Welcome, dear readers, to this week’s edition of Craft Beer, Here.
The last time I wrote, I told you about an upcoming trip to Charleston, SC for what I think is one of the coolest beer festivals on the east coast: Brewvival.
Held at Coast Brewing the last weekend in February every year, it’s an opportunity for small craft brewers to show off what they’re really made of.
Brian Strumke, of Stillwater Artisanal Ales was representing Baltimore at the festival—pouring a saison called Kopstootje, an American amber/red ale called Holland Oats brewed at Bierbrouwerij Emelisse in the Netherlands, and a collaboration with Baltimore’s Brewer’s Art called Debutante.
You could also find some fine Baltimorean beer represented at local Charleston brewery Westbrook Brewing’s table where they offered Premium and Hot Garbage a “Berliner Rice” beer—both brewed in collaboration with Stillwater.
Brewvival was awesome—I got to try some incredible beers from breweries like Funky Buddha in Boca Raton, FL who brought no less than an apple pie ale, a PB&J ale and a key lime berliner weisse called "Ich Bin Lime Berliner". Never to be upstaged, Delaware's Dogfish Head was serving their 90 Minute IPA filtered through... bacon and habanero peppers, and the festival was a great opportunity to try beers like Bell's Hopslam and Black Note that we can't get at home.
Now that I’m back in lovely Charm City—er, Charm County?—I’m ready to check out the latest and greatest in B-More beer.
Flying Dog Backyard Bonfire
Tonight (Mar. 7) at in Parkville you can get your hands on some rare Flying Dog releases on tap.
If you check the @RacersCafe twitter account, you’ll find that there will be at the very least a delicious—if inappropriately named—cask-conditioned IPA available in the form of the brewery’s “Raging Bitch”; also on tap? A “brewhouse rarity” black lager and an Imperial Pumpkin ale called Fear.
Sounds like a good time to be had on a beautiful night. Sorry this is coming out so late, but make sure you stop by — and if you do, say hello. I’ll be there.
Soul Jacker Bombers Available Soon (if not now)
22-ounce bottles of a new DuClaw release should be making their way to a liquor store near you in the near future — keep an eye out for Soul Jacker, a blend of two of the brewery’s most celebrated beers: Blackjack stout and Devil’s Milk barleywine ale.
DuClaw Brewing’s Brad Klipner said the bombers should be making their way to shelves next week!
Growler Law Update
There’s a bill in the House this legislative session that, if it passes, could allow more establishments to re-fill growlers. Write to your delegate asking them to support HB401.
A new bar in Baltimore and a new brewery in Columbia
According to reports over at the Baltimore Sun, Stillwater Artisanal Ales and a co-owner of popular restaurant Jack’s Bistro are teaming up to open a bar in Brewer’s Hill called of Love and Regret sometime this spring.
The Sun also reports that beer bar mainstay Frisco taphouse will open a seven-barrel in-house brewery this spring.
In the Fridge
- Dogfish Head (Delaware) Tweason'ale
- Mikkeler/3 Floyds Boogoop Buckwheat Wine Ale
- DuClaw Hellrazer IPA
- Founders Double Trouble IPA
- Bell’s Hopslam
What are you drinking this week? Heard any exciting beer news? New to craft beer and looking for a recommendation? Tell us in the comments.