Craft Beer Blog

             

Welcome to 100.7 The Bay’s Craft Beer Blog from Jefferson The Craft Beer Guy!

Note: Blogs are the written form of the Craft Beer on The Bay podcast.  To listen, click “Podcast”, above.

Cellaring Beer – One Year Later

Back in January, I talked about cellaring beer; the practice of taking certain beers and letting them age in cool, dark spaces. Being in a cooler, darker space is...

Denizens Brewing Company

July 2014 was an important time for Julie Verratti, Emily Bruno and Jeff Ramirez, the three founders of Denizens Brewing Company. They had found a great location for their...

Revive! Divine Food & Divine Beer!

Imagine an event set in a spectacular historic building with beautiful landscaping. As you walk through the hallways and rooms, at every turn you find a restaurant with amazing...

B.C. Brewery

Over the last four years, brewery taprooms have taken on a steadily increasing importance for every craft brewery. While the design and concept for every taproom remains unique, the...

Slate Farm Brewery

When the Maryland General Assembly passed the farm brewery bill in 2014, a new way to enjoy beer was about to become a reality for craft beer enthusiasts everywhere!...

The Innovation Brewhouse at Heavy Seas

When Hugh Sisson founded Clipper City Brewing in 1995, everything he did was innovative. As an industry, craft beer was in its infancy. Innovation was part of Hugh Sisson’s...

Revive! Divine Food & Divine Beer!

Imagine an event set in a spectacular historic building with beautiful landscaping. As you walk through the hallways and rooms, at every turn you find a restaurant with amazing...

Live from Union Craft Brewing!

Back in February, I caught up with Jon Zerivitz, one of the three founders of Union Craft Brewing. At the time, Jon and business partners, Adam Benesch and Kevin...

Diamondback Brewing

It was just about a year ago when I first met Colin Marshall of Diamondback Brewing. Colin, along with Francis Smith and Tom Foster founded Diamondback Brewing and are...

Checkerspot Brewing

There is no standard blueprint for starting a craft brewery. But there is a common theme that all great craft breweries share: a love for making beer. Judy Neff,...

Evolution Craft Brewing

Let’s zoom back 10 years. It’s late 2008 on the Eastern Shore, near Salisbury, and rumors are circulating that a craft brewery might be opening. This was especially big...

The Perfect Pour

When you drink a beer from a bottle or a can, do you drink it right from the bottle or can, or do you pour it into a glass?...

20th Anniversary of Raven Special Lager

Twenty years ago, this month, RavenBeer President and Founder, Stephen Demzcuk brewed the first batch of Raven Special Lager in Baltimore. The recipe for Raven Special Lager was actually...

Pilsners!

As I mentioned last week, when I first started drinking craft beer, there weren’t many available. At that time, I was drinking imported beer, exclusively, until I had that...

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

With the steady opening of more and more breweries and the creation of so many different brew recipes, it’s easy to go for the new beer and miss the...

Jailbreak Brewing’s Kitchen!

One of the very cool parts of the craft beer industry is the continuing emergence, growth and even redesign of brewery taprooms because of the interest that craft beer...

The Maryland Craft Beer Festival

I am psyched! We are just eight days away from the Maryland Craft Beer Festival! It happens next Saturday, at Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick. VIP tickets are...

Growlers & Crowlers

As you explore craft beer and enjoy this incredible craft beer adventure, be sure to take advantage of opportunities to savor fresh, draft, craft beer. You might recall that,...

Session Beer

While there’s no doubt that some of the very high alcohol by volume craft beers are incredibly interesting and complex, those beers are almost always best enjoyed as just...

RAR Brewing’s Nanticoke Nectar

It’s really the beer that put RAR Brewing on the map, Huber! And like many craft breweries, the people who were behind it all were homebrewers first. Chris Brohawn...

Craft Beer and Baseball

There’s nothing quite like Orioles baseball and some delicious craft beer! And getting the awesome walk-off home run from Adam Jones made the day even better! Huber and I...

New England IPAs

Over the last two years, a new style of IPA has gone from being made by only a few New England breweries to one of the hottest craft beer...

Max’s Taphouse

Imagine a place that feels like home the moment you step through the doors; a place where your every craft beer desire can be met; a place where the...

Oyster Stout from RavenBeer!

Last Saturday, I visited the new home for RavenBeer. RavenBeer has entered into a partnership with DuClaw brewing and is now brewing all of their beer at the RavenBeer/DuClaw...

Reforming Maryland’s Beer Laws

As you may have heard, Maryland’s laws about brewing beer are among the most restrictive laws in brewing. Last year House Bill 1283 was passed by the Maryland General...

Hysteria Brewing Company

Yesterday I visited one of Maryland’s newest breweries, Hysteria Brewing in Columbia. Hysteria open last July with a taproom designed to feel like a retro-modern library and tasting room....

Cellaring Beer

Last week, I talked about barrel aged beer and the creativity behind this concept and the resulting new aromas and flavors that emerge from barrel aging. Although barrel aging...

Barrel Aged Craft Beer

Over the last several years, more and more craft brewers are aging select beer in wooden barrels. The type of wood is typically oak, but apple, hickory… even an...

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA

Maryland’s outstanding craft beer culture is the direct result of so many passionate and creative people in the craft beer industry and, as consumers, our love for craft beer!...

Imperial Stout

Bitter cold temperatures. Icy winds. Time for an Imperial Stout! Imperial Stout is a style of beer that fits so well for cold, winter days. In general, Imperial Stouts...

Beer on New Year’s Eve

As we head into this weekend, I find myself reflecting on this past year and thinking about things to do in 2018. And like you, I’m also thinking about...

Anchor Christmas Ale

Back in the early days of my craft beer journey, I discovered a few breweries that were making beer specifically for the Holiday Season. And since that moment, I’ve...

Flying Fish Brewing

The year was 1994. I was working at a radio station in Philadelphia and already into my deep love affair with craft beer when I read about an internet-only...

Reforming Maryland’s Beer Laws

Back in March this year, I talked with Kevin Atticks, the Executive Director of the Brewers Association of Maryland, about Maryland House Bill 1283 and the challenges and problems...

Thanksgiving and Pumpkin Ales

Fall is alive; the colors are spectacular; the air is crisp; and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Whether you’re at home or visiting family and friends, a great...

Yard’s Brewing Company

The year was 1994. I was living in Philadelphia and already well into my craft beer journey and was looking for every craft beer I could find. The internet...