Craft Beer Festival

This is something you don’t want to miss!  The Maryland Craft Beer Festival is presented by the Brewers Association of Maryland and features an outstanding line-up of Maryland craft breweries!  The Brewers Association of Maryland is the non-profit trade association of Maryland brewing companies.  Their mission is to promote and protect Maryland Beer. 

As of today, here are just some of the breweries that will be there, in alphabetical order:

  • Eastern Shore Brewing Company        
  • Flying Dog Brewery
  • Full Tilt Brewing
  • Heavy Seas Beer
  • Jailbreak Brewing
  • Milkhouse Brewery
  • Monocacy Brewing
  • Oliver Brewing
  • Raven Beer
  • Ruhlman Brewery
  • The Brewers Art
  • Union Craft Brewing

…and there are more.

And of course there will be food and music!  It’s a great event and something you have to put on your 2015 bucket list!

The Maryland Craft Beer Festival, Saturday May 30th, at Carroll Creek Park in Frederick.  I’ll see you there!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

April 17, 2015 – 1st Annual Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ Festival

Warm weather is starting and it feels great!  And with this kind of weather comes a ton of new things to do!  And in the wonderful world of craft beer that means… new beer festivals!

There’s a nice, first time, event happening tomorrow at the Red Shedman Farm Brewery in Mt. Airy.  It’s the 1st Annual Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ Festival and it features… yes… bluegrass music, craft beer, and great food!  Hard to go wrong with that, right!?

If you’ve not heard of Red Shedman yet, they are one of the relatively new farm breweries here in Maryland.  As a quick refresher, last July, Maryland passed a law allowing for the creation of farm breweries where these brewers use Maryland grown ingredients in their craft beer.  But although they are a new brewery, they have years of experience in creating great products.  Red Shedman is, let’s call it the beer division, of Linganore Wine Cellars.  The Red Shedman brewmaster is Vic Aellen, a man with a solid history of creating great craft beer.  I’ll be visiting with the Red Shedman team very soon and will fill you in more about the brewery then!

The 1st Annual Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ Festival starts tomorrow---Saturday, April 18th---at 10am and goes all day and features craft beer from Red Shedman, Frey’s Brewing Company---another farm brewery, Milkhouse Brewery---also a farmhouse brewery, Monacacy Brewery and craft beer from Barley and Hops.  And, if you’re in the mood for a glass of wine, Linganore wines will be there too!

The setting is beautiful, the music will make the day fun, the food menu will feature barbeque and more, and the craft beer will be… awesome!  It’s the 1st Annual Bluegrass, Brew & BBQ Festival at Red Shedman Brewery in Mt. Airy!  Have a blast!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

April 10, 2015 – Baseball and… Craft Beer

 
It’s Opening Day in Charm City!  The O’s are back in town and Baltimore is rockin’! A day or night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards is one of the best experiences you can have in life.  Whether you’re with friends, family, co-workers or you just decide to buy a single game ticket to chill-out and watch some baseball, Orioles baseball is an awesome part of enjoying life.
 
The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the shouts from the vendors, the smell of ballpark food cooking, and the taste of… craft beer!  Now that’s baseball!  Last year, Oriole Park stepped up to the plate in a big way and knocked it out of the park with a stellar assortment of Maryland craft beer.  Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, The Raven, Evolution and Union Craft Brewing all had multiple beers available.  There’s no doubt that this year’s line-up will be even better with news already breaking that Flying Dog’s Dead Rising---the summer ale that debuted last year, brewed with Old Bay Seasoning---is being tapped today, on Opening Day, and this year features an even spicier version!

 

Baseball… hot dogs… and craft beer.  Now that’s the good life!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 
April 3, 2015 – Bargain Beers

Springtime is in the air!  And with the new season comes lot of new, fresh craft beer!  It also means that some of our favorite wintertime seasonals will be disappearing very soon and we’ll have to wait until next year to enjoy them.

Like grocery stores, liquor stores need to make room for new products.  It’s a very practical matter of managing inventory and space.  And as exciting as it is for us to look forward to the rush of spring and summer craft beers, their arrival means that liquor stores need to clear out the last of their winter beers.  And there’s good news in this.  Very often stores will offer these seasonal beers at a discount so that the liquor store can create space for the new spring beers.  And for you and me, this means a chance to pick up a great craft beer at a great price.  It also means an opportunity to try something new without a lot of risk.  Although almost everyone who enjoys craft beer embraces the entire craft beer category, we all have our favorite styles.  This time of the year, when stores are bringing in new seasonal craft beers, go on an adventure and try a new style or a new flavor.  You’ll almost always find the experience to be a great one because so many craft beers are simply… great!  And you’ll feel good about it because you got a bargain! 

So take a look around when you walk in your favorite liquor store.  These end-of-season beers will often be on a special display and you’ll have the chance to explore something new… at a bargain price!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

 

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.
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