The Baltimore location of the local brewpub chain closes on 30 September, a victim of rising rents.
To bid a proper farewell, I stopped by yesterday on a beautiful late summer afternoon and enjoyed a goblet of a marvelous beer called Fuel.
Fuel is a 10% abv Imperial Stout infused with Sumatran Coffee. It's dark, luscious and roasty, and it definitely smacks of coffee in flavor and finish. (The Shirlington Virginia location won a gold medal for their version of this at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival.)
Fuel was originally conceived of and formulated by a past brewer at the pub - Mark "Abe" Abernathy. He passed away three years ago; I drank to his memory, thanking him for such a beer. [CORRECTION from posted comment: Fuel was formulated and first brewed by Tod Heatwole, Cap City's first brewer at the Baltimore location. Abe was his assistant at the time.]
In a generous (and maybe wistful) nod to local support, the brewpub that day was also featuring featuring guest beers on draft. One was BaltoMarzhon from my employer, Clipper City Brewing Company.
I was attending a wedding that afternoon. Afterwards, I returned with friends for a refill of Fuel.
Pictured are: on the left, Brian (bartender at Growlers) and wife, and on the right, Sean Sweeney (he's a rep for the Maryland wholesaler Republic-National) and Ellie .
Growlers Pub is located in the Patterson park district of Canton. A St. Louis, Missouri bar has claimed the legal rights to the name Growler's and has sent a cease and desist letter to the Baltimore pub. So, visit Growlers: they're asking their customers for re-naming suggestions.
[UPDATE: Now known as Baltimore Draft House.]