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5 of The Best Events at Baltimore Beer Week

Baltimore Beer Week

Baltimore Beer Week


It’s almost the hoppiest time of the year in Baltimore! That is, Baltimore Beer Week is almost here! From October 7-16, this ten-day celebration includes 350+ beer events, festivals and dinners throughout the city and region.

Baltimore Beer Week brings together businesses and beer enthusiasts in the community to celebrate and highlight the unique beer culture that exists in and around the Chesapeake region. Hundreds of beer-centric events focus on beer culture, culinary delights, meet and greets, homebrew demos and even beer history.”

How Baltimore Beer Week Began…

The founder of Baltimore Beer Week, Joe Gold, modeled the event on Philly Beer Week. Gold met with the organizers of both Philly Beer Week and New York Craft Beer Week to discuss their structure and challenges. Shortly thereafter, the 2009 BBW Organizing Committee was formed. The very first organizing committee meeting was held in January 2009 and Baltimore Beer Week was born…

Baltimore Beer Week Highlights

There are way too many opportunities to cover in one blog post, so definitely check out the event website to see the full list of happenings during the ten-day festival. Here are a few of the events we’re most looking forward to…

Opening Tap Celebration

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

The opening celebration will once again coincide with the Das Best Oktoberfest held at M&T Bank Stadium Parking Lot H.

Inaugural Baltimore Beer Legends Hall of Fame Luncheon

October 7, 2016 (11:30AM – 1:30PM)

Pratt Street Alehouse , $45.00

Baltimore Beer Week kick-off this year with the introduction of the inaugural Baltimore Beer Legends Hall of Fame luncheon.

This year’s inductee will include: Hugh Sisson (Sisson’s, Heavy Seas Beer). 2015 inductees Thomas “Nelson” Carey III (Grand Cru), Bob Footlick (Bond Distributing), Tim Hillman (Wine Source), Mick Kipp, aka Mick T Pirate (Whiskey Island Pirate Shop, Pickle’s Pub) will also be officially recognized.

This is a limited ticket VIP event. Please purchase tickets at

Water Taxi self-guided tour of Baltimore Taverns

Throughout the week

Hop on the Water Taxi to explore Baltimore’s finest waterfront taverns!

$14.00 Adult All Day Ticket:

Stop 1 – National Aquarium
Dick’s Last Resort
Hard Rock Cafe
Phillips Seafood Restaurants

Stop 2 – Harborplace
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
M&S Grill
Tir Na Nog Irish Bar & Grill

Stop 4 – The Rusty Scupper
Rusty Scupper

Stop 5 – Pier Five
McCormick & Schmick’s

Stop 7 – Harbor East
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant

Stop 11 – Fells Point
Alexander’s Tavern
Bond Street Social
Cat’s Eye Pub
Dogwatch Tavern
Duda’s Tavern
Kooper’s Tavern
Max’s Taphouse
Penny Black
The Admiral’s Cup
The Greene Turtle Fell’s Point
The Point in Fells
The Wharf Rat

Stop 16 – Canton Waterfront Park
The Boat House Canton

Das Best Oktoberfest

October 8, 2016 (12:00PM – 6:00PM)
VIP $59.00 General Admission $39.00

All of your favorite craft beers and perfectly paired wines will be served to highlight the great Beer Hall theme. Authentic oompah and polka bands will keep you moving along with great live music from your favorite regional bands. There will be several brat concessionaires who will be offering the best sausages and German food in Maryland! Beef up your forearms for the Stein Holding Contest. Eat that extra bratwurst for the chance to win the Biggest Beer Belly Competition.

Beers Through the Years….A Look Back at Baltimore’s Rich Brewing History

October 15, 2016 (9:30AM – 1:00PM)

Venice Tavern

Join noted Baltimore area author and historian, Maureen O’Prey and BBW co-founder Dominic Cantalupo as they lead you through a walking tour of Baltimore’s Brewer’s Hill area.

The tour will start at the basement bar, The Venice Tavern, with a spirited discourse of Baltimore’s early brewing scene. The tour will then leave on its journey pointing out historical locations of breweries long forgotten and will include pub stops along the way and finally end at Huck’s American Craft. The tour includes handouts and is a pay as you go event. Pease RSVP at


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