Monday, May 18, 2015

Tale of three breweries: one open, two soon to be.

I celebrated American Craft Beer Week, in part, by visiting three American 'craft' breweries: one in Virginia, and just opened, and two in Maryland, soon to open.

Caboose Brewing (Virginia)

Bike to Caboose!

Caboose Brewing is a brewpub in Vienna, Virginia (a suburb of Washington, D.C.). After two years of construction, it officially opened last week. I visited on Friday afternoon. The W&OD bicycle trail is mere feet from the brewpub, and many bicycles, and their owners, were present.

Pictured is brewer Chris Mallon, looking proud. More photos: here.

Proud Brewer Mallon

Oliver Brewing(Maryland)

Oliver Brewing is Maryland's oldest continuously operating brewery. Since 1993, it has been housed in the basement of the Pratt Street Alehouse (originally called the Wharf Rat) in downtown Baltimore. Its new production facility, in the Clifton Park neighborhood of Baltimore, has been under construction for about a year. Brewing commences there in June (and ceases in the brewpub). Pictured is the new 5-vessel 20-barrel brewhouse.

Brewhouse at Oliver Brewing

Key Brewing (Maryland)

Key Brewing has been a 5-year project of long-time Baltimore, Maryland, brewer Mike McDonald and restaurant-consultant Spike Owen. Now, the endgame (or more properly, the beginning!) is near. Located in Dundalk, Maryland (just outside of Baltimore), the new brewery should be operational this summer. Pictured is the 40-barrel brewhouse.

Key Brewing: under construction

I talked with the principals of all three breweries. Those interviews, and more photos, to come.


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