Congratulations to Baltimore beer's winners in the City Paper Best of Baltimore 2009 issue: Mahaffey's Pub for "Best Restaurant Beer List"; Hamilton Tavern on Harford Road for "Best New Bar;" Max's Taphouse for "Best Beer Selection;" The Brewer's Art for "Best First-Date Bar;" The Brewer's Art's Resurrection for "Best Local Bottled Beer" (even though technically the bottled stuff is brewed under contract at Sly Fox in Pennsylvania), Clipper City's BaltoMarzHon for "Best Local Draft Beer;" The Ropewalk Tavern in Federal Hill for "Best Drunken Hook-Up Bar;" The Wharf Rat (I no longer have to say which one) for "Best Happy Hour;" Roland Park Wines and Liquor for "Best Beer Store"........ and............ ummmm..... some hack that thinks he's a blogger as well as a Mid-Atlantic Brewing News columnist won "Best Drinking Blog"......
Our congratulations to the above winners! (Well, except for that hack, of course...)
In addition, another award went to "Best View": the view from atop the former Wiessner/American Brewery on North Gay Street (now rebuilt and occupied by social-help company Humanim), shown in a zoom-able, scroll-able, color 360-degree view image at the web link above. (And now you know why the Baltimore City Police used the tower as a surveillance post in years past!) I'm also in a pilot test group to field-test the new MTA Smart Cards for transit, selected as "Best Transit Change" by the City Paper staff. (I'm a less frequent user of transit than I'd like to be, but I know more about transit and transportation than the average user, and have had a DC Metro Smart Card for some time now.)
More updates: In the Readers' Poll, Resurrection won the Best Local Beer, The Brewers Art won Best Upscale Bar, and The Wine Source won Best Liquor Store.