Christmas in November at Max's Taphouse
Last month, when I wrote about bars that repurpose architectural salvage to decorate, I didn't spend nearly enough time on Michael Metcalf, the guy who oversees interior design and construction at Max's Taphouse. To say Metcalf is just an interior decorator is to vastly understate what he does. He recycles useless junk and forges brand-new, incredibly creative decorative pieces. That old pick-up fender above one of the bar's doorways? That was him. Same goes for the miniature Maryland State Fair made out of beer cans and other refuse that was displayed on one of the bar's display windows in October. For the holidays, Metcalf has taken used translucent, spherical beer kegs, or key kegs, to create over-sized Christmas lights that might be seen from a distance.
Photo: Alexander D. Mitchell IV, aka Beer in Baltimore