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January 12, 2018 – Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA

Maryland’s outstanding craft beer culture is the direct result of so many passionate and creative people in the craft beer industry and, as consumers, our love for craft beer!  I’ve been fortunate to meet some really good people in the craft beer community over the last four years since starting this Craft Beer on The Bay feature.  One of those “good people” is Ben Clark, the Brewmaster at Flying Dog Brewery.  Ben and I got together a while ago to taste and talk about some of Flying Dog’s craft beers.  First up, Snake Dog IPA, what Ben Clark described as one of their flagship beers.

(Flying Dog’s Ben Clark talks)

CTZ hops are a blend of three hops: Columbus, the C”, Tomahawk, the “T” and Zeus, the “Z”, in CTZ.  The CTZ hops give Snake Dog IPA its distinct character and is one of the reasons why this IPA is so immensely popular.

Enjoy your weekend.  And enjoy a Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery too!

Cheers!

Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

 

January 5, 2018 – Imperial Stout

Bitter cold temperatures.  Icy winds.  Time for an Imperial Stout! 

Imperial Stout is a style of beer that fits so well for cold, winter days.  In general, Imperial Stouts tend to have a subtle sweetness that Extra, Dry, Cream, and Oatmeal stouts don’t have.  It’s part of what defines the style.  And Imperial Stouts are usually higher in alcohol by volume than other stouts.  Years ago, when I was just beginning my craft beer journey, I bought a bottle of Northcoast Brewing’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, not knowing anything about the style at the time and was blown away!  And now each time I have one, I am still amazed.  It’s black and rich with toffee and coffee aromas and robust malt and chocolate flavors.  Spectacular.  And in many ways, Old Rasputin sets the standard for a truly great Imperial Stout.

Here are some other world-class Imperial Stouts that are equally outstanding:

·         Brooklyn Brewery makes a stunning Russian Imperial Stout called Black Chocolate Stout.  Deep, dark, and delicious, this beer has a very clear chocolate flavor to it, without having any chocolate added to the brew.

·         Heavy Seas Beer makes two incredible Imperial Stouts: Peg Leg and Siren Noire.  Peg Leg Imperial Stout is available all year and is a wonderful example of the style with the richness and subtle sweetness that is characteristic of Imperial Stouts.  Siren Noire is a Chocolate Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels for five weeks with vanilla beans and cocoa nibs.  Awesome.

·         Southern Tier Brewing makes some of the best craft beer in America and their Imperial Stout line-up is unbelievable… and unbelievably good!  I don’t have time to describe each one, but if you try any one of these, you will be impressed… and love every minute of it.

o        Choklat, with notes of chocolate

o        Choklat Oranj, brewed with chocolate and orange peels

o        Salted Caramel, with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt and notes of caramel

o        Thick Mint, brewed with chocolate and mint

o        Crème Brulee, with vanilla beans

o        Warlock, brewed with pumpkin and pumpkin spice

o        Monstrosus, aged in bourbon barrels.

Imperial Stout.  Perfect for a cold, winter weekend.

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

 

December 29, 2017 – Beer on New Year’s Eve

As we head into this weekend, I find myself reflecting on this past year and thinking about things to do in 2018.  And like you, I’m also thinking about welcoming in the New Year on Sunday night. 

While toasting the New Year with a glass of champagne is what is most commonly associated with New Year’s Eve, I love celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next with a delicious glass of craft beer.  Typically I vary the style of glass I use based on the craft beer I’m drinking, but on New Year’s Eve I like using a wine goblet.   The wine goblet’s long stem and deep, wide bowl present the beer beautifully and allow the beer’s color to be seen clearly and the aromas to be captured easily as you raise your glass for your toast.

If you want to stay with the champagne mood, try one of Brewery Ommegang’s beers.  Based in Cooperstown, New York, Brewery Ommegang has been making inventive, mostly Belgian-inspired beers for years.  All of their beers are available in 750ml bottles and have caged, corked tops, giving you the chance to have the visual, large bottle and cork experience that you get with champagne.  Their six primary beers are each stylistically different: Hennepin is a Golden Ale; Gnomegang in a Blonde Ale; Witte is a Wheat Ale; Rare Vos is an Amber Ale; Abbey Ale is a Dubbel Ale; and Three Philosopher’s is a Quadrupel Ale.

No matter what you chose, resolve to find something special to savor as you celebrate New Year’s Eve and Day this year. 

 Happy New Year!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

 @jwcraftbeerguy

 

December 15, 2017 – Santa’s Private Reserve from Rogue Ales

Earlier this week, I was out looking for some Christmas gifts and was in search for a special beer for a person I work with here at 100.7 The Bay: Joe Heffron, the station’s General Sales Manager.  Joe has been with the station for 16 years, but before joining The Bay, Joe worked as the Bar Manager and Marketing Director for Kclinger’s Tavern in Hanover, Pennsylvania.  It was during his time at Kclinger’s that Joe developed a passion for craft beer.  Alas, Kclinger’s isn’t around anymore but craft beer certainly is! 

Earlier this week, Joe asked me if I had ever had Santa’s Private Reserve from Rogue Ales, a legendary Oregon brewery.  I told him that I loved the brewery’s products and had Santa’s Private Reserve several times, but it didn’t capture what I was looking for in a Holiday ale. 

So with that said, here’s what happened after that conversation.  While looking for some craft beer for Joe, I saw a bottle of the 2017 version of Santa’s Private Reserve and it looked very different.  The artwork had changed.  The colors were different.  Instead of mostly red and white, the label was green, red and white.  And the recipe had changed, just from the description on the bottle.  So I grabbed a bottle and took it home to try that night.  When I opened the bottle, I immediately picked up the scent of Belgian candi sugar.  Then when I poured the beer, a beautiful deep brown nectar filled my glass, with a thick tan head and I knew my adventure was just beginning.  After the head settled, I lifted the glass for my first taste of Santa’s Private Reserve 2017.  The aroma had hints of toffee and fruit and the flavor exploded with raspberries and cherries, enhanced by the Belgian candi sugar in the brew.  This is a Christmas ale!  And on the bottle, it’s all spelled out: a Belgian Dark Ale with Cherries and Raspberries!

Rogue’s Santa’s Private Reserve is available in 22 ounce bottles and is now on my annual craft beer Christmas list!

With the Holiday Season underway, a cold night and a little snow, warm up with a bottle of Santa’s Private Reserve tonight!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 

December 8, 2017 – Anchor Christmas Ale

Back in the early days of my craft beer journey, I discovered a few breweries that were making beer specifically for the Holiday Season. And since that moment, I’ve made a point of drinking almost nothing but Holiday inspired beers during this time of the year. Now here we are at December 8 th , Hanukkah is only four days away and Christmas will be here in just 17 days! This is the time to go exploring and find some Holiday seasonal craft beer!

 
Because I love this time of year so much, I make sure each year that I have certain Christmas Ales ready to enjoy the day after Thanksgiving. As a result, when I go to the basement to grab a beer this time of year, I really am “walking in a Winter wonderland!”
 
There are a lot of really good Holiday beers, but the one that started it all for me was from Anchor Brewing in San Francisco. The beer is appropriately named Anchor Christmas Ale. And it is special.
 
I think the best way for you to get a feel for Anchor Christmas Ale is to hear the words of Anchor Brewmaster Scott Ungermann: “This year’s Christmas Ale has a strong malt profile that is enhanced with wintry spices. The beer pours a deep, dark, mahogany brown with a creamy, tan head. It has flavors of creamy bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and toasted nuts, with a rich, smooth, velvety mouthfeel. This is the third year in a row that we peeled back the layers of spices, taking some ingredients out and making those remaining stand out even more. In the meantime, we added more specialty malts, some that we’re using for the first time. The combination of malts, spices, and hops add layers of complexity to the beer and bring this year’s ale to a new level."
 
Now in it’s 43rd year, Anchor Christmas Ale’s label features it’s 43 rd different tree. The recipe changes in subtle ways each year as does the label, but it’s always delicious!
 
You can find Anchor Christmas Ale in 12 ounce bottles and in a beautiful gold-foiled 50.7 ounce magnum bottle.
So capture a little Holiday spirit in a bottle this weekend! Anchor Christmas Ale is here!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 
December 1, 2017 – Flying Fish Brewing

The year was 1994.  I was working at a radio station in Philadelphia and already into my deep love affair with craft beer when I read about an internet-only brewery.  But it didn’t make any sense to me.  For beer to be made, there has to be a physical brewery… right?  As it turned out, the internet-only brewery was simply a concept that Gene Muller used to launch the now extremely successful Flying Fish Brewery.

Gene Muller is the Founder and President of Flying Fish Brewery.  I had the chance to spend some time at the Flying Fish Brewery in Somerdale, New Jersey recently, and asked Gene to tell us the story behind Flying Fish.

(Flying Fish’s Gene Muller talks)

You can see, smell and taste the true care and craft that has gone into making these award-winning beers.  Flying Fish has six year-round craft beers.  Here’s Gene Muller with the line-up:

(Flying Fish’s Gene Muller talks)

 Now I know you’re thirsty!  Time to have a Flying Fish craft beer

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 

November 24, 2017 – Reforming Maryland’s Beer Laws

Back in March this year, I talked with Kevin Atticks, the Executive Director of the Brewers Association of Maryland, about Maryland House Bill 1283 and the challenges and problems it presented for Maryland craft brewers.

On Monday, this week, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot held a press conference at the new location for Union Craft Brewing on West 41st Street in Hamden and revealed the findings of his Reform On Tap Task Force, a 40-member group representing every region in the state and made up of brewers, distributors, retailers, consumers and lawmakers from both major parties.

The result of the work that group did is the writing of The Reform On Tap Act of 2018, an act designed to give any planned or existing brewery the same opportunities that Pennsylvania, Virginia, DC and Delaware offer.  The Reform On Tap Act of 2018 would change antiquated laws and restrictive regulations that have actually caused some Maryland breweries-in-the-planning to move elsewhere.

Here are some of the highlights of the Reform On Tap Act of 2018:

·         All limits on beer production, taproom sales and take-home sales will be removed. 

·         Local town governments will set taproom operating hours.

·         Smaller craft breweries will be able to self-distribute, a term that refers to the distribution to their beer to restaurants, bars and liquor stores by brewery employees.

·         The current restrictions on contract brewing are lifted.  Contract brewing refers to the relationship that is set up when a young brewery contracts with a larger operation to brew their beer.

The craft beer industry in Maryland is a vital part of our economy with an overall economic impact of nearly $803 million in 2016 and supporting or creating over 6500 jobs that same year.

So as we give thanks for many things on this special weekend, let’s also give thanks for a very encouraging piece of legislation due for the 2018 Maryland General Assembly session.

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 

November 17, 2017 – Thanksgiving and Pumpkin Ales

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

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

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

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

Here are some to look for this Thanksgiving:

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

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

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 

November 10, 2017 – Yard’s Brewing Company

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

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

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

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

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

 Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

 @jwcraftbeerguy

 

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

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

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

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

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 
October 20, 2017 – Craft Beer’s Continued Growth

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 

October 13, 2017 – Baltimore Beer Week 2017

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

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

(Joe Gold talks)

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

(Joe Gold talks)

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

(Joe Gold talks)

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

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 

October 6, 2017 – Heavy Seas Partner Ships Series

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

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

(Heavy Seas’ Chris Leonard talks)

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

(Heavy Seas’ Chris Leonard talks)

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

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

@jwcraftbeerguy

 

September 29, 2017Collaboration

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

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

(Heavy Seas’ Chris Leonard talks)

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

Until then…

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

September 22, 2017 – The 3rd Annual Baltimore Craft Beer Festival

The countdown is on!  The 3rd Annual Baltimore Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, October 7th at Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston Street, with a clear view of the harbor and Fort McHenry.  This is one of the Brewers Association of Maryland’s biggest and best events!  I talked with BAM’s Callie Pfeiffer about the BCBF, the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival:

(Callie Pfeiffer from the Brewers Association of Maryland talks)

30 breweries!  Just imagine how many different craft beers will be available!  Anyway, beyond the beer, there will be some awesome music filling the early October air during a competition titled “Battle of the Brewskis.”

(Callie Pfeiffer from the Brewers Association of Maryland talks)

And a special presentation will be made to one of Maryland’s craft breweries.

(Callie Pfeiffer from the Brewers Association of Maryland talks)

 It’s an event not to be missed. 

 …see you in a couple weeks!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

September 15, 2017 – Oktoberfest

A celebration that is now 207 years old kicks off tomorrow, worldwide!  Oktoberfest---spelled with a “k”---was first held in 1810 to honor the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese von Sachsen--Hildburghausen. It was a six-day celebration held in the fields in front of the city gates of Munich, starting October 12th and ending with a horse race on October 17, 1810.  Over the years, it went from being an annual wedding anniversary celebration to an event that involved parades, costumes, beer booths and dance floors, while still following the tradition of enjoying the fields outside the city.  As the celebrations were repeated, Oktoberfest was lengthened and moved forward into September for the warmer temperatures that mid-to-late September offer.

Oktoberfest is now a 16-dayt celebration held every year in Munich, Germany with over six million people attending each year.  And while we may not be able to make it to Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest at its original location, we can enjoy many wonderful Oktoberfest celebrations here and savor some outstanding Oktoberfest beers.  And while many of the best Oktoberfest beers are brewed in Germany, there are some American craft breweries that make outstanding Oktoberfest beer.  I’ve had a number of these and have found one that is really outstanding: Sam Adams Octoberfest---spelled with a “c”.  It even won a Gold Medal at Munich’s Oktoberfest several years ago.  It’s rich, malt-forward, very smooth, a wonderful amber/orange color and is perfect for the fall and for Oktoberfest!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

September 8, 2017 – Bel Air Beer Week

If you live in or near Harford County, these next 10 days, starting today, are 10 great reasons to drink some awesome craft beer!  Today is day #1 of Bel Air Beer Week!

 Events range from tap takeovers to beer-and-food pairings to meet-the-brewer nights to the first Bel Air Oktoberfest.  Some of the breweries being featured during Bel Air Beer Week events include Manor Hill Brewing, Ballast Point, 4 Hands, Dogfish Head, Maine Brewing Company, Heavy Seas, Lagunitas, Independent Brewing Company, Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, Union Craft Brewing, Magic Hat and Terrapin Brewing.  Many of these will also be part of Bel Air Oktoberfest, happening Saturday, September 16th at the Bel Air Armory.  Tickets for Bel Air Oktoberfest are going fast and, at this writing, there are only 86 tickets left!

If you jump online, you can get a complete listing of events and locations.  Ronnie’s Beverage Warehouse, 1514 Rock Spring Road in Forest Hill has a ton of beer tastings. And Sean Bolan’s Irish Pub, at 12 South Main Street in downtown Bel Air, is hosting a wide variety of events, including a Maine Brewing Company tap take-over tonight---that’s where I’ll be, for sure! 

…see you tonight!

Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

September 1, 2017 – Craft Beer Celebrations

As we enter the last, unofficial weekend of Summer, we hit September with a bunch of warm weather ahead of us and some excellent craft beer celebrations set to make our late summer and early Fall spectacular.

Next week I’ll be talking with Shane McCarthy, founder of Bel Air Beer Week, about some of Bel Air Beer Week’s events, including Bel Air’s first Oktoberfest.  And in coming weeks, I’ll be putting the spotlight on the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival, one of the Brewers Association of Maryland’s biggest events happening at Canton Waterfront Park on Saturday, October 7th.  And I’ll also feature Baltimore Beer Week co-founder Joe Gold when he takes us inside some of the awesome Baltimore Beer Week events!

There are so many great craft beer events and festivals coming, including Cheesetoberfest at Fordham/Dominion Brewing in Dover, Delaware, that the biggest problem you’ll have is which one, or even how many, to go to! 

Have a great and safe Labor Day Weekend!

 Cheers!

Jefferson

100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Guy

Email: thecraftbeerguy@thebayonline.com

Twitter: @jwcraftbeerguy

 

August 25, 2017 – Waverly Brewing – What’s New!

I stopped by Waverly Brewing this week and enjoyed a couple of their outstanding craft beers with Head Brewer Roy Fisher and brewer Greg McGrath.  They had just finished the initial set-up of a new piece of equipment for Waverly Brewing and I asked Roy Fisher to share the news with us.

(Waverly Brewing’s Roy Fisher talks)

And although the set-up isn’t permanent right now, you can start taking home crowlers of Waverly craft beer tomorrow!  Waverly brews a wide variety of styles, often with a very interesting twist.

(Waverly Brewing’s Roy Fisher talks)

One of the wonderful aspects of the craft beer industry is its sense of community.  While I was there, we each had a Captain Bates IPA, and the story behind it is… special.

(Waverly Brewing’s Roy Fisher talks)

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