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Sustainable Beers At Baltimore Beer Week
October 11, 2010, 1:07 pm
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Sustainable Beers, Baltimore Beer Week

Firkin tapping at Max’s

Baltimore Beer Week is well under way and for craft brew fanatics the events are numerous.  Generally a craft brewery is a smaller independent brewery that creates beer with less additives and a range of natural ingredients.  However, even large corporate breweries are picking up on consumers seeking out craft beer and are themselves beginning to produce “craft beer”.  So, how does one determine a sustainable beer from a non-sustainable beer?  Look at the ingredients and make sure there is nothing you don’t recognize.  What is the most sustainable beer of all? -Well, a firkin, of course!

What is a firkin and why is it eco-friendly?  Eric Asimov of the New York Times explains that cask ales, or firkins, are unlike typical beers which are “are injected with carbon dioxide, filtered and often pasteurized, stored in pressurized kegs and served through gas-powered taps”.  Instead, firkins are “unpasteurized and unfiltered… naturally carbonated, or conditioned, in its cask by yeast transforming sugar into alcohol with a side of fizzy carbon dioxide trapped in the cask”.  Firkins are hand pumped and are served cool rather than cold.  Due to the natural fermentation method, a firkin has a short shelf life when tapped and will only last a few days.

Here are some Balimore Beer Week firkin and cask ale events in Baltimore City:

Monday, October 11th

Aramis Night

Mahaffey’ s Pub
2706 Dillon St
Baltimore, MD 21224
Time: 5:00pm-TBD

Mahaffeys will tap one of four specialty casks of the Crispin Four Musketeer series.
This Merlot Barrel Aged cider is a can’t miss event.

Tuesday, October 12th

Porthos Cask Night

21 N Eutaw St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Time: 7:00pm-TBD

Alewife will host one of four of the Crispin Four Musketeers series casks.
Porthos is their cider aged in Zinfandel Wine Barrels.

Wednesday, October 13th

Crispin Cider Tasting

Alonso’ s
415 W. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21210

Time: 5:00pm-TBD

These wonderful, fresh ciders from California will be featured on draft, by the bottle and in a firkin.
Glassware will be limited, but available.

Flight of the Firkins

Mahaffey’ s Pub
2706 Dillon St
Baltimore, MD 21224

Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm

Join the entire crew from Heavy Seas as we empty the ship for this one.
Flight of the Firkins will feature 3 mugs of Heavy Seas beer from the firkins for a special price.

Thursday, October 14th

Victory Cask Ale Night

Max’ s Taphouse
737 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Real Ale Lovers, this event is for you!
Victory Brewing Company will invade Max’s Taphouse with cask ale
from the beer engines and a special firkin on the bar!

“Strange Brew” & Firkin Night with Troegs

902 S Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21230

Time: 6:00pm-11:00pm

Firkin Thursday featuring a firkin from Troegs Brewing of Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania as well as select specialty drafts including Flying Mouflan!
Troegs will also be featuring the movie “Strange Brew” with jelly donuts.

From Firkin with Love

Alexander’ s Tavern
710 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231

Time: 8:00pm-Close

A Firkin speaks through it’s liquid otherwise known as beer.
Yummy…So as we walked through the brewhouse last week and
we heard rumblings coming from the Gang O’Firkin we decided
we’d better have a look. In a hushed tone it said, “get me to Alexander’s
on the 14th and let me express my love for all who attend.”

“Well we said, what kind of beer are you anyway”?
A rich and gentle porter it replied.
$3.00 Glasses of Real Ale.

Friday, October 15th

Firkin Fiveday

Wharf Rat
801 S. Ann Street
Baltimore, MD 21231

Time: All Day

Pick from 5 made to order Cask Ales. $5.00 gets you 4 of them!
Taste and compare! You’ll plead for the fifth!

Muggsy’s Homebrew Competition
(There’s sure to be some firkins here!)

Muggsy’ s Mug House
1236 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230

Time: 7:00pm

Join Baltibrew, one of Baltimore’s newest homebrew clubs
for our Homebrew Competition. Bring your best beer and
have it judged by a jury of your peers!

Saturday, October 16th

Crispin Cider Event

Max’ s Taphouse
737 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231

Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm

Join the guys from Crispin cider as we feature cider
like you have never seen.  Featuring Crispin ciders
on Draft, Cask and Bottles.

7th Annual Chesapeake Real Ale Festival

Pratt Street Ale House
206 W. Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21201

Time: 1:00pm-6:00pm
Cost: $35 Advance Ticket ($45 at Door)

Get firked-up with over 40 firkins of the finest real ale, at the SPBW
Chesapeake Real Ale Festival! Get a souvenir mug and unlimited
sampling for only $35 per person when purchased in advance
($45 at door).


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