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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Tucked in a corner of an older shopping center in Ellicott City, from the outside, White Oak Tavern is unassuming and nearly anonymous. But that's just the facade. Inside, White Oak (named for Maryland's state tree) is warm and food-centric, with an impressive craft beer selection and a well-executed menu that shines a light on local farmers. Scene & Decor White Oak's space is open and airy, with a large bar to the right, a dining room to the left and, in keeping with the "oak" theme, wood everywhere, from the floors to the benches to the walls.
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BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Maryland's craft beer business is growing rapidly — at a rate of 35 percent a year — as consumers increasingly seek out independent brewers' new-style yet traditionally made beers. "There is just an amazing level of interest in craft beer, artisanal products in general, but craft beer specifically," said Jon Zerivitz, co-founder of Union Craft Brewing Co. "It's been growing all over the country. " Both new and existing companies are driving the expansion. Oliver Breweries, the 21-year-old beer-making operation of the Pratt Street Ale House in downtown Baltimore, has outgrown its beer-making space and is opening a small production plant.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
Ozzy Osbourne has endorsed soda, a cellphone and even imitation butter spread. But one product the Prince of Darkness apparently does not approve of is Ozzy, the Belgian-style strong pale ale made by the Baltimore-based company The Brewer's Art. The local brewery received a cease-and-desist letter from representatives of Osbourne, the hard-rock-forefather-turned-reality-TV-star, Brewer's Art co-owner Tom Creegan confirmed. The canned version of the beer has a logo depicting a clenched fist with the letters O-Z-Z-Y spelled on the fingers, similar to the Black Sabbath singer's own left hand.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Andrew Conrad, aconrad@tribune.com | March 24, 2014
Imagine a bar with all-you-care-to-taste selections of more than 60 beers, 40 bourbons -- all for one flat cover. It would need to be a pretty big bar, say, the size of the expansive Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium? On March 21 and 22, the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival came back to Baltimore, and the formula still works. "I love the variety of the beer, and the people, and just the fun atmosphere," said AJ Ferguson, a 30-year-old auditor, who came from Ocean View, Del., for the event with her fiance, Jared.
SPORTS
February 28, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus, Jeff Barker and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. Who's to blame for Maryland not winning close games, Mark Turgeon or his players? Don Markus:  After losing to No. 4 Syracuse on Monday night at Comcast Center, the Terps are now 3-5 overall this season in games decided by six points or less, including 1-3 in the ACC. That includes non-conference wins over Florida Atlantic (66-62)
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.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2014
A Mississippi-based Anheuser-Busch wholesaler has agreed to purchase Winner Distributing Co., the Anheuser-Busch distributor for Baltimore and parts of Baltimore County, and an interest in F. P. Winner Ltd., a distributor in Maryland for brands such as Corona, Pabst and Sierra Nevada. Mitchell Distributing did not disclose terms of the deal. It plans to operate both Winner and F.P. Winner from a single warehouse instead of two separate facilities. Winner had notified Maryland's labor department in late January that it was laying off 125 workers at the end of February and closing the warehouse on Canton Center Drive in eastern Baltimore County.
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
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
Adam Benesch, a co-founder of Union Craft Brewing in Hampden, would like to take his Duckpin Pale Ale to a farmers' market and let consumers taste and buy it. John Knorr, co-owner of Evolution Craft Brewing in Salisbury, just wants to brew more beer. Both want the General Assembly to pass legislation that would help Maryland's burgeoning microbrewery industry continue to grow. Bills that would open farmers' markets and county fairs to tastings and sales by the state's beer producers and raise the limit on how many barrels brewpubs can produce top the 2014 wish list of the Brewers Association of Maryland.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
Beer is helping the Chesapeake Bay. Seriously. Since 2011, a portion of sales from Flying Dog Brewery's Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout have assisted in planting nearly 3 million oysters in the Bay. Each sold bottle of Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout, which is brewed with oysters from Rappahannock River, allows the Oyster Recovery Partnership ( ORP ) to plant 10 oysters, a ccording to Erin Weston, director of communications for Flying Dog. On March 1, the Frederick company will present its latest donation to the ORP (from 2013 sales)
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