Wherever you land in the pastry stout debate, you have to admit that a candy cane is a quintessential Christmas flavor which makes it perfect for inclusion on the list of ingredients for any holiday beer. DuClaw has whipped up an imperial stout to balance out the mint.
Duclaw goes the lighter road with their snowfall beer of yore, adding juniper and then aging their lager on oak chips. This Maryland brewery also has sent a limited amount of beer out to us in SoCal which is a great Christmas treat.
Not in a too much lactose way, but in a positive way because of new Guinness – Baltimore cans of…
Love seeing old styles translated back into cans.
Looks like the Americanized Guinness is starting on the easy drinking side for their first big Maryland brewery release…
I do like the Maryland state flag in the background and I hope this blonde is a good choice for summer.
Apparently, the East Coast of the U.S. is where it’s at for brewery locations but this time, it is not a brewery from the west that is breaking ground but instead stoic (with hints of change) Guinness that is planting a “Coming Soon” flag.
The oddly named Relay, Maryland will be the site for a U.S. version of Dublin’s popular Guinness Open Gate Brewery, it will be a mid-sized brewery and visitor experience. Just without the huge facility and without any stout which will not be brewed stateside. The Maryland “facility will brew and feature beers created solely for the American market.”
I did not know this but it is a return to the U.S. for Guinness after 63 years.
I can’t vouch for whether or not these beers from the Flying Dog Holiday Collection taste like cookies or are reminiscent of baking but nonetheless it is a cool idea for a holiday mixed pack. I would gladly pair a sugar cookie with the Imperial Hefeweizen.
Public Works Ale is our final stop in Maryland. And it is sitting atop a piece of Baltimore Oriole history. Their home, until 1944. And they give 1% of their sales to job training in the community. Because, if a person finds a job, they might spend their money on beer. Your beer. Smart thinking. But we are here to talk beers. Specifically which beers that I would have in my taster tray….
Well there are three mainstays, the Knuckle Buster IPA, Red Cent Amber and the Fair Shake APA for starters. And that is it (for now), So have your beers then walk around Johns Hopkins and the Baltimore Art Museum which are nearby.
Flying Dog Brewery is our next stop in Maryland. Easily recognized by a large distribution footprint as much as for their iconic Ralph Steadman artwork on their labels.
Since their beers are seen around the country (and this column is ostensibly to promote people traveling to these breweries), I have chosen from the “rarer” side of their beer ledger for my taster tray from this Frederick based brewery, starting with:
Lemongrass Rice Ale
“This beer was inspired by the unique spice blends in Thai cuisine and is as versatile in matching up with those flavors as a Thai menu is (often) overwhelming. You know what to drink, so the trick will be deciding on what to order.”
Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale
“Dead Rise was brewed to highlight the indelible, bold character of OLD BAY with citrus hop notes and a crisp, tart finish. Pair it with tables piled high with shrimp, corn, and Maryland Blue Crab.”
Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout
“With the perfect balance of roasty stout and chocolately coffee notes, Kujo’s bark is just as big as his bite. Flavor notes: Subtle earthiness with prominent coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and toffee flavors Pairs with: Anything nutty, chocolately, or toffee-flavored”
Woody Creek Belgian White
“Woody Creek is light and refreshing for a reason, so be careful not to overpower it with heavy foods. Flavor notes: Refreshing and light citrus notes with subtle wheat, coriander, and orange flavors Pairs with: Light cheeses; Asian foods with wasabi and ginger; light shellfish; fruity desserts”
We start our Maryland tour at DuClaw Brewing Company located in Baltimore. Home of the Orioles and Ravens if you are a sports fan.
With founder Dave Benfield and brewmaster Jim Wagner, this brewery has outgrown their original brewery and is now in much better digs. All the better to sample my picks for my initial taster tray from DuClaw….
Dirty Little Freak Coconut Caramel Chocolate Brown Ale, “first brewed in 2014, takes the traditional American Brown Ale and gives it a sensual new twist – Coconut! This medium-bodied, 5.8% abv brown ale is a feast for the senses from its dominant blend of warm, roasted malt, coconut, caramel, and chocolate flavors barely restrained by a gentle hop bite, to its tantalizingly satisfying finish. But if you submit to our Dirty Little Freak, be warned: there is no safe word.”
Colossus “is dark amber in color and full-bodied with a perceptively sweet flavor profile accented by notes of apple, and a surprisingly tame alcohol presence on the palate in light of its staggering 21.92% abv. This astounding alcohol content (the highest ever brewed in the state of Maryland and verified by the Siebel Institute) is achieved through fermentation alone; no alcohol is introduced at packaging nor it distilled. Multiple grains are used in conjunction with three different yeast strains to produce a beer that simply defies classification… and most laws of nature.”
Misery “is light amber in color with a thin, persistent, white head and enticing aroma of grains, fruits and candy. Like all Wheat Wines, Misery boasts a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a strong 11.2% abv, well hidden by an agonizingly delicious mix of malt and fruit flavors.”
Seems like a fun brewery from the artwork style is quite bold and in your face. I like it even though I am not into heavy metal music.
One of my stops in life was a stint in Baltimore. And one that I look back on with fondness though I probably didn’t appreciate it enough at the time. Now Baltimore is getting back into the craft brewery game after an absence of a long time.
Baltimore to get its first new brewery in over 30 years
Peabody Heights Brewery might be open as early as May, but breweries always tend to open a little later than scheduled. And, Union Craft Brewing has plans to open in that time window too. Oriole town will be doubly served.
Check out this Baltimore Sun article for more information on the Charm City beer boom.