As the summer days wane here in the Mid-Atlantic, most folks go from wanting to get the last swim in at the beach, to setting up the kids to return to school, then decorating the yard for fall/Halloween. There are a good number of people though, who start looking forward to Baltimore Beer Week, which is in early October.
The 2010 celebration is the second annual and promises to be bigger and better than the previous years more than 350 individual events.
The events schedule includes:
- October 7th: 6PM
Baltimore Museum of Industry starts things off with the “Opening Tap Celebration”. Baltimore Orioles ledgend Boog Powell will pass the “Tapping Mallet” over to Ace of Cakes star and Baltimorean Duff Goldman. He will tap the first firkin of the week -– Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (*hopefully* finished with local Stillpoint Farms Hops).
- October 9th: 11AM-6PM
Maryland Oktoberfest at the Timonium Fairgrounds. This is a huge festival expecting more than 12,000 guests and over 80 beers from more than 15 Maryland Breweries. German food Oompah Bands and much more. Rumor has it that after the Oktoberfest Flying Dog will be holding a Bowling party at the alley across from the fairgrounds with their usual cast of characters, plenty of Flying Dog Beer and lots of swag.
- October 10th: 6PM-7:30PM
Heavy Seas Brewing will be hosting an “Urban Pyrate” Beer Cruise. Join the crew from Heavy Seas aboard the pirate ship “Fearless” for a beer cruise like no other. Beer will be flowing as we cruise around the harbor, so don’t miss out and be a land lubber.
- October 15th: 7PM
“Blues and Brews” hits the small, but capable, 8×10 Club in Federal Hill. Heavy Seas brings the Beers and Blues guitar ledgnd Bobby Parker will supply the grooves.
- October 16th: 1PM-6PM
SPBW or The Society for the Preservation of Beers from Wood and Pratt Street Ale House bring back the 7th Annual Chesapeake Real Ale Festival. Over 40 Firkins will be available for unlimited sampling. Some of the many breweries to be offering their brews will be Evolution Craft Brewing(De.), Flying Dog(Md.), Troegs(Pa.) and DuClaw Brewing(Md.)
- October 17th: 12PM-5PM
The Inaugural Baltimore Beer Festival will take place on the waterfront in Canton/Downtown. Over 25 local, regional, and international Breweries are expected to partake. There will also be food from some of the best local restaurants, along with music and entertainment for all. Beautiful setting and great beer…you can’t really go wrong.
The above are only a sampling of what to expect during this week long Baltimore Beer Week celebration. Many local bars and restaurants will have plenty of event activities throughout the week.
I also have a few rumors for you to kick around while they finalize…
- After the Oktoberfest at the Fairgrounds on October 9th, will be having an afterparty/bowling party at the lanes across the street from the fairgrounds. Many of the Flying dog crew will be participating with lots of Flying dog beer and swag for the winners.
- Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia (just a short trip from downtown) is trying to put together an event on location with Brooklyn Brewery. Don’t know yet if it will be a beer dinner or a similar event.
- There is most likely gonna be a luncheon with local brewing legends and other people from the industry answering questions about the past, present, and future of the Baltimore area in the beer world.
- No rumor, this is the “real deal”! A little Pre-BBW2010 event with Stone Brewing at the brand new beer hall, Alewife, in downtown Baltimore. Stone Brewing CEO Greg Koch will be invading Baltimore, as Stone kicks off a multi-city tour with 40… yes, FORTY Stone beers on tap. This is the most amount of Stone beers that have been on tap at once, in the history of ever. This event is a no-brainer.
Come to the “Charm Cit”y and enjoy our history of beer as we look forward to the future. I hope to see a lot of you at some of the many events during Baltimore Beer Week 2010.