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Wednesday, August 31 at 6:00pm at Frisco Tap House, Columbia, MD
A festival for the glory of the hop. 52 of the finest India Pale Ales and Imperial India Pale Ales around. This will also be the release of all 19 Mikkeller Single Hop IPAs on tap with Mikkel in attendance. So pucker up buttercup....get ready to have your palate put into a state of shock with an overdose on hops.
Join Max's and the Baltimore Beer Week committee this Wednesday, July 27th, for happy hour and a special free screening of the MPT production of "Brewed on the Bay". Meet us in the downstairs bar for a Maryland brewed beer starting at 6pm. Then at 8pm, it's upstairs for the show and free munchies.While you're there - be sure to register to win tickets to the 2011 Opening Tap Event!
Planning on attending? RSVP to our Facebook invite!
ON DRAFT:Frisco Tap House in Columbia takes it much further-- all 50 taps will be Belgian/Belgian-style starting today, pouring through the weekend, with a few in reserve should you chug too fast..
Rodenbach Grand Cru
Ommegang Independence Day Ale
Plus a few others..........
Duvel Triple Hop
Liefmans Cuvee Brut
Plus A Bunch more......
Big DIPA Double IPA (10% ABV)Triple hopped during the brewing process with 5 pounds of hops per barrel. Very well balanced with an earthy hop aroma and strong malt backbone. This cask has been dry-hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo, Centennial and Palisade.
Loose Cannon Hop 3 IPA (7.3% ABV)Triple-hopped American IPA: hopped in the kettle, in the hopback, dry-hopped in conditioning tank and finally dry-hopped in the cask. Well balanced with a rich hop flavour, citrus aroma and smooth finish.
Plank 1 English Style Olde Ale (8% ABV)This English Style Olde Ale is matured on thermally modified Poplar wood. The cask has been additionally dry hopped with Northern Brewer and Fuggle hops. The base beer used in Plank I is special in and of itself, utilizing 8 types of specialty grains.
Devil's Backbone (former Wharf Rat/Oliver Brewing brewer Jason Oliver):
Barclay's London Dark Lager (5.6% ABV)Collaborative brew with beer historian Ronald Pattinson re-creating a rare London 1930 Barclay Perkins dark lager using a copy of the original brew log. Deep ruby brown in colour with rich malty notes. A recreation of an early English lager before they became pale and bland.
Double Dry Hopped Venom Pale Ale (5.6% ABV)A moderately bitter, but heavy flavour and aroma hopped American-Style Pale Ale.
MINNEAPOLIS—State parks, horse-racing tracks and the state Capitol are all closed because of the government shutdown here. If the budget standoff lingers, the neighborhood watering hole could be next.This should warm Lew Bryson's heart:
More than 300 bars and liquor stores can't buy beer, wine or liquor to sell to consumers because their $20 alcohol-purchasing licenses, known as buyer's cards, have expired, a casualty of the July 1 shutdown. For some proprietors, inventories are dwindling and anger is rising.
"This is beyond the realm of anything I ever thought in my wildest dreams," said Trevor Berg, a liquor-store owner in Walker, Minn. With his annual buyer's card expiring Sunday, he is borrowing cash from friends to buy as much beer and wine as he can get his hands on now.
Meanwhile, state officials told MillerCoors LLC, the second-largest beer maker in the U.S. behind Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, that it must remove all 39 brands of its beer from shelves statewide because its $1,170 brand-label registration fee wasn't processed before the shutdown. The brewer says it is trying to negotiate a resolution with state authorities.
Minnesota's government screeched to a halt after Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers failed to close a projected $5 billion funding gap in the state's coming two-year budget.
At a court hearing Tuesday on shutdown issues, an attorney for Mr. Dayton suggested bars purchase a low-alcohol beer— "3.2 beer"—sold in Minnesota and a few other states. It doesn't require a buyer's card.On the one hand, this brings home the gravity of an extended government shutdown--in the grand scheme of things, your ability to buy alcoholic beverages, unless your livelihood is in the trade, is a relatively minor issue. On the other hand, this does show the folly of what happens when a government acts as the grantor of a privilege it controls, rather than the overseer of a free market it should merely regulate.
But Mr. Forsberg said his customers don't want that product, and even if they did, distributors don't stock enough.
Stillwater Artisanal Ales LLC, a Baltimore-based brewery, sued beermaker Stillwater Brewing Co. of Stillwater, Minnesota, for trademark infringement.It must be hard to be them. I can perfectly well see how someone in Stillwater, Minnesota could set up a new brewery linked to and named for its hometown (Baltimore Brewing, anyone? Frederick Brewing? Pittsburgh Brewing? Lancaster Brewing? Selin's Grove Brewing?) and be oblivious to another business in the same field with the same name (although it's much harder to justify in 2010 than in, say, 1970, what with internet searches). On the other hand, Strumke has a completely valid point: he (apparently) was there first with the trademark; he's already selling in Wisconsin and Ilinois and is poised to enter the Minnesota market momentarily.. Stillwater, Minnesota even has more than one microbrewery.
Stillwater Brewing “knowingly and willfully” used an identical copy of the Maryland brewer’s trademark in connection with its sale of beer, Stillwater Artisanal Ales said in a complaint filed July 12 in federal court in Minnesota. Those actions are causing confusion in the marketplace and at beer competitions and festivals, according to the complaint.
Stillwater Artisanal Ales objected to the Minnesota company’s participation in the American Craft Beef Fest for “the specific purpose of competing against” the similarly named brewer in the national and international marketplace.
Zachary S. Morgan, one of the Minnesota brewery’s co- owners, said in an e-mail yesterday that his company is named Stillwater after the town where it is based. “The name denotes a geographic location in which the brewery is operated,” he said.
Stillwater Artisanal Ales asked the court to bar the Minnesota brewer’s use of the Stillwater mark, and for the destruction of all infringing promotional materials. It also seeks cancellation of the stillwaterbrewingco.com Internet domain name, and awards of profits related to the alleged infringement, money damages, attorney fees, litigation costs, and extra damages to punish the brewery for its actions.
The case is Stillwater Artisanal Ales LLC V. Stillwater Brewing Co LLC., 0:11-cv-01878-JRT, SER, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.
Brewed with a combination of Spelt & Rye, accented with a blend of Heather, Honeysuckle, and Hyssop. The result is a rustic farmhouse ale displaying earthy tones & floral characteristics while maintaining intricate balance.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to invite you all out to Hellas for our "X-Mas in July Beer Dinner". It will be on Monday, July 25th, and we'll start pouring at 5:30pm. We've put together a great collection of beers and delicious lineup of food.Meanwhile, Steve Jones has to head down the street two blocks to find a place to hold a beer dinner:
First Course: Stuffed Roma Tomatoes w/ Jumbo Lump Crab Meat served w/ Bacon-wrapped Asparagus w/ Hollandaise Sauce.
Paired w/ Samuel Smith Winter Welcome Ale.
Second Course: Seafood Lasagna w/ Creamy Old Bay Alfredo Sauce.
Paired w/ Wild Goose Snow Goose Winter Ale.
Third Course: Smoked Turkey Breast w/ Sage & Sausage Stuffing and MD. Sweet Corn.
Paired w/ Brasserie D'Achouffe's N'ice Chouffe Dark Belgian Strong Ale.
Fourth Course: Baked Ham w/ Mac Daddy Mac-n-Cheese & Garlic-Bacon Green Beans.
Paired w/ Southern Tier's Backburner Imperial Barleywine Ale.
Fifth Course: Gingerbread Ice Cream served w/ assorted Christmas Cookies.
Paired w/ Flying Dog's Oak Barrel Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter.
The cost of this dinner is $50 and you must make your reservation in advance. Please contact myself or Mike Stavlas to make your reservation.
We are very pleased to announce our forthcoming beer dinner at The Diamond Tavern (at The Hilton on Pratt St.) on the evening of Wednesday 27th July featuring wonderful food paired with Draft Punk, Blonde Ale, Irish Red Ale, Channel Crossing #4 and Pagan Porter with vanilla. Reservation line 443-573-8710.
We will have 8-10 Italian beers on draft and over 50 Italian beers in bottles; any Italian beers in 750ml bottles will be served by the glass and 16.9oz and lower will be served by the bottle. There will be special pricing for this fest.
SO HERE IS THE LINE UP:
Baladin Super Baladin
Del Borgo Duchessa
Del Borgo Enkir
Del Borgo My Antonia
Del Borgo ReAle Extra
Del Borgo Rubus Lamboni
Del Ducato Sally Brown Bracco
and maybe a few others if they make it in time.........
Almond 22 Farrotta
Almond 22 Noa
Almond 22 Pink IPA
Almond 22 Torabata
Baladin Al Ikir
Baladin Super Baladin
Baladin XFume 2006
Baladin Xyauyu 2004(Gold)
Baladin Xyauyu 2006(Copper)
Baladin Xyauyu 2006(Silver)
Barley BB Dexi
Collesi Imper Alter Bionda
Collesi Imper Ego Bionda
Collesi Imper Frat Lux Ambrata
Collesi Main Nera
Collesi Imper Ubi Rossa
Del Borgo 25 Dodici
Del Borgo Duchessa
Del Borgo Enkir
Del Borgo My Antonia
Del Borgo ReAle Extra
Del Borgo Rubus Lamboni
Del Ducato L'Ultima Luna
Del Ducato Nouva Mattina
Del Ducato Verdi
Del Ducato Via Emila
Grado Plato Cantis Caeli
Grado Plato Chocarrubica
Grado Plato Weizen Tea
NeerBeraBeerBera (similar to the name of Barbera grapes used in it)
Montegioco Bran Reserva
Montegioco Dolii Raptor
Montegioco Quarta Runa
Montegioco Rex Grue
Panil Barrique 2007
Pausa Cafe Chicca
Pausa Cafe Navidad
Pausa Cafe P.I.L.S
Pausa Cafe Tosta
Pausa Cafe Tosta Cuvee Normanna
Revelation Cat Woodwork Series Base
Troll Stella di Natale
Plus a few others if they come in in time..............
The Michigan Liquor Control Commission in 2009 banned Flying Dog Brewery's Raging Bitch Belgian-Style India Pale Ale from the state on grounds that the attention-grabbing label had language "deemed detrimental to the health, safety, or welfare of the general public."More at the link above.
But the commission this week reversed that ruling, citing a Supreme Court decision issued last week that favored commercial free speech rights over state regulations.
Flying Dog, a Maryland-based craft brewer, had sued in federal court claiming its First Amendment rights were violated. The brewer said the commission's reversal was a "victory for craft beer," but vowed to fight on in court, seeking to recover damages from lost sales while also hoping to strip the state's ability to "ban any beer that they find offensive.
Flying Dog began selling the beer in several states in 2009 in recognition of its 20th anniversary. The alcohol content in Raging Bitch is 8.3% -- which is about twice the amount of an average mainstream light beer. The brewery, which now sells the Bitch in 32 states, says the IPA is its top seller.
Michigan will become the 33rd state to let the Bitch in, thanks in part to the Supreme Court, which wrapped up its term this week with multiple rulings denouncing government regulation of commercial speech, including striking down a California law that barred the sale of violent video games to children.
The case cited by the Michigan liquor commission had nothing to do with alcohol, but rather a Vermont law that limited the ability of companies to collect information about what drugs doctors are prescribing, a practice that could help drug makers target sales to doctors.
Though there is a “very good possibility” the increase could drive down sales, Calvert County Commissioner Gerald “Jerry” W. Clark (R) expects his customers will bear the cost more than he will.
“It’s just another tax on the people, another tax on the consumers,” said Clark, who owns Port of Call Wine and Spirits in Solomons. “I assume that food will probably be next.”
“This is going to hurt the guy who comes into our store, works all day and wants to get a six-pack of beer, go home and relax,” [David Dent, who owns WJ Dent & Sons in Tall Timbers and is the St. Mary’s County co-director for the Maryland State Licensed Beverage Association] said. “That is the guy this is hurting the most.”
Under the new Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit, an in-state and out-of-state wine manufacturer may ship wine, including pomace brandy, directly to a Maryland consumer through a common carrier, such as Federal Express or UPS.Pardon me, but where the hell did THAT come from? Did some legislator have a personal interest in that matter in Greektown or Little Italy? (Never heard of it? Me, neither. Look it up.)
A Direct Wine Shipper Permit may be issued to a:Okay, you need a winery license, right? But:
(1) Holder of a Maryland Class 3 manufacturer’s license or a Class 4 manufacturer’s license; or
(2) Person licensed outside of Maryland to engage in the manufacture of wine.
A Direct Wine Shipper’s Permit Application:Emphasis added, again. Note that it doesn't say "winery" license, only "alcoholic beverages license." Heck, you could, in theory, just be a liquor store or bar, except for that "manufacture" word above. So could brewpubs ship growlers?
(1) Must be filed with the Comptroller of Maryland with payment of a $200 permit fee.
(2) Must have attached a copy of the current alcoholic beverages license issued by the state in which the wine manufacturer is located.
6. “Wine” means any fermented beverage, including lightThere's a loophole big enough to run a UPS truck full of beer through! (The tequila, bourbon and single-malt whisky fanatics, however, are obviously out of luck, unless they really want to push their luck. Other laws distinguish between distilled and fermented drinks, with different tax rates.)
wines, and wines the alcohol content of which has
been fortified by the addition of alcohol, spirits, or other
“Everybody’s going to be in line grabbing and growling to get that money,” said Del. Galen R. Clagett (D-Dist. 3A) of Frederick. “You can bet Baltimore city, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County are going to get at that money again next year.”
“All the fat cats are saying, ‘We’ve got everything solved,’ and then somebody said, ‘This money from the alcohol tax had been proposed by these advocates,’” Anderson said. “It kind of put the idea of alcohol tax in the minds of a lot of legislators, so when we were working on this deal, we said we can’t cut them out totally.”