October 18, 2010

Did the Ravens dampen first Baltimore Beer Festival?

Jay Trucker reviews the first Baltimore Beer Festival, which took place Sunday at Canton Waterfront Park on Boston Street.

At the inaugural Baltimore Beer Festival, the anchor event of Baltimore Beer Week, everyone got freebies.

Both local Maryland pubs - DuClaw and Red Brick Station, among others – and larger breweries - Saranac and Magic Hat – offered samples.

A sweet Belgian-style dubbel served up by the folks at Judge's Bench welcomed me as I came in. 

With tickets $40 at the door, the cost of admission was worthwhile for those ready to indulge in all samplings, but probably less so for those who wanted only a few 4-ounce tastings and a place to watch TV.

Local food vendors were also featured along a sizable stretch of the Canton Waterfront, though meals were not included with the price of admission. Nacho Mama's, Fins, Alexander's Tavern served up grilled grub and seafood at $6-$10 a pop. Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon was also a popular food choice amongst patrons.

However, Ravens football took center stage for most of the afternoon, dictating the comings and goings of most patrons. The festival planners were wise to set up a large screen, as it was clear from the crowd on the lawn that many would have foregone the festival if the game hadn’t been broadcast.

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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.

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