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December: One Sweet at a Time

November, 2018

The winter holidays—regardless of how, or even if, you celebrate—share themes inherited from solstice rites, when folks would see the sun getting small and do whatever they could to summon it back.  Song, dance, fire—even boughs of evergreen—predate today’s Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa conventions. These days, holidays also mean chocolate, eggnog laced with whiskey or […]

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November: Shop Main Street, Shop Farm

November, 2018

As you’re recovering from your Thanksgiving feast, be thankful you can avoid big box mayhem by shopping at independent shops on Maryland’s Main Streets, or picking up handmade gifts at local farms. Shop Maryland’s Main Streets Take a pass on the crush of malls and big box stores in favor of a stroll down one […]

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Introducing Sip and Savor’s Celebration Series

November, 2018

You know how parties work. You schedule a gathering for, say 7. Things get rolling at 9. By 11, you’re exhausted and you can’t wait to get everyone out the door. That’s about the time the last trickle of guests shows up. They bring friends you’ve never met and maybe a bottle of something strong. […]

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Celebrating the Dark Side

November, 2018

Stouts-A-Go-Go at the Shiny, New Guinness Outpost in Halethorpe By Brennen Jensen Did you know that Thursday, November 1 was International Stout Day? What? No one sent you a card? It’s not too late to celebrate the dark and lovely goodness of stout, and one good place to do so is the Guinness brewery in […]

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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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