Is there a Maryland/Virginia beer rivalry a-brewing? The Blodge, aka Kevin Blodger —co-owner/brewer of Union Craft Brewing (Baltimore, Maryland)— has thrown down a gauntlet at the Gooch, aka Jason Oliver —brewmaster for Devils Backbone Brewing (Roseland, Virginia).
Union Craft Brewing opened in June of 2012, in the Woodberry neighborhood of Baltimore. Blodger's Altbier took a gold medal a few months later at the Great American Beer Festival.
Devils Backbone opened in 2008 in central Virginia. Since then, Oliver and the brewery have consistently won medals at the Great American Beer Festival (including eight in 2012). In 2010, they were honored with Champion Small Brewpub and Brewmaster at the World Beer Cup.
Blodger and Oliver are good friends. Before their current positions, both had worked for Gordon-Biersch brewpubs in the Washington, D.C metro area. So, this is all in good fun. Yet, we'll wait for the results of the 2013 Great American Beer Festival will be held in Denver, Colorado, 10-12 October.
Video courtesy of JT Smith.