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Brawling Bear’s True Respite: MontCo Brewery Provides Second Life

by Kevin M. Smith Founded in 2016, Brawling Bear was one of the first independent breweries in Montgomery County, along with Waredaca Brewing Company, and Brookeville Beer Farm. The brewery has been a staple at Maryland beer festivals ever since, and their distinctive...

A Little Holiday Cheer

by Kevin M. Smith Let's face it - 2020 hasn't been easy, and the year's bullshit is just going to roll over into 2021. That's how rough this year has been. 2020 is going to screw with 2021. It's inevitable. The American response to the pandemic has been atrocious, and...

Barleywine: Thriving Seasonal, or Dying Style?

by Kevin M. Smith Barleywine. It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s a malty concoction, characterized by dark fruit notes like fig and plum, and it can be hard to find. Sure, big boys of craft like Flying Dog with Horn Dog, and Sierra Nevada with Big Foot, still release their...
Frederick Behind Bars: Trying Times

Frederick Behind Bars: Trying Times

by Kevin M. Smith Well...a lot to unpack from the last couple of weeks. I'm going to start with the big to do at Union and then talk a little bit about the push by Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws and their push for beer and wine sales at chain stores. But...

Destinations: Warehouse Cinema in Frederick

Destinations: Warehouse Cinema in Frederick

by Kevin M. Smith I love movies. Like, I mean really love movies. And I think it's no secret that I love beer - so, when I heard that the people behind the Warehouse Tap Room in Hagerstown were taking over the space that was once the Hoyt Cinema at the Fredericktowne...

From Behind the Bar: Craft Beverage of the Week 9/18

From Behind the Bar: Craft Beverage of the Week 9/18

by Kevin M. Smith As we move forward, I'm hoping to get some of the regional wines and spirits in here, but for the time being, I'm sticking with what I know best - beer. In the near future, I'm going to put together a panel of beer geeks and we'll be running our own...

Frederick Behind Bars: ‘Tis Normally the Season

Frederick Behind Bars: ‘Tis Normally the Season

by Kevin M. Smith It's a strange year. We all know that by now. This time of year I'm used to hitting festival after festival on the weekends - The Maryland Craft Beer Festival, The Maryland Microbreweries Festival, Lovettsville Oktoberfest, Frederick Oktoberfest,...

From Behind the Bar September 15: Beverage of the week

From Behind the Bar September 15: Beverage of the week

by Kevin M. Smith So, I have been pondering this - the idea of changing this particular feature up. And I made a decision. This is going to be the last edition of featured beverage of the bi-month. This week I am starting this as a weekly feature - although there...

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