Another year, another successful Maryland Craft Beer Festival! This has quickly become one of my favorite festivals. If you remember last year’s festival, there were torrential downpours and insane wind gusts. Up until the day of the festival, I was worried the weather was going to be similar. However, the weather gods were on our side this year, and the rain held off…the sun even came out eventually!
This festival is definitely the place to be if you want to try as many Maryland beers as possible (there were over 180 beers available to taste)! The festival featured beer from over 40 Maryland breweries, including breweries not yet open to the public (Midnight Run Brewing, Hysteria Brewing Co., and Checkerspot Brewing Co.).
In addition to the breweries, local artisans and food trucks were on site as well. There was also live music in the Carroll Creek Amphitheatre.
Just like last year, the festival organizers did a great job of organizing safe transportation to and from the festival. They offered BAM busses, which provided transportation to and from the festival, along with VIP access, for $60. These busses left from Denizens Brewing Co, Heavy Seas Taproom, Jailbreak Brewing Company, Independent Brewing Co., and Union Craft Brewing.
They also partnered with S.O.S. Safe Ride, which is a non-profit organization that provides both you and your vehicle a ride home. During the event, S.O.S. offered 50 percent off the fare for attendees!
This festival is such a great representation of the great craft beer Maryland breweries are making! Speaking of, things are about to get serious for a minute. In case you haven’t heard, there are some current laws and regulations threatening the industry’s growth. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who is a huge advocate for Maryland’s craft beer industry, recently created a task force, known as Reform on Tap. His hope is to reform the laws that are currently controlling the manufacturing, distribution, and sales of Maryland beer. Follow their Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest information. Liz Murphy at Naptown Pint has done some great coverage, and is also on the task force itself. Keep an eye on her blog as well for the latest updates!