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Firkin Fest Closes Out Frederick Beer Week

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Last Saturday, Frederick Beer Week came to a close. I can’t think of a better way to end an exciting week of nonstop beer activity than with an easy, fun day on a hop farm.

You may recall my post last year about the Frederick Beer Festival at StillPoint Hop Farm. This year was every bit as much fun. All the great Maryland breweries were represented, but this year, the festival featured a different twist. The beers were tapped from firkins – and so this year’s festival was dubbed Firkin Fest!

Amazing Maryland Beers were served by Barley and Hops, Brewer’s Alley, Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, Evolution, DuClaw, and Brewer’s Art.   Some unique brews included belgian beers brewed with currants and peppercorns; some great IPAs – including last year’s Battle of the Bubbles competition winner, which was expertly brewed by Larry Pomerantz at Barley and Hops; Oatmeal Stouts; refreshing light lagers; german style bocks and dunkers; and more.  And then there was the homebrew tent, hosted by Frederick’s Original Ale Makers. Lucky attendees sampled from over 20 different styles of homebrew throughout the day.

The festival also brought back all of the great attractions from last year, only bigger and better with a larger and wider variety of vendors, more great folk style music, the ever-popular Hayride to Hoppiness, and hoola hoops!

Imagine plopping down on a hillside with a quality Maryland beer, on a beautiful day, in a gorgeous country setting, listening to live music and watching the little ones (and a few not so little ones) dance around with hoola hoops. It’s easy to see why Firkin Fest has become a fast local favorite for Frederick beer fans!

So once again we bid farewell to Frederick Beer Week – til next year!   In the meantime, plan your next visit to the Mid-Atlantic around some of our great breweries and pubs.  You won’t be disappointed.  Maryland has indeed become a great state for beer!

Cheers beers!

Frederick Beer Week Begins!

Today kicks off Frederick Beer Week!  Woo hoo!

This is a great week to be in Frederick, and this long overdue event is being done up right!  May 10th-14th will include lots of great beer events hosted by:

Here’s a list of the scheduled events:

Tuesday, May 10

  • Flying Dog Kick-Off with Chef Bryan Voltaggio – VOLT Restaurant in downtown Frederick
  • Battle of the Bubbles Homebrew Competition Judging – Barley & Hops in Frederick, MD
  • Heavy Seas Loose Cannon Cask Night – Bushwaller’s Irish Pub in downtown Frederick, MD
6 to 8 pm
Free Heavy Seas pint glass with your first beer!

Wednesday, May 11

  • Beer Judging Certification Program Tasting Class
  • Cocktail Beer Pairings – Brewer’s Alley in downtown Frederick, MD

Thursday, May 12

  • Alive @ Five Happy Hour – Carroll Creek Amphitheater in downtown Frederick, MD
5 to 8 pm
$5 cover, featuring Brewer’s Alley beer (added cost)
  • Heavy Seas Firkin Night – Mt. Airy Inn in Mt. Airy, MD
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Free Heavy Seas pint glass with your first beer!
  • Alive @ Five After-Party with Flying Dog – Greene Turtle in downtown Frederick, MD
7 pm to close
Flying Dog on draft and on cask
featuring an in-bar scavenger hunt with prizes

Friday, May 13

  • Flying Dog Sampling – Ye Old Spirit Shop 
5 to 7 pm
  • Frederick Tap Takeover – Bushwaller’s Irish Pub in downtown Frederick, MD
5 pm to close
Only Flying Dog, Brewer’s Alley, Barley and Hops, and Heavy Seas beer on tap!
  • Friday the FIRKteenth – Hollow Creek Golf Club in Middletown, MD,
6 pm to close,
Heavy Seas firkin and live music from Paul Pfau.

Saturday, May 14

  • Beer Brunch – Mt. Airy Inn in Mt. Airy, MD
11 am to 2 pm
  • Frederick Beer Week Brew Fest – at Stillpoint Farm in Mt. Airy, MD,
Noon to 6 pm – features beer from Flying Dog, Brewer’s Alley, Barley and Hops, and Heavy Seas, as well as live music by The Jug Band, The Polka Dots, and The Fieldhands; crafts, food, hay rides and more!

Even the County libraries are celebrating as they’ve placed all their beer-related books on display in honor of this glorious tribute to Frederick beer.   So come join us native Fredericktonians for an exciting week-long beer celebration!

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