The Brewer’s Art

House brewed ales on tap
St. Festivus and Ozzy
North Charles and Chase

Written by Brian and Lisa.

References: The Brewer’s Art – Baltimore, MD
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Things to do when you’re retired

a couple old men
drink beer at Hogan’s Alley
Bud at 6 AM

Buy at Art.com

Written by Captain Hops.

References: In some cases, the early bird gets the beer; Hogan’s Alley (Metromix); Hogan’s Ally (Baltimore City Paper)
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Max’s Taphouse

A beer list so long
He finishes his first beer
While reading it

Written by Captain Hops.

References: Max’s Taphouse
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The Session: Beer Festivals


How to make choices
With so much of a good thing
Laid out before me.

Oregon Brewer’s Festival

With a plastic cup
And a dozen wood tokens
I enter the fray

Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest

Oom Pah Pah echoes
For the kids and the old folks
Young men wait for beer

Written by Captain Hops.

the Session: Beer Festivals

References: This post is part of The Session. The Session is a monthly beer-themed group writing project for bloggers. This month’s theme is Beer Festivals and it is hosted by Geistbear Brewing Blog.

Beer festivals can be fun, they can be overwhelming, and they can be utter chaos. I am a fairweather beer festival goer. I like to attend on nice days, when the beers are plentiful, the lines quick, the food tasty, and the music fun.


Check out the full round-up of Beer Festival posts.

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The Owl Bar

With their knowing eyes
The silent guardians sit
Always listening

Written by Captain Hops.

References: The Owl Bar, Baltimore, MD
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Fight the Maryland Beer Tax

They can have my beer
When pried from my cold dead hand.
Beer Tax fight? It’s on!

Written by Captain Hops.

References: Chris O’Brien over at the Beer Activist gave us all a heads up that Maryland State Senator Jennie Forehand has sponsored a bill to increase taxes on beer six-fold and on wine and liquor three-fold in the state of Maryland.

Ouch! Although it doesn’t look like she has any co-sponsors and the house hasn’t taken up any similar measures, we should all be vigilant. Find out the contact information of your MD elected officials and let them know how you feel about this ridiculous tax.

To be fair to Senator Forehand, it appears that she is trying to find a way to replace revenue that will be lost when they repeal the horrifically ill-conceived computer services tax. However, that revenue really should be offset by spending cuts, not by replacing one harmful and unfair tax with another.

If you live in Maryland, I highly recommend signing this petition and contacting your state legislators to repeal the Computer Services Sales Tax as well.

Of course, if the computer services sales tax is not repealed, I may very well move my family and my business (and my tax money) back to that beer oases – Portland, Oregon. And that is not a terrible outcome.

PS: If you want to volunteer for grass roots campaigns or keep track of Maryland legislative efforts that affect beer and wine you should sign up for email alerts from Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws. They haven’t said anything about this new attempt to over-tax alcohol yet, but I am sure they will let us know if it starts to gain traction.

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