I'm off out of town for a few, but before I scram, here's a quick update of what's worth paying attention to for your pre-Christmas libations:
Metropolitan (Federal Hill, 906 S. Charles St.): Firkin of Otter Creek's Quercus Vitis Humulus: "a bold 27 degree plato barley-wine, warm-fermented with Bohemian lager yeast, then blended with Sauvignon Blanc grape juice and fermented a second time with a pure culture of Champagne yeast, then aged on lightly toasted French Oak". 12% ABV, with 38 IBU. Previous samples of draft at Max's were quite intriguing. Starts @ 6 pm.
Max's: Cask Night: He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny IPA, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, and Lancaster Hop Hog. Discounts on casks Thursday nights beginning @ 6 pm. Meanwhile, there's a whole lotta holiday/Xmas/etc. beers still on tap, last I saw.......
Frisco Grille, Columbia: Firkin of Heavy Seas Loose Cannon dry-hopped with locally-grown (Frederick, Md.) Cascade hops, beginning 4 PM Thursday.
Judge's Bench, Main Street Ellicott City: Their first firkin tapping, also Heavy Seas Local-Hop Loose Cannon, along with some of the Clipper City brewing crew and Hugh Sisson, Friday evening beginning @ 5 pm. Also on hand: 2008 Below Decks, Yule Tide, Winter Storm, Peg Leg, and among the last of the Oxford Organic Amber, which is reported by Clipper City to be retired soon.
Mahaffey's: Wayne, ya big lug,. I love ya, man, but I can't tell them all what your weekly bomber special Thursdays is until you put my up-to-date e-mail address in your address book. Meanwhile, they usually also have $5 jumbo shrimp and "crab cake slider" platters Thursdays.