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Naptown beer fans, here are all of the events you need to know about during this year’s Annapolis Beer Week, which starts Saturday and ends next Saturday. 

Annapolis Beer Run

  • Saturday, April 18 
  • Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds 

If there’s anything worth running a 5K for, it’s for a finish-line firkin of Single Hop Imperial IPA with Warrior. 

Beer and Bands

  • Sunday, April 19
  • Stan and Joe’s Saloon

Live music from four of Annapolis’ most notable bands kicked off with a Dead Rise OLD BAY Summer Ale Bloody Mary bar. 

From Gonzo to Barrel-Aged Gonzo

  • Monday, April 20
  • Dry 85

Learn (and taste!) the progression of our Gonzo Imperial Porter to our Barrel-Aged Gonzo Imperial Porter, including Bourbon from A. Smith Bowman Distillery. 

Beer Dinner with Heavy Seas

Yours truly, Heavy Seas and an epic menu from Blackwall Hitch, all hosted by the always-fabulous Liz Murphy of Naptown Pint. 

  • Tuesday, April 21
  • Blackwall Hitch 

Maryland Seafood Beer Dinner

Happy hour and 4-course beer dinner with proceeds benefitting the Oyster Recovery Partnership and the True Blue Program. 

  • Wednesday, April 22
  • Factors Row

Raging Bitch 5th Anniversary Night

You know it’s going to be a doozy: Cask-conditioned Raging Bitch with mango and habanero pepper, Double Dog Double IPA on nitro, and more. 

  • Wednesday, April 23
  • Stan and Joe’s Saloon

Maryland Chicken Wing and Beer Festival

What’s in a name? When it’s a name like Maryland Chicken Wing and Beer Festival, EVERYTHING. 

  • Saturday, April 25
  • Maryland National Guard Armory

Drafts and Laughs

Craft beer meets standup comedy. So that’s what Seinfeld was missing all those years.

  • Saturday, April 25
  • Maryland National Guard Armory 

Apr

14

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All of the glory. None of the guts. And all for two incredible causes.

Our Sprint for Spat 0.10K is back for a second year on Sunday, May 3 in Baltimore’s Fells Point Square. While the distance of the race may be a joke, the two organizations it benefits — the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the Oyster Recovery Partnership — are anything but. 

Nearly 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, and a diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 39 is nearly eight times more common than a diagnosis during the first 15 years of life. The mission of Baltimore’s Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is to create a community of support for cancer patients and their families as they fight cancer and embrace survivorship. 

UCF works at the grassroots level to support, educate, connect, and empower patients. Here’s a look at how even the smallest donation to UCF makes a profound impact on a young adult who is navigating his or her experience with cancer: 

  • $25 will pay for transporting a patient to a doctor’s appointment
  • $75 will will pay for three Chemo Care Bags that UCF staff delivers to patients at cancer centers
  • $100 will pay for UCF patient navigators to facilitate a monthly support group
  • $200 will pay to help preserve a young adult’s fertility prior to starting treatment
  • $500 will pay for 16 survivors to cross the finish line of a 5K through UCF’s Cancer to 5K program
  • $1,000 will help pay for UCF’s quarterly Community Survivor Activities
  • $1,500 will pay to distribute guidebooks to 500 newly diagnosed cancer patients
  • $2,500 will pay for a scholarship to send a young adult facing cancer to college
  • $10,000 will help UCF start another Patient Navigation program at a cancer center

Registration for Sprint for Spat 0.10K is open. The race will sell out, so claim your spot now.

Apr

13

Summer of Dead Rise

Who?

Yours truly and OLD BAY Seasoning. 

What?

A bright and refreshing summer ale brewed with OLD BAY, back by extreme/overwhelming/frenzied demand for a second year. 

When? 

Dead Rise premiered Friday for Opening Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Now, it’s hitting shelves and your favorite watering holes this week and will be available through the end of September.

Where?

Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Ohio, West Virginia, and North Carolina, along with export to the United Kingdom. Check our Beer Finder for availability.

Why?

A portion of proceeds benefit the True Blue Program, which advocates on behalf of the Maryland Blue Crab industry and the 5,500 watermen working the Chesapeake Bay. Last year, we donated over $10,000 to True Blue, which is now using that money to increase business for local crabbers through a restaurant certification and consumer awareness program. 

Apr

2

Spat race bib

The distance — a mere 100-meters to glory — of our Sprint for Spat 0.10K may be a joke to some, the two local organizations this race benefits are anything but. Get to know the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults and the Oyster Recovery Partnership: 

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

Who? The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is a leading voice in the young adult cancer movement and works at a grassroots level to support, educate, connect and empower young adult cancer survivors. UCF is based in Baltimore. 

What? Since its inception in 1997, UCF has worked tirelessly at both the community level and with national partners to raise awareness of the issues young adults with cancer face, and to ensure all young adults and families impacted by cancer have a voice and the resources necessary to thrive.

Why? Nearly 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year, and a diagnosis between the ages of 15 and 39 is nearly eight times more common than a diagnosis during the first 15 years of life. Today, cancer is the leading disease killer among 20- to 39-year olds. However, despite advances in early detection, treatment and prevention, there’s been no improvement in survival rates in this age group. 

Oyster Recovery Partnership

Who? The Oyster Recovery Partnership plans, promotes and implements science-based and sustainable shellfish restoration, aquaculture and wild fishery activities to protect the environment, support the economy and preserve the cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay. ORP is based in Annapolis.

What? As the leading nonprofit restoring oysters in the Bay, more than 5.2 billion oysters have been planted on 1,700 acres of oyster reefs in Maryland, including the largest sanctuary reef in the United States. ORP also manages the largest Shell Recycling Alliance in the country and has trained more than 50 commercial watermen to grow oysters to support Maryland’s booming aquaculture industry. 

Why? Oysters are a vital piece of the Chesapeake’s ecosystem and the current population is a mere 1% of the historic peak. In addition to Sprint for Spat, proceeds from Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout have enabled ORP to replant over 5 million oysters in the Bay since 2010.

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Now, support both UCF and ORP by registering now for Sprint for Spat. Ticket price includes a race t-shirt, 0.10K bumper sticker and mid-race oyster shooter. Sign up by Monday, April 13 to guarantee your preferred t-shirt size. 

Mar

18

ThrowbackKerberos

Posting photos of you at 6-years-old crying because you were just told that Santa isn’t real, at 13 when you had more metal in your mouth than Paul Wall, and at 18 after the Bulldogs won states (Go Blue!) are cute and all, but let’s throw it back to something that really matters: Beer. 

Starting tomorrow, we’re getting on this #TBT train by resurrecting retired beers and serving them exclusively in our tasting room for tour samples and growler fills. A traditional Belgian-style Tripel, Kerberos clocks in at 8.7% ABV.

We open tomorrow at 4 pm for tours and growler fills. Head here for a complete list of when we’re open.

Mar

16

It’s All Happening

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Registration for our second annual Sprint for Spat 0.10K opened today. Please don’t treat it like you do all other physical activities. Sign up here. 

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

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Earl Grey Black Wheat, our second release in the 2015 Brewhouse Rarities series, will be packaging this week. Even more exciting is you won’t have to wait for it to hit a shelf near you. We’re releasing it in our tasting room this Thursday. Spots are still available for the first tasting session from 4-6 pm. Tickets available here.

Stay in the Know

Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout advanced to the second round of The Washington Post’s annual “Beer Madness” bracket. Cast your vote today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that… 

Daily Distraction

What we’ve learned throughout our years is that being attractive is mostly smoke and mirrors. These guys seem to have a pretty good idea how to fake it. 

Mar

11

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There’s not one city in the DMV that has the death penalty for firking tapping…although we’re not so sure about Cockeysville. 

With God as our copilot, our most distinguished group of cask-conditioned scofflaws and degenerates are racing through 11 cities with 11 firkins in 11 days, starting next Thursday at Jack Rose Dining Saloon in Washington, DC. 

Follow the race with #FirkinRun. And we’ve even done your Google mapping for you: 

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Mar

9

It’s All Happening

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Registration for our second annual Sprint for Spat 0.10K opened today. Please don’t treat it like you do all other physical activities. Sign up here. 

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

Earl Grey INSTA

Earl Grey Black Wheat, our second release in the 2015 Brewhouse Rarities series, will be packaging this week. Even more exciting is you won’t have to wait for it to hit a shelf near you. We’re releasing it in our tasting room this Thursday. Spots are still available for the first tasting session from 4-6 pm. Tickets available here.

Stay in the Know

Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout advanced to the second round of The Washington Post’s annual “Beer Madness” bracket. Cast your vote today, and tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that… 

Daily Distraction

What we’ve learned throughout our years is that being attractive is mostly smoke and mirrors. These guys seem to have a pretty good idea how to fake it. 

Mar

9

Raging Bitch

Late last week, a Federal Court ruled in favor of yours truly in a landmark case for freedom of speech, proving yet again that Good Beer, No Censorship prevails. 

When Raging Bitch was released in 2009, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission promptly banned it from being sold in the state, deeming the beer “detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the general public.” 

We didn’t take this appalling attempt at censorship laying down. We sued the State of Michigan and the individual members of the commission on the grounds of violating our right to freedom of speech. Now, over five years since the beer’s release, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the commissioners’ actions were a violation our First Amendment rights.

The Supreme Court has long established that the power to regulate alcohol, which is made at the state level, does not authorize the violation of free speech. And last week’s ruling confirms that officials who nonetheless ignore free speech are not immune from liability. 

Our CEO Jim Caruso said: “It’s taken a few years, but now appointed bureaucrats are accountable for imposing their personal agendas and prejudices on the public, and for committing the crime of violating Flying Dog’s right to freedom of speech.”

And our attorney, Alan Gura, added: “In 21st Century America, officials cannot ban words, artwork and poetry they dislike. Illegal censorship causes real harm, and Michigan’s liquor commissioners will now be made to pay real money for the damage they’ve done.” 

Commentary on this ruling would not be complete without the thoughts of Ralph Steadman, the genius responsible for both the art and poetry that adorns each bottle of Raging Bitch. Referring to a 2001 ruling against the State of Colorado for banning the words “Good Beer, No Shit” on the label of our Road Dog Porter, Ralph said:

RAGING BITCH-Colorado SKY

“…and THAT is how it should be!!! Under a Michigan sky — or under a Colorado sunset!!!” 

Mar

2

It’s All Happening

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Today, we kicked off registration for our first homebrew clone competition of 2015, Raging Bitch. If you were not able to register, within 3 minutes before it sold out, we’ve got you covered. There will be two more clone competitions to follow:

  • Bloodline Blood Orange Ale in July in Frederick
  • The Fear Imperial Pumpkin IPA in October in Baltimore 

Details on each coming soon, so stay tuned.

 

99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

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Drink beer, save the Bay. We’re brewing 33,066 bottles of Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout this week. Once sold, each bottle will enable the Oyster Recovery Partnership to plant 10 oysters back in the Chesapeake Bay. (That’s 330,660 oysters total if you’re mathematically challenged.)

The craft is in our blood. What’s coming off of the bottling line? Bloodline. Our Blood Orange Ale is only available in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, so if you can get your hands on it, consider yourself very, very lucky.  

 

Stay in the Know

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“The state of Maryland is now loaded with notable small and not-so-small breweries.” Preach it, Food Republic. Preach. Check out yours truly featured in a chest-thumping piece on how Maryland is fast becoming a place to watch for beer and spirits. 

 

Daily Distraction

When life give you yellow snow, you make lemon slushies. When Mother Nature gives you ice, you make a mother fucking luge course in your backyard. 

Here’s some inspiration:

After seeing this I think we’re all asking the same question… did our parents even really love us?

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