Crafty Brews

Getting crafty with beer is my element. I love seeing all the out of the box creations people create with beer. Why throw away the remains of that six pack you bought when you can recycle it into something rad?!  I have seen tons of great crafts for sale on Etsy and at breweries. Here are some great gifts for the holidays and ideas to get your creative juices flowing!

BEER SOAP: 

A bubbly way to get clean! There are tons of breweries that offer beer soap on their websites or at their breweries. You can purchase handmade beer soap from etsy as well. Savage Soaps in downtown Frederick sells a Beersud soap year round. They use Brewer’s Alley’s Nut Brown Ale to make spicy smelling soap.

DOG TREATS:

Beer may be bad for dogs but the spent grain from the brewing process is not! While visiting Dogfish Head brewery in Rehoboth Beach, I picked up some doggie treats in the gift shop for my Boston Terrier. He loved them! They make dog treats using the spent grain, apples, cinnamon, bananas, and oats. Such a cool way to recycle beer for mans best friend. Pick some up on Dogfish Head’s website.

BEER CRAFTS:

An eco-friendly way to express yourself. The possibilities are endless. Personally, I have decorated picture frames and mirrors with recycled bottle caps. My friend saves all his six packs and has a beer wall in his apartment. My brother has a beer shelf in his kitchen filled with bottles with cool labels and such. It is a fun, personal way to create something and gift it to a friend! I have seen wind chimes, coasters, jewelry, and candle holders on etsy! Check out the handmade beer crafts selection here!

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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.