The Maryland Microbrewery Festival is a state-sanctioned event which showcases Maryland craft beer. It is held on the beautiful grounds of the historic Union Mills Homestead, just north of Westminster, Maryland.  

Part of the Festival's mission is to educate guests about beer, and about how the craft of homebrewing beer is an integral part of Maryland's beer culture.  From the inception of the Maryland Microbrewery Festival in 2005, the Midnight Homebrewers' League has provided the educational component of the Festival's mission. The club operates the Homebrewing Education Tent, in which they perform day-long demonstrations of homebrewing beer.  Extract and all-grain brewing methods are demonstrated, and moderated by club members who explain to guests the process of brewing beer as they watch it being done.

In addition to the Homebrewing Education Tent, the club conducts an annual competition in the historic Mill on the grounds of Union Mills Homestead. This BJCP-sanctioned homebrew competition draws entries from all parts of Maryland and the surrounding states. The winning brewer's recipe is scaled up for commercial production by DuClaw Brewing Company for draft sales at Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in Maryland.

Best of show: Brewtherville Blonde Bock, brewed by Lee Kexel of Brewtherville Labs, was recently released at Buffalo Wild Wings in White Marsh, MD to critical acclaim. It could be heard many times over that a six-pick would meet little protest. The opening night was had with friends, family, and club members along with a crowd of imbibing fans.

Brewtherville Blonde Bock, a Helles Bock, wins best of show at the Maryland Homebrew Competition. Part of the Maryland Microbrewery Festival and organized by the Midnight Homebrewer's League, 30 barrels (900 gallons) were brewed by DuClaw Brewing Company for all to enjoy at it's release at Buffalo Wild Wings in White Marsh, MD.

Read the write here in the Carroll County Times.

Tom MaffettComment