It’s time to drink some beer, Baltimore! Okay, let’s be serious. It’s always time to drink beer in Baltimore. But now is the time to celebrate beer, during Baltimore Beer Week
, October 9–18
. For those paying attention who haven’t had too much beer already, that is well more than what is considered one week. However, we’re not going to complain about a few extra days to enjoy suds in the city.
So how does one celebrate beer in Baltimore during Beer Week? Well, the obvious answer is by drinking all the beer. But there are also plenty of celebratory events to attend. There are a few tap takeovers and, of course, a crawl or two. Here’s our lineup of some of our favorite beer events around town between October 9 and 18.
, 7–10 PM
Zion Lutheran Church (400 E Lexington St.)
Chilibrew is a chili and homebrew competition where the attendees are the judges. Guests get to vote on the best chili con carné, vegan chili, and home-brewed beer as they nosh and sip their way through samples from 60 competitors.
Stoneleigh Lanes (6703 York Rd.)
Pinehurst Wine Shoppe and Union Brewing Company get together to start Baltimore Beer Week right with duckpin bowling (SO Baltimore) and bottomless beer, along with music from DJ BohFunk. On tap will be Duckpin, Double Duckpin, and a cask-variant Duckpin.
M&T Bank Stadium (1101 Russell St.)
Beer games and live music by The Edelweiss Band, Kelly Bell Band, Super Bueno, and 3AM Tokyo are the backdrop to unlimited brew sampling and contests on the main stage including Masskrugstemmen (Stein Holding) and Miss Oktoberfest.
The Venice Tavern (339 S Conkling St.)
Maureen O'Prey, local author
and historian, will be joining BBW co-founder Dominic Cantalupo to lead a walking tour of Baltimore's Brewer's Hill area. The tour starts at The Venice Tavern with a lesson about Baltimore's early brewing scene. The tour will then depart, pointing out along the way historical locations of breweries long forgotten, including some pub stops with Of Love and Regret as the final destination. The tour includes handouts and is a pay as you go event. RSVP at email@example.com
Mary Supik & Co. Taphandles (1 N Haven St.)
At the spot that makes some of the most popular tap handles in town (think DuClaw, Raven, Oliver, Fin City and more), watch tap handles being turned, sculpted, painted, and labeled. Beer makers from Raven Beer will be on hand for tastings, and door prizes will be given away.
Nepenthe Homebrew (3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 130A)
One brew meets six different Lallemand yeast strains it at this event. You can taste what the different yeast does to the flavor and style of each. Space is limited for both classes, so reserve your spot here
for the 5:30 PM class or here
for the 7 PM class.
Mahaffey’s (2706 Dillon St.)
Drink pumpkin beer and carve pumpkins. Could there be a better fall plan? Join in the competition at Mahaffey’s to carve the best pumpkin and maybe even win a prize!
Peabody Heights Brewery (401 E 30th St.)
Get your yoga fix before having some mid-October brews at the city’s most recently opened taproom. The class is free to join.
Birroteca (1520 Clipper Rd.)
Get your fall drink on and support a great cause with this event that benefits military veterans and their families. Full Tilt Brewing and Frey's Brewing Co. will both be featured on the taps and a book signing with Bryan J. Kolesar, author of Beer Lover's Mid-Atlantic, will take place. Full Tilt and Frey’s, two local, military veteran-owned breweries, have both picked a charity to which Birroteca will be donating $1 from each of their beers sold that night, as well as a portion of the food sales.
Earleigh Heights Station (51 W Earleigh Heights Rd.)
Get active during Baltimore Beer Week and join co-founder Dominic Cantalupo for a scenic 22-mile bike ride on the B&A Trail. The route heads towards Annapolis and will pass by the overlook at the Naval Academy, then make its way into town for a first stop at Heroes Pub. The trip then heads back with a stop at Park Tavern in Severna Park before finally stopping at the last destination, the Severna Park Taphouse.
Photo via Baltimore Beer Week
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