Too busy to write much that isn't being paid for, but I needed to slip this in ASAP:
The Wharf Rat-Camden Yards, after all that kerfuffle last week with Beer Advocate, IS closing after all--but ONLY for a month or so of renovations!
The beers should still be flowing at Bill Oliver's Fells Point pub, but the brewpub downtown will close up for a thorough rehab. According to the management, the renovations should take four to five weeks (ha--good luck with that, what with contractors in an old building), and will include installation of a new bar with 14 taps upstairs, renovation of the five vintage hand pumps at the bar, overhaul and upgrade of the restrooms, putting a couple fermenters back into operation, and making the brewing workspace a bit more humane for the poor hunchbacks that have to work there.
UPDATE: Friday the 30th will be "last call"...........