Baltimore Beer Week 2012

It’s Baltimore Beer Week!  ABaltimore Beer Week logond there is some homebrewing action, boy howdy!

Maryland Homebrew sent out an email with so many events on it that I’m not going to post them on FB.  Instead I’m breaking my rule about putting event calendars on my website, since MDHB hasn’t got this list up on their site yet.  OK, maybe I need to rethink that rule, but here’s some of what’s coming up in Baltimore next week:

No Hops Gruit Ale Contest   Sat., Oct 20
Women of Homebrew Unite!  Sunday, Oct. 21  I’ll be there!  Come say hello.
Maryland Homebrew Beer Dinner  Tuesday, October 23
3rd Annual Homebrew Extravaganza  Wednesday, Oct. 24
Oliver Special Cask Night  Wednesday, Oct. 24
Women of Beer  Thurs., Oct 25
Chilibrew VI  Fri. Oct. 26
Home Brewer Competition   Fri, Oct. 26
Beer Taps & Homebrew!  Sat. Oct 27

I don’t know how to add bookmarks here, so I’m just saying I’ve added some descriptive text on each of these events, below.  NOTE TO MY SCADIAN FRIENDS: I’m putting the GRUIT event FIRST!!

No Hops Gruit Ale Contest 

Sat., Oct 2o at Liam Flynn’s Ale House, 22 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD  21201  FREE

We invite all brewers to a challenge of an ancient craft. To re-discover the secrets of old recipes and explore the properties of botanicals that can enhance and preserve beer. Guest Judge: Bruce Williams, Williams Bros.  Draught keg of Williams Bros. Fraoch Heather Ale on tap.

Rules of the No Hops Gruit Ale Contest
Ingredients & Style:  Target style is the historic “Gruit Ale” which is not a BJCP category. For reference, this beer would qualify as category 23 under BJCP. At least 50% malted grains. Meads are excluded. Braggots, for example, would not be if ingredients include at least 50% malted grains. Zero hops permitted. The point of the competition is to experiment with botanicals (herbs, spices, etc) other than hops.
Submission:  Submission must be at least 64 oz of beer. Submission of entries is encouraged by 15 Oct 12, but submissions will be accepted until 12 noon of the day of the contest 20 Oct 12. All submissions must be delivered to Liam Flynn’s Ale House. Submission must be labeled with name, phone number, and email address of competitor.
Judging:  Hedonistic judging will be used. This is not a BJCP-sanctioned event. Judging will be conducted by a celebrity panel plus the over-21 attendees of the event.
Competitors:  Open to all brewers: amateur homebrewers as well as professional brewers.

Women of Homebrew Unite!

Sunday, Oct 21, noon till 4pm at Maryland Homebrew – 6770 Oak Hall Lane, #115, Columbia MD 21045.  $5.00 donation going to the Women’s Law Center of Maryland.

Maryland Homebrew and Flying Dog Brewery are very pleased to sponsor a Women of Homebrewing beer contest, to benefit the Maryland Women’s Law Center.
Set up time is 11am judging starts at noon. Register with chris@mdhb.com. Others can come out and judge for people’s choice award starting at noon.
Here are the rules.
Register your brew with Chris at chris@mdhb.com no later than October 17, 2012.
Beers must be set up by noon on the day of the contest—Sunday, October 21st.
Bring as much beer as you see fit, but remember that the more you bring the more people can try and vote for your beer. You won’t need more than a 5-gallon batch, and you could probably get away with a growler or two.
The style is limited to stouts and porters, but we’re not going to be hard-headed about style guidelines, so interpret that as “anything that says Stout or Porter to you.”
The beer must be brewed by a women and entered by a woman.
You’ll have your own area where people can come to try your brew, and you may decorate your area as you see fit   Don’t think I’m not thinking about this.

Maryland Homebrew Beer Dinner

Thursday, Oct. 23, 6-9pm at T Bonz Grille and Pub – 4910 Waterloo Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Fixed price: $50 per person includes tax and gratuity.  $45 for T Bonz beer club members.

Greeting Beer
Salted sweet potato chips
Paired with Chris Gough’s Pale Ale
1st Course — Spinach and lola rosa salad with cranberries, walnuts and goat cheese tossed in a peach vinaigrette. Paired with Chris Anderson’s Peach Wheat Ale
2nd Course — Cheddar cheese and Dunkel soup topped with fresh popcorn. Paired with Ben Sugerman’s Dunkel
3rd Course — Meat Option: Short rib braised in chocolate stout served with a seared pumpkin cake and roasted corn. Fish Option: Grilled rockfish with a mole sauce over rice and roasted corn. Paired with Dave Humes’s Chocolate Stout
4th Course — Pumpkin pudding pie. Paired with Jill Legault and Trevor Fontes’s Pumpkin Ale

3rd Annual Homebrew Extravaganza

Weds., Oct 24 6-9pm at Little Havana – 1325 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230  $10 donation to BARCS.

Come out to the 3rd annual Homebrew Extravaganza at Little Havana. $10 to BARCS to taste a lot of different, creative and delicious beers crafted by local homebrewers and vote for your favorite beers. This was selected as one of the top 5 “don’t miss” events of Beer Week by the Baltimore Sun last year, so don’t miss it this year!

Oliver Special Cask Night

Weds. Oct 24, 7-10pm at the Metropolitan – 902 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21230.  Pay as you go.

Join us for a night featuring a special cask created by Oliver Ales and the winner of the Oliver Ales Homebrew Competition.

Women of Beer

(Note that this event is organized by BaltimoreBeerBabes, and MDHB’s Chris is one of the Babes.)   Thursday, Oct. 25 6-8pm at Heavy Seas Beer – 4615 Hollins Ferry Road, Halethorpe, MD 21227  $20

Join the women of the Baltimore beer industry at Heavy Seas Beer, for an evening of craft beer, food pairings, and socializing with other lady beer enthusiasts. Your all inclusive ticket includes beer sampling, food, a tour of the brewery and a souvenir pint glass.
THE TAPAS MENU INCLUDES:
Cheeses from Cabot Creamery.
Mushroom soup made Heavy Seas Marzen.
Savory grits topped with smoked salmon made with Winter Storm.
Blackened chicken sliders topped with guacamole, mixed greens & tomato.
Peg Leg Cake made with Peg Leg Imperial Stout.
All courses will be paired with beer and introduced by Chef Mick T Pirate of Whiskey Island. This is a casual evening, not a seated beer dinner. We request that all guests be 21 or older.

Chilibrew VI

Friday, Oct. 26  7-10pm at  2640 Space – 2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21218  $15 “suggested donation” (fixed price) at the door

It’s time for our 6th celebration of the DIY spirit! Brought to you by the BaltiBrew Homebrew club, the Charitably Charmin’ ChiliBrew is an informal, semiannual charity homebrew competition and chili cookoff, now benefiting the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, the Indypendent Reader, and Whitelock Community Farm. Previous installments have each drawn about 30+ entries and 200+ enthusiastic judges, and this fall we will be returning to the beautiful 2640 Space.
Anyone can compete in the ChiliBrew, and anyone can judge! Just looking for a good time with good food/brews/all of the above? Come on out! Got a killer family chili recipe or brew your own beer? Bring it on! Involved with some other hobby or organization that Does It Together, here in Baltimore? Share the love! We want to bring people interested in all aspects of local lifestyles together to cross-pollinate and build community.
We’re suggesting a $15 donation at the door from those who partake of the ChiliBrew. That’ll get you a ballot to vote on any or all of the competitions (chili con carne, veggie chili, and homebrew, though you must be 21 or older for homebrew of course).
Check out the Rules and Entry Form for competitors. There is no deadline to declare your participation, but it’d be a pity to walk on with a pot of awesome chili only to find that we didn’t have room for you. So don’t delay! Any questions? Email us -> baltibrew@gmail.com

Home Brewer Competition

Friday, Oct. 26  7pm – close at  BrewersCask – 1236 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230  pay as you go

Show us what you got! Bring at least 3 bottles of your best homebrew to be judged by an expert panel of beer geeks. Winner will be deemed 2012 Brewers Cask home brew champion and receive a free beer on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s for one year!

Beer Taps & Homebrew!

Sat., Oct 27 11am – 3pm at  Mark Supik & Co. Taphandles – 1 N. Haven Street, Baltimore MD 21224  Free to get in

See how beer taps are made. Did you know that Duclaw, Oliver, Brewer’s Art, Stillwater Artisanal & Raven Beer taps are all made in Baltimore? Stop by Mark Supik & Co. woodturning shop and watch tap handles being turned, sculpted, painted, and labeled. Local homebrew club members from C.S.I will be on hand to demonstrate beer making (and tasting). Raven Beer has donated some great door prizes. Hundreds of taps will be on display in the Beer Tap Museum. Bring your camera.

Need a tap for your home keg? “Handle Your Brew” is a DIY option you might want to consider.

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