Black Flag Brewing Company, Columbia, MD

What do Black Flag Brewing Company, Fathers Day and Kidnapping have in common?  This past Sunday, Fathers Day, my family kidnapped me following church and took me to Black Flag Brewing Company in Columbia, Maryland.  If you’re gonna be kidnapped, this is the place to be held hostage.  We had a great time.  Family members brought snacks.  We also stopped and brought in food from a local restaurant.  We spent several hours there relaxing and enjoying.

The beers I enjoyed were very good.  I tasted a few, but started off with Spell Czech.  The Czech Pilsner is crisp and clean and was very nice paired with the food we had.  It didn’t last long.  Other family members had pints of various beers and some even tried flights.  Every one of the Black Flag beer styles was consumed and shared at our tables Sunday afternoon.  My wife even ordered a beer – King Kolsch – and she doesn’t drink beer.  The second full beer I ordered was Maple Bacon Porter – it’s everything the name suggests.  Rich, sweet, slightly savory, delicious.  I finished with a small pour of Café Cruiser – and I’m regretting not coming home with a four-pack.  With a beer like this you never need dessert.

If we lived closer I’d spend more time at Black Flag Brewing Company.  It’s a neat space.  Great energy.  Nice people.  Friendly for families and dogs.  Wonderful beers.

River Rat Brewery, Columbia, SC

I stopped in at River Rat Brewery in Columbia, South Carolina and tasted several beers.  Their American Kolsch Story was a very easy beer to drink and enjoy.  The Metal Man Pale Ale reminded me of other hoppy pale ales I have enjoyed – like Sierra Nevada.  The …And I Shut My Mouth Sweet Potato Imperial Stout collaboration with Cigar City Brewing was also a winner.  The others were tasty, just not as noteworthy to my palate.  I’m glad I stopped.

Conquest Brewing Company, Columbia, SC

I stopped in at Conquest Brewing Company in Columbia, South Carolina.I really enjoyed a couple of beers on tap.  The Coffee IPA was a delightful blend of bitter flavors – hops and coffee.  I really enjoyed this unique beer.  Old Naps Scotch Ale was a delightful version of this style.  It was wonderfully malty, delicious to drink and would be easy to pair with food.  While I was visiting they were hosting a Soda City Suds Week event – making pottery beer mugs.  I wish I had been in town longer and could have participated because it looked fun.

Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company, Columbia, SC

I stopped in at Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company in Columbia, South Carolina for a beer and got more than I expected.  I absolutely loved the Dunkelweizen.  Although I typically think of this as a heavier fall beer, this example of the style pleasantly surprised me.  It was fresh and flavorful.  I could drink it year-round.  After I was served, the owner offered to give me a tour and graciously shared their entire story with me.  I had a blast.  I wish them the very best.