Homebrewing

Homebrewing is a trendy hobby. People have been attempting to brew their own delicious beers in their kitchens. With several recipes and how-to’s on the internet, there is tons of easily accessible information for beginners. Here are some useful links and tips for all homebrewer’s.

  • American Homebrewers Association (AHA): A website dedicated to educating homebrewers! This website promotes the hobby through their posts about events, recipes, and references. Founded in 1978 by Charlie Papazian, AHA has more than 36,000 members. The AHA also produces the largest national home brewing competition. This website is loaded with videos, and tons of useful information for homebrewers.
  • Frederick’s Original Ale Maker’s (FOAM): Organized by locals in 1980, FOAM is a homebrew club that meets monthly in Frederick. FOAM gathers to discuss recipes and techniques. This is a great way to get very personal advice. Members also keep up to date on near by competitions. This is a great way to get involved in your local homebrewing community. The website contains news updates, advice from the masters, and more.

“There is something very communal about the process when multiple people are involved and can say, “together, we made this,” over a pint and a good meal.” JIm Bauckman, the Marketing and Sales Manager of Monocacy Brewing Company and Brewer’s Alley in Frederick, Md., gives advice on homebrewing, “Practice as often as you can. Homebrewers in this area are surrounded by skilled professional brewers and hombrewers alike.”

Homebrewing Tutorial

“Veteran beer-making instructor Jeremy Frey, from F. H. Steinbart Company, one of the oldest home beer supply houses in the country, shows us how to make a batch of home-made beer.”

Here is an excellent video tutorial on how to brew your first batch of beer. This video is filled with great advice for all homebrewer’s. This features an Amber Ale recipe.

More Downtown Frederick Happy Hour!

Downtown Frederick has an awesome range of bars downtown. Happy hour is happiest at these two bars with some of the best deals.

Brewer’s Alley: Frederick’s first original brewpub with a great location. Since 1996, Brewer’s has been brewing and serving craft beers to all the thirsty tricks. Backed by a full menu and amazing food, Brewer’s is one of Frederick’s most popular restaurants and bars. Brewer’s also has two patios, one out front on market street and one out back. The location, food and beer is a local and tourist attraction.

Brewer’s has all their own beer on tap. They have their year rounds like the Kolsch, Oatmeal Stout, Hefeweizen, India Pale Ale, and Nut Brown Ale. They also have seasonal beers such as the Blueberry Wheat and Oktoberfest. The guest beers they offer on draft are Monocacy Brewing Company’s Raspberry Brown Ale and Red All Over an American red ale.

Heather Kio has been bartending at Brewer’s Alley for seven years. Kio comments on their happy hour “It’s laid back, not crazy, the best happy hour is Wednesday night because we have a cajun buffet and extended happy hour ’til 9.”

Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

  • $2.75 all draft beer
  • Live Music Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
  • Sunday happy hour: 9 p.m.-close
  • Cajun buffet Wednesday 8 p.m.-close

Cellar Door: Frederick’s best dive bar around town. A lounge style pub with tons of weekly events and happy hour deals going on. Located on the corner of Church St. and Market St. down in the downstairs part of the building, Cellar door truly has a cellar atmosphere.

Kenny Bromfield has been bartending for five months at Cellar Door “The nightlife is the best in Frederick. Even on our slow nights, the nature is still great because of the music.” Bromfield knows about nightlife, having been in the bartending industry for 12 years. Bromfield comments on his favorite night, trivia night, at Cellar Door “It’s entertaining to me to see how much I know and to see people play.”

Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Sat. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 6 p.m.-Close

  • $2.50 domestic bottles
  • $3.50 pints
  • $5 select wines by the glass
  • $3 rail
  • $15 bottles of FlipFlop Wine
  • $6 martini’s
  • Open Mic Night Tuesday
  • Trivia Night Wednesday
  • Live Music Thurs.-Sun.
  • Comedy Show every other Sunday.

Downtown Frederick Happy Hour

Everyone loves a discount drink.  Downtown Frederick is no short of bars with ambiance, food and drinks. I have ventured downtown to hunt for the best happy hours Frederick has to offer.

Here is a list of popular bars downtown and their happy hour specials.

Bushwaller’s: For 30 years, Bushwaller’s has been Frederick’s most popular Irish pub. Serving traditional Irish and American comfort food, the pub serves for a great dining experience. Smuttynose Brown Ale, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and  Du Claw Snake Oil are a few beers available on draft. The food, music and booze makes for a very casual, relaxed atmosphere.

Happy Hour: Mon.-Fri. from 4p.m.-7p.m.

  • $3.50 rails
  • $1 off beer
  • Live music Wed.-Sun. (No cover Wed., Thurs., and Sun.)

Firestone’s: A culinary tavern with a balance of refined dining and an energetic nightlight. Since it’s opening in 1999, Firestone’s has established itself as a local and tourist favorite. Nick Lawrence has been bartending at Firestone’s for five months and comments on their happy hour during the week “It’s pretty relaxed, there’s enough going on during happy hour that it’s not boring in here.” Some beers on draft include Uinta Hop Notch, Devils Back Bone, and Flying Dog’s Dogtoberfest.

Happy Hour: Tues.-Fri. 4 p.m.-7p.m.

  • $1 off wine
  • $1 off draft beers
  • $2.50 domestic bottles
  • $2.50 rail
  • Live music Thursday and Sunday nights (No cover)

Cafe Nola: Nola is Frederick’s hippest bar downtown. Full of local art, music and their own infused cocktails; it is a hipster magnet. Nola is a great spot for brunch/lunch serving american cuisine, vegan/vegetarian options, and Illy coffee during the day. One of Nola’s main attractions during happy hour is their outside seating on Patrick St.

Kayleigh Montgomery, a server/bartender at Nola, comments on their infused liquors, “It’s a group effort, usually the bar manager comes up with the ideas. If another employee has a good idea, we’ll use that too”. Honey whiskey, tomato basil vodka, cucumber mint rose gin and espresso infused vodka are some of their most popular infusions. Beer on draft includes Breckenridge’s Agave Wheat , and Evolution craft’s Lucky 7 porter.

Happy Hour: Wed.-Mon. 4 p.m.- 7 p.m.

  • Half off infused cocktails
  • Live Music Thurs.-Sat.

Oysterfest 2013

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Brewer’s Alley will be providing live music, food and beer at their 2013 Oysterfest, Friday, October 11th. The event will be hosted by Monocacy Brewing Company located at 1781 N. Market St. Frederick, MD 21701. Tickets for the event are $65, you can grab your tickets here. The event will be held outside the brewery under tents from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The event will feature oysters from Barren Island in Maryland, Toby Island in Virginia, Hollywood Oysters in Maryland, select oysters from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Prince Edwards Island, Canada.

Other condiments and good eats will be provided by Brewer’s Alley such as tomato basil relish, cucumber mignonette sauce, pulled pork, jalapeno corn bread and brownies.

Selected beer from Brewer’s Alley and Monocacy Brewing Co. will be available on draft.

For the full event menu, please visit Brewer’s Alley Event Page.