Maryland's best beers
Five years ago, this would have been a much shorter list.
It's hard to believe how fast Maryland's brewing scene has grown -- from upstarts like Evolution to veteran brands such as Flying Dog. In a few months, you'll start to see cans from our latest addition, Union Craft Brewing. What better time to be a local beer lover?
With Baltimore Beer Week just around the corner, we sampled about 50 Maryland bottled and canned beers, looking for the most all-around appealing IPAs, porters, pale ales and more. Granted, there are plenty more local brews available on tap -- most notably Oliver Ales -- but we kept this list to beers you can find in stores.
We're no beer snobs, but we do love a good brew. Especially one from Maryland. Here's a toast to 20 of the state's best. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun)
The 10-day Baltimore Beer Week
schedule is overflowing with food-related events, ranging from five-course dinners to pumpkin pancake breakfasts. There are tastings of beer with charcuterie, chocolate and cheese.
Many of the dinners have limited seating and sell out fast.
Even before Baltimore Beer Week kicks off officially tonight with the Opening Tap Celebration
at Power Plant Live, Big Jim's is convening a Power Brunch
at Cross Street Market
- get a three-beer flight of Flying Dog and a Big Jim's sandwich for $10.
The marquee dining events include the Stillwater Artisanal Beer Dinner
on Monday at Fleet Street Kitchen, the Heavy Seas Brewery Dinner
on Wednesday at Heavy Seas Alehouse and the Sierra Nevada dinner
at Alewife on Oct. 27, when chefs from the Food Market and Roy's join Alehouse's Chad Wells.
Most of the events are one-time only, but Bluegrass Tavern is offering a three-course Beer vs. Wine
dinner for the duration of Baltimore Beer Week, featuring selected pairings of beer and wine. That's $50.
Beginning Monday and going through Oct. 25, the Wine Market is running a three-course Boulevard Beer dinner,
and on Oct. 26 and 27, they'll have a four-course menu featuring pairings with Boulevard, Stillwater Ales and Brooklyn Brewing Co. for $40 ($57 with pairings).
Pairing events include a Dogfish beer and cheese tasting
tonight at Loading Dock Discount Liquors, a Cripsin Cider and chocolate tasting
on Tuesday at Elliott's Pour House and a beer and charcuterie tasting
on Oct. 25 at Brewer's Art.
Brunches and breakfasts are spread over both weekends of Baltimore Beer Week. They're at the Americana
on Saturday, at Mahaffey's
on Oct. 27 and at the Point in Fells
on Oct. 28.
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