2018 Brewer of the Year Recap

On January 26, 2019 around 40 members of the Cross Street Irregulars gathered at Checkerspot Brewing Company to celebrate those who placed in our annual Brewer of the Year competition.

In the 2018 competition, there was a tie for Third Place between two long time members of the club. Former club Brewer of the Year, Ted Wojtysiak, and cider expert Julian “Chewie” Davis.

CSI President, Brent MacAloney *C), presents Ted Wojtysiak (L) and Chewie Davis (R) with the 3rd place award in the CSI Brewer of the Year competition.

In second place, another long time member and annual BoY contender, Dave Humes.

CSI President, Brent MacAloney (L), presents Dave Humes (R) with the 2nd place award in the CSI Brewer of the Year competition.

In first place and the 2018 Brewer of the Year is another long time member and past Brewer of the Year, Chris Gough.

CSI President, Brent MacAloney (L), presents Chris Gough (R) with the CSI Brewer of the Year award and trophy.

Please join me in congratulating these gentlemen in their brewing accomplishments in during the 2018 brewing year.

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CSI Brewer of the Year / Holiday Party – January 26, 2019

We have FINALLY locked down a location, date and time for the CSI Brewer of the Year / Holiday Party. Thanks to our good friends Stephen, Judy, and Rob, we will be having our 2019 party at Checkerspot Brewing Company, located across from M&T Bank Stadium.

  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 3 PM – 7 PM
  • Checkerspot Brewing Company, 1399 S. Sharp St., Baltimore, Maryland 21230

As in the past, this event will be a pot luck dinner with a ceremony taking place for the brewer of the year. The link to RSVP and fill out the potluck list is located here: http://evite.me/ctXyWrbnvk

We are also going to work something out with Checkerspot so CSI members have access to their beers at the party. Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime, please mark your calendars.

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CSI 30th Anniversary Party – Sept 15, 2019

Mark your calendars. The date and location for the CSI 30th Anniversary Party has been been set. It will be on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Patpasco State Park’s Hollofield Area and we got the highly coveted Shelter 300 for this event!

More details will follow, but we will have a BBQ, a lot of beer (homebrew and commercial), and ton of fun with members past and present.

We want to get as many past members as possible to this event, so please spread the word. It will be a really fun day celebrating 30 years of the best homebrew club in Maryland!!!

For more information or to RSVP, visit the CSI 30th Anniversary Party page.

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Brewers from Suspended Brewing and Monument City Brewing Coming to Upcoming CSI Meetings

Be sure to save the dates as we have two exciting guests coming to upcoming CSI Meetings. 

First up, on February 13th, 2018 we will have Josey Schwartz of Suspended Brewing Company in Baltimore stopping by to talk to us about their upcoming brewing operations opening in Pigtown.

Then on March 13th, 2018 we will welcome back the brewers from Monument City Brewing Company to discuss their brewery that opened up in Highlandtown in the Spring of 2017.  

You are not going to want to miss either of these opportunities to meet some local brewers making some great beer.  

You can RSVP to each of the meetings below

February meeting w/Suspended Brewing Company

March meeting w/Monument City Brewing Company

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CSI Holiday Party and Brewers of the Year Celebration

The annual CSI Holiday Party and Brewers of the Year celebration will take place on Saturday, January 27th from 3pm – 7pm at DuClaw Brewing Company in Rosedale, Maryland.

DuClaw has allowed us to use their taphouse to host the festivities. We will have open taps and a tour of the brewery. We have full access to the taproom and all of the games.

Since this is a potluck party, we ask that club members bring an appetizer, main course, side dish, or dessert item with them, as well as lots of homebrew. A potluck list has been set up as part of your RSVP so you can let everyone know what you are bringing so we can avoid duplicate items.

Once again we are taking a collection of non-perishable food for the Maryland Food Bank. A lot of times supplies at food pantries are extremely depleted after the holidays and CSI likes to do their part to give back to the community. Although this is a free event to attend, we ask that you bring some non-perishable items to donate on behalf of the club.

We will also be handing out awards for our “Brewer of the Year” and runners up at this party.

As always, friends, and family members of club members are welcome to attend. Since this is a working brewery, all we ask is that you be mindful of who you bring along. There will be absolutely no consumption of alcohol by those under 21 at this event. This hasn’t been a problem in the past and we don’t expect it to be a problem this year. Hopefully you can all make it to this great event.

To RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/155106005135360/

Also, if you would like to go and have not yet received an email from Punchbowl to the event, please Email the Guild Representative, Mike Sherman, as he’s the lead on this party.  He will send you the invite to add to the potluck list.  

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A Few Upcoming Events

BeerFest – Jun. 24 – St Mary’s City – Click here for info

Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival – Baltimore – Jun. 24

Click here for info

Dead Rise Crab Feast – Jun. 24 – Flying Dog Brewery

Click here for info

Red, White and Brews Friday on the Commons – Jun 30 – Click here for info

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Learn to Homebrew Day

Learn to Homebrew Day is coming up on November 5th! It’ll be here before we know it.


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Kegs and Corks Fest

All types of drinking at the Anne Arundel Fairgrounds.


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Brew at the Zoo

Brew at the National Zoo July 21, 2016: 6 – 9PM


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Mashout is quickly approaching! Make sure you’ve signed up!!


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