October 9, 2008

This Week's Events

Much more to consider this week ...

The Perfect Pour in Columbia is having several different free beer tastings. Thursday night from 5-8 pm the brewery rep from Weyerbacher (nice guy) will have several offerings including Old Heathen, Merry Monks (a delicious tripel), Blithering Idiot and the famous Double Simcoe IPA.

On Friday they'll pour some buzzed-about Italian craft beers from 5-8 pm with the Legends rep.

On Saturday from 3-7 pm they'll pour some of their fall beers such as Gosser Dark, Flying Fish Oktoberfest, Black Cat and Witches Brew.

DuClaw will host a "Firkin Friday" at their Bowie Town Center location October 10th. They'll pour a double dry hopped Hellrazer pale ale and an Alchemy oatmeal stout. The firkins go fast, so get there early as pouring begins at 5 pm.

The Maryland Brewer's Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday October 11th at the Timonium Fairgrounds. The event will be from noon to 8 pm, with 12 breweries, brats, German food, oompah bands, etc. Admission is $25 on-site as advance tickets have sold out. Designated drivers get in for $10. If you wear German attire they'll provide three extra drink tokens.

Additionally, I have an email from DuClaw saying they'll be there with their staples plus 17 seasonal beers several of which are on their last kegs. They will also have Colossus available, a 21% hybrid brew. If you show up at their booth between 12 and 1230 wearing DuClaw gear they'll give a sneak preview sample of Colossus hours before others get a taste.

A special mention should also be made that this Thursday, Friday and Saturday is the "Great American Beer Festival" in Denver, Colorado where the nation's elite and lesser-known brewers are pouring and competing for some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Best of luck to Maryland's entrants.

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