Well, I survived Annapolis Beer Week. Just barely, but I survived. Let’s be real here: I’m not a spring chicken anymore. I’m sure my 22-year-old self of yesteryear could have slayed the entire week’s worth of events on maybe eight or nine hours of sleep total, but I’m going to be 32 years old this year, and I consider sleeping a competitive sport — the first place medal would be a super dope pillow, of course — so it would be an understatement to say this past week left me physically exhausted.
I will say, however, that the week ended on a great note with three really fun events over Saturday and Sunday. But since I’ve got a super busy week ahead of me, filled with adult stuff I need to get a head start on (see: I’m lazy), I’ll just start with Saturday…
Devils Backbone beer and doughnut pairing, Whitey’s Liquors
Boston Rob, the beer manager at Whitey’s, is my hero. Not only is he forever my plus-one to any and all Fordham & Dominion beer dinners, he also brings happiness into my life with things like Pumpkin Beerfest and now beer and doughnuts each week. This week’s pairing with Devils Backbone was awesome: Schwartz Bier and a Schwartz Bier chocolate reduction glazed doughnut with pecans, Reilly’s Red and a Reilly’s Red caramel reduction glazed doughnut, and Vienna Lager and a vanilla cinnamon glazed doughnut. That last one was my favorite, and I definitely went home with a six-pack of it.
Next Saturday’s beer and doughnut pairing? Yards, from noon to 2 p.m.!
Flying Dog & Barren Island Oysters Oyster/Wing Fest, Factors Row
I’m late to pretty much everything, so by the time we rolled up to Factors Row at 5:30 for the Oyster and Wing Fest, the small space looked like a train wreck, but it actually wasn’t. (Apparently it was when people first got there.) The oyster line looked long, but moved super quickly, and the oysters from Barren Island Oysters were really good. It was easy to snag a table. Waiters were constantly bringing an endless supply of yummy, meaty wings to the table — the spicy Thai were my personal favorite. And of course there was beer. Lots of beer.
I mostly stuck with the Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout — proceeds benefit the Oyster Recovery Partnership — because it’s awesome, but I did try the firkins. They were Snake Dog IPA with chipotle lime and Doggie Style with blood orange, pomegranate and citra. To be honest, the firkins were a little too warm to be enjoyed, so they lacked a certain crispness that would have benefited the chosen ingredients.
That one eensy-weensy grievance aside, though, this was a great event. I hope they do it (or something like it) again soon.
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