Upcoming Competitions and Events

Great Frederick Fair comp, FOAM, judging on Sunday 9/7 Deadline to enter is 9/3! To judge, fill out the form linked below.
* Link to enter – here
* Link to judge – here

MD Comptrollers Cup, Guild, Judging on Sunday 9/7, BAM is supplying most of the judges.
* Link to register to judge- here

Zymurnauts/SPBW/Guild Crabfeast, Saturday 9/20, tickets are $40 ONLY UNTIL 9/1, then $45
* Link for tickets – here

Maryland Microbrewery Fest, MHL, Judging on 9/27 – gets you entrance into the festival too
* Link – here

Das Best Oktoberfest homebrew comp. Winners announced at event on 10/11.
* Link – here

Chilibrew 8 – save the date: 10/10, 7pm

The Fear Clone Comp – Flying Dog, Registration starts 8/22, limited to 15. Must purchase/use one of their Fear clone kits.
* Link – here

Malt Turkey Shoot, Sat 11/15. Call for judges was put out but doesn’t appear website is updated yet. Save the date, more details on registration later.
* Link – here


MASHOUT registration ends soon! Get your tickets for at http://campmashout.com/
Everyone should consider going to this, it is unlike any other camping trip out there. Bring beer, bring food, enjoy the live music, participate in the numerous and varied activities, be part of this summer’s best camp out.
This years dates are from August 14th-17th, and the festivities are going to be held on a functioning hop farm near Old Town, MD.


Brewing! It’s for the Children!

CSI has the opportunity to participate in two charity events. Please see the events calendar for more information.

Knights of Columbus event will be held on 3/22 from 5:30 to 9:30 PM
Location is the Columbia Interfaith Center in the Village of Wildlake
About 160 attendees are expected
MDHB to supply ingredients for 10 gal batches. Brewer keeps 5 and donates 5 to the event.

The event benefits the Tanzanian Children’s Project
Brewers and MDHB get to participate in the event pouring beer, talking to guests, and promoting home brewing and beer appreciation

KOC has already cleared the event with ATBF. Understanding is that beer is donated and there are no sales.

Hampstead Hill Academy Silent Auction on March 29th.
We’re looking for brewers willing to auction off a brewing lesson!

Maryland Homebrew will provide the extract kit, all you need to do is spend an afternoon teaching someone to brew and another afternoon teaching them how to bottle!

The actual silent auction will take place March 29th. Brewing lesson scheduling is up to you and the auction winner.

All proceeds benefit the Hampstead Hill Academy.

Historical Brewing Event

The brewing is historical, the event is in the future.

Ron Pattinson, beer historian and author of the “Shut up about Barclay Perkins” blog is giving a talk at MDHB! He’ll be on a book tour promoting his new book “The Home Brewer’s Guide to Vintage Beer. We’ve got a handful of the recipes from the new book if anyone wants to brew for the event. If we’ve got enough support we could probably even setup a CSI booth and serve some historic beers. Please let me know if you’re interested in brewing for the event so we can coordinate brews with other invited clubs. It should be a great event!

What: Ron Pattinson talking about his new book and sharing some beer
Where: Maryland Homebrew
When: Sunday, 16 March 2014
Time: TBD (Check the club Google calendar/Facebook event for updates)

Made in Baltimore: Beer Tap Handles, Beer, and Homebrew


Click image to see the flyer.

As part of Baltimore Beer Week, the Cross Street Irregulars (CSI) are teaming up with Mark Supik and Company, Maryland Homebrew and Raven Beer to hold a “Made in Baltimore” beer tap handles and homebrew demonstration.  At this event you can see how custom beer tap handles are made by one of the premier woodturning shops in the USA, learn how you can brew your own batch of homebrew, and tour Baltimore’s very own Beer Tap Handle Museum.  You can do all this while enjoy delicious samples of beers brewed by CSI members and the folks at Raven Beer.

This event will take place on Sunday, October 20th, 2013 from Noon to 4pm at Mark Supik and Company (1 N. Haven Street, Baltimore, MD 21224).  The best part about this event is that is FREE!

If you wish to print up a flyer for the event to share with fellow homebrewers or your homebrew club, you can find the flyer here.

The members of CSI hope you can enjoy us in this fun, yet educational homebrewing event.

If you have any questions, please contact CSI President, Brent MacAloney.

Designing Beer with Dr. Brad Smith (aka the BeerSmith guy!)


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As part of Baltimore Beer Week, CSI has lined up an awesome opportunity for all homebrewers in the area.  On Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, we will be hosting Dr. Brad Smith, author of the highly acclaimed BeerSmith brewing software, brewer with 23 years experience, host of the BeerSmith podcast, and founder of BrewWiki.com for a talk on designing beer.  The event will take place at Maryland Homebrew at 6770 Oak Hall Ln #108, Columbia, MD 21045 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.

If you are looking to bring your brewing game to the next level, especially those of you looking to get your beers into competitions, this is a great opportunity to bring some homebrew, share it with other homebrewers, get quality feedback, and learn about what you can do to design better homebrew recipes.  Members from CSI will be on hand to talk about homebrew clubs in the area and why joining a homebrew club will also result in brewers crafting better beers.

The event will begin at 6:30pm with a social hour.  Here you can share your homebrew, enjoy samples of beer from other homebrewers in a social forum, talk about brewing technique, recipe design, or whatever you want.

At 7:30pm we will all take our seats and Dr. Smith will give us a presentation on designing beer.  Similar to his presentation at the 2013 National Homebrewers Conference in Philadelphia, PA, he will offer a structured approach to beer recipe design, starting with a target style and walking through research, selection of ingredients and application of brewing techniques to create a great beer recipe. He will review examples of recipe design, as well as cover some of the newer techniques brewers are using to enhance their beer. This presentation is oriented towards all-grain beer design, though most of the techniques could also be used by extract brewers, which he would be happy to explain.  Before he finishes, we have asked him to give a quick demonstration of how all this can be done in the BeerSmith software.  He will wrap up the evening by holding a questions and answers session with those in attendance.

This looks to be a great event and best of all, it is FREE!  In order to attend, registration is required as seating is limited.  Registration can be done at the following URL:  http://goo.gl/DlsRcV

If you wish to print up a flyer for the event to share with fellow homebrewers or your homebrew club, you can find the flyer here.

The members of CSI hope you can enjoy us in this fun, yet educational homebrewing event.

If you have any questions, please contact CSI President, Brent MacAloney.

T-Bonz Grille & Taphouse and Maryland Homebrew Beer Dinner

As part of Baltimore Beer Week, T-Bonz Grille and Taphouse, Maryland Homebrew, and CSI Homebrew Club members are holding a homebrew beer dinner on Tuesday, October 23rd at 6:00pm.  The four-course meal will pair foods with homebrews, brewed by members of CSI.  Here is the food-beer pairings:

Greeting Course – Salted Sweet Potato Chips paired with Chris Gough’s Pale Ale

1st Course – Spinach and Lola Rosa Salad with Cranberries, Walnuts, and Goat Cheese tossed in a Peach Vinaigrette paired with Chris Anderson’s Peach Wheat Ale

2nd Course – Cheddar Cheese and Dunkel Soup topped with Fresh Popcorn paired with Ben Sugerman’s Dunkel

3rd Course – Meat Option:  Short Ribs Braised in Chocolate Stout  served with a Seared Pumpkin Cake and Roasted Corn OR Fish Option:  Grilled Rockfish with a Mole Sauce over Rice and Roasted Corn paired with Dave Hume’s Chocolate Stout

4th Course – Pumpkin Pudding Pie paired with Jill Legault and Trevor Fontes’ Pumpkin Ale

Tickets for this event are $50 per person (includes tax and gratuity) or $45 for T-Bonz Beer Club Members.  Tickets may be purchased at Maryland Homebrew (6770 Oak Hall Lane #108, Columbia, MD)or T-Bonz Grille and Taphouse (4910 Waterloo Road, Ellicott City, MD).  Limited seating is available, so please purchase these tickets well in advance.  A printable flyer can be found here.

Max’s 72-hours of Belgian Beer Fest

CSI Members at the Belgian Beer Fest in 2011

It’s that time of year.  We are just a week away from the annual 72-hours of Belgian Beer Festival at Max’s in Baltimore (737 South Broadway, Baltimore, MD).

For those who have gone to this beer festival in the past, you know how legendary this event actually is and no matter what I say, you probably plan on attending.  For those of you who haven’t gone to this beer festival before, do yourself a favor and make it down to Max’s  for this epic event.  There will be Belgian beers and Belgian-style beers served at this event on draft and in bottle that you probably haven’t seen served in the US or will never see served in the US again.  For a review on the 2011 event, please see the write up Belgian Ben wrote.

The event is held from February 17-19, 2012.  Entry to this event is free and you pay by the beer.  You have the option of purchasing sample or full sized beers.  Doors open daily at 11am and it is highly recommended that you get there early if you want to get a seat or some of the more rare beers.

A large group of CSI members will be attending for the opening on Friday, February 17th.  The morning will start off with breakfast a Jimmy’s Restaurant at 8:30am and then we will head over to wait in line immediately afterwards.  If you plan on going and want to attend the breakfast, please go over to the CSI Facebook page and RSVP for the breakfast.

Finally, the draft beer list for this event is 90% complete and we have the latest version.  It is highly recommended that you do some research on the beers that will be available prior to attending.  You can find the latest version of the list here (Note:  List subject to change without notice):


Abbey Des Rocs Grand Cru

Achilles Serafijn Grand Cru

Achouffee Chouffe Biere Du Soleil

Achouffe La Chouffe

Achouffe Mc Chouffe

Alvinne Gaspar

Alvinne kerasus

Alvinne Morpheus Wild Undressed

Alvinne Morpheus Wild Undressed Monbazillac

Alvinne Morpheus Wild Undressed w/ Blue Boskoop Grapes agedin Bourgogne Wine barrels

Bavik Petrus Winter

Bavik Wittekerke Winter

Blaugies Darbyste

Blaugies La Moneuse Saison

Blaugies La Moneuse Special Winter

Blaugies Saison De Epeature

Bosteels Pauwel Kawk

Brugse Zot Blonde

Brugse Zot Dubbel Bruin

Cazeau Saison

Cazeau Tournay Black

Chimay Cinq Cents

De Dochter Van De Korenaar Belle Fluer

De Dochter Van De Korenaar Peat Oak Aged Embrasse

De Dolle Boskuen

De Dolle Dulle Teve

De Glazen Toren Canaster

De Glazen Toren Jan De Lichte

De Glazen TorenOndinke

De Glazen Toren Saison De Epre Mere

De Glazen Toren Cuvee Angelquie Aged in Whiskey/Pinot Noir Barrels

De La Senne Taras Boulba

De La Senne Zinnebier

De Landtsheer Malhuer 10

De Landtsheer Malhuer 12

De Landtsheer Malhuer 12 Aged in Bourbon Barrels

De Proef Draeckenier

De Proef Flemish Primtive

De Proef KO

De Ranke Pere Noel

De Ranke Saison De Dottignies

Deca Westoek X

Dubussion Scladis Cuvee Des Trolls

Dubussion Scaldis Triple Blonde

Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux

Dupont Foret Blanche

Dupont La Biere De Beloeil

Dupont Moinette Blonde

Dupont Monks Stout

Dupont Posca Rustica

Dupont Redor Pils

Dupont Saison

Duvel Single

Ellezelloise Hercule Stout

Ellezelloise Quintine Blonde

Geants Gouyasse

Geants Noel De Geants

Hof Ten Dormaal Blonde

Hof Ten Dormaal White Gold

Hofbrouwerijke Hofblues

Huyghe Delirium Tremens

Huyghe Delirium Nocturnm

Huyghe Delirium Noel

Jandrian Jandrenouille IV Saison

Jandrian Jandrenouille V Cense

Jandrian Jandrenouille VI Wheat

Kerkom Bink Bloesom

Kerkom Bink Blonde

Kerkom Bink Triple

La Rulles Grand 10

La Rulles Triple

La Rulles Cuvee

Lefebvre Hopus

Leroy Christmas

Liefmans Oud Bruin

Musketeers Troubadour Magma Special Cascade Edition

Musketeers Trounadour Special

Noel De Silenrieux

Palm Ale

Rodenbach Grand Cru

Roman Ename Cuvee

Saint Helene La Grognarde

Saint Helene Mistinguett

Scheldebrouwerij De Zeezupier

Scheldebrouwerij Lamme Goedzak

Scheldebrouwerij Oesterstout

Scheldebrouwerij Hop Ruiter

Silly Enghien Noel

Sint Canarus Triple

Slaapmutske Dry Hop Lager

Slaapmutske Hop Collection East Kent

Slaapmutske Triple Night cap

St Bernardus Christmas

St Feuillien Speciale

St Feuillen Blonde

Stillwater/Struise Outblack

Stillwater Jaded

Stillwater of Love & Regret

Stillwater Rule of Thirds

Strubbe Ichtegems Grand cru

Strubbe Keyte Dubbel Triple

Struise Pannepot Grand reserva

Struise Pannepot Reserva

Struise Svea IPA

Struise Tsjeeses

Struise Tsjeeses Reserva

T’ Gaverhopke Extra

T’ Gaverhopke Koerseklakske

T’ Gaverhopke Singing Blonde

Tilquin Gueuze

Van Steenberge Boucanier Christmas

Van Steenberge De Garre Triple

Van Steenberge Ertvelds Wit

Van Steenberge Gulden Draak 9000 Quad

Van Steenberge Monks cafe Flemish Sour