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Hey Baltimore: Know The Super Bowl Party Rules

Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal.
Photo courtesy of The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal is again posting its “Super Bowl Party Rules,” which it posted for the first time last year.  Given our special status as Super Bowl contenders, we thought it critical that our readers take in its important tips and information.  Special thanks to the Wall Street Journal. -The Eds.

Courtesy the Wall Street Journal by Jason Gay – This is the Journal’s second annual Super Bowl Party Rules column, which I guess makes it Super Bowl Party Rules 2, which sounds like a terrible movie starring Ryan Reynolds. You can see why the NFL loves to spiff up its Super Bowl with fancy-pants Roman numerals. They make everything seem so portentous and classy! Today I ate XIV mini-donuts and CCXXXI French Fries. See? I am Spartacus, reading the New Yorker.

Raven Beer for the Most Thematically Thorough Super Bowl Party Ever


Raven Beer

catch of the day fish (2)We have to admit—we’re having A LOT of fun with Super Bowl preparations. And why shouldn’t we? So often, planning for a party or a special event means selecting food, drink, and décor that are tasteful, subtle and classy. Everything needs to be just so. But this is an occasion when the only way in which things need to match is that they all need to be purple—any shade. Food and drink included. Right? Well, we haven’t had any luck finding purple beer (yet…) but we are stocking up on Raven Beer for the big day

End of the World Party at Heavy Seas Brewing


Heavy Seas Party

catch of the day fish (2)Well guys, we made it. Today is, as everyone by now knows, the end of the world. Congratulations all around and see you in the afterlife. It’s been real. So far, though, I have to say that the Apocalypse looks remarkably (or perhaps more appropriately, unremarkably) like any other day. The post-end-of-the-world looks a lot like everything that came before it. But maybe I’m not feeling at my most imaginative. Or maybe I have in fact lost my imagination and that itself is the first horseman of the Apocalpyse?! Oh, it is good that the end is nigh. And how to celebrate? There are of course a few options available to anyone looking to go out in style tonight. Our pick is the 2012 party at Heavy Seas Brewing.

DuClaw Brewing’s December Beer Release


DuClaw Brewing Baltimore

Sweet Baby Jesus! No, we haven’t just seen light (or a really great nativity scene, for that matter). That’s a beer we’re talking about. It’s a re-release of last year’s much-beloved winter brew from DuClaw Brewing (named Maryland’s best brewery by ratebeer.com). Sure, it’s full name is the Sweet Baby Jesus Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter, but we’ll just call it Sweet Baby J for short. That doesn’t sound too irreligious, does it? Promise you won’t tell Santa on us?

Just in time to hear us all say “I need a drink,” in response to holiday season overdrive, DuClaw brewery is re-releasing Sweet Baby Jesus, a complex, robust porter. It’s jet black in color with a tan, rocky head, full body and creamy, luxurious mouthfeel. Its lightly sweet, malty flavor is accented by strong notes of chocolate, coffee and peanut butter, and balanced by a subtle hop character and moderate 6.5% abv. If you don’t speak beer, just know that that translates to “it’s really good, you probably only need one, and if you tie a red ribbon around a six pack or growler of the stuff, you can stick it under a tree and make someone very, very happy.” The beer’s release (free giveaways included) is happening this evening at DuClaw’s three different locations. Get there early, order a cold one, and pick some up to take home.

DuClaw Brewing’s December Beer Release takes place this evening at all of its three locations. For details, and to register for free giveaways, visit www.duclaw.com.

One Year After Fire, Mt. Washington Tavern Re-Opens Its Doors


The Mt. Washington Tavern opens today at 5 p.m., almost exactly one year after a devastating fire caused more than $1 million worth of damage to the restaurant. The new and improved Tavern features an all new interior design, a refurbished exterior, better flow and an updated menu.  The grand re-opening will be held the night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 21.

Baltimore Bike Party: Brew Ha Ha!


Each month, the Baltimore Bike Party crew garners support and ramps up enthusiasm in celebration the tandem wonders (pun absolutely intended) of bikes and Baltimore.  Each month, people from all over the city are invited to join at the Washington Monument in Mt. Vernon to do a group ride throughout the city departing at 7:30pm.  Each ride is between 10 and 15 miles and ends in a massive celebration at a new location each month.  Each ride is themed, with the description and details listed on their Facebook page.

This month’s theme is, not surprisingly, Halloween.  Show up in your best costume for both yourself and your two-wheeled wonder to join a battalion of bikers throughout the city, ultimately finding yourself at Union Craft Brewery.  $10 gets you an unlimited drinks wristband, and you should probably bring some cash for the gaggle of food trucks that will make an appearance.  Please be sure to feel zero guilt as you guzzle down some brewskies and munch on food truck fare, because you just biked about 15 miles in a costume and you deserve it!

Last month, over 700 people showed up for the Baltimore Bike Party,and they’re shooting for over 1,000 this time around.  Become a part of this wonderful tradition, and join us at the monument with your steel stallion at 7:00pm this Friday.  Some us will be dressed as a hot dog, potentially judging the costume contest.  This is not an event to be missed!

Maryland Needs to Drink More Beer


23.3 gallons of beer per person sounds like a lot, but it turns out to be not nearly enough, at least if Maryland wants to rise in the ranks of the nation’s top-beer drinkers. (Who happen to be New Hampshire-ites and North Dakotans, who apparently don’t have much else to do with their time.) According to the Beer Institute, probably a pretty cool place to work, we’re 47th in the nation in terms of per-capita beer drinking, which means we need to start chugging from those kegs with Natty Boh, stat.

Gordon Biersch Spending $3 Million to Open Harbor East Restaurant


Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant is spending $3 million to open a 329-seat eatery in Harbor East, becoming the latest new establishment to call the growing nightlife and shopping destination home. It’s also one of the many breweries and beer-themed restaurants enjoying brisk sales

Just a Reminder: DuClaw Brewing Co.’s Home Brew Contest Deadline Nears


The April 18 deadline is quickly approaching for DuClaw Brewing Company’s 2nd Annual H.E.R.O. Home Brew Contest.  The contest allows brew fans to enter their own creations for the chance to have their beer brewed by the DuClaw brewmasters, where it will be sold in DuClaw Brewing Co. Restaurants and select other vendors. All proceeds from the sale of the winning brew will be donated to a charity of the winner’s choice.

The winner (and their winning brew) will be announced in May, just in time for American Craft Beer Week on May 14, 2012.

Natty Boh Commemorative Cans: A Packaging Homerun?


Buy me some peanuts and crack open a Natty Boh commemorative can.  To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, National Bohemian beer will be packaged in a special line of 16-ounce cans.

The limited edition design in the Oriole’s signature orange and black colors features the bountifully stashed Mr. Boh sending a line drive with the beer’s logo flying towards the consumer. The Baltimore City skyline rests off in the distance like business and to-do lists set aside for a day at the park.

The special cans continue a revival of National Bohemian beer being sold at Camden Yards that began spring 2011, the first time the beer was offered at the ballpark since 1992.

While the nostalgia invoked by the can’s design succeeds in making me want to sit in the park and take in the sights and sounds of this classic pastime, the commemorative cans aren’t limited to the stadium, but will also be sold at bars and liquor stores that carry the brand.