Sunday, January 27, 2013

Maxs 9th annual Belgian Beer Fest: 15-18 February 2013

What began in 2005 with 25 drafts and 100 bottles, as the 72 Hours of Belgium festival, is in its 9th year at Max's Taphouse, in Baltimore, Maryland. Now, with more than 200 drafts and 200 bottles, it's called simply Max's Belgian Beer Fest. Stretched to 4 days, what a festival it will be!

Max's TapHouse


  • Friday, 15 February - Monday, 18 February, 2013.
  • 11 am - close each day.
  • No entrance fee; no reservations required.
    Come as you are; pay as you order; various pour sizes sold.
  • "Belgian-inspired" food menu.

  • NEW FOR 2013

  • Sour & Wild Day
    Monday, February 18th, 11 am - close
    20 drafts and 20 bottles: each an American 'sour' beer.
    Also, a special bottle sale (to-go only) beginning at 11 am. List to be posted soon.


    As Max's receives the kegs and bottles for the festival (or is given a fervid promise of delivery), it updates the list. At present, it's 85% completed. As Max's update, this list will be updated.).
    • Achilles Serifijn De Liter Van Palliter
    • Achilles Serafijn Christmas Angel
    • Achouffe Houblon
    • Achouffe La Chouffe
    • Alvinne Gaspar
    • Alvinne Melchior
    • Alvinne Melchior Zymatore in Bourbon barrels
    • Alvinne Undressed Regular
    • Alvinne Wild Undressed aged on oak
    • Bavik Petrus Aged Pale
    • Bavik Pils
    • Blaugies Darbyste
    • Blaugies Darbyste
    • Blaugies La Moneuse
    • Blaugies La Moneuse Special Noel
    • Blaugies Saison De Epeautre
    • Cazeau Saison
    • Cazeau Tournay Black
    • Cazeau Tournay triple
    • Cinq Cents
    • Contreras Valeir Extra
    • De Dochter Belle Fleur
    • De Dochter Embrasse
    • De Dochter Embrasse Peat Whiskey
    • De Dochter L'Enfant Terrible
    • De Dolle Arabier
    • De Dolle Dulle Teve
    • De Dolle Stille Nacht
    • De Glazen Toren Canaster
    • De Glazen Toren Jan De Lichte
    • De Glazen Toren Saison De Epre Mere
    • De Glazen Toren Canaster (Wooden-clad side-tapped keg)
    • De Koninck Triple D'Anvers
    • De La Senne Band of Brothers
    • De La Senne Taras Boulba
    • De La Senne Zwarte Piet
    • De Landstsheer Malhuer 10
    • De Landstsheer Malhuer 12
    • De Ranke Guldenberg
    • De Proef KO
    • De Ranke Pere Noel
    • De Ranke Saison De Dottigines
    • De Ranke XX Bitter
    • De Struise Black Albert Batch Zero
    • De Struise Black Damnation VII Single Black
    • De Struise Cuvee Delphine
    • De Struise Ignis & Flamma
    • De Struise Pannepot (Danish version)
    • De Struise Pannepot Reserva
    • De Struise Rio Reserva 2008
    • De Struise Rossa
    • De Struise Sint Amatus
    • De Struise Svea IPA
    • De Struise Tjseeses
    • De Struise Witte
    • De Struise X
    • De Struise XX
    • De Struise XXX Rye Triple
    • De Struise XXX Quad
    • Dilweyns Vicaris Geneeral
    • Dilweyns Vicaris Triple Gueuze
    • Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux
    • Dupont Avril
    • Dupont Biere De Boeliel
    • Dupont Monks Stout
    • Dupont Posca Rustica
    • Dupont Saison
    • Duvel Single
    • Ellezoillse Hercule Stout
    • Ellezoillse Quitnine Blonde
    • Geants Noel De Geants
    • Het Nest Hertenheer
    • Het Nest Kleveretien
    • Het Nest Schuppenboer
    • Het Nest Turnhoutse Saison
    • Hof Ten Dormaal barrel-aged Blonde Project Armagnac
    • Hof Ten Dormaal barrel-aged Blonde Project Cognac
    • Hof Ten Dormaal barrel-aged Blonde Project Jenever
    • Hof Ten Dormaal barrel-aged Blonde Project Maderia
    • Hof Ten Dormaal barrel-aged Blonde Project Port
    • Hof Ten Dormaal barrel-aged Blonde Project Sauternes
    • Hof Ten Dormaal barrel-aged Blonde Project Sherry
    • Hof Ten Dormaal barrel-aged Dark Project Maderia
    • Hof Ten Dormaal barrel-aged Dark Project Armagnac
    • Hof Ten Dormaal barrel-aged Dark Project Cognac
    • Hof Ten Dormaal Dark
    • Hof Ten Dormaal White Gold
    • Hof Ten Dormaal Winter 2013
    • Hofbrouwerij Hoftrol
    • Hofbrouwerij Hofblues
    • Huyghe Delirium Tremens
    • Jandrian V Cense
    • Jandiran VI Wheat
    • Kerkom Bink Bloesom
    • Kerkom Bink Triple
    • Kerkom Winterkoninkske
    • La Rulles Cuvee Meilleurs Voeux
    • La Rulles Estivale
    • La Rulles Grand 10
    • La Rulles Triple
    • Lefebvre Floreffe Blonde
    • Lefebvre Floreffe Double
    • Lefebvre Floreffe Triple
    • Leifmans Cuvee Brut
    • Leifmans Goudenband
    • Leifmans Oud Bruin
    • Mannekin Pils
    • Maredsous 10
    • Maredsous 8
    • Musketeers Troubadour Magma
    • Musketeers Troubadour Magma Sorachi Ace
    • Musketeers Troubadour Westkust
    • Palm Ale
    • Rodenbach Classic
    • Rodenbach Grand Cru
    • Sainte Helene Black Mamba
    • Sainte Helene Simcoe Lager
    • Sainte Helene Black Mamba
    • Sainte Helene La Grognarde
    • Sainte Helene La Grognarde
    • Sainte Helene Gypsy Rose
    • Scaldis Cuvee Des Trolls
    • Scaldis Triple Blonde
    • Scheldebrouwerij De Zeezupier
    • Scheldebrouwerij Lamme Goedzak
    • Serafijn De Liter van Palieter
    • Silly Titje
    • Slaapmutske Hop Collection Halltertau
    • Smisje Catherine the Great
    • Smisje Wostyntje
    • St Bernardus Abt 12
    • Steenberge Triple
    • Strubbe Ichtegems Grand Cru
    • T Gaverhopke Singing Blonde
    • T gaverhopke Kerstbier
    • Tilquin Gueuze
    • Timmerman Pumpkin Lambicus
    • Timmermans Faro Lambicus
    • Timmermans Peche Lambicus
    • Timmerman Blanche Lambicus
    • Troubadour Westkust
    • Troubadour Magma Sorachi Ace
    • Van Eecke Popering Hommel
    • Van Eecke Popering Hommel Dry Hopped
    • Van Eecke SAS Pils
    • Van Eecke Watou Cuvee
    • Van Honsebrouick Kasteel Rouge
    • Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Winter
    • Van Steenberge De Garre Triple
    • Van Steenberge Ertvelds Wit
    • Van Steenberge Gulden Draak Quad
    • Van Steenberge Klokke Roeland
    • Van Steenberge Monks Café Flemish Red
    • Van Steenberge Piraat
    • Vapeur Cochonne
    • Vapeur Saison De Pipaix
    • Viven Blonde
    • Viven Imperial IPA
    • Viven Smoked Porter
    Bartenders in action


    Obviously, this is a lot of beer, and most of it higher alcohol. There will be psychotropic effects. Max's has arranged special rates at two nearby hotels.
    • Courtyard by Marriot Inner Harbor East
      Guests will call the hotel directly at 800-321-2211 or 443-923-4000 on or before January 15, 2013 to reserve rooms. Ask for the Belgian Beer Fest Group staying at Baltimore Downtown Courtyard. The room rate is $119 per night. Online: under "Special Rates & Awards." Use the group code BBFBBFA for rooms with a king bed, and BBFBBFB for rooms with 2 double beds.

    • Admiral Fell Inn
      One block from Max’s
      $149 per night , free parking, $25 gift card towards next stay, discount on Belgian Fest tee shirt 2013.
      Link here to reserve a room.

    The crowd

    As has the beer list grown over the first 8 years, so have the crowds. The pub consists of two floors, several rooms, and three bars, but it will be thronged. So, here's a beer ticker tip: go early or go late. By Sunday and Monday, many of the rarer beers will have been consumed, but there will be numerous choices still remaining, and the pace will be less frenetic. The bartenders will have greater opportunity to stand still and talk about the beer.

    If you spy him in the crowd, give greetings to Max's General Manager and cellarman, Casey Hard. He's the man, who —with copious assistance from owners Gail and Ron Furman, manager Bob Simko, and the rest of the staff— puts on this amazing and fun show.


  • 737 South Broadway, Baltimore, Maryland.
    In the historic Fells Point district of Baltimore, one block from the Inner Harbor.
    410. 675.6297
  • For more information, follow:
    Facebook: here; Twitter: @MaxsTaphouse.
  • Parking and mass transit to Fells Point: here.

    I can't help but wonder: will Budweiser —owned by Belgian-based conglomerate, Anheuser-Busch Inbev— be one of those 200 Belgian drafts?

    1. The only thing that my current abstinence and weight loss program offers me is the hope that one day the XL hoodie I bought at Max's last summer will fit by next summer. I may be able to thank kidney stones for something yet.


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