Congratulations to Mark Bartlett for being the Volunteer of the Year!
Mark has been a loyal docent for the Museum every Friday for the past 4 years. He has done significant research on the McNasby Oyster Company, Mr McNasby and the importance of the oyster to the Chesapeake Bay making his tours very engaging for our visitors who always end in a dialog rather than a monologue with Mark.
Watch Mike Rowe doing one of the dirtiest jobs of 2005: oyster shucker.
Mike Rowe is out to prove that oyster recovery efforts are a dirty job! Do you think this is a dirty job?
When people ask me why I got into beer, I tell them it’s because a brewer has so much control over their finished product. So when it’s made well, it’s a pure form of creative expression that gives you a glimpse into the person or people who made it.
Lucky for me, it’s usually a super tasty form of creative expression that I get to drink on the regular.
That’s why I was so excited when The Beer Spy, a local homebrewer and all-around cool dude, tipped me off to the Brews by the Bay event put on by the Annapolis Homebrew Club last weekend at the Annapolis Maritime Museum.
Here are the four reasons why this event completely rocked, and you should feel like a bad person for missing it:
- The members of the Annapolis Homebrew Club are an amazing group of people. Half of the fun of the event was just hanging out with them. Naptown is a beertown, no matter what people say. And these guys are right at the heart of it.
- The beer was incredible: Old Bay Pale. Cardamom spiced porter. Beers with rosemary and ginger. Even a purple beer that tasted like a rich, malty brown ale. The selection was as diverse and creative as it was delicious. Even now, I can’t think of one beer that disappointed me.
- Let’s talk about the venue and the view. One of my favorite parts about Annapolis is how there are so many places to be right on the water. And last Sunday was the perfect day for it. Getting to enjoy great music, free pizza and local homebrews right on the water, in the sunshine was an amazing treat.
- Someone was actually brewing beer right on the premises during the event, and it was awesome. We sat around, chatted, opened up and smelled fresh hops, and hung out.
Oh, and did I mention that the event benefited the museum’s oyster program?
I know I’ve been a lazy bum, taking almost a week to write this up. But that’s mostly because this is was such a cool event that I’m disinclined to fill this post with my usual host of internet memes and zippy quips.
The event sums up why I started this blog: Annapolis is a beautiful town with a craft beer scene that is in its infancy, but is very much alive and well. Beer is all about passion, that was all you saw while you were there.
Celebrate Maryland Beer Month on Sunday October 20th at the Museum from 1pm to 5pm! Taste unique homebrew beers like Old Bay Pale Ale aged on bourbon flavored American Oak.
Buy Tickets: http://www.amaritime.org/events/register-for-events/event/26-brews-by-the-bay
Development Director Mary Ostrye, Executive Director Alice Estrada, and Governor Martin O’Malley after the press conference held at the Museum this afternoon. O’Malley talked about his oyster restoration and aquaculture development plan
Sunday October 20th, 1-5pm Taste and enjoy the best home brews and craft beer in Annapolis crafted by the Annapolis Home Brew Club
All Brewed with local ingredients
Talk to the brewers
Participate in “People’s Choice” competition
Food, Football and Live Entertainment
Purchase tickets at: http://www.amaritime.org/events/register-for-events/event/26-brews-on-the-bay