Oct

9

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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

Oct

8

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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

Oct

7

GABF

The Great American Beer Festival is this week, and our livers are doing lunges to prepare. 

There will be over 3,000 beers at this year’s festival. Here’s what we’ll have: 

  • The Truth Imperial IPA
  • Brewhouse Rarities Easy IPA
  • Natural Selection Stock Ale (a collaboration with Evolution Brewing Company)
  • Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout
  • The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • Double Dog Double IPA
  • Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
  • Gonzo Imperial Porter
  • Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
  • Doggie Style Pale Ale
  • Snake Dog IPA

For more, head over to the Great American Beer Festival’s website.

Oct

4

Former Washington Redskins player Chris Cooley reveals a much different side.

In our last Support Local Creativity spotlight leading up to our Local Riot, Chris shows us that anyone can be an artist if they love what they’re doing.

For more information on Chris and The Cooley Gallery in Leesburg, Virginia, visit www.thecooleygallery.com.

Oct

4

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UPDATE (OCTOBER 9): We will not be holding free tours for the furloughed on Thursday, October 10. Our taproom will be closed for a private event scheduled weeks before Congress decided to have a staring contest.  

However, we’ll resume free brewery tours for the furloughed on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 at the times listed above. Please take a look at the reminders below before you make the trek to a place that puts Willy Wonka’s digs to shame. 

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We think you’re essential, so please read these essential notes on our free tours for the furloughed this afternoon:

1. All tour times are first come, first serve.
2. You must show your government ID to be eligible for a free tour.
3. We will do our damndest to accommodate everyone, but we will have a wait if our taproom reaches capacity.
4. Close-toed shoes are a requirement for our production area.
5. Spoilers for shows that are sitting on our DVRs will not be tolerated.

Oct

2

If oysters disappeared from the Chesapeake Bay, the entire ecosystem would collapse. 

The Oyster Recovery Partnership takes the best minds and creates life in the Bay, establishing a legacy for future generations and proving that creativity comes in all forms. 

This feature is the second of three spotlights on those who support local creativity leading up to our Local Riot October 5 at the brewery.

For more information on the Oyster Recovery Partnership and to find out how you can help, visit www.oysterrecovery.org.

 

Oct

1

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You’re not nonessential to us. 

Starting this Thursday (and until our federal government turns the OPEN neon back on), we’re offering free brewery tours for any furloughed government employee. 

Tours are Thursdays and Fridays at 4, 5, and 6 pm and Saturdays at noon, 1, 3, and 4 pm. Reservations are not required; we’ve reserved walk-up spots for those of you with a little extra time on your hands. Included is a guided tour of our brewery and five beer samples. 

All you need is your ID (tours are 21+) and proof of federal employment. These spots will be claimed on a first come, first serve basis. 

Sep

30

Mat and Emily Leffler-Schulman retired in their late ’20s because they do what they love.

They cultivate artists and live their life with purpose as the owners of Baltimore’s Mobtown Studios.

This feature is our first of three spotlights on those who support local creativity leading up to our Local Riot October 5 at the brewery.

For more information on Mobtown Studios, head over to their website. 

Sep

27

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Any respectable riot has damn good beer. 

Here’s a look at the drafts and casks at our Local Riot Saturday, October 5 on the brewery lawn. 

On draft:

  • Secret Stash Harvest Ale (brewed with local Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops, along with local raw wheat)
  • Natural Selection Stock Ale (Genus 1 and 3 of our collaboration with Evolution Craft Brewing)
  • The Fear Imperial Pumpkin Ale
  • Dogtoberfest Marzen
  • The Truth Imperial IPA
  • Brewhouse Rarities Belgian Devil
  • Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout
  • UnderDog Atlantic Lager

On cask:

  • Dogtoberfest with cinnamon basil and grains of paradise
  • Pearl Necklace with chocolate mint
  • Raging Bitch with mango and habanero
  • The Fear served through a pumpkin

Admission to our Local Riot is free (21+) and it’s dog friendly. All beer, food, and other goods will be sold a la carte. 

Check out the rest of our local partners here. 

Sep

25

2014 BHR

We climb mountains to talk beer.  

Our local Gambrill State Park is part of the Catoctin mountain range and offers a historic overlook that is home to our annual Brewhouse Rarities pitch session.



Each July, the entire brewery gathers and teams of our staff — from production to accounting to sales and marketing — pitch their ideas for the next year’s lineup. Pitches range from unearthing ancient beer styles to experimenting with new and innovative ingredients. 



Our brew team evaluates each pitch and then has the challenging task of choosing the next year’s releases. There were 40 beers pitched for 2014 and the chosen ones are: 

  • Mango Habanero IPA
  • Mint Chocolate Stout
  • Ginger Beer
  • Agave Lager
  • Lemongrass Rice Ale
  • Hoppy American Wheat
  • Honey Ale
  • Dopplebock

Details on each release coming soon. For now, fight the anxiety with our remaining 2013 Brewhouse Rarities, which include Roggen, Orchard Ale, Vineyard Blonde, and Cinnamon Porter. 

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