Tag: craft beer

Here’s How Brewer’s Art Can Save Its Ozzy Beer



According to Brandon Weigel over at City Paper, Ozzy Osbourne has sent Brewer’s Art  cease-and-desist letter regarding their “Ozzy” ale. Beyond the name, the beer is sold in cans with some blatantly Osbourne iconography (a tattooed fist and some headless bats). Apparently, “negotiations are ongoing.”

While we wait to see how it lands, here are some ways I think they could salvage the name:

+ Replace the fist with a grinning Dorothy Gale’s four front teeth. Replace the bats with flying monkeys.

+ Replace the fist with the outline of Australia. Replace the bats with various marsupials.

+ Change the spelling to “Ozzie.” Replace the fist with a picket fence. Replace the bats with The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet cast. Wait, hopefully a long time, for a new cease-and-desist.

‘Brewmore Baltimore’ Premieres March 20


Written by author Maureen O’Prey (she published Brewing in Baltimore) and former Sun reporter Rob Kasper (he wrote Baltimore Beer), Brewmore Baltimore chronicles the history of the beer industry nationally and locally through the eyes of Baltimore.  The documentary,  directed by Howard County native Nick Kovacic, focuses on Baltimore’s history as a brewing town, with perspectives from the operators of Union Craft, Clipper City and other locals involved in the revival of Baltimore’s brewing business.

Forget the Berger Cookie Milkshake–It’s Time for Berger Cookie Beer



I was shocked, intrigued, and a little grossed out when I read about the Berger Cookie milkshake (basic recipe: combine a half-gallon of vanilla ice cream with a pack of Berger cookies; blend) — but this new Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout from Full Tilt Brewing is something I can definitely get behind.

Brewing in Baltimore: A Conversation With Patrick Beille of Peabody Heights Brewery



Courtesy Citybizlist – Who would have imagined that co-working had arrived in the world of brewing beer? I had a chance to wander around one of the nation’s first cooperative breweries, sample beers made by what one would otherwise assume are competitors and yet were made collaboratively in adjoining tanks. It’s a fascinating story of following one’s passion, never wavering from making a product that you believe in, one of sharing expertise and equipment, all with the curious aftertaste of rapid growth. And as the news of what they were doing spread, other brewers are lining up to work together. Patrick Beille’s story, and this column, isn’t about beer, it’s about what happens when entrepreneurs in the same “competitive” market figure out how to collaborate and as a result success is unleashed.

Sail the Heavy Seas of IPAs: IPA Tasting at Heavy Seas Ale House


The simple pleasure of a cold Natty Boh is undeniable.  However, it is important to mix things up every now and again for the sake of keeping an open mind and exposing yourself to new things.  In a pinch, you could grab something that looks exciting at The Wine Source, or maybe try something seasonal from Brewer’s.  But how is one supposed to truly learn about good beer versus bad beer, quality craft versus generic, watery, low-calorie beer-like substances?  You need both exposure, and someone to lead you down the path to Beer Enlightenment.

Beers & Spears — that’s local brew and pickles — at Trohv


Trohv in Hampden, Baltimore

Walking by Trohv’s famous window displays (named “Best of Baltimore” by the City Paper), it’s easy to speculate about how supernaturally hip and artsy the brains behind this place must be. But once you step inside, every item on display makes a perfectly-furnished life seem surprisingly attainable. They’re onto something at Trohv—something unquestionably cool and classic but without any kind of pretension. Case in point: this Sunday, rather than inviting us all over for wine and cheese (not that we’d decline), Trohv will be hosting “Beers & Spears,” a special event during which you can shop the store while sampling locally made pickles from Gordy’s Pickle Jar and craft beer from Union Craft Brewing (located just up the road in Woodberry).

Trohv stocks Gordy’s pickles regularly, but for this event they’ve ordered specially etched commemorative mason jars available for purchase on Sunday. You can call ahead to reserve your limited edition jar ($10), or simply show up and cross your fingers that there’s one left. And as though the folks at Trohv needed to prove any further how cool they are, ten percent of all sales on Sunday will be donated to Blue Water Baltimore.

Trohv is located at 921 W. 36th Street, Baltimore. Beers & Spears takes place Sunday, September 9th from 12pm-3pm. To reserve a limited edition etched jar, call: 410-366-3456.

Frederick Brewery Stands by Offensive Name in Lawsuit with Michigan Liquor Commissioners


If you’d been stalking me for a little while, you would have noticed that as much as I favor local beers I’ve never bought a bottle of Raging Bitch by Flying Dog Brewery of Frederick, Maryland. And it’s not just because I find the overhopped India Pale Ale style too perfumy. It’s the name. The unappetizing Ralph Steadman illustration on the label doesn’t help either.

But if I lived in Michigan from 2009 to 2011 (another charming hypothetical!), I wouldn’t have ever had the opportunity to spot the beer in a liquor store, get turned off, and walk out with something else because until 2011 the Michigan Liquor Control Commission banned the sale of Raging Bitch in that state for its offensive name.

Chocolate Chipotle Stout Wins DuClaw’s H.E.R.O. 2012 Homebrew Contest

The label from last year's winner, A Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter

You may never have had a hankering for a Chocolate Chipotle Stout, but you’ll soon have the opportunity to try it. The DuClaw Brewing Company, of Bel Air, has chosen just such a beer as the winner of its second annual H.E.R.O. Homebrew Contest, which means that it will be on tap at DuClaw restaurants in Bel Air, Bowie, and Arundel Mills and sold in kegs and 22-ounce bottles this fall. And given that it beat out 54 other craft beer recipes, it should be worthy of your attention.

The beer, created by Vincent and Suzanne Powers of Nottingham, is described by DuClaw as a “silky-bodied stout boasting a spicy chipotle pepper bite perfectly balanced by smooth, sweet chocolate.”

But the other half of the H.E.R.O. contest has yet to be determined. One hundred percent of the profits of the Chocolate Chipotle Stout will go to charity. From now until June 30, 2012, DuClaw is accepting suggestions.  Email your organization or individual’s story to [email protected]