08 September 2010

Baltimore Beer Week: Subtle Changes

This year's Baltimore Beer Week is going to be different from last year's.  If nothing else, Ruddy Duck is coming up to the Timonium Oktoberfest, and the Chesapeake Real Ale Festival is expanding once again. (over 40 firkins promised) AND there's the Sunday Baltimore Beer Festival in Canton.


But this year, the emphasis will be more on quality than quantity.  Rather than simply pack dozens of liquor stores with free beer samplings courtesy of the breweries, there will be a few more wide-ranging and diverse events.

Examples:
  • Metropolitan is hosting an "Arts & Crafts Night" after the Opening Tap on Thursday, Oct. 7th, with henna tattoos, pumpkin carving, and a firkin of Flying Dog ale;
  • Baltimore-Washington Beer Works, brewers of The Raven Lager, have teamed up with "Baltimore's best beer-guzzling costume rock band, The Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad," for at least two concerts and a video/film contest, at The Windup Space on North Avenue and the Creative Alliance on Eastern Avenue respectively;
  • A repeat of last year's "Blues & Brews" fest at the 8 x 10 (pictured above);
  • A breweriana "swap meet" happy hour at Grand Cru in Belvedere Square;
  • A Brewing History & Appreciation class at Howard County Community College;
  • a "Bacon & Bombers Night" at T-Bonz (perfect for those shut out of this weekend's bacon & beer event at Clipper City);
And more are under planning/development............  check back often at http://www.bbweek.com/events.php for updates.

2 comments:

Brandon Miller - Milhouse44 said...

Firkins and Fried Chicken peaked my interest. T-Bonz seem to have a good string of events for the week.

Ryan said...

Thanks for the shoutout! The Dirty Marmaduke Flute Squad show at The Windup will also be a Raven Special Lager Pint Night! $5 for the first beer and you keep the glass, and then $2 for each additional pint. Should be a blast!

This year's BBW seems like it's going to be very well run this year. Everyone involved is on top of things, and extremely organized. It's pretty exciting!