Tuesday, March 9th: Growlers of Gaithersburg Beer Tasting – 7pm. Rsvp at 301-519-9400 or info@ growlersbrew.com. www.growlersofgaithersburg.com.
Thursday, March 11th: Free Tasting at Friendship Wine in Abingdon – Sample your favorite Heavy Seas beers or try one of their seasonals. 4-7pm. 877-569-7400.
Thursday, March 11th: Beer Dinner at Melting Pot in Annapolis – Enjoy a multi-course meal featuring Heavy Seas beers paired with melted goodness from the Melting Pot. For reservations and menu details contact the restaurant directly. 410-266-8004 or www.meltingpot.com.
Saturday, March 13th: Free Tasting at Beltway Fine Wines, Towson – Stop in and sample some Heavy Seas Beer then pick some up to take home. Noon to 2pm. 410-668-8884.
Saturday, March 20th: St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl in Downtown Silver Spring – Dedicated to promoting all that downtown has to offer, this pub crawl promises to be full of St Patty specials for all crawlers. Meet up at 8pm at Piratz Tavern to pick up your punchcard (though the other establishments should have one in case you miss Piratz), get a stamp at each of the participating restaurants, return to Piratz Tavern with proof, and receive your honorary t-shirt. So far, participating establishments include: Quarry House Tavern, Jackies, Langano Ethiopian Restaurant, Eggspectation, Planet Bollywood, Nicarro, Olazzo, and Piratz Tavern. 301-588-9001 or www.piratztavern.com.
Saturday, March 20th: Microbrew Beer Tasting – Roots Market will be pouring beer from at least 4 brewerys. No charge, just a few sips, but you'll know right away if you like it, and they'll have plenty on hand for purchase. No promises, but they may even get Mr.Tupper to pour his newly re-released Hop Pocket Ale. Roots Market, 16800 Georgia Avenue, Olney, MD 301-774-1344 or www.rootsmkt.com.
Saturday, March 20th: SPBW March Real Ale Festival – The Society for Preservation of Beers from the Wood will hold another Real Ale Festival at Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore. $35 in advance -- limited to 110 "Lucky Souls". Noon to 5pm. 410-244-8900 or www.prattstreetalehouse.com.
Tuesday, March 23rd: Heavy Seas Pint Night – Visit Kooper's Tavern in Fells Point, Baltimore for a Heavy Seas Pint Night that includes discounted prices on your favorite beers. $2.50 Classic Lager & Kooper's Ale, $1 off Loose Cannon and Big Big DIPA. 9pm-midnight. 410-563-5423 or www.hsbeer.com/pint-night-koopers-balt-md.
Saturday, March 27th: Heavy Seas Real Ale and BBQ Fest – This event features the best of Heavy Seas cask ales with special one-of-a-kind firkins. 12 taps plus firkins and behind-the-scenes access to the brewery. Enjoy all the BBQ and sides you like from Baltimore's best restaurants and live music. Noon to 4pm. $49 or $35 designated driver. 410-247-7822 or www.ccbeer.com.
Thursday, April 1st: Letter of Marque Release Party – Congratulations to Frank and Neil, winners of the 2009 Heavy Seas Letter of Marque Competition! Join them and the Mahaffey’s crew for an old-fashioned block party to celebrate the release of their Hop Rye Porter, which they brewed alongside the Heavy Seas brewmaster. 5-7pm. 410-276-9899 or www.mahaffeyspub.com.
Friday, April 9th and Saturday, the 10th: Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival – Join in at the Timonium Fairgrounds for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’. 60 beers, 40 bourbons, and lots of bbq. Your admission buys you a sampling glass to enjoy an all-you-can-taste sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best bbq vendors on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and live music all day. Tickets and more details at http://beerandbourbon.com/matyland/show-info.