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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
Raise one for the no-more-bars crowd in Federal Hill. A coalition of Federal Hill residents, frustrated by what they see as oversaturation of bars in their neighborhood, persuaded the city's liquor board Thursday to reject a proposed 300-seat beer garden. The beer garden, which would have replaced four vacant storefronts near the Cross Street Market, became a rallying point for residents fed up with drunken patrons from other bars who, they say, swipe parking spots, smash flower pots and urinate on homes.
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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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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
On Thursday,  Vivo Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar in Hanover will debut a biweekly series of Italian movie nights. Each movie night will feature a four-course prix-fixe menu inspired by that night's film.  For the series opener, "The Godfather," Vivo's Sicilian-inspired menu includes the Five Family Salad; meatballs and grilled sausages in a five-hour red sauce, like the one Clemenza taught Michael Corleone how to make; and for dessert, cannoli,...
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
The city's zoning board on Tuesday denied an appeal by a Federal Hill group to create an open-air beer garden across from the Cross Street Market. Board members voted 3-2 to grant conditional approval to the courtyard beer garden in the first block of Cross Street, but the appeal needed a four-vote majority to pass. Board Chairman Geoffrey Washington, who voted for the appeal, proposed several conditions. The bar would have to operate as a restaurant, selling more food than beer.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
The city vetoed plans Tuesday for a proposed open-air beer garden across from Cross Street Market in Federal Hill, but one of the owners says it'll open by Oktoberfest. "There will be a beer garden there come October," said the Crossbar owner, Brian McComas, who also owns Ryleigh's Oyster. How exactly he plans to make that happen isn't clear. The proposed beer garden in the first block of East Cross Street, which has been hotly contested by neighbors in the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, was granted an expanded liquor license from the city's liquor board last week.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
Pickles Pub, located across the street from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, has long been synonymous with opening day. Thousands of orange-drenched fans make it their first stop (usually of many) on one of Baltimore's most lively days. But at 10 a.m. on April 5, hours before the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins for the first home series of the season, the Deck at Camden Yards - a new, outdoor beer garden at the Hampton Inn -  will open next to Pickles. Deck partner Fritz Brogan says the latest addition to Washington Boulevard will open for Orioles home games, Ravens home games and special events such as the Grand Prix.
EXPLORE
July 21, 2012
The last night of the Harford Farm Fair carnival was canceled Saturday evening after steady rainfall in the area. The carnival was deserted early Saturday afternoon as organizers initially made plans to re-open once the rain stopped. They had no plans to give up and cancel entirely, according to Farm Fair Chairman Skip Pieper, who said later at 5:30 p.m. that the carnival was officially canceled. "Needless to say the weather had a severe impact on our attendance," he added.
ENTERTAINMENT
Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
On Thursday,  Vivo Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar in Hanover will debut a biweekly series of Italian movie nights. Each movie night will feature a four-course prix-fixe menu inspired by that night's film.  For the series opener, "The Godfather," Vivo's Sicilian-inspired menu includes the Five Family Salad; meatballs and grilled sausages in a five-hour red sauce, like the one Clemenza taught Michael Corleone how to make; and for dessert, cannoli,...
NEWS
June 27, 2013
While is it not our custom to oppose business investment in Baltimore, particularly the prized kind that creates jobs without requiring public subsidies, it would be difficult not to sympathize with the residents of Federal Hill and the problems they've encountered with the high volume of drunks in the vicinity of Cross Street Market. The proposal to create a 300-seat beer garden on that same block has pushed opponents to the breaking point. Enforcing drinking laws is one thing, but surely even the most pro-business advocate must admit there can be a critical mass of bar patrons beyond which Federal Hill and its environs can't function.
SPORTS
By Cody Goodwin, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
A few hundred soccer fans gathered at Power Plant Live! on Tuesday to watch the United States play Belgium in the 2014 World Cup's round-of-16 game. While the U.S. lost a heartbreaker, 2-1 in extra time, ending their 2014 World Cup campaign, each soccer fan in attendance sported Red, White and Blue gear in support of the U.S. The USA garb came in all shapes and sizes. There were plenty of hats and scarves and jerseys and flags worn as capes in Leinenkugel's Beer Garden, where employees set up a huge screen to show the game.
FEATURES
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Baltimore Pride kicked off Saturday at a new location and with new drinking rules leaving some longtime revelers like Damian Hatchett feeling a little nostalgic for the old days when he said the event was much livelier. The state's largest annual celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community moved this year from the heart of Mount Vernon farther north to the Mid-Town Belvedere neighborhood, which many people associate with Artscape. Alcohol consumption was confined to two "beer gardens" blocked off by fences.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
The city vetoed plans Tuesday for a proposed open-air beer garden across from Cross Street Market in Federal Hill, but one of the owners says it'll open by Oktoberfest. "There will be a beer garden there come October," said the Crossbar owner, Brian McComas, who also owns Ryleigh's Oyster. How exactly he plans to make that happen isn't clear. The proposed beer garden in the first block of East Cross Street, which has been hotly contested by neighbors in the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association, was granted an expanded liquor license from the city's liquor board last week.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
The city's zoning board on Tuesday denied an appeal by a Federal Hill group to create an open-air beer garden across from the Cross Street Market. Board members voted 3-2 to grant conditional approval to the courtyard beer garden in the first block of Cross Street, but the appeal needed a four-vote majority to pass. Board Chairman Geoffrey Washington, who voted for the appeal, proposed several conditions. The bar would have to operate as a restaurant, selling more food than beer.
NEWS
June 27, 2013
While is it not our custom to oppose business investment in Baltimore, particularly the prized kind that creates jobs without requiring public subsidies, it would be difficult not to sympathize with the residents of Federal Hill and the problems they've encountered with the high volume of drunks in the vicinity of Cross Street Market. The proposal to create a 300-seat beer garden on that same block has pushed opponents to the breaking point. Enforcing drinking laws is one thing, but surely even the most pro-business advocate must admit there can be a critical mass of bar patrons beyond which Federal Hill and its environs can't function.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
Raise one for the no-more-bars crowd in Federal Hill. A coalition of Federal Hill residents, frustrated by what they see as oversaturation of bars in their neighborhood, persuaded the city's liquor board Thursday to reject a proposed 300-seat beer garden. The beer garden, which would have replaced four vacant storefronts near the Cross Street Market, became a rallying point for residents fed up with drunken patrons from other bars who, they say, swipe parking spots, smash flower pots and urinate on homes.
NEWS
By Julie Scharper and Julie Scharper,Sun reporter | October 20, 2007
Sometime soon, the last schnitzel will be fried, the last malty marzen will be poured, and the accordion will grow silent. Blob's Park, a German-style beer garden that opened on a Jessup farm more than 70 years ago, will close within the coming year, according to manager John Eggerl, making this year's Oktoberfest celebration the last. The cavernous Bavarian-style building, where generations have gathered to hoist a few beers or whirl to rousing polka music, will be demolished to make way for a new development.
NEWS
By CHRIS EMERY and CHRIS EMERY,SUN REPORTER | October 17, 2005
It's a Friday night in October and the revelers sit at long tables in a Bavarian biergarten. The bratwurst is ample, the beer pitchers overflowing and the polka music is almost nonstop. German culture is all around. Germany, however, is an ocean away. This is Blob's Park, a Teutonic outpost in Jessup that for more than three-quarters of a century has offered a little piece of Germany tucked away on a Maryland farm. And at the heart of it all is the polka. "The people ... come here to dance," says Leon Umberger, hardworking accordion player for the house band, the Rheinlanders, wiping sweat off his forehead on a recent night.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
The question in Federal Hill these days: How many bars is one too many? The booming district around Cross Street Market has added an average of 127 bar stools each year for the past decade despite a state law aimed at limiting new liquor establishments. A proposed 300-seat beer garden has pushed some residents from frustration to outrage over the thought of more drunken revelers slopping into their streets. "We've reached a critical mass of drinkers," said Eric Costello, president of the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
Pickles Pub, located across the street from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, has long been synonymous with opening day. Thousands of orange-drenched fans make it their first stop (usually of many) on one of Baltimore's most lively days. But at 10 a.m. on April 5, hours before the Orioles host the Minnesota Twins for the first home series of the season, the Deck at Camden Yards - a new, outdoor beer garden at the Hampton Inn -  will open next to Pickles. Deck partner Fritz Brogan says the latest addition to Washington Boulevard will open for Orioles home games, Ravens home games and special events such as the Grand Prix.
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