Outside Hysteria

Hysteria Labor Day Weekend Bash

Columbia, MD

Despite a rainy day, the people of Columbia welcomed Hysteria Brewing Company with open arms. A nice crowd came out for the grand reopening, which offered music, coffee, toffee, and of course, beer. 

When I first entered Hysteria, a dashing fellow in a white suit offered me some toffee. Bill McAllen of McAllen Toffee mentioned that his toffee was included in Darkest Hour W/ Chocolate Toffee And Sea Salt, a cask version of Hysteria’s Darkest Hour Stout. I loved both of my samples of the toffee and the cask beer. BTW, you can find Bill’s toffee at the Wine Bin in Ellicott City or the Breadery in Catonsville.

Bill McAllen's Toffee
Bill McAllen’s Toffee

The taproom was buzzing with excitement. I wangled my way to the bar and order a Trash Panda, of course. Sadly, Ty told me that Trash Panda was too green to serve. I’d have to wait another week. Instead, he recommended the Barrel-aged Grandmother’s Milk, which was wonderful. I loved the tastes of whiskey, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. It tasted too smooth to be 10.6%. Watch out for this one!

I loved the Hysteria Clock listing the beers on tap. We played a game of trying to occupy all the latest Untappd listings on the bottom of the screen.

Hysteria Tap Room
Hysteria Taproom

The sounds of Acoustic Wheelhouse filled the taproom with a fun mix of blues and light rock. I met the acoustic duo, Brandon Eades and Elle Christine during their break. They are very local, from Ellicott City. Brandon plays barefoot because he “likes to connect with his stage.”

Acoustic Wheelhouse
Acoustic Wheelhouse

Hysteria offers flights of 3, so I ordered:

Mingling through the crowd, I ran across neighbors, friends and even some Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood (SPBW) members. Hysteria feels like my Columbia.

Pierce, Jim, dBear and Ira
Pierce, Jim, dBear and Ira

I caught a few friends talking to the brewer, Jordan. He says Trash Panda should be ready by next weekend.

Hysteria brewer Jordan
Hysteria Brewer Jordan in white T-shirt

The Hysteria Brewing Company seems a great fit for Columbia. I really like that they are partnering with local vendors. I can’t wait for my next visit.

Hysteria Tap Truck
Hysteria Tap Truck



2 thoughts on “Hysteria Labor Day Weekend Bash

  1. Peggy confirms the toffee was delicious, need to try the darkest hour. Also Miranda Judd’a band was terrific, “Wish you were here”!

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