My son and I stopped in at Attaboy Beer in Frederick, Maryland. It’s great to have kids old enough to enjoy beer and breweries with me. Hopefully this is one of several brewery visits we chronicle together while he’s home on break from school this summer. We enjoyed Attaboy Beer. Their flight was tasty. A.C.E. Double IPA was hoppy and tropical. Golden Fields Saison was fruity. I enjoyed hints of pineapple in Pina Fresca Hoppy Saison. My son liked the Simple Belgian House Beers. We agreed that Galaxy Maid New England IPA was best – in our opinion – and we purchased a crowler to take home.
The brewery tap room had a great vibe. The brewery, observable through the glass windows, is cool to check out.
Adding to the experience, our stop at Attaboy Beer was following the 2017 Maryland Craft Beer Festival. We volunteered during the festival and also enjoyed checking out Maryland brewers both before and after our volunteer slot. So many beers to try – every imaginable style. Frederick is such a great location for this. I recommend you check out this great Maryland craft beer lover’s event next year.
I stopped in at Denizens Brewing Company in Silver Spring, Maryland with my daughter to enjoy some beer and dinner. I have been seeking a brewery local to my home that I could call “my brewery”. I’ve found it! Denizens has the best beers of all the nearby breweries. In fact, I’d put Denizens beers head to head with most of the 500 breweries I’ve visited. I’ll give some tasting notes on beers we sampled last night. I loved the Born Bohemian Pilsner and I’m not even a big pilsner fan. The beer tasted great, was light enough to drink easily, but flavorful and had a delicious finish. Their Bocho Gose was true to the salty taste of a gose but not too salty. It was also hoppy with a hint of lime and very refreshing. Southside Rye IPA is also delicious. Personally I didn’t get a lot of rye taste in the beer. Tasted like a very drinkable, fresh IPA to me. Not too hoppy but hoppy enough. My daughter was keen on the Summer Jam Mix DIPA. I thought it was good but this was not as outstanding as the previous beers – in my opinion. Lowest Lord ESB was so malty and delicious that I bought a four-pack to bring home. Can’t wait to have it again. Need I say more? We tried the Third Party Tripel. I need to appreciate Belgian beers more. Big Red Norm Red Ale was malty and hoppy – a good balance – and delicious. When I noticed that the Chapless Horseman Russian Imperial Stout was aged on bourbon barrels – I love anything with bourbon – I was excited. This beer did not overly impress me. It felt weak. HOWEVER. There was an experimental ‘A Petit For $400’ petit sour aged on bourbon barrels that was so good that we had to have another pour of this deliciousness. All of these beers helped wash down their pretzel and beer cheese appetizer and a burger/salad for me and a chicken sandwich/fries for my daughter. All the food was also delicious. I can’t wait to crack those ESB’s at home and to head back to Denizens with friends and family.
I stopped in at the newest brewery in the Maryland area where I live, Brookeville Beer Farm in Brookeville, Maryland. I ordered a flight and enjoyed their beers. The Philsner Pilsner was tasty and very drinkable with good flavor. Road Dust is a solid brown ale. Their IPA and Double IPA were both very good. I really enjoyed the Ridiculous Stout, it was smooth, rich, flavorful with coffee, chocolate maltiness. I hope to stop here frequently. The bar area is beautiful with a large outdoor seating area as well.