Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout’s Impact on the Chesapeake Bay

Really awesome video brought to you by the local Flying Dog Brewing Company. “Since its release in 2011, proceeds from Pearl Necklace have enabled ORP to plant 2 billion oysters back into the Bay”. I love to see breweries developing projects and following through with them. Two great topics in one.

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Beer Labels

The design of a beer label is the first thing to grab your attention. People will buy beer just based on the overall package design. While the beer inside might not meet the same design quality, I’ll still give them credit for their sharp, clean designs!

21st Amendment Beers

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Uinta Beer

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Laughing Dog Beer

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Sierra Nevada beer

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Elysian Beer

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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.

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.

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Drinker

The leaves are falling, the temperature is dropping, the boots are coming out, this can only mean one thing- IT’S FINALLY FALL! The best season with the best drinks. Bring on the pumpkin beer!

Maryland has a wide selection of breweries releasing their pumpkin beer around this time. Here is a list of some smashing pumpkin ales.

Pub Dog’s Monster Mash: Pub Dog started in 2005 as a pizza and draft house in Baltimore. They have since expanded, opening a brewery in Westmister, MD. This brew is a pumpkin/yam style. The label reads 6.66% ABV, those clever dogs! Sounds like a graveyard smash to me.

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Flying Dog’s The Fear: Flying Dog originated in Colorado and relocated to Frederick, MD in 1994. Donned with crazy original Ralph Steadman art, this label is eye catching. This is an imperial pumpkin ale. This beer’s ingredients make it sound more like pumpkin pie; It is brewed with local pumpkin puree and a secret blend of spices. Racking up 9.0% ABV, this beer is not for the fearful.

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Heavy Sea’s Great’er Pumpkin Ale: A brewery out of Baltimore, MD dating back to 1995. Heavy sea’s is a very popular baltimore brewery with a popular pumpkin beer. The Great’er is a bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin ale. Barrel-aging the beer add oaky, vanilla notes making this beer full of flavor. A strong flavored and very alcoholic beer (10.0% ABV!).

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There you have it, some of the finest pumpkin beers around town.