CBoTB: Key Brewing Company

Key Brewing is about to celebrate their 5th Anniversary of brewing craft beer in Dundalk.  The quality, variety and creativity behind their beers has led them to emerge as one of Baltimore’s “key” breweries.  The two principal owners of Key Brewing are Spike Owen and Head Brewer, Mike McDonald.  Spike Owen and Mike McDonald are two guys who got to know each other years ago as neighbors in Federal Hill.  Over time, a chance meeting became a friendship and these two men began to talk about how much fun it would be to be in business for themselves.  Spike was in the restaurant business at the time and Mike was the head brewer for the Whitemarsh brew pub, Red Brick Station.  The more they talked about being entrepreneurs, the clearer it became that they needed to start their own craft brewery.

Here’s Key Brewing’s Spike Owen.

(Key Brewing’s Spike Owen talks)

And they are doing it well.  Their beer is delicious!  Mike’s ability to make excellent beer is a direct result of many years of experience and a desire to make high quality beer.

Here’s Key Brewing’s Mike McDonald.

(Key Brewing’s Mike McDonald talks)

Now that you’re getting thirsty, here are two of Key Brewing’s beers to try; both are available year-round: Speed Wobbles, a session IPA with an ABV of 4.6% and Dundalk Calling, an Imperial IPA coming in at 8% ABV.

These times are difficult for all of us.  But we still have a lot to be thankful for: family, friends and great beer!  Pick up Speed Wobbles, Dundalk Calling or any Key Brewing beer this weekend and celebrate life!

Cheers!

Jefferson

The Craft Beer Guy

Email: jward@thebayonline.com