Be sure to also check out YFGF's photo review of the new Abbey Burger Bistro in Federal Hill.
Also, a more comprehensive, informed discussion of the history of beer and cans.
On February 11th, Frisco Grille will have a firkin of Troegs' famed Nugget Nectar.
DuClaw has a growler fill special all this weekend, Friday through Super Bowl Sunday. New growler fills will be $4 off, and regular refills will be $2 off.
Just ... dammit.
HowChow ably explores the Howard County beer scene, with some too-nice words to say about this little project that is Baltimore Beer Guy. The "Sudsy Triangle", I like that.
Nice thread find at ChowHound -- finding Russian River and Bell's beers in Washington D.C.
Just a reminder given the snowy weather of late, $1.50 National Bohemians at Todd Conners in Fells Point on snow days.
They also have a "weekly draft beer special", rotating every Friday and selling that selection at a Happy Hour price all day and night.
The Perfect Pour in Columbia is will be pouring samples of Innstadt Bock Weisse, Old Suffolk English Ale and Rogue Mocha Porter on Friday from 5-8 PM, and Anderson Valley Brewing (High Rollers Wheat, Hop Ottin IPA and ESB) on Saturday from 3-7 PM.
They're also selling cases of loose bottles of Yuengling for $14.99 and 12 pack bottles of Tsingtao for $11.99 to mark the Super Bowl. They also promise Iron City and Iron City Light by 5 PM Friday for the Steeler faithful (boo!).
Amusingly, Frederick based Flying Dog (whose tasting room BBG reviewed this week) announced the arrival of their French styled Garde Dog -- named after the French Biere De Garde style -- this week "wee wee, haw haw!" heh.
Garde Dog has a lighter body and is subtly sweet but also has a complex yeast character and balanced malt profile. Traditionally brewed in the winter and consumed in the Spring and Summer months, "Biere de Garde" means "beer for keeping," but you'll have to pick it up soon because it's just a seasonal brewThey've got a busy week ahead of them. There's an in-store tasting at Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick on the 30th from 4-7 PM, an in-store tasting at Westridge Liquors in Frederick on the 31st from 2-5 PM, and a tasting at Tenley Whole Foods in Washington D.C. from 1-4 PM on the same day as part of a regional tasting.
They'll also participate at the "A Taste of Blakefield" at Loyola Blakefield from 5-9 PM on February 7th. They'll then appear at the Montgomery County "Beers & Cheese" on February 8th from 1-4 PM as part of a regional beer tasting.
Finally, later in the month they'll arrive at the venerable Brickskeller in Washington D.C. for a strong beer tasting on Feburary 25th at 7 PM. I hunch that'll be one of those $35 Brickskeller events so you might want to check out the Brick's website if you plan on attending.
Oh, and they're also on Twitter. Should BBG set up a Twitter page?
Mahaffey's change of course: they've found an old school beer they haven't done before -- Old Milwaukee Light. Be on the lookout for that.
They're taking pre-orders for 1.5 L bottles of Duvel, $30, let Wayne know ASAP if you want one.
Upcoming beers: Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, Ommegang Rare Vos. Oh and they still have the Ola Dubh 40 cask on as of last night. Only six were made available in the entire United States.
Reminder: the week of February 1st is IPA week at The Judges Bench in downtown Ellicott City. Its been a while since I've been there, I'll have to sneak in for a late night at some point.
We're getting that much closer to the great Belgian Beer Fest at Max's as well. It runs February 13th-15th. Just about time to start doing my homework on what beers I most need to target. Here's the final tap list, posted at Yours For Good Fermentables.
Beer Haiku Daily has a dilemma about the beer fest that isn't. Everyone knows about it, for better or worse and its gonna be jammed just like last year.