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Baltimore’s beer-volution

If you follow me on Twitter, it should come as no surprise that I’m a happy participant in what is interchangeably called the craft or local brewing revolution.

So imagine my excitement at the brewing revival happening in Baltimore, my adopted hometown, which The Washington Post recently featured in its Food section as a fine city to enjoy a pint of local suds on tomorrow’s ill-timed, midweek holiday.

The Post suggests five (why not four?) brews to imbibe on the Fourth of July but also talks up some recent additions to Baltimore’s beer list, starting with Rain Delay IPA at Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant in the Camden Yards warehouse.

The modestly-hoppy ale sports a bit less bite than I’d ordinarily like, but as far as ballpark beers go, it’s top-notch. And Dempsey’s is open when the O’s are out of town and out of season, too — a nice touch for those of us who desperately miss the Yard during cold Charm City winters.

Union Craft Brewing, Peabody Heights Brewery and area heavyweight Heavy Seas (formerly Clipper City) all deservedly earned mention in The Post’s beer-reviewed walk-up to the holiday.

Now, where should a Baltimore beer snob go to celebrate our nation’s birthday?

(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

One comment

  1. Paul Cunningham

    While I too appreciate the new Heavy Seas Ale House (http://heavyseasalehouse.com/) on the outskirts of Little Italy, don’t ignore the newcomer to Baltimore’s beer-bar scene, Of Love & Regret (http://www.ofloveandregret.com/). This collaboration between local gypsy brewer Brian Strumke of Stillwater Artisanal Ales and innovative executive chef Ted Stelzenmuller of Jack’s Bistro makes for a haven for both beer snob and foodie alike. As a bonus, you might spot the fireworks from their brewer’s hill location at the corner of O’Donnell and Conkling.

    I also would not overlook Baltimore mainstay, The Brewer’s Art (http://www.thebrewersart.com/). Great local brews, like Ozzy and Resurrection, with an eclectic menu at their classy Mount Vernon location.