29 November 2012

Flying Dog "Brewhouse Rarities" for 2013

The press release pretty much says it all:

On the heels of releasing 40 different beers in 2012, today Flying Dog Brewery announced its 2013 Brewhouse Rarities – a series of innovative, small-batch beers available in the mid-Atlantic only.
“The only criteria that apply to our Brewhouse Rarities is that they are interesting and unusual,” Brewmaster Matt Brophy said. “It has to be something that we are intrigued by and dying to try.”
To determine the twelve releases each year, teams of Flying Dog employees develop recipes and pitch their styles to their fellow peers.
“All areas of the brewery – from our brewhouse to packaging and sales to accounting – are involved in these Brewhouse Rarities pitches,” Brophy said. “It’s important for us to look to everyone at Flying Dog for inspiration on styles that will continue to push not only Flying Dog, but also the craft beer industry as a whole.”

The 2013 Brewhouse Rarities include:
  •     Chipotle Dark Ale: January
  •     Green Tea Imperial Stout: February
  •     Pumpernickel IPA: March
  •     Big Black Wit: April
  •     Easy IPA: May
  •     Pineapple Saison: June
  •     Belgian Devil: July
  •     Roggen: August
  •     Vineyard Blonde (brewed with local Vidal Blanc grapes): September
  •     Orchard Ale (brewed with local apples): October
  •     Cinnamon Porter: December
Since both the Vineyard Blonde and Orchard Ale are agriculturally dependent, the November release was intentionally left open.
All of the releases will be in draft only, with the exception of the Green Tea Imperial Stout, Belgian Devil, and Cinnamon Porter. Those will be packaged in both draft and 750 ml bottles.

27 November 2012

Columbia Ale House To Open Dec. 10th

So says Justin Dvorkin of the Pratt Street Ale House in the Columbia Patch: 

"We're looking to open on Dec. 10," said co-owner Justin Dvorkin. "And we're shooting for that Friday [Dec. 14] to have a kick-off celebration."

The restaurant, which is located in Dobbin Center just off of Rouse Parkway, has already hired more than 100 staff members, but are still hiring hostesses and servers. Jaun Valdez, the former executive chef of the District ChopHouse, has been placed in charge of the food.

The restaurant has three total bars, all of which will include 30 taps for the beers they have on draft, according to Dvorkin. He said their most popular beer at their sister location in Baltimore (Pratt Street Ale House) is their own Oliver Breweries beer, which they brew in Baltimore. As a result, the main bar in Ale House Columbia has extra taps (50) so bartenders don't stack up pouring one popular draft beer.
In addition, they'll have three cask conditioned beer taps.

23 November 2012

Coming Events UPDATED

  • Stillwater Artisanal Ales is debuting their newest beer, "The Perfect Crime," at Of Love & Regret in Brewers Hill at 6 PM on Monday the 26th.
  • Simultaneously at Max's:
    MONDAY NOV 26, 2012 AT 6PM
    We will have BFM owner/brewer Jerome Rebetez from BFM here with a whole bunch of his great beers. Jerome is coming all the way from Switzerland, so this is something you do not want to miss.
    So here is the line up:
    BFM Douze
    BFM XIV La Quatorze
    IN BOTTLES-big bottles will be served by the glass.
    BFM/Terrapin Spike & Jerome Cuvee Delirante
    BFM Cuvee Du 8Eme 2007
    BFM La Meule
    BFM Procrastinator Ice Bock
    BFM La Dragonne(Served Warm)
    BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien 2004
    BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien 2005
    BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien 2011
    BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien Grand Cru Vin Blanc
    BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien Grand Cru RHum Barrels
    BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien Grand Cru Trousseau
    BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien Grand Cru Vin Jaune
    BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien Grand Cru Merlot Piana
    BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon Chien Grand Cru Spirit Barrel
  •  Max's on the Tuesday Beer Social the 27th will be serving very special beers from Dominion:
    ON CASK: Dominion Scotch Ale dry Hopped w/ Chinook; ON DRAFT: Morning Glory, Baltic Porter, and "a very special Sour Keg".
  •  DuClaw Tap Takeover at Frosco Tap House in Columbia Wednesday the 28th, 6 PM:
    On Tap:
    Bare Ass Blonde
    Misfit Red
    Bad Moon Porter
    EuForia Toffee Nut Brown Ale
    Mysterium Belgian Spiced Ale
    Venom Pale Ale
    Black Lightning American Black Ale
    Hellrazer IPA
    X-4 Macchiato Milk Stout
    X-5 Sorachi Ace Imperial IPA
    H.E.R.O. 2012 Chocolate Chipotle Stout
    Serum XXIPA
    Devils Milk Barleywine
    Retribution Single Barrel Bourbon Aged Imperial Stout
    Repent Belgian Pent
    and TWO surprises that are both simply DIVINE
    On Cask:
    Bad Moon Porter (dry hopped with Mittlefruh Hallertau)
    HellRazer IPA (dry hopped with Citra, Chinook, Columbus, Cascade, Simcoe and Amarillo).
  • Peabody Heights Brewery will offer its first brewery tours and debut its Tasting Room on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 10 AM, with tours lasting until 4 PM.  This is an introductory tour; they will not have beer tastings as they are just beginning to brew and the beers will need a few weeks to be ready.  However, all tour attendees will receive a complimentary glass. Tasting tours will commence mid-to-late December.
  • Save the date:  Max's own Holiday Beer Social will be Tuesday the 4th, a pay-as-you-go event.
  • The annual Mid-Atlantic Holiday Ale Festival formerly held at The Brewers Art has been moved once again down to the Pratt Street Ale House, from noon to 4 PM on Dec. 8th; tickets are $40 and are available here.
  • The Columbia Ale House isn't even officially open yet, and they've announced their own holiday ale tasting on Dec. 21st, with details to follow....
  • Several places have planned events centered around the supposed Mayan calendar prediction of the "end of the world" (otherwise known as "we ran out of room on the slab") on Dec. 21, 2012, with offerings that day or the day before of Unibroue's La Fin du Monde, or "End of the World."  Flying Dog, meanwhile, will hold an "end of the world" tap takeover at Max's Taphouse with a supposedly record-setting 56 taps to be FD products, on the 21st.

08 November 2012

Fiery Foods & Firkins at Heavy Seas Brewery this Saturday

Today before midnight is your last chance to grab tickets for this Saturday's Fiery Foods and Firkins Fest at the Heavy Seas Brewery in Halethorpe, from 12 to 4 PM.  $49 all-inclusive, $39 designated driver, with eight customized firkins:

Winter StormESB  with Ghost Pepper, chocolate nibs, vanilla beans, molasses plus local Cascade hops
Below DecksBarleywine bourbon barrel aged for 2 years
Loose Cannonwith tangerine, cayenne pepper, Red & White oak, Birch wood, wet Simcoe hops
Loose Cannon - IPA with fresh ginger, peaches, lemon peel plus wet Simcoe hops
Heavy Seas Pale Ale – with hand toasted Red & White oaks, Birch woods, fresh Chinook hops
Heavy Seas Marzen – with toasted Red Oak & locally grown Cascade hops
Peg Leg -  Imperial stout pouring from a European White Oak barrel with Fuggle & Simcoe hops
Plank II – Dopplebock with added Eucalyptus & Poplar woods plus Liberty hops

In addition, Heavy Seas will, as is typical of their food fests, present vendors offering more ways to offer "hot foods" than you thought possible, with free portions as part of the price (hint: pack antacids and maybe some milk), plus musical entertainment from Soul Island Rebels.

Fundraisers with Beer in Baltimore in November

A couple fundraising events are coming up in Baltimore over the next few days.

Tomorrow at No Idea Tavern in Federal Hill:
Friday, November 9th from 4-9pm!
It's everybody's favorite celebration of manliness and raising awareness for men's health issues - Movember. Come to No Idea tavern and enjoy fantastic drink specials, fun giveaways and other frivolity, proceeds benefiting the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG Campaign. Yay Movember!
From 4-9pm, enjoy $10 all you can drink Yuengling, rail, and wine plus some special Moustache Ride themed drinks!

 On Saturday, Sante returns for the third time to the B&O Railroad Museum to raise funds on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland.  Approximately 600 guests are expected to gather for what is being planned as the area’s premier food and beverage pairing event. With WJZ-TV Anchor Don Scott as emcee, this business/casual fête will feature Maryland’s best cuisine, prepared by some of its most acclaimed chefs, complimented by American and European craft beer; wine and spirits:
The Food Market:    Cream of crab soup      
The Verandah:   Vegan lentil soup and Vegetarian Papdi Chaat and Chicken salad      
B&O American Brasserie:    Bacon and eggs dish (parsnip flan, smoked trout caviar, whipped chive and bacon crème fraiche, bliss maple syrup)      
House of Audré:    Beef & vegetable samosas with chili sauce      
RA Sushi:    Tutsi Maki roll and seared tuna tapas dish       
Talara:    Asian tartare tuna      
Brio Tuscan Grille:    Campanelle Carbonara, Chicken & Sweet Potato risotto      
P.F. Chang's:    Chicken lettuce wraps and Chang's spicy chicken       
Richardson Farms:    Fall spiced crispy pork belly, with butternut squash soup      
Maggie's Farm:    Duck Liver Toast with Fig Jam, Mortadella Terrine with house mustard, Chai Ronnie (House-made Chai Bourbon, Limoncello, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup)      
Banksy's Café:    Will's famous Mac and Cheese      
Barrett's Grill:    Tuna sashimi wanton (sesame crusted) with wasabi cream sauce and soy glaze      
Cabot Creamery Cooperative:    Assortment of naturally aged Cabot Cheddar cheeses      
The Corner Bakery:    Catering trays -  fruit and cheese tray and bakery bites tray      
Eggspectation:  Butternut squash soup, toasted berry salad, maple glaze rib eye      
Bistro Rx:    Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes       
Clementine:    Rumbleway Farm chicken liver and coriander pâté with Balsamic fig caramel       
Indigma:    Chenna Masala      
Don't Know Tavern:    Smoked Pork Mac & Cheese on Tortilla with Fresh Jalapeno Salsa      
Vegetarian Caterer:    Kale Salad and homemade tortilla chips      
Chiapparelli's:    Chiapparelli's Salad      
Cooking with Catherine:    White chocolate bark      
Natasha's Just Brittle:    Various brittles and chocolate with brittle bits      
Zia's Café:    Pumpkin cheesecake push pops  (gluten free, raw and vegan)      
Tark's Grill:    Pear and custard napoleon      
Silk's Restaurant at Bulle Rock:    Seafood Chili    
 Constantine Wines Inc. (Cali):    2009 Worthy "Five Clones" Sauvignon Blanc; 2006 Truth "Lindsey's Cuvee" Red; 2007 Worthy "Sophia's Cuvee" Cabernet Sauvignon      
Epicurean Wines (Aussie):    2010 Winner's Tank Shiraz; 2010 Woop Woop Cabernet Sauvignon; NV Chook Sparkling Shiraz      
Ole Imports LLC (Spanish):    Columna Albarino, A Portela Mencia, Barco de Piedra, Cal Blanca      
Peninsula Wines:    Totus Tuus Cava, Rogo Godello, Pinyolet Seleccion, Phincas 2009      
Susan Fields Wines (Cali):    Susan Fields Rudbeckia White Blend, Santa Barbara 2011; Susan Fields Chardonnay, Santa Barbara 2011; Susan Fields Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara 2010; Susan Fields Sumptuous Red Blend, Paso Robles 2007; Susan Fields Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa 2009; Susan Fields Unearthly Rhone Blend, Santa Barbara 2007; Ravens Run Red, Paso Robles 2006    


Heavy Seas  Loose Cannon, Märzen, Gold Ale      
Breckenridge Brewery:    Avalanche Amber, Vanilla Porter, Lucky U IPA, Oatmeal Stout
The Raven Special Lager      
Crispin Hard Apple Cider    Original Cider      
Fox Barrel Pear Cider      
Lagunitas Brewing Co. Pilsner      
Oskar Blues Brewery Dales Pale Ale      
Union Craft Brewing  Duckpin Pale Ale, Balt Altbier, Rowhouse Red Ale      
DuClaw Brewing Company  EuForia and HellRazer    

Spirit offerings will include Lucid Absinthe Superieure, Ron Abuelo Rum, Sambuca Molinari, TAP 357 Whiskey and Van Gogh Vodka. On the non-alcoholic side, Starbucks Coffee Company will conduct a coffee tasting and David's Natural Market will provide a variety of organic sodas.
UPDATE:  As I typed this, it appears they have SOLD OUT.

Then, down at No Idea Tavern in Federal Hill next Thursday:


Join the Baltimore Pain Relief Center and No Idea Tavern to help family's affected by Sandy!

Pay $12 for All-You-Can-Drink at No Idea Tavern Tuesday November 13th from 6-9pm! All Proceeds and donations will be matched by the Baltimore Pain Relief Center!

We will also be collecting the following items, I know you stocked up for the storm, since you don’t need it DONATE IT PLEASE!
Canned Goods
Dog Food

Baltimore Pain Relief Center will also be collecting donations and goods Saturday, November17th from 8-11am @ 5430 Campbell Blvd, Suite 106, White Marsh, MD 21162.
In addition, No Idea is holding a "Winterfest" with winter beers on the 12th and an "end of season Pumpkinfest" on the 28th--not fundraisers, just good beers.

If the winter beers don't appeal to you, there's also a fundraiser at the nearby Baltimore Museum of Industry on Key Highway (near Little Havana--you know, where those cranes are) on Thursday the 15th at 6:30 PM, with beers from Heavy Seas (and Hugh Sisson in attendance) and paired foods from Mick the Pirate/Whiskey Island.  $25 BMI members, $35 non-members.  Reservations at www.thebmi.org or 410-727-4808 extension 129.

01 November 2012

Brewers Art St. Festivus Debuts Tonight at The Brewers Art

It "sneak-previewed" a week or so ago, but now it's officially out.  Taps at 4 PM today at 1106 N. Charles Street.  This T-shirt is available there.  The management asks, " Please do not mix alcohol with the airing of grievances."