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


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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.

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.

T-Bonz Homebrew Beer Dinner Featuring CSI Beers

Look out Howard County!!!  T-Bonz Grille and Pub in Ellicott City, Maryland is teaming up with Maryland Homebrew on Tuesday, October 11th, 2011 to put on a very special beer dinner as part of Baltimore Beer Week.

What is so special about this beer dinner?  Well I’m glad you asked.  This is no ordinary beer dinner because it will feature beers brewed by members of the CSI Homebrew Club.  That is right folks…Baltimore’s best homebrew club will be supplying all of the beers for this dinner.  What an excellent way to share our beers with the masses!

Tickets for the event are $40 and will feature 5 beers with a 4-course dinner.  The menu is currently in the works (we will update this post as soon as we get it), but will be centered around a local theme with fresh, local products.  The style of beers that will be featured are:  Porter, Black IPA, Pale Ale, Belgian Strong Ale, and a Pumpkin Ale.

Tickets can be purchased at Maryland Homebrew (6770 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 108, Columbia, MD) or T-Bonz Grille and Pub (4910 Waterloo Road, Ellicott City, MD) between now and Saturday, October 8th.  A limited number of tickets will be sold (~60), so if you plan on going, please don’t wait until the last minute.  We hope to see you all there!


Beer Taps & Homebrew: Made in Baltimore Tour

As part of Baltimore Beer Week (BBW), the Cross Street Irregulars (CSI) Homebrew Club and Mark Supik and Co. are joining forces once again for a “Beer Taps and Homebrew:  Made in Baltimore Tour” on Saturday, October 8th from 11am – 3pm.  This was a highly successful event at last year’s BBW during which those in attendance were able to learn about the art of making beer tap handles and homebrew.  This free event will take place at the Mark Supik and Co. facilities (1 N. Haven Street, Baltimore, Maryland) and will be held rain or shine.

Have you always been interested in making your own beer tap handles or learning how to homebrew?  Well, experts in both those areas will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about starting up a new hobby.

For the Beer Tap Making session, attendees will be able to watch Mark and his staff make wooden and sculpted beer tap handles right before your eyes.  You will also learn about Mark’s “Beer Taps 101” course and see some of the graduates of the course demonstrate their woodturning skills.

For the Homebrew Making session, attendees will have a front row seat as members of the Cross Street Irregulars (CSI) Homebrew Club brew up a batch of beer.  Even better, you’ll be able to sample some of the excellent homemade beers crafted by members of the club.

And as your are sampling some of the CSI beers, be sure to take the “Beer Tap Museum” that has over 100 finished beer tap handles on display, all made in Baltimore and shipped around the country.

Again this event will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 11am – 3pm at the Mark Supik and Co. facilities (1 N. Haven Street, Baltimore, Maryland).  The event is free of charge.


Graduates of the Beer Taps 101 course who would like to demonstrate making beer taps, members of CSI who wish to brew, or those with questions about the event should contact Brent MacAloney, Vice President of CSI Homebrew Club.


Little Havana Homebrew Competition Announced

We got word from Judy Easterbrook that Little Havana in Baltimore would be hosting another homebrewer event this year as part of Baltimore Beer Week.  This event was a huge success last year and was a lot of fun.  Homebrewers from around the area brought their best brewed beer to the event and served it up to the thirsty crowd on hand.  Those receiving the beer then voted on their favorite beers.  Votes were tallied and awards were given to the top homebrewers.  Last year the crowd was large and I easily kicked a 5 gallon keg by the end of the event.  So if you plan on participating, do yourself a favor and plan on bring at least 5 gallons.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011.  Doors will open at 6pm and the event will probably run til around 9pm.  Last year, I believe homebrewers supplying beer got into the event for free and those who just wanted to sample paid $5.  The $5 goes to the Baltimore Area Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS), so you can drink up on great beer while supporting an awesome cause.  I expect this to be the same this year, but will update you if this changes.

Also, I have been informed that Little Havana’s has expanded, so this year there will be a lot more room for people to get around and sample all the beers.  Those attending the event will also have their own bathrooms which will make it real nice.

Our members make some of the best damn beer in Baltimore, so I know we do great if we get some good participation.  We hope to see a good showing from CSI members at this awesome event.

For more information or if you’d like to participate, please contact Judy Easterbrook.


Baltimore Beer Week Summer Kickoff Event

Join the Baltimore Beer Week committee this Wednesday, July 27th, at Max’s Taphouse for happy hour and a special free screening of the MPT production of “Brewed on the Bay”. Meet the BBW folks in the downstairs bar for a Maryland brewed beer starting at 6pm, then at 8pm, it’s upstairs for the show and free munchies.  While you’re there – be sure to register to win tickets to the 2011 Opening Tap Event, being held on Thursday, October 6th at Ramshead Live in Baltimore.

To RSVP to the Baltimore Beer Week Summer Kickoff event and screening of “Brewed on the Bay” please visit the event listed on Facebook.

Oliver Breweries-Pratt Street Ale House Homebrew Competition

Word has come out that Oliver Breweries and Pratt Street Ale House are having another homebrew competition.  This time the competition is open to all styles of beer and ingredients (except those with wild yeasts).  The only thing they ask is that you use ingredients that are accessible, cost effective and a style that will be appealing to a large consumer base when designing your beer.  The winner of the competition will have their beer brewed by Oliver Breweries and served at the 2011 Baltimore Beer Week (October 6 – 16, 2011).  You can enter by dropping off 3-12oz bottles of your homebrew at Maryland Homebrew or Pratt Street Ale House.  Entries are due by August 19th, 2011.