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Oct 03, 2011 12:37AM ● Published by Anonymous

’Tis the time of year for a good pint of beer. Maybe it’s due to Oktoberfest, or maybe it’s because the weather is so darn nice, but something about October just makes scads of people want to congregate outdoors for a mug of brew.

The thing is, we know you’re willing to travel for these annual beer festivals—we’ve seen proof of it, as last year’s Chesapeake Beer Madness kickoff event drew beer-lovers from surrounding regions such as the Eastern Shore and Virginia. So, find yourself a designated driver, hop in the car, and visit one of these regional beer festivals:

Good Beer Festival, Pemberton Park, Salisbury. This Eastern Shore festival features more than 50 local and national beers. Noon–6:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9. $20 for one-day tickets at $35 for two-day tickets in advance; $30 at the gate; $5 designated drivers; $5 ages 3 to 20. Visit

■ Maryland Brewer’s Oktoberfest, Timonium Fairgrounds. One of the largest beer festivals in the state with more than 80 beers from 15 Maryland breweries. Noon–6 p.m. Saturday, October 8. $35 VIP admission (advanced sales only); $20 regular advance admission; $25 at the gate; $15 designated drivers; kids 12 and under are free.

■ Oktoberfest, Blobs Park, Jessup. Read more about this West County festival on page 215. Saturday, October 29. $12 admission. Visit

■ Baltimore Beer Week. This is more than just a festival; it’s a week-long celebration! The kick-off event will be held from 6–9 p.m. October 6th at Rams Head Live. The week runs through the 16th. Tickets cost $30. Visit

As much as a pint of beer thrills you, we also know that a good glass of wine makes you swoon. In Annapolis, there are more establishments than ever dedicated to pouring wine, but one of them offers a little something different—environmentally friendly wine on tap. According to owner Brian Bolter, the Red Red Wine Bar is “saving the planet, one glass at a time.” The Main Street bar is the first bar in Annapolis to offer wine on tap and only the second in the mid-Atlantic. It’s environmentally friendly because it doesn’t require bottles, corks, labels, or foil, so it’s just a bit greener.

It’s about as fresh as can be, too, because the wine is kegged at the winery and only exposed to oxygen when it’s poured into your glass. The wine is treated like seasonal beers and switched out regularly. “It’s cool for the customers to see our tap handles,” Bolter says.

“They’re loving the juice, and we’re thrilled to be a pioneer in this eco-friendly wave of the wine future.”

In food news, a big name in the slow-food movement will be in our area this month. Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, opens the Strathmore’s 2011–12 Speaker Series at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 26.

Pollan will speak on the flawed science of nutritionism and its impact on the western diet, as well as the importance of consuming a diet of basic, natural foods. Tickets range from $35 to $60. Visit or call 301-581-5100.


Buzzin’ for more information about the Annapolis Restaurant Scene? Check out our restaurant blog, The Bent Fork, at for the latest scoop. As always, e-mail food editor Kelsey Casselbury at with the latest news.

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