Greenspring Brewing Company, a specialty brewery in Calvert County. (I tried visiting this small brewery while doing a Calvert County road trip. Unfortunately, they do not have a tasting room and only sell growlers of beer. After talking to owner/brewer, Joe Puttlitz, I stopped at Rips Country Inn, one of the few places that offer Joe’s beer. Unfortunately, they had sold out and did not know when more Greenspring beer would be available. I’ll keep you posted.)
Highlights of 2017
I started this blog in November 2016, so 2017 was my first full year of posting. It has been a wonderful ride. I’ve posted over 200 posts this year, with over 3,000 visitors viewing nearly 8,000 pages. Pretty cool. Here are the top 6 postings of last year, in order of views:
Midpoint Brewery (Erik Jensen, owner of Midpoint Brewery brews out of Peabody Heights).
The Maryland Brewery Challenge has been amazing, giving me the excuse to visit 55 Maryland breweries, with 4 more still to go. Check out the interactive map.
I became a Peter Franchot groupie, attending many of the Reform on Tap Task Force events. In response to Maryland House Bill 1283, Maryland Comptroller held 8 public meetings and 2 town hall meeting. As a result, Comptroller Franchot proposes changes to the Maryland beer laws with the Reform on Tap Act of 2018, a world without limits. Click The Reform on Tap Act of 2018 to learn more about the proposal.
For me, the most interesting post(s) were Bond Ride-Along 1 and Bond Ride-Along 2. I spent the day on a ride-along with my friend and craft beer expert, Steven Wilson. He works for Bond Distributing. Learning about the wholesale world was eye opening. Hanging with Steven for the day was an added bonus.
Most Wednesdays, a few of us meet, usually at Frisco Tap House in Columbia. We are the Pint Night Crew. There is a post for most of these adventures. Here is one of these Frisco adventures. Also, the Pint NIght crew headed to Philadelphia for our annual Philly Beer Week excursion – a wild weekend of fun. Check out Philly Day 1, Philly Day 2 and Philly Day 3.
We walked into the Bull and Goat Brewery and were greeted with open arms. By the end of the evening, people were actually reading aloud from my blog while at the bar. One couple even offered me a place to stay at their house during the next beer festival. Friendly, fun people, plenty of games and tasty beer – I think I’ve found my “Cheers” bar. There is only one problem – it is a 1.5-hour drive from my home in Columbia. Continue reading Bull and Goat Brewery→
Adam Frey is a frustrated man. He has not brewed a beer for quite a while. Most of his energy has been directed towards running his 126-acre farm and haggling with Frederick County officials. Adam has been trying to convert his barn into a tasting room since January of 2017. Now, in November, Frederick County is still erecting bureaucratic roadblocks to building his tasting room. Continue reading Frey’s Brewing→
It’s Friday night in Frederick! We’re hanging at #44 with a bunch of locals and a couple of dogs while eating grilled sandwiches. And of course, sampling some liquid refreshments at Olde Mother.Continue reading Olde Mother→