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October 15, 2010

Baltimore Beer Week's last three days include beer festival

For the past eight days, Baltimore Beer Week has been a potpourri of tastings, home brewing competitions and beer appreciation classes.

With at least 300 different events, there were choices for amateur and sophisticated drinkers, from the wacky to the incoherent.

On Thursday, Nick Nichols taught a three-hour class at Howard County Community College on the history of “the nectar of the Gods” that might have been both.

As of today, there are three days left.These are just three possible choices:

When beer week started, Pratt Street Ale House’s brewer Steve Jones compared the imminent onslaught of business to the hectic days before Christmas.

On Saturday, it comes to a head for him with the seventh annual Chesapeake Real Ale Festival, hosted at the Ale House.

The festival will feature 40 different firkins of ale, which can all be tasted with an unlimited sampling ticket ($35 in advance, $45 at the door). The question is, do you want to drink 40 different ales? In one day?

Beginners should start with something accessible, like Heavy Seas Golden Ale, Jones said.

Alexander’s Tavern is making full use of the penultimate days of beer week with a three-day, indoor block party dedicated to Flying Dog brews.

Owners say Dogtoberfest, Doggie Style and Gonzo Imperial Porter will be among the brews featured.

And on Sunday, Canton will host the inaugural Baltimore Beer Festival, a five-hour event that will take place at the Waterfront Park on Boston Street. Organizers call it the anchor event of the week.

At least 25 local, regional and international breweries are expected to participate. There will also be a home brewers tent. And, of course, the Ravens game will be on TV.

The Chesapeake Real Ale Festival is at 1 p.m. Saturday, 206 W. Pratt St. Alexander’s is at 710 S. Broadway. The block party starts at 11 a.m. Friday through Sunday; there is no cover. Baltimore Beer Festival starts at noon at 3001 Boston St. Tickets are $30-40. Go to

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Posted by Erik Maza at 4:30 PM | | Comments (4)
Categories: Baltimore Beer Week


Compare the following two reviews with the reviews that appeared on this site earlier in the week.

That sounds like a lot of work. Could you summarize?

but bmag's reviews are always rainbows and unicorns.

"start with something acessible"?
You would think that a newspaper blogware would have spell check. Nobody's perfect.

" the penultimate days of beer week with a three-day,"
Pet peeve -- misuse of "penultimate". Sounds cooler than "ultimate" or "final" or "last" except for the being wrong part.

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