Frederick Beer Week: May 12-19May 10, 2012
As one of 12 beer weeks coinciding in or around American Craft Beer Week, Frederick Beer Week will have dozens of events for beer enthusiasts to take part in. “The small city of Frederick hosts the state’s largest brewery in Flying Dog, two brewpubs, Brewer’s Alley and Barley & Hops, a robust homebrewing community, and a variety of top-notch restaurants and bars. Frederick Beer Week is a celebration of this flourishing craft beer community presented by Flying Dog Brewery. Home to Maryland’s second largest incorporated municipality (Frederick), Frederick County has some of the state’s most beautiful farm land.”
The countryside hosts not only dairies, but also wineries, a hard cider maker, a meader and Stillpoint Farm—a boutique hop farm in the east end of Frederick County. Stillpoint is one of five farms local farms growing and supplying Frederick’s brewers with hops and barley, and will soon host its own farmhouse brewery.
Flying Dog, Brewer’s Alley, Barley & Hops, Stillpoint Farm, local homebrew shop The Flying Barrel, and members of Frederick’s Original Ale Makers (FOAM) have come together to organize a host of events over five days celebrating craft beer and its agricultural roots in the Frederick area.
The Week was launched with a tweet in the fall of 2010 from Kevin Smith, the Maryland beat writer for the Mid-Atlantic Brewing News, to Flying Dog. The gist of the message was, “Hey, you’re the biggest brewery in the state, have you ever thought about getting behind a Frederick Beer Week?” The whole thing snowballed from there.
Frederick is now host to a modest beer week, by the standards of neighboring Washington and Baltimore, a beer week designed, first and foremost, to celebrate local beer and its agricultural roots. Join us for the week-long celebration of Frederick beer, and a number of beers from other Maryland brewers. Take the week to find some of the great beer coming out of The Old Line State.
Company: Frederick Beer Week