Annnnnnnnnnnd.......... WE'RE OFF!!!!!!!!
Who gets the title for first "official" beer event for Baltimore Beer Week?
There are eighteen "events" today, of which six are simply today's version of week-long daily events. The "official" kick-off is the Opening Tap aboard the USS Constellation tonight (and, guys, we gotta get a bigger venue next year!), but if we really want to be snarky, we figure out who opens their doors first: The Wharf Rat, Muggsy's Mug House, or Duda's Tavern. No, wait, Muggsy's doesn't open until 4 pm. That leaves The Wharf Rat and Duda's. I'm looking at the Wharf Rat web site, and I'm seeing that it hasn't been changed since Justin Dvorkin and Co. took over last year and still lists the old Camden Yards locations and phone numbers, and it doesn't list hours for the Fells Point location...... no, no, you guys, I'm not THAT much of a Fells Point drinker that I have these all memorized........... So, by default, because I know they open at 11 am for lunch: Duda's Tavern and their Fordham's Defender's Choice Premium Lager special. And yummy burgers.
The rest of today's line-up is here. Late event: Troegs free samples/tasting at Wine World in Abingdon.
Tomorrow: 35 events. Highlights: Half-price drafts at Grand Cru for happy hour, owner of North Coast Brewing of California at Max's 5-8 and a bunch of Allagash and other special beers on after that, and Stoudt's firkin at Metropolitan.
Saturday: The Oktoberfest at the Timonium Fairgrounds, of course. But that's not all. If you prefer Belgians, go to Max's. For craftsmen or breweriana collectors, there's the tap-handle-maker's shop tour. Runners can enjoy the Baltimore Running Festival and the after-party downtown. And 31 other events.
See y'all aboard the Constellation, and at both of the "after parties" (Evolution/Phillips and Brewers Assn. of Md./Pratt Street Ale House)!
UPDATE: The Max's Taphouse Ravens & Rare Beers event on Sunday the 18th is now sold out; they're taking names on a possible waiting list.