Recapping the Midnight Sun Shindig
Oh man oh wow oh man what a party!
Tons of people rolled into Brewer's Art last night for the Midnight Sun Shindig and the inaugural Best of the Best of the Best awards. We had Midnight Sun commenters. We had bar owners. We had bartenders. We even had some other bloggers there.
In short, it was wicked wicked, awesome awesome. At one point, both of the upstairs rooms at Brewer's Art were packed with people. WTMD gave away more than 40 gift bags in the first hour alone. And the Best of the Best of the Best awards were hits. The party raged from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
We had name tags made so people could know who was who. My worst fear was that everybody would sit by themselves and keep to themselves, but that didn't happen at all.
Here is a recap, complete with photos ...
Here, BA and eCommerceConsultant discuss the important issues of our day.
BA, who won the award for Best Elvis Impersonation, performed for us. It was glorious.
And I hear that eCommerceConsultant scraped himself off his couch this morning, still in last night's clothes. Classy!
I met the young woman in the middle but for the life of me can't remember who she is.
To the right of this photo, Jason Zink (aka "Slinky Zink") receives his Best of the Best of the Best award, for "Best 'Who's on First' Franchise."
Zink slinked out after a couple hours, much to the chagrin of eCommerceConsultant.
I'm not really that tall -- I stood on a chair in a corner and conducted the awards ceremony. I'm sure the people eating dinner in the next room over loooooved me.
Midnight Sun Mixologist Evan (on
the right) brought some delicious green tea vodka and some of his trademark cringe-inducing bacon vodka.
Here, Evan and Crazy Joe (left) have just had a Jesus Pig. Remember the Jesus Pig? We did them at the last Midnight Sun get-together.
The Jesus Pig is a shot of bacon vodka dropped into a pint of Resurrection Ale and chugged.
As you can tell from the looks on their faces, Evan and CJ just loved it. Mmm.
For the record, this year's bacon vodka went down much easier than last year's. Good job, Evan.
Ron Furman, the owner of Max's Taphouse, got a kick out of his award.
Max's Tobacco Company won for Best Way to Skirt the Smoking Ban.
"I don't know if I should hang this up or not," he said.
Thanks for coming, Ron. It was great to see you there.
Ron also told his awesome story about booking Hunter S. Thompson for a speaking gig back in the day.
This was a total surprise: Midnight Sun won Most Magnificent Blog of Them All!
I thanked God and Amie and my mom and everyone who has helped me earn this amazing award.
Gee golly gosh, what an honor!
Brendan from the Idle Hour and his girlfriend were tickled pink at the awards. Idle Hour won for Best In-House DJs and Picklebacks.
I'm going to post a list of all of the categories and all of the winners later today.
And now, dear friends, we have reached the end of our little photo gallery.
Thank you all so much for coming. I never dreamed that something as silly as Midnight Sun could become such a fun meeting place for bar-goers and bar-owners in Baltimore and beyond.
And thank you to the wonderful folks at the Brewer's Art for putting up with our shenanigans.
All of you have made Midnight Sun into what it is today, and I can't thank you enough for that.
Here's looking forward to next year! We might have to find a bigger bar.