24 May 2010

Brew at the Zoo and BAM Springfest next Saturday UPDATED

Touch choice ahead for Saturday:

Brew at the Zoo here at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, or the Brewers Association of Md. Springfest forty miles to the west in Frederick?

Actually, you don't have to choose.  The Brew at the Zoo is for both Saturday and Sunday!

At the Zoo fest:

  • Bawlmer Beer: Amber’s Ale & Formstone Ale
  • Gordon Biersch: Marzen & Sommerbrau
  • Evolution Brewing: Primal Pale  Ale, Lucky 7 Porter, Summer Beer & #3 IPA
  • Lancaster Brewing: Hop Hog IPA, Strawberry Wheat &  Milk Stout
  • Magic Hat: #9, Circus Boy , Lucky Kat, Wacko
  • Saranac: Imperial IPA, Pomegranate Wheat, Pale Ale, Lake Placid Ubu Ale
  • Ommegang: Rare VOS Amber Ale, Abbey Ale, Hennepin, Three Philosophers
  • Olivers: 3 Lions Ale, Irish Red, Amber, Iron Man IPA
  • Sierra Nevada: Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, Pale Ale, Big Foot, Summerfest Lager
  • Dogfish Head: Aprihop, Burton Baton, Indian Brown Ale, 90 Minute IPA
  • Pyramid: Haywire Hefeweizen, Curve Ball Blonde Ale
  • Stone Brewing: Levitation Ale,  India Pale Ale &  Smoked Porter
Springfest: No advance list but promising "over 80 beers", has hotel packages, advance prices $17-32 and gate prices $25-40.  The rule of thumb is that "every" brewery in Maryland attends, but there's always at least one that slips aside on a technicality (oops, forgot to send in the renewal) or falls into a sort of gray area (Is Stillwater Artisanal Ales technically a "Maryland brewery," for example?).

What I've never understood is why the Zoo fest doesn't work a little better to get some more animal-themed beers there.  Three obvious candidates: Ruddy Duck Brewery, Rhino Chasers Ale (not fully operational yet), and Otter Creek Brewing......


The Oriole Way said...

I can't believe you didn't point out that the Baltimore Zoo will have Bigfoot.

Alexander D. Mitchell IV said...

Touche! [rimshot]