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A pretty comprehensive list of snow day specials around Baltimore


By Ethan McLeod and Brandon Weigel

Baltimore’s restaurants and bars (and their loyal patrons) are taking advantage of the snow day. Since you may be growing restless watching the snow pile up, we’ve rounded up a thorough list of drink and food specials happening today around the city.

Franchot vows to fight on after committee rejects beer bill

Comptroller Peter Franchot hoists a beer with Maryland brewers. Image courtesy of Comptroller Peter Franchot/Facebook.

Last Friday, Comptroller Peter Franchot’s bill to loosen regulations on the state’s craft brewers, the Reform on Tap Act, failed to escape the House Committee on Economic Matters. And it wasn’t close, with the vote going 17-4 against.

But the committee did pass another measure establishing a task force to see if the comptroller’s office should maintain oversight of the state’s alcohol industry. The House of Delegates passed that bill yesterday by a vote of 128-10.

Craft beer bar chain Growler USA coming to Hampden’s Rotunda

Photo via Growler USA

Craft beer bar chain Growler USA is moving in at The Rotunda shopping center in North Baltimore.

Hot Plate: Irish food and drinks this weekend, followed by a week of wine

The Corner Pantry’s corned beef and cabbage is just one of the Irish specials to be had around town this weekend.

From beer and whiskey to wine and funky mushrooms, this week is a festive one in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Taste testing Baltimore Whiskey Company’s Epoch Rye, the first rye distilled in the city in more than 50 years

Tasting Baltimore Whiskey Company’s Epoch Rye. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

On a recent Wednesday, a couple dozen bottles of Epoch Rye are all lined up, freshly labeled, in the Baltimore Whiskey Company’s distillery, waiting to go out into the world. Three employees stand nearby labeling more.

Photos: A look inside the in-progress Union Collective

  • Union co-owner Kevin Blodger inside of what will be Union Craft Brewing's taproom. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

While Union Collective’s opening is still a few months away, Baltimore Fishbowl got a tour this morning of the massive 138,000-square-foot complex at the southern edge of Medfield that will house Union Craft Brewing, an Earth Treks Climbing Center, the Baltimore Whiskey Company, the Charmery, Vent Coffee, Huckle’s hot sauce and Well Crafted Kitchen.

We’ll be checking back in at the space before the grand opening later this spring. For now, here are a few shots of what’s in the works. (Photos by J.M. Giordano.)

Fire department acknowledges two calls to Blacksauce Kitchen, says fire rekindled

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A spokesperson with the Baltimore City Fire Department on Monday acknowledged firefighters were sent to Blacksauce Kitchen after midnight Friday morning and returned after 4 a.m. when the fire had rekindled.

Well Crafted Pizza plans new concept for Union Collective

Image via Push to Start Inc.

The creators of Well Crafted Pizza, the mobile 1949 Dodge truck that has a wood fire pizza oven built onto the back, are planning a less mobile brick-and-mortar kitchen in Union Collective.

Event Pick: Chuck’s Trading Post throws a party to celebrate that they can now serve booze

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The dry days are over at Hampden’s signature–and probably only–breakfast skillet spot, Chuck’s Trading Post. Tonight, the restaurant will celebrate its newfound freedom to serve alcohol by partnering up on a party with nearby Union Craft Brewing. “Prohibition Ends at Last!” a flyer reads, also listing some of the brews that will be on tap, including the Double Duckpin double IPA, the coffee-infused Pajama Pants oatmeal stout and others.