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Saucy Startups

August, 2018

Maryland likes it hot—and the heat just keeps coming as Baltimore joins zesty locales like Austin, New Orleans and Albuquerque. B’more Saucy is the newest addition to the city’s piquant producers, taking its place alongside Huckles, Snake Oil and a host of other artisan fiery condiments. Hot sauce is, after all, a sizzling industry, accounting […]

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Past Meets Present On The Eastern Shore

August, 2018

On the Road: Rum, Rambles and Rigs Along the Bay The route from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to the Blackwater Reserve is about 37 miles and will take under an hour by car. Unless you stop along the way, which you should. For gourmands, the trip could take days. For time traveling historians, centuries. […]

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Carroll County’s Main Streets

August, 2018

Country Rambles in Carroll County Four towns in Carroll County belong to Maryland’s Main Street initiative. That means Mount Airy, Sykesville, Taneytown and Westminster all meet the program’s goals of a lively downtown with locally owned shops and restaurants, as well as cultural attractions worth exploring. Carroll County was carved out of neighboring Baltimore and […]

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Crafting Legislation: News from Annapolis

August, 2018

Competing House bills left taprooms high and dry In the last year, there was a lot of buzz about proposed craft beer legislation in Annapolis. Two competing bills brought about some confusion. To understand the fracas, we need to go back to House Bill 1283, passed in the 2017 legislative session, which quadrupled the barrel […]

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Checkerspot Brewery Spreads its Wings

July, 2018

What, you didn’t know we have a state butterfly? By Brennen Jensen Checkerspot co-owners Steve Marsh, Rob Neff and Judy Neff (who is also the brewer) at their new South Baltimore brewery, named in honor of Maryland’s state butterfly.    Checkerspot Brewing 1399 S. Sharp Street, Baltimore, MD www.checkerspotbrewing.com The beautiful black and gold butterfly known as […]

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Gertrude’s Spirit

June, 2018

MISCellaneous Distillery launches a rye nod to the family matriarch Dan McNeill, who runs Mount Airy’s MISCellaneous Distillery with partner Meg MacWhirter, says his maternal grandmother was a bit of a pistol. “She was known to drink whiskey and smoke cigars at family functions,” he recalls. “She was dainty and polite, but she also had […]

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Something Epoch

June, 2018

Baltimore Whiskey Company releases its new Epoch Rye (We’re pretty sure these guys are loving all the wordplay) We stopped at the Blue Pit BBQ in Woodberry the other night to try some of Baltimore Whiskey Company’s Epoch Rye–the first rye to be distilled in Baltimore City in 75 years. That sounds pretty epic. The […]

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Shipping News – Getting wine to your doorstep can a complicated process

May, 2018

News from Annapolis By Michael Cullison When vacationing wine lovers stumble on something they love, it stands to reason they would want to enjoy a bottle at home. But it isn’t so easy for Marylanders to walk into a local wine shop and ask for the juice they’ve sampled in the Finger Lakes or Napa. […]

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