21 October 2012

Baltimore Beer Week Updates and Previews

It has come to this blog's attention that a few erroneous listings have crept into the official printed Baltimore Beer Week guides about town.  In addition, a couple of the previously planned events, such as the Brewer's Art beer dinner for Monday night, have been cancelled or changed (the Brewer's Art dinner is now a pay-as-you-go event), and some late events have been added to the schedule, pushing the total from 393 to 412 events.  (Granted, many "events" are day-to-day listings of all-week specials.)

Therefore, if you are making major plans for specific events, you might consider confirming with the venue in advance before expending major effort to attend.

With that in mind: More event suggestions/recommendations:

TUESDAY the 23rd:  47 events.  The Americana is holding several beer-related games, including a challenge to beer geeks:  Name the beers served with no names or tap handles, get them for free.  Not too far away, Hudson Street Stackhouse will be serving Italian beers and pizzas; while Joe Squared offers a free small pizza with two craft canned beers.  The Wine Market Bistro near Locust Point/Federal Hill offers a prix fixe Boulevard Beer Pairing Dinner for $30; meet brewers at Leinenkugel's Beer Garden (Henry Weinhard's), Max's Taphouse (Evil Twin), and Grand Cru (Starr Hill); Mahaffey's has a costume contest; and Heavy Seas is hosting a Skee Ball tournament at Johnny Rad's.  Hop Heads and the Wharf Rat are both doing Beer Trivia with prizes, as are James Joyce and Midtown BBQ and Brew.

WEDNESDAY the 24th:   56 events.  New for 2012 is the addition of Zion Lutheran Church's famous Sauerbraten dinners in its Adlersaal Beer Hall, both Wednesday and Thursday from 4:30 to 9:30, with the last dinner served at 8:00.  Bar manager Casey Hard and Yards Brewing owner Tom Kehoe will reprise last year's "boxing" match at Max's, this time WWE-wrestling style.  The Brewer's Art will have a sneak preview of their popular St. Festivus holiday beer.  DineDowntownBaltimore.com will be offering free samples of Maryland beers and oysters in downtown's Center Plaza; DuClaw will be releasing its 2012 H.E.R.O. charity beer release, a chocolate chipotle stout, at its restaurant locations; and Heavy Seas will have its cask beer dinner at its namesake Ale House in Harbor East.  Not to be missed: the Homebrew Extravaganza, for the third year in a row at Little Havana, raising funds for the BARCS animal shelter.  For more charity, James Joyce and Flying Dog will have a beer dinner in Harbor East.  Raven Beer is teaming up with Center Stage to present a play on Edgar Allan Poe, with Raven beers on draft.  Pickle's Pub is serving an Irish Breakfast for dinner, and DuClaw will have the second of its three DuClaw Beer Dinners at its Arundel Mills location.

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