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News from Grow & Fortify

September, 2019

HEAVY SEAS BEER EARNS TOP HONORS AT MARYLAND CRAFT BEER COMPETITION Pounder Pils named “Best in Show” in Brewers Association of Maryland 2019 compeittion Pounder Pils from Halethorpe’s Heavy Seas Beer was announced as the best beer of the 2019 Maryland Craft Beer Competition. In front of a crowd of more than 300 craft beer […]

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Bombastic Bites

September, 2019

Make Marinade as the Sun Fades By David Martin It’s a quintessential Fall day. The sky is clear, the sun shining through the stratos at that candid Fall angle that makes Golden Hour last for three, and the refreshing breeze is revitalizing to your dormant senses. It’s euphoric. But this idyllic weather and paradisiacal picture […]

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Omnibibulous

September, 2019

Ginned Up Drink martinis where Eleanor Roosevelt dined Let the adventure be-Gin! That’s the playful way veteran bartender Brendan Dorr likes to describe his new venture: the gin-focused cocktail bar Dutch Courage debuting soon in Baltimore’s Old Goucher neighborhood. He and his partner Eric Fooy have been shaking and stirring behind bars together for some […]

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A Hangover-Free Spirit

August, 2019

American Shochu Company owners, from left, Takatsugu (Taka) and Lynn Amano with their children, Taylor Skye Kiyomi and Gray Takayuki. Shochu is the most popular spirit in Japan, but when Taka Amano explains the drink to curious folks here, his first step is to say what it isn’t. First off, it’s not sake, Japan’s more-famous […]

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Lawmen Continue a Bootlegging Tradition

August, 2019

The whiskey operation known as BlueDyer has been in Ryan Vierheller’s family since the early 20th century. If you’re scratching your head, you’d be right. Vierheller’s great-grandfather ran a bootlegging operation in Stafford, Virginia. Unlike his ancestor, Vierheller operates his Waldorf distillery completely above board—an approach due as much to his previous career with the […]

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Maryland Wineries Embrace Local Grapeness

August, 2019

by Michael Cullison Home Grown New legislation means Maryland wineries must grow most of their own fruit News from Annapolis As we sip Maryland-made wines, it’s important to remember that each glass is very much a product of local agriculture. With this in mind, House Bill 972 was introduced and passed into law in 2018. […]

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Fire it Up

August, 2019

by Beth Hauptle Fiore Winery A DAY ON THE GUNPOWDER WINE TRAIL WON’T MISS THE MARK Yearning for a little pastoral serenity coupled with a visit to several distinguished Maryland wineries? Take a day and tour the Gunpowder Wine Trail starting in north Baltimore County, winding southeast through the farmland of Harford County and landing […]

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ON THE ROAD

July, 2019

by Martha Thomas Thanksgiving Farm Winery Changing Tides NATURE AND HISTORY ON THE WESTERN SHORE The 42-mile route hugging Maryland’s western shore, known as the Roots and Tides byway, is a weekend retreat accessible from most anywhere in the state. Paddle, sail and fish. Learn about the state’s colonial past and the history of enslaved […]

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Black Ankle takes a New Step

July, 2019

Black Ankle’s eco-friendly tasting room, inside Black Ankle Vineyards has a problem that many wineries only dream of. The Mt. Airy winery has outgrown its own grape production. Since wife and husband team Sarah O’Herron and Ed Boyce first dug into the dark, shale-layered soil in 2003, they have put vines on every bit of […]

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Omnibibulous

July, 2019

Meandering Among the Hampden Brews by Brennen Jensen photography by Christian Lynch There’s a well-worn path connecting Omnibibulous HQ with Waverly Brewing and Union Craft Brewing. One of the best benefits of life in Woodberry is the eazy-peazy access to these two fine breweries. Still, when I was approached by Mixolo, a solo-friendly social network, […]

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