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A More Perfect Union

March, 2020

Union Craft Brewing needed a bigger space. But not that big. by Brennen Jensen A MORE PERFECT UNION BEER, WINE, AND SPIRITS UNDER ONE ROOF MAKE FOR A HAPPY THREESOME Winemaker John Levenberg is positively giddy. “This is great!” he exclaims, cradling a glass containing an inch of straw-colored liquid. “There’s a beautifully balanced acidity—all […]

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Omnibibulous: Sermons to Sips

January, 2020

By: Brennen Jensen I was thirsty and you gave me drink. – Mathew 25:35   Ok, I never quoted bible verse in a beer story before—but then I’d never visited a brewery that had been desanctified as part of its development. The space, says Jon Holley, general manager, “Was rendered for profane use—that’s the actual […]

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Catoctin Breeze’s Prize-Winning Wines

December, 2019

By: Christine Grillo FROM IRON CURTAIN TO Gold Medal THE FIZYTA FAMILY’S ROUNDABOUT ROUTE TO AWARD-WINNING CATOCTIN BREEZE VINEYARD It’s been said that cabernet sauvignon is the king of all grapes. And there are those who say that if sauvignon is the king, then cabernet franc is the queen. The grape, says Voytek Fizyta, “provides […]

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Eastern Shore Agave

December, 2019

SPIRIT OF THE WOLF The first rule of American craft agave spirits is don’t call it tequila. Only spirits made from the blue agave plant and made in certain regions of Mexico can be so labeled. But Meghan Brown and R. B. Wolfensberger, the Annapolis couple behind Maryland’s first agave spirit, are more than happy […]

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Local Distilleries Mix Things Up

December, 2019

News from Annapolis: Cocktail Hour A new law means distillery tasting rooms can offer mixed drinks By: Michael Cullison   With the passage of House Bill 549 by the Maryland General Assembly, distilleries around the state are now able to serve cocktails made with the spirits they produce. Ryan Vierheller of Blue Dyer Distilling Co. […]

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Omnibibulous

November, 2019

The Stemware Runneth Over From all reports there’s nothing to whine about By Brennen Jensen Lately there’s been some vinous news worth clinking glasses over. Remember how it largely stopped raining at the end of the summer? It was the second-driest September in the state since record-keeping began; clear skies prevailed for a good six […]

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News from Grow & Fortify: Big Cork takes the Cup

October, 2019

Big Cork takes the Cup Meritage 2017 is Best in Show The Maryland Governor’s Cup will take up a year-long residency at Big Cork Vineyards in Rohrersville. The 2019 Maryland Governor’s Cup, an annual competition featuring wines produced with grapes and fruits grown in the state, featured 140 entries from nearly 30 Maryland wineries. Vineyards–which […]

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Cocktail of the Month: October

October, 2019

The Risky Treat Take a risk with MISCellaneous Distillery’s funky white rum turned into sweet fire in this southern Maryland style take on a Rum Mule. The fiery strawberry-raspberry habanero jam comes from Sugar Crush Sweet Treats in Hanover, MD (@SugarCrushsweettreats) Recipe from Dan Marlowe and Brooke Brown, creators of the Maryland Cocktail Menu for […]

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Hands On

August, 2019

by Martha Thomas Silver Branch Brewing came to Tarantino Engineering with a challenge: to install a working brewery in downtown Silver Spring. Some of the steel tanks would weigh upwards of five tons—once they were filled with fermenting wort or finished beer. Not to mention the pallets of cans and kegs stacked in the storage […]

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Cocktail of the Month: August

July, 2019

Go for a Skinny Dipper National Oyster Day is August 5, and to mark this auspicious event, B&O American Brasserie bar lead Jenghis Manning-Pettit has created a local take on the oyster shooter. Featuring a local Skinny Dipper oyster, Baltimore Spirits Co. Shot Tower gin, and the restaurant’s house bloody Mary mix. Choose a single […]

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