Category Archives: MD Brewery Challenge

Running Hare Vineyard, home of Calvert Brewing Farm and Beer Garden

Calvert Brewing Company Farm

December 8th & 9th, 2017, Prince Frederick, MD

Maryland Brewery Challenge #50

Located on the Running Hare Vineyard is the Calvert Brewing Company’s farm brewery. This is the 3rd brewery on the Southern Maryland brewery road trip and the 50th brewery on the Maryland Brewery Challenge. It was an adventure finding the place but the location is breathtaking. Continue reading Calvert Brewing Company Farm

Outside Mully's Brewery

Mully’s Brewery

Prince Frederick, MD (Dec. 8, 2017)

MD Brewery Challenge #49

Mully’s Brewery was our second brewery on our 6 Brewery Southern Maryland tour. It is also number 49 in the Maryland Brewery Challenge. Mully’s is a family-run brewery, where owners Jason and Cindy Mullikin handle the hot and cold sides of the business and Jason’s mom helps out behind the bar.  Continue reading Mully’s Brewery

2017 Statistics

Reflecting on 2017

Happy New Year!

The 2017 MD Brewery Challenge

For the 3 or 4 regular readers out there, sorry,  I took a couple weeks off for the holidays. I have a few things to report. I went on a few more brewery tours. Over the new week or so, I’ll let you know about these fine breweries.  Also, it looks like my 2017 Maryland Brewery Challenge will be extended just a little while longer. Although I visited 8 more breweries (Ruddy Duck, Mully’s, Calvert Production and Farm Breweries, Scorpion, Antietam, Cushwa, and Smoketown), I still have 4 breweries on my list to visit. They include:

  • Ruhlman Brewing Co.  (a farm brewery in Carroll County);
  • Monocacy Brewing Company or Frederick, MD;
  • Full Tilt Brewing, who contract brews out of Peabody Heights Brewery in Baltimore;
  • 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:

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.

Reform on Tap Act of 2018
Reform on Tap Act of 2018 – click on the image to show your support

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.

Steven and Brian
Steven and Brian

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.

White T-shirts for Philly Beer Week
White T-shirts for Philly Beer Week

Of course, what started it all was the Columbia Pub Crawl. We continued the tradition with the 2nd Annual Columbia Pub Crawl. Fun times!

Ale House Columbia
Ale House Columbia – 1st stop of the Columbia Pub Crawl

Cheers and Happy New Year!



Raven Beer Coaster


Rosedale, MD (November 7, 2017)

MD Brewery Challenge #47

RavenBeer has moved to Rosedale. Starting on November 30th, 2017, RavenBeer is now brewed at the DuClaw Brewery. For the 47th brewery in the Maryland Brewery Challenge, I met with the RavenBeer owner, Stephen Demczuk and head brewer, Ernie Igot at  DuClaw to talk about RavenBeer.  Continue reading RavenBeer

Bull and Goat hams

Bull and Goat Brewery

MD Brewery Challenge #46

Centreville, MD

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

Frey's Brewing landscape

Frey’s Brewing

MD Brewery Challenge #45

Mt. Airy, MD

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

Steinhardt Brewery view

Steinhardt Brewing Company

MD Brewery Challenge #43

Frederick, MD

Google Maps says Frederick, but we were actually in Braddock Heights. It’s a small community about 5 miles west of Frederick. We were here to visit Jim Steinhardt, owner, brewer and chief bottle washer of Steinhardt Brewing Company. The brewery is literally in Jim’s garage.  Continue reading Steinhardt Brewing Company

Pig Point

Market Street Pub

MD Brewery Challenge #42

Denton, Maryland

The other day we discovered Denton, a charming little town with an Irish Pub right in the middle of it – Market Street Public House. So, where is Denton? You may have driven by it on your way to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. It’s off MD Route 404. BTW, this is Maryland Brewery Challenge number 42.  Continue reading Market Street Pub