Once again, for the last 2 weekends of October and Halloween night, Marker 48 Brewing in Weeki Wachee Florida transformed into Darker 48 and brought The Upside Down to town to bring awareness to and benefit, some great local nonprofits.
If you were unable to stop by for this infamous Haunted House, you missed the real deal. Darker48 was no joke. Attendance was restricted to persons 18 and older, AND they required participants to sign a waiver before being allowed to enter! (Except for Halloween night which was family friendly) There was live music, costume contests and more, and great times were had by all.
On Dec 4th, Marker 48 held a special celebration to distribute the $15,000 that was raised between four local Hernando County nonprofits: The ARC Nature Coast, NAMI Hernando, United Way Hernando, and Children’s Advocacy Hernando.
Thank you Marker 48 Brewing for doing such a great job brewing great beer, and supporting the community.
Do you live in Hernando County, Florida?
Do you live near Hernando County, Florida?
Are you going to be in the Hernando County area between Oct 18th and 31st?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, there’s something you need to do.
Marker 48 Brewing, Hernando County’s first and only full production Craft Brewery is bringing back their infamous Haunted house this year and it’s going to be bigger and better then ever before!
They are transforming Marker 48 into Darker 48 and bringing The Upside Down to town! The last two weekends in October and Halloween night they will host the SCARIEST HAUNTED HOUSE IN TOWN!
This haunted house is NOT for the faint hearted- in fact it is 18 and up due to adult content AND they require a waiver to be signed before entering. This is an interactive haunt meaning their actors can touch you (but you can NOT touch the actors back). They are pulling out all the stops for this house and are go big- so if you are looking for the best scare in town look no further then Darker 48.
ALL PROCEEDS from this haunted house will go to four local charities in Hernando County including The ARC Nature Coast, NAMI Hernando, United Way Hernando and Children’s Advocacy Hernando. General admission nights are pay at the door cash only.
The dates, times and price for the haunted house are:
– Thursday October 18th: VIP night (see description below) 8:30-11:30pm $25pp
– Friday October 19th: General Admission 8:30-12pm $10pp
– Saturday October 20th: General Admission 8:30-12pm $10pp
– Thursday October 25th: VIP night 8:30-11:30pm $25pp
– Friday October 26th: General Admission 8:30-12pm $10pp
– Saturday October 27th: General Admission 8:30-12pm $10pp
– Wednesday October 31st: FAMILY FRIENDLY all ages welcome 6-10pm
10 and under free, All others $5pp
VIP nights are $25 pp. which include less line wait time, a Darker 48 pint glass, 1 drink token, and a Darker 48 shirt. A limited number of guests will be allowed for each VIP night and sign up and payment in advance is required through Eventbrite.
Pawpaw beer has come a long way since the first one appeared at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival in 2002.
The world showcase for pawpaw beer happens right here in Appalachia. Last weekend, the 20th Annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival featured nine pawpaw flavored brews from eight Ohio breweries. It’s certainly come a long way since Kelly Sauber, then Marietta Brewing Company’s head brewer, made the first pawpaw beer for the festival 16 years ago.
Jonathan Staples loves craft beer. He started Black Hops Farm in 2014 with the intent of providing local hops to Virginia’s fast-growing craft beer industry.
Hops have a very short shelf life and need to be either used or processed within days of being picked, and there was no place to process hops locally (the closest being in Ohio) which meant they had to ship their fresh hops to Ohio where they could be processed, then shipped back to the farm to be sold.
Realizing the need, they purchased a hop processer and began to not only process and preserve the hops grown on their farm, but making this service available to other growers in the region as well.
However, it wasn’t long before Jonathan made the leap from growing and processing hops to using hops to brew his own beer. Thus, Vanish Farmwoods Brewery was born.
They grow hops and other ingredients right there on the farm then brew their beer using those fresh ingredients, creating a ‘field-to-fermentation’ process that can be tasted in the products of their labors.
The campus is huge, and very family friendly. There are the extensive hop yards, multiple bars, live music in the tap room, a large outdoor seating area that includes a spacious covered area, a kid’s play place, a beautiful view, and what is arguably the most important thing of all, some fantastic handcrafted beer. If you dont know which beers to get, I recommend the 12 beer ‘mega flight’.
In addition to good friends, good food also pairs well with craft beer, so Vanish also serves BBQ that is smoked on site and available Saturdays and Sundays, the Burger Time food truck is there Friday through Sunday, and wood-fired pizzas are available Thursday through Sunday.
You have to check this place out. Good food good beer and good friends equals a great time. And that is what you’ll find at Vanish Farmwoods Brewery.
Just a few weeks ago, Guinness finally opened the Open Gate Brewing and Barrel House (OGBBH) just outside of Baltimore Maryland, and yes, they do not, nor do they have plans to brew the iconic beverage known as Guinness Extra Stout. But they are brewing beer, and lots of it!
Guinness has been brewing beer since 1759 when its founder Arthur Guinness signed a 9,000 year lease for a whopping 45 pounds a year! And while Guinness has been brewing beer for nearly 260 years, it didn’t start brewing the stout for which they are now famous until just 60 yars ago.
According to Ryan Wagner, the official Guinness Brewery Ambassador, the purpose of OGBBH in Maryland is to research, develop, and brew new beers, using the latest brewing innovations, with local ingredients, and by American brewers, to create beers with American flavors and style. The tap room provides visitors with the chance to sample these new beers, and provide valuable feedback to the brewery.
When you visit OGBBH, you will find a taproom with a wide variety of beer brewed right there. Now don’t get me wrong. They do have Guinness Stout on tap, but it is brewed in Ireland and shipped there. And as Ryan points out, “Guinness is a brewery- not a stout”. Currently they have 16 beers on tap in their taproom, but only 3 are brewed in Dublin, Ireland. So if you walk into their taproom and order a Guinness, you will likely be met with a puzzled look, and the question, “Which one?”
Bringing this iconic brand back to the U.S. has also lead to some interesting confusion. For instance, in 1930, Guinness hired artist John Gilroy to create his now famous advertising campaign featuring zoo animals and a hapless zoo keeper who can’t seem to hold on to his pint of Guinness.
One of these drawings from a 1935 add shows a crab trying to grab a pint of Guinness. This artwork, which is on display in the brewery and on some of the t-shirts in the gift shop, has cause a bit of criticism from some Maryland residents because it is not the blue crab for which Maryland is known far and wide. Some people mistakenly think this historic artwork is actually an attempt to incorporate Maryland with the Guinness brand. This has prompted some locals to complain about the ‘inaccurate’ portrayal of the local icon, when in fact it is a depiction of an Irish brown crab that was originally created for the Irish market 80 years ago!
Currently the brewery offers both guided and self-guided tours on which you can learn not only about their brewing process and new beers being developed, but you can learn something about the history of Guinness and the history of the site the barrel house now occupies.
This brewery, which is the first Guinness brewery on American soil since 1954, sits on the site of a former whiskey distillery. In fact, the building that now holds the tap room was originally built to age whiskey barrels. When you visit the brewery, you will notice quite a number of barrels used for decoration, and for displays. All of these barrels were found in this building. Ryan says they have worked hard to protect the character and history of the buildings during construction and renovation.
There is a story told in hushed tones around the brewery that while cleaning and removing empty barrels from one of the floors, they found a barrel that was significantly heavier than the others. The reason? It was nearly half full of whiskey.
Now for those of you who are not whiskey aficionados, I should explain that since whiskey is aged in wooden barrels, there is a certain amount of evaporation that takes place each year the whiskey is aged. This evaporation, also known as the “angels’ share” amounts to a loss of between 2 and 4 percent of the whiskey’s volume for each year it is aged, depending on temperature and humidity. The older the whiskey, the smoother and more flavorful it gets, but that also means there’s less whiskey is in the barrel. A typical Scotch aged for 12 years will lose about 25% of its volume to thirsty angels.
With that in mind, if over half the whiskey had evaporated, how old would you guess that whiskey would be? At a loss of 2% a year, and assuming half the barrel evaporated, my guess would be about 35 years old. Interestingly, no one seems to know what happened to that barrel. No matter who I asked the reply was always the same: A wistful smile, a shrug of the shoulders, and then they say, “I don’t know. It just disappeared.”
Although the brewery is now open to the public, it is still not quite finished, and work on the facility continues. There is a planned restaurant that is not yet open, but will hopfuly be open soon. And when it is, it will feature dishes locally sourced with the freshest ingredients, created to be paired with beers brewed on the premises that will not only complement, but enhance each other’s flavors and textures. And if this preview of dishes is any indicator, the food there will be amazing! Until then, in addition to their fantastic beers, the tasting room offers a selection of pub grub.
There is little doubt that the people of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House are proud of what they have accomplished, but are excited about their future in Maryland.
If you stop by the tap room and perhaps take a little tour, I think you too will be excited about the future of Guinness in America.
On a recent trip to Boston, I stopped by Trillium Brewing on Congress St. I was a little surprised to find that they don’t have a tasting room at their brewery. While you can get growler fills, they can’t pour pints or offer tastings.
However, they do have a beer garden in the park at the corner of High St and Atlantic Ave, just a few blocks away from the brewery. They even hand out maps to help you find it.
It’s about a 15 minute to walk to the beer garden from the brewery, and the rout takes you past the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, where replicas of the two ships are anchored whose cargo of tea was dumped into the harbor to protest the tax. If you’re coming from Quincy Market, or the Aquarium, it’s about a 10 minute walk.
The beer garden is partly shaded, with lots of picnic tables and barrels, and a large outdoor bar with 15 beers on tap and room for lots more. There were also 3 food trucks located just across the street.
I had the Permutation Series #45 Double IPA. It had a cloudy golden brown color and a thin off white head, a citrus and tropical fruit aroma, and a sweet malt flavor with passionfruit, papaya, and a hint of grapefruit. There was not much hop bitterness, and a slightly creamy mouthfeel.
The Keytar Bear Double IPA had a hazy golden-bronze color and a light off-white head that dissipated quickly and smells of vanilla, orange, and a bit of honey. The aroma reminded me a bit of a creamsicle. The flavor was a little sweet and tasted of orange, marshmallow, and citrus, with some hop bitterness.
The beer was good, and the beer garden was great. I look forward to trying more of their beers the next time I’m in Boston.