05 October 2010

Baltimore Beer Week: 46 Hours and Counting.......

Are you ready for Baltimore Beer Week?


Okay, then.

The Baltimore Beer Week 2010 booklets are being distributed this evening to participating venues and locations.  The Baltimore City Paper is slated to run its BBW schedule insert in tomorrow's edition, available at the "usual" outlets and businesses and in those ubiquitous yellow boxes throughout downtown and hither and yon (as a cynic would say, wherever people actually read).

The weather forecasts through the Columbus Day three-day weekend are looking optimistic for fair weather the whole time.

I will be attempting to post recommendations of specific events I consider worthy of your attention a couple days in advance, beginning with Thursday the 7th:  Although the Opening Tap Party at the Baltimore Museum of Industry at 6 PM (tickets still available, but reported as 90% sold out) symbolically marks the beginning of Baltimore Beer Week, several other places will technically be starting off BBW with daylong specials as soon as they open, many of them around 11 a.m.  The Opening Tap party will move over to the nearby Little Havana, while other events transpire that evening at Metropolitan, Hudson Street Stackhouse, and Pratt Street Ale House--the latter being a release of Channel Crossing #2, the second collaboration between Olivers and Stillwater.  A full list of all 29 events is right here.

Friday: 50 events, including a German Beer Breakfast at Metropolitan, a Flying Dog luncheon at Big Jim's in the Cross Street Market, a Long Trail (Vermont brewery new to the Maryland market) promotion at Max's, two real ale casks from Heavy Seas at The Judge's Bench in Ellicott City, a charity benefit raffle of Steadman artwork memorabilia at Max's, Scotland's Bruce Williams of Fraoch Heather Ale fame at Metropolitan, a brew fest at Phillips in Harborplace, a "Historic Home Brews" event at Homewood Museum at JHU in Charles Village, and beer-themed music concerts at  The Windup Space in Station North and the Pratt Street Ale House.  The full schedule here. 

In other "get your tickets now!" notices, here's the sales spiel from the Chesapeake Bay Branch of the Society for Preservation of Beers from the Wood:
Greetings Real Ale Drinkers!
The Society for the Preservation of Beers From The Wood is again excited to bring you the 7th Annual SPBW Chesapeake Real Ale Festival.  A “Featured Event” sponsor of Baltimore Beer Week, this year the Chesapeake Real Ale Festival will be bigger and better than ever.  Featuring over 40 firkins of cask conditioned ales from literally around the globe.
The list so far includes Scotland’s BrewDog, with their Dogma and Paradox in cask, and Stone Brewing featuring Stone Smoked Porter with Vanilla. Flying Dog is sending Raging Bitch and their new Single Hop Imperial IPA!  Other amazing brewers at this year’s event include Lagunitas, Oskar Blues, Flying Fish,Weyerbacher, Troegs', Evolution and Minnesota's Crispin Cider.  Local legends The Brewer’s Art will be well represented by casks of Ozzy as well as Seven Beauties Rye Ale.  Heavy hitters Heavy Seas, DuClaw, White Marsh Brewing, Pub Dog and The Raven will all represent the grand tradition of real ale in the Chesapeake region with casks of their finest.  The newest sensation to Baltimore (or for that matter U.S.) brewing, Stillwater Artisanal Ales, will have a few surprises on hand as well.  Lest we forget, we are once again pleased to partner with The Pratt Street Ale House and Oliver Ales  who will again be featuring the Fest’s favorites “Hot Monkey Love”;and its American White Oak aged cousin “My Monkey’s Got Wood”;, directly from the oak barrel.  This years list is the biggest and the best ever…can it get any better?  We think not.
V.I.P Tickets have already SOLD OUT!
For those of that have purchased tickets, thank you and we look forward to seeing you Saturday, October 16th.  For those of you that have not, tickets can be purchased by going to http://www.spbw.org/realale/ and clicking where it says “Click Here to BUY Tickets”.  Tickets are limited and will sell out in advance, so don’t miss your last opportunity to surround yourself for a day with the finest cask ales available anywhere.

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