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Learn about what’s up with beer, wine and distilling in Annapolis Maryland  in our Legal Age column, plus find tasting notes on what to try and buy.

News from Grow & Fortify

May, 2019

Comptroller’s Cup Results Catoctin Cabernet Franc Takes Best in Show By Grow & Fortify Following the success of its 2016 Cabernet Franc, Catoctin Breeze Vineyard in Thurmont has won the 2019 Comptroller’s Cup with its 2017 Estate Cabernet Franc. Standing out from 165 competing wines from 31 wineries, this Cabernet Franc took top honors in […]

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Cocktail of the Month

May, 2019

June Cocktail of the Month Botanic Muse From Bluebird Cocktail Room This effervescent black currant champagne cocktail is a refreshing gateway to summer. It features Bluebird cider from Distillery Lane Cider with a dash of herbal liqueur. From Hampden’s Bluebird Cocktail Room. Recipe: 2 oz DLC Black Currant Cider .75 oz Simple Syrup .50 oz […]

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Omnibibulous

May, 2019

Meet the Brewer In another life Patrick Jones might have been a winemaker By Brennen Jensen   A Q&A with Patrick Jones, Head Brewer, Pooles Island Brewing Co. How long have you been a professional brewer? Since 1998, so 20-plus years. Describe your brewing philosophy in three words. Beers With Balance First beer you ever […]

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May Cocktail of the Month

May, 2019

Foraged G&G combines fresh flavors of Spring 2 oz. McClintock Forager Gin 1 oz. Araza Guava Purée large basil leaf. 2 slices cucumber Combine gin, basil and cucumber in shaker and muddle. Add guava purée and ice, shake and strain into coupe or martini glass. Use basil leaf and cucumber slice to garnish. By Paul Stumpf […]

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Captain Jen’s Treasure Hunt

March, 2019

Searching the Susquehanna to find a trove at Slate Every spring, geocachers from all around the state are challenged to find 10 “treasures” throughout Maryland. Cache Across Maryland (CAM) was developed by the Maryland Geocaching Society to show off Maryland’s status as America in Miniature. In mid-March, 10 caches in eight different counties were released. […]

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Brewlyweds

March, 2019

Donuts and sour beer (with edible glitter)? YES. By Megan DeMillo It seemed like a typical Saturday in Rosedale, MD except for the line of patrons down the block waiting to get into DuClaw Brewing before noon. Oh, and did I mention that they were decked out in their finest unicorn gear? When DuClaw Brewing Co & Diablo […]

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Omnibibulous

March, 2019

  I am prepared to admit some merit in every alcoholic beverage ever devised by the incomparable brain of man and drink them all when occasions are suitable.” H.L. Mencken By Brennen Jensen Liquid Laws In the age of craft, can post-prohibition laws stick? April is the cruelest month. Well, so said T. S. Eliot­. But the Anglo-American […]

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March is Maryland Wine Month

March, 2019

By Grow and Fortify This March marks the third-annual Maryland Wine Month, a celebration of a creative industry that continues to grow each year. With nearly 100 wineries in the state, we have a lot to toast. Maryland Wine Month festivities abound, including educational opportunities, live music events, and tastings featuring a variety of paired […]

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Glass Half Full

March, 2019

Tipping ‘em back and taking notes on the Maryland craft-beverage beat Two Beers, One Glass By Brennen Jensen Mixed drinks at a brewery taproom? No, I’m not talking Harvey Wallbangers or fuzzy navels. I’m referring to beer-on-beer action. I was at Waverly Brewing (my local) recently and overheard a woman ask for a fifty-fifty mix […]

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January: Make a Pact with Yourself

January, 2019

The new year feels like a fresh start: an opportunity for do-overs of whatever went wrong last year or a chance to experiment with something new. Try the Maryland Sip and Savor 2019 cocktail, or head to the B&O Museum to sample picks from local wineries. Or get to work on those resolutions, whether it’s […]

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