Our November Brewhouse Rarities release, Vineyard Blonde, debuts on draft at the brewery tonight from 5 to 7 pm. 

Our third agricultural collaboration of the year, Vineyard Blonde was brewed with 500 gallons of Vidal Blanc young wine from Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, Virginia. What do we mean by young wine? As soon as grapes are harvested and pressed, they begin a natural fermentation that was halted once the juice was added to the beer during fermentation. 

Vineyard Blonde is a light Belgian Golden Ale with a fruity and floral nose that continues in the flavor profile, melding with hints of white grape, honey, and biscuit malt sweetness. The combination of a Belgian yeast strain for primary fermentation and a champagne yeast strain for secondary fermentation makes the beer finish light, dry, and spritzy. 

Here are some specifics: 

  • 6.4% ABV
  • 25 IBU
  • Specialty malts: Torrified wheat, Aromatic malt 
  • Hops: Nelson Sauvin 

On a crisp late September morning, we participated in the Vidal Blanc harvest at Breaux’s 404-acre estate, which has over 100 acres of 18 different grape varieties planted.

VB 1

Breaux is Virginia’s largest producer of Vidal Blanc grapes and maintains a year-round vineyard crew that nurtures the vines and fruit every step of the way. 

VB 2

Our brewers (including brewmaster Matt Brophy) worked closely with Breaux’s winemaker David Pagán Castaño throughout the planning, harvesting, and brewing process. 

VB 3

The Vidal Blanc grapes were pressed and delivered to our brewery within 24 hours of being harvested. 

In addition to our Vineyard Blonde release tonight, Breaux will have the beer on tap at their vineyard on Saturday, November 16. You can also use our Beer Finder to locate it on tap near you




 Choosing from the most rare and interesting varieties, our genius team of brewers released four Single Hop Imperial IPAs in 2013, including Simcoe, which imparts a distinct pine aroma and in-your-face hop bitterness.

Now, you can brew the hop bomb for yourself with our Stove Topper homebrew kit for Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe

Stove Toppers are a series of all-grain homebrew kits for advanced homebrewers. They include our exact ingredients and brewmaster’s recipe, all scaled down for your 5-gallon home brewery.

The Simcoe Stove Topper is $45 and on sale through November 30. We’re releasing one style per month in 2013, so to plan ahead, pick, choose, and mark your calendar,check out the full schedule.



Brewers Harvest poster 2013

Are you sitting down? Because you may need to once you have a look at the beer list for Saturday’s Maryland Brewers Harvest at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. 

Tickets for this can’t-miss beer and food event are still available and on sale now

Yours truly: 

  • Secret Stash Harvest Ale (VIP only)
  • The Truth Imperial IPA (VIP only)
  • Brewhouse Rarities Vineyard Blonde
  • Brewhouse Rarities Orchard Ale
  • Natural Selection: Genus Three (our collaboration with Evolution Brewing Company)
  • Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe
  • The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Brewer’s Alley:

  • Oatmeal Stout aged in Jack Daniels barrels (VIP only)
  • Gettysburg Wheat (VIP only)
  • Kolsch
  • English IPA
  • Oatmeal Stout 
  • Oh My Gourd Pumpkin Ale

The Brewer’s Art:

  • Proletary Ale 
  • St. Festivus Holiday Ale
  • Birdhouse Ale
  • Le Canard Belgian Dark Strong Ale 

Eastern Shore:

  • Scotch Ale on cask with toasted scotch chips (VIP only) 
  • 5-Year Twitch Belgian Ale
  • Back Creek Blonde
  • Tighty Whitey Belgian White
  • Magic Hefeweizen 

Fin City:

  • Sneaky Wheat (VIP only)
  • Jacks Pot Amber 
  • Captain Jack’s Pumpkin Ale

Full Tilt:

  • Baltimore Pale Ale
  • Patterson Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale


  • Freaky Krieky Lambic (VIP only)
  • Your Mom’s Apple Pie Ale (VIP only)
  • Chesapeake Old Bay Spiced Ale (VIP only)
  • Angry Russian Imperial Stout (VIP only)
  • Homestead’s Maple Pumpkin Porter
  • Single Hop Cascade Pale Ale
  • Hayes’ Harvest Rye IPA
  • Satan’s Little Helper Belgian Dark Strong Ale

Heavy Seas:

  • Greater Pumpkin Ale
  • Loose Cannon IPA on cask
  • Winter Storm Imperial ESB
  • Peg Leg Stout
  • Powder Monkey Pale Ale

Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm:

  • Coppermine Creek Dry Stout on cask
  • Dollyhyde Saison
  • Stillpoint Farm Harvest Pale Ale 


  • Riot Rye Pale Ale on cask (VIP only)
  • Riot Rye Pale Ale
  • XB1C Brown Lager

Peabody Heights:

  • Knuckle Buster IPA
  • Red Cent Amber
  • Fair Shake Pale Ale

Pub Dog:

  • FUBARK Imperial Stout (VIP only)
  • Harvest IPA
  • White IPA
  • Imperial Dog Imperial IPA
  • Hoppy Dog Pale Ale 
  • Grand Marnier Saison 
  • White Dog White Ale


  • Tell Tale IPA on cask with jalapenos (VIP only)
  • Tell Tale IPA dry-hopped with Citra (VIP only)
  • Tell Tale IPA
  • Raven Lager
  • Dopplebock on cask
  • Pendulum Pilsner 


  • Mint Chocolate Stout (VIP only)
  • Black Knight Imperial Stout 
  • Rebel Rye 
  • LeWac Amber Ale
  • Red Ale
  • Milk Stout


  • Blackwing Schwarzbier on cask with local coffee (VIP only)
  • Duckpin Pale Ale
  • Balt Alt
  • Blackwing Schwarzbier
  • Double Duckpin IPA 



Dr Dog vinyl

It’s a match made in indie (and convenient naming) heaven.

We’ve partnered with Dr. Dog on their new album B-Room, which came out September 30, and their newest single “Distant Light.” A limited-edition 7″ flexi vinyl of “Distant Light” is available now exclusively in our Shock & Awe variety packs. 

We also sat down with the band for a performance of three additional songs off of the new album and a Q&A with questions from our staff.

What dead president would the band spend seven minutes in heaven with? Watch for the answer: 

“Broken Heart” + Q&A with the band

“Too Weak To Ramble”

“The Truth”

To find availability of our variety packs near you, plug your 90210 into our Beer Finder



Hallows Eve

Make sure your costume has room for a giant beer boner. Here’s the lineup from all four breweries: 

Flying Dog

  • The Truth Imperial IPA
  • Dogtoberfest Marzen
  • UnderDog Atlantic Lager
  • Snake IPA
  • Doggie Style Pale Ale

The Brewers Art

  • Resurrection Dubbel 
  • Ozzy Ale
  • Birdhouse Pale Ale


  • Balt Altbier 
  • Duckpin Pale Ale 
  • Foxy Red IPA
  • Blackwing Lager


  • Why Can’t IBU Belgian IPA
  • Cellar Door Saison 
  • Autumnal Saison
  • Stateside Saison
  • Classique Saison 




A key mechanism of evolution, Natural Selection is one of the cornerstones of modern biology and now, Maryland craft beer. 

Our collaboration with Evolution Brewing Company began with Genus One, a stock ale with caramel and brown fruit notes mingling with hints of roast, chocolate, and toast. 

Then, a common descent occurred as each brewery brewed a second batch, creating Genus Two and Three:

  • Genus Two: Brewed by Evolution and aged in oak bourbon barrels, available on draft and in 750 ml bottles
  • Genus Three: Brewed by Flying Dog and dry-hopped with Galaxy hops, available on draft and in 6-packs

All three versions will debut on draft tomorrow at Columbia Alehouse.

Then, we’re hosting a Natural Selection happy hour and beer dinner with Evolution at Birroteca on October 22  for Baltimore Beer Week. 



At the simple push of a button, beer from 20 taps are at your fingertips with our new growler filler, Mr. Belvedere.

The first of its kind in the United States, it’s up and running now for our weekly growler hours (Thursdays and Fridays 4 to 8 pm and Saturdays noon to 5 pm).

And why do we call it Mr. Belvedere? We have no idea.



BBW tour


Really, it’s more like Baltimore Beer 10 Days, but who’s complaining? 

We’ve got a killer line-up to take Charm City by storm, so grab your Palm Pilots and Filofaxs, buy the ticket, and take the ride: 

Baltimore Beer Week Opening Tap

  • Saturday, October 19 at noon
  • M&T Bank Stadium 
  • Swallow The Truth and embrace The Fear…

Baltimore Abides: A Tribute to Beer, Bathrobes, and The Big Lebowski

  • Saturday, October 19 at 9 pm
  • Stoneleigh Lanes 
  • Mark it, dude. And get tickets at

Ravens Game Watch and Ticket Giveaway

  • Sunday, October 20 at 4 pm
  • Max’s Taphouse
  • Win a pair of tickets to the Ravens vs Jets home game on Thursday, October 24

Natural Selection Release and Beer Dinner with Evolution Brewing Company 

  • Tuesday, October 22 at 4 pm (happy hour) and 6 pm (beer dinner)
  • Birroteca 
  • Featuring all three versions of Natural Selection, a three-part collaboration between Evo and yours truly

Frisco de Gonzo Tap Takeover

  • Wednesday, October 23 at 6 pm
  • Frisco Taphouse (Columbia)
  • 30-tap takeover with live music by The Solicitors

Give a Shuck Happy Hour

  • Thursday, October 24 at 4 pm 
  • James Joyce Irish Pub 
  • $2 from every $5 purchase of a Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout and Barren Island oyster on the half shell will be donated to the Oyster Recovery Partnership

Pints and Pumpkins V: Ales from the Crypt 

  • Thursday, October 24 at 6 pm
  • Metropolitan Coffee House and Wine Bar 
  • Featuring The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale three ways, along with Tarot readings, ghostly phenomena, unspeakable rites, and more

The Gonzo Affair 

  • Friday, October 25 at 7 pm
  • Belvedere Square 
  • A Flying Dog tribute to Gonzo art with live music by The Manly Deeds 

Hallow’s Eve Craft Beer Bash and Costume Ball

  • Saturday, October 26 at 8 pm
  • Maryland Science Center 
  • With yours truly, The Brewers Art, Union Craft Brewing, and Stillwater Artisanal Ales

Pints and Pancakes

  • Sunday, October 27 at 10 am
  • Mahaffey’s Pub
  • The unofficial official closing party for Baltimore Beer Week 




What are the odds of a brewmaster living within walking distance of a cider distillery? If you’re our Brewmaster Matt Brophy, said odds are damn good. 

The agricultural collaboration on Orchard Ale, our October Brewhouse Rarities release, spawned from Matt’s frequent visits to Distillery Lane Ciderworks, located less than 15 miles from our brewery in Jefferson, Maryland. With 3,000 trees and 50 apple varieties, all of Distillery Lane’s hard and fresh ciders are made from estate-grown apples that are picked by hand. 

Packaging today, Orchard Ale is a Belgian-inspired ale brewed with 1,000 gallons of fresh apple juice from Distillery Lane. The green apple flavor — from Bulmer’s Norman, Summer Rambo, and Tremlett’s Bitters apples — is complimented by the tropical fruit notes imparted by El Diablo Belgian yeast (made famous in our Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA). 

Here are some specifics:

  • 8.5% ABV
  • 20 IBU
  • Specialty malts: Pilsner, Aromatic, Torrified Wheat
  • Hops: Hallertau

We’ll have simultaneous releases of Orchard Ale on Tuesday, October 15 in our brewery taproom and at The Pig in Washington, DC. 

It will be on tap for sampling (5 for $5) and growler fills in our taproom from 5 to 7 pm. The Pig will have special happy hour (5-7 pm) pricing on both Orchard Ale and Distillery Lane’s Celebration hard cider, along with small-plate pairings from the kitchen. 

Orchard Ale is available on draft only in the mid-Atlantic. Check our Beer Finder to see if it’s flowing near you



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Nowhere is the link between journalism and the visual arts more apparent than in the collaboration between Hunter S. Thompson and Ralph Steadman. The beautiful (and often blurry) Gonzo reality Thompson created through the written word was perfectly matched by the chaotic visual genius of Steadman in numerous books and articles for the likes of Rolling Stone Magazine, Playboy, and ESPN.

In honor of the duo’s groundbreaking relationship, we present The Gonzo Collection – reinterpretations and responses to Steadman’s work by some of today’s most notable contemporary artists.

Working with Woods Contemporary, curators based in Baltimore, we approached 30 artists — including Bob Dob, Nathan Spoor, Justin Bua, Nanami Cowdry, and Tatiana Suarez — to be a part of the collection.

Opening Saturday, October 12, The Collection will be shown in a series of events through the end of October at a pop-up gallery space in Belvedere Square (at 5911 York Road, across from the Senator Theater). A portion of sales from original art and limited-edition prints will benefit The Gonzo Foundation, a charity run by Hunter’s wife Anita.

The opening will feature live music by The Solicitors and will run from 7 to 10 pm. During Baltimore Beer Week (October 18-27), we will hold a special showing of The Gonzo Collection on Friday, October 25 with live music by The Manly Deeds.

For more information on the art, head over to The Gonzo Collection website

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