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By Carson Porter | February 23, 2011
I just saw this on FatWallet and it spoke to me. I think every man has at one point in his life thought about opening up his own bar or at the very least brewing his own beer. I'll start with the latter: lower start up costs, much less work, and little risk of it leading to bankruptcy. Amazon.com has everything you need for $30 with free shipping.
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By Morgan Eichensehr and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Attention all creatures of beer habit -- with Baltimore Beer Week kicking off Friday and running through Oct. 19, it's time to branch out from your Bohs and Buds. We spoke with Baltimore brewers and bar managers and asked them to recommend their favorite specialty, limited-release and one-of-a-kind beers to give Baltimoreans the perfect opportunity to experiment with taste. All will be available during beer week, so go ahead and try something fruity and crisp or dark and earthy for a change.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard,
For The Baltimore Sun
| May 21, 2013
My most vivid childhood memories involve crabs: checking the crab pots tied to my grandparents' pier in Annapolis, picking crabs for hours at a long table in my parents' backyard, listening carefully to my grandfather's instructions about how to capture every single bit of delicious meat out of a crab. And "helping" my father steam crabs at home, in our kitchen. Steamed crabs are readily available at many Baltimore restaurants and carryout seafood houses: You can buy them already cooked and seasoned, ready to toss on the table and pick.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Five Maryland breweries won medals at the annual Great American Beer Festival in Denver over the weekend, including Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant in Annapolis, which won a gold medal in the "Smoke Beer" category for its Rauchbier. The festival was founded in 1982, and has grown each year, according to its official website. This year, 268 medals were awarded . The full list of Maryland winners: Gold • Category: Smoke Beer - Rauchbier (Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - Annapolis)
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2010
With up to 10,000 bottomless mugs of beer being poured into drinkers at the Preakness infield today, surely planning for such a beerfest must be a logistical nightmare? Not really, says Sebastien Watteau, the man in charge of ensuring there's enough food and drink for the 120,000 or so racing fans and partyers expected to show up at Pimlico. At least no more so than planning for any Preakness — which, he assures, is no picnic. "It's crazy," he says between calls on his cell phone, which come in at the rate of about one per minute in the days leading up to the big race.
NEWS
August 13, 2010
I agree with Marc Kilmer's comments about the alcohol tax in Maryland ("Alcohol tax: Haven't we been here before?," Commentary, Aug. 13). The real question, however, is when will the politicians make this state more hospitable to the brewing industry? In the last 20 years, there must be close to a dozen microbreweries which have started in Maryland, only to go out of business a few years later. A simple Google search shows that Virginia has far more microbreweries and wineries than Maryland.
NEWS
November 11, 2011
The Sun's recent article about breweries hit the nail on the head ("Md. breweries booming," Nov. 10). As the brewers observe, "...a change in the law - like allowing micro-breweries to self-distribute - would encourage more to get into the business. " Modifying Maryland's distribution laws would ultimately benefit consumers by providing greater choice of products made in Maryland. We consumers have been deprived far too long. James Bauernschmidt, Severna Park
EXPLORE
By Lisa Kawata | February 7, 2012
While most people know the staff at Maryland Homebrew as the purveyors of hops and yeast and all things beer, the company is growing in reputation for residential winemakers as well. The growth was enough to press the owners into moving to a larger space. Manager Chris Ames estimates that wine has grown from roughly 10 percent of the company's business to 45 percent in the 12 years he's worked there. Crushers, de-stemmers and tubing fill a dedicated room at the expanded location, along with kits, corks, cans of fruit purées and other wine ingredients.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
The root beer float is celebrated every Aug. 6 with its own special food holiday - National Root Beer Float Day. Basically a combination of root beer and vanilla ice cream, the effervescent soda-fountain treat is known in some regions as the black cow. We could go for one right now.  Johnny's   in Roland Park is offering complimentary floats from its menu from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday with a $10 purchase. A&W Restaurants nationwide are giving away free root beer floats from 2 p.m. until closing on Wednesday.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | April 11, 2013
The recent announcement that Atomic Books will expand and make beer available at special events is an intriguing -- and promising -- development for all indie bookstores. We've all seen how hard it is for the small stores to compete these days. They've been hammered on all sides -- by giant Barnes & Noble, by discounters such as Walmart, and more recently by the growth of ebooks. It takes a lot of imaginative marketing -- and a fair share of good fortune -- to survive. That's why the Atomic Books expansion in Hampden is so interesting.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Last year, Baltimore beer drinkers were introduced to Full Tilt Brewing's Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout. Less than 11 months later, Frederick's Flying Dog Brewery has announced its own collaboration with another Baltimore cookie institution, Otterbein's Bakery. Four types of beer resulted from the partnership: Imperial Hefeweizen (inspired by Otterbein's sugar cookies), Oatmeal Raisin Stout (inspired by Otterbein's oatmeal raisin cookies), Oak-Aged Hazelnut Scotch Ale (inspired by Otterbein's ginger cookies)
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
If a hotly debated Federal Hill beer garden were to open in time for Oktoberfest, it would have to do so without the beer. By a 2-1 vote Thursday, Baltimore's liquor board declared invalid a liquor license for Crossbar Der Biergarten, saying it expired in 2009 and the owners would not get a "hardship extension. " "The sale of liquor is a privilege, not a right," said board chairman Thomas Ward, who called past extensions of the proposed bar's license "illegal" decisions that the current board had a "duty to correct.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Walking through Fells Point, Jamie Hubbard often stared at Pearl's, a bar on the corner of Aliceanna and Wolfe streets. Pearl's was a dive that offered cheap beer and pool tables, but Hubbard always envisioned more, especially given the prime location between Fells Point and Canton. “It just seemed like it wasn't living up to its potential,” Hubbard said recently. Earlier this spring, he and partner Mike Maraziti (the “Mike” of One-Eyed Mike's, where Hubbard is also the general manager)
ENTERTAINMENT
Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
The robust flavor of Heavy Seas Beer's Plank III -- the Belgian-style Trippel recently named "Best of Show: Best Overall Maryland Beer" by the Brewers Association of Maryland at the Comptroller's Cup competition -- comes from a pimento tree.  “It's the wood that they use in Jamaica to smoke or cook jerk chicken or jerk goat,” said brewmaster Christopher Leonard on Wednesday. “Nobody has made beer with this wood before, as far as we know.” It was a risk of Heavy Seas to use the foreign wood in its beer-aging process, but on Saturday at the Maryland Brewers' Harvest event in Fells Point, it paid off. Out of 192 entries from 23 state breweries, Plank III was named the top Maryland beer of the year.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Dr. Michael Beer, former chairman of the department of biophysics at the Johns Hopkins University who was an environmentalist who worked diligently to clean up and protect Stony Run and the Jones Falls, died Aug. 22. He was 88. Dr. Beer was dining with his companion, Patricia Laidlaw, at her Roland Park home when he was stricken with a heart attack. He was taken to Union Memorial, where he was pronounced dead, said his daughter, Suzanne C. Beer of Middle River. "In the early days of molecular microscopy he was one of the key figures," said Dr. Bertrand Garcia-Moreno, chairman of the department of biophysics at the Johns Hopkins University.
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By Tim Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
For some people, environmentalism is a lifelong passion. That would be true of Michael Beer, retired biophysics professor at Johns Hopkins University, who died Friday at age 88.  He was devoted to protecting and restoring the Jones Falls, the stream that runs through the heart of Baltimore, as well as one of its most popular tributaries, Stony Run. Rallying others to his cause, he founded the Jones Falls Watershed Association, which later merged...
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2013
[Video contains explicit language.] Who knew the characters of "True Blood" had such good taste in beer? On last night's episode (the ninth of Season 6, titled "Life Matters"), Frederick's Flying Dog Brewery's Raging Bitch, a Belgian-style India pale ale, was written into a scene (which can be viewed at the top of this post; warning - it contains explicit language ) by name. "Quite a few of their writers are craft beer fans and our Raging Bitch was written into the script - organic, not paid placement," said Erin Weston, Flying Dog's director of communications, in an email message.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick | February 9, 2012
Frank & Nic's West End Grille is offering something different for Valentine's Day - a beer dinner. Featuring Sam Adams brews, the four-course dinner will be served at 8 p.m. on Feb. 14. The menu begins with a carrot, ginger and crab soup followed by a scotch egg. The main course is veal scallopini with a Boston Lager demi-glace, and the dessert course is hard-cider baked apples with vanilla paired ice cream. A Samuel Adams representative will be on hand to guide the dinner and for beer chats.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
The roadside root beer stand's orange contours memorialize this venerated shrine to a different era. Its fans make pilgrimages to this Stewart's franchise on Pulaski Highway, a truck-battered stretch of U.S. 40 in eastern Baltimore County, to recall the food experiences of their youth. This is the place where it seemed a little cooler in the days before broiling city neighborhoods such as Highlandtown or Canton had air conditioning. Suburban Rosedale was the summer destination when the sun was bright, the humidity was high and school was a distant notion.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
On Sept. 19, bands and beers from Baltimore and Washington will converge at the Fillmore Silver Spring for the first Local Beers Local Grooves event, presented by On Tap Magazine .  Maryland breweries participating include Rockville's Baying Hound Ales, Frederick's Flying Dog, Westminster's Pub Dog and Baltimore companies the Brewer's Art and Union Craft. Other breweries scheduled to be on hand: DC Brau, Old Dominion, Fordham and Port City. Live music will be provided by Pasadena, Bumpin' Uglies, Billy Lyve, Mr. Mighty I, Knolly Moles, Higher Education and more.  Doors will open at 6 p.m., and tickets (which include admission and a beer sampling wristband, and are currently on sale here )
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