Baltimore Beer Week: What do you want to see?
After using his photos for several Name That Bar contests, I finally snookered Alexander D. Mitchell IV into writing me a few blog posts. Here is the first one:
Hello there. Alexander Mitchell here, Baltimore columnist for Mid-Atlantic Brewing News and blogger at www.beerinbaltimore.blogspot.com.
Those of us planning the events are wondering: What do YOU want to see for such a week? ...
Some things are already set in stone: The two keystone events are the Brewers Association of Md. Oktoberfest at the Timonium fairgrounds on Oct. 10 and the Society for Preservation of Beers from the Wood's Chesapeake Real Ale Festival down at the Pratt Street Ale House on Oct. 17. Certain bars, breweries, and distributors are already making plans for such things as beer dinners, "meet the brewer" nights, special beers brewed especially for the week, and other such promotions.
Some personal projects of mine:
- A "blind tasting" of Irish stouts where one could sample Guinness, Murphy's, O-Hara's, Beamish (if we can still get it by then or stash a keg or two), and a "ringer" stout brewed in Maryland or close by -- and not find out which is which until you pick your favorite.
- A banquet featuring as many of the "pioneers" of the Maryland craft-beer renaissance as we could find and get to come (Hugh Sisson, folks from British/Oxford, Wild Goose-Cambridge, Baltimore Brewing Co., etc.), and let them reminisce in front of microphones and pints.
- A "history of Baltimore beer" tour, either via bus or self-guided with a website/handout.
- And, of course, a Scottish beer tasting. (As well as German, Belgian, Australian, Californian, etc. at appropriate venues.)
But what do you, the readers of Sam Sessa, want to see?
It's too easy for beer geeks to conjure up beer events by beer geeks for beer geeks, but beer geeks are only a small proportion of the beer audience. Nobody connected with BBW is going to condone, for example, a beer-chugging contest, but for all I know there's a Beer-Pong league just waiting for a tournament. Ditto a Natty Boh fan club.
"Beer in Art" at some art gallery? Orioles against the Brewers? A beer-chili cookoff? A Bud-Miller-Coors taste-off?
I'll take any and all suggestions, serious and frivolous. The too-frivolous will be forgotten; the not-so-frivolous may actually happen.
Help us make it happen!