Naptown Pint: Take time to revisit Maryland’s plantation breweries this fall
October 25, 2017 - Picnic Time
Can we all determine that all is improved in a fall? If we don’t agree, greatfully usually to distortion to me — for a functions of today’s mainstay and a friendship.
When that streamer chill appears in a air, signaling a attainment of frail autumn weather, we emerge from my Grumpy Cat-like haze with a grin … as good as an overabundance of flannel, pumpkin-flavored all and cardigans.
As an combined reward for my friends and family, we am also prepared to spend time outside yet censure or assertive applications of sunscreen.
My pumpkin and plaid obsessions notwithstanding, there is one activity that we resolutely trust is some-more fun in a tumble than any other time of year: highway trips. Particularly when a plantation brewery is a destination.
Why? Well, there are a lot of reasons that go over my common adore of transport and Maryland beer. Farm breweries are not usually family-friendly and fun, they’re also a good approach to support internal businesses and Maryland’s colourful tillage community.
Specifically, plantation breweries remind us that drink — with a grains, hops, and (sometimes) fruits and vegetables — is, initial and foremost, an tillage product. This is a account that can get mislaid with some qualification drink drinkers when they revisit some-more normal industrial-style brewery taprooms in civic and suburban settings.
That’s because visiting a plantation brewery this time of year, when tillage Maryland is during a many beautiful, is a unreal approach to applaud a libation that is both Maryland-grown and Maryland-made.
To assistance we get your possess highway outing planned, here are 3 good Maryland plantation breweries we should consider.
It’s tough not to tumble in adore with Howard County’s initial plantation brewery, Manor Hill Brewing. As shortly as we make a right spin onto Manor Lane in Ellicott City — and a Marriner Family farm, home of Manor Hill Brewing — you’re met with an overabundance of rural charm. You’ll expostulate by a brief camber of well-clipped, rolling fields, with a tiny hopyard and a welcoming taproom watchful for we in a distance.
Though some competence frustrate during a fact that we need a reservation, trust me when we contend a tiny sip of additional bid is value it. The family-friendly taproom is, during worst, agreeably full, clarification we are never left fighting for a chair or trade with a unruly crowd.
If you’re hungry, don’t forget to container a picnic, given they usually offer light snacks on-site. (Or, we can do what we do, that is unapologetically raid a cheese, finger dishes and desserts sections of Trader Joe’s.)
Beers to try: Grisette farmhouse, Taylor’s Row IPA, Farm Fuzz and their Barrel Project Series
More information: 411 Manor Lane, Ellicott City; 410-997-7771
I know, we know. Montgomery County can seem like a bit of a hike, yet Brookeville Beer Farm is value a effort. In their words, a brewery “represents an intersection of tolerable tillage and brewing practices.” They grow what they decoction and, after on, recycle post-brewing ruins — such as spent pellet — behind onto a farm.
Brookeville is a good choice for those weeks when you’re unfortunate to leave a highlight of work and “the genuine world” behind; a easy regard of a brewery will acquire we like you’re an aged friend. For those roving with a pack, not usually is a taproom family-friendly, you’re acquire to move your well-behaved, leashed pooches to relax with we on their outside patio.
In further to pizza and other snacks, Brookeville Beer Farm hosts a farmers marketplace each Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring internal vendors.
Beers to try: Philsner pilsner, Rum Runner rum barrel-aged Doppelbock and Hugelkultur Oktoberfest
More information: 20315 Georgia Ave., Brookeville; 301-260-1000
A outing to Milkhouse Brewery during Stillpoint Farm is a loyal clarification of an escape. Once we flay your automobile off of a high-speed trade of Route 70, streamer toward Frederick, we trade highway pavement for sand roads that zig and zag by lifelike towering views. You know you’ve arrived when we lift adult to a old-fashioned brewhouse in Mount Airy with a splendid immature antique plantation lorry parked out front.
The space inside is small, yet a beers are classic, with extended appeal. Aside from a taproom, we can mostly lay inside a brewhouse, right alongside a tanks used to decoction a drink you’re drinking. Or, on a good day, we can take a chair out on a square with friends, family and tiny ones. But don’t worry — if it’s chilly, we can use one of their friendly blankets to keep warm.
What we adore many about Milkhouse’s “no farm, no beer!” spirit, though, is their story. Back in 2008, Tom Barse and Carolann McConaughy purchased their plantation with one goal. They wanted to infer that “a tiny plantation could be essential in Maryland.” Tell me that doesn’t make we wish to champion this brewery.
Beers to try: Dollyhyde farmhouse ale, Red Eye porter and Goldie’s Best Bitter
More information: 8253 Dollyhyde Road, Mount Airy; 301-829-6950
Liz Murphy lives in Annapolis with her husband, Patrick, and their dual idle dogs, Horatio and Nugget. She runs her possess Annapolis-based drink blog, Naptown Pint. You can strech her during email@example.com.