Darker 48- Visit the Upside Down in Hernando Co, Florida

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.

To purchase tickets for either VIP night please click here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/darker-48-haunted-house-vip-tickets-50361355169

Important! General Admission and VIP nights are 18 and up WITH WAIVER SIGNED, except for HALLOWEEN NIGHT, which is a family friendly night and all ages are welcome.

There will be live music, costume contests and food trucks available in the taproom during several nights of the haunted house.

For more information, stop by the brewery at 12147 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL,  or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/marker48

Don’t miss it!

Niagara Brewing- Just 200 Meters From the Falls!

Niagara Brewing Co first opened it’s doors just 2 years ago this month. Located next to the Guinness World Records Museum, this 3,000 sq ft brewery which includes a roof top patio with a view of the falls, does its best to not only represent Canada’s brewing heritage but also embrace today’s craft beer culture through innovation and experimentation and the use of locally sourced ingredients.

This place is incredible. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive, the food is good, and the beer is very good.

In the sort time since they first opened their doors, they have proven their craft brewing skills again and again. Their BeerDevil IPA has won a Silver Medal at the Canadian Craft Beer Awards, their Niagara Premium Lager has earned a bronze medal at the 14th annual Canadian Brewing Awards as well as a silver medal at the Ontario Brewing Awards, and Niagara Brewing Company was also awarded the Niagara Falls Review’s 2016 Readers Choice Award for “Best Brewery”.

Currently offer 8 hand crafted craft beers on tap-  4 year round offerings (Niagara Premium Lager, BeerDevil IPA, Amber Eh!, and Honeymoon Peach Radler) and  4 seasonal brews (Annies English Ale, Mo-Wheat-O, Hennepin Stout, and Marzen).

No matter what your taste, one of these is sure to make you smile.

Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference- Coming to Loudoun County, VA!

In just 2 months, on August 10 and 11th the Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference will hold its 9th annual conference, and this year it will be held in Loudoun Virginia! This conference is not only for beer bloggers and writers, it is also for breweries, brewery guilds, Destination Management Organizations, and PR companies. This event provides a forum for industry professionals to meet with writers and bloggers to discuss trends, tourism, and innovations in craft brewing.

Beer tourism is growing fast, and conferences like this are a great way to build awareness for local and regional beers, breweries, and beer trails.

This conference will feature a number of pre and post conference excursions such as a trip to the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House in Maryland, and a visit to Dogfish Head Brewing in Delaware, to talk to the brewers, hear about trends, and of course lots of tasting.

At the start of the conference, there will be a Kickoff Party at Farm Brew Live, northern Virginia’s first destination brewery.  Then during the conference attendees will hear about the current state of the craft beer industry, diversity in craft beer, learn about the art of negative feedback, podcasting and Instagram, talk to brewers and brewery owners, and of course beer tasting. They will also hear from Sam Calagione with Dogfish Head Brewery, see a presentation by Devils Backbone Brewing Company, and do more beer tasting. There will also be a reception and dinner at Vanish Farmwoods Brewery where 24 of Loudoun County’s breweries will be present to offer still more tastings of some of their best hand-crafted brews!

Finally, after the conference wraps up, there will be yet another excursion, this time to Richmond, VA, for  a tasting tour of the Richmond Beer Trail!

This conference is going to be incredible! If are a brewery owner, an industry professional, or just want to raise awareness about craft beer in your area, there is no better place to meet with the bloggers and writers who can get the word out.  

I’ll see you there!

Cheers!

 

Special thanks to the conference sponsors:

Visit Loudoun,the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association, is going all out to ensure the success of the conference.

The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country.

CraftBeer.com, published by the Brewers Association, a website that supports independently owned breweries and the world of American craft beer.

Devils Backbone Brewing Company, born in the Heartland of Virginia, this craft brewery has created some amazing German and American style craft beers that has become the standard for what a craft beer should be.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, after 22 years of brewing excellence, is still just as passionate and dedicated their craft as they were on day one, “to bringing off-centered goodness to off-centered people”.

Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, which is the first Guinness presence on US soil since 1954 and a beer legend known around the world.

Prince William County, Virginia, close without being too close to Washington DC. Located only 30 miles from DC in northern Virginia, Prince William is known for their parks and trails, Civil War battlefields, amazing craft brews and wines, museums, and a robust arts and culture scene.

Kilfrost is a global leader in safety critical chemistry. They are probably best known for developing a range of Advanced Low Viscosity heat transfer fluids, including ALV Plus, which for the first time gives breweries a fluid that’s highly efficient and non-toxic, as well as cost efficient and environmentally-friendly.

Juicy Brews Summer Craft Beer Invitational This Weekend in RVA!

Don’t miss the seventh annual Juicy Brews Summer Craft Beer Invitational in RVA this weekend!

On Sunday, June 10th, 2018, come meet the brewers and try unlimited pours from over 30 of the best breweries in the country. There will be food, beer, music, and exclusive merchandise and glassware from designer Sam Taylor.

Purchase your ticket online and use the code VACRAFTBEER to get 15% off your ticket!

Click here to get your advance ticket before it is too late!

Tattered Flag Brewery and Still Works in Middletown, PA

Tattered Flag Brewery and Still Works is a labor of love created by Navy veteran Pat Devlin and his high school friends Matt Fritz, Tony DeLellis, and Ben Ramsay. According to Tony, the Chief Operations Officer, Pat came home one day from the Navy and told his friends he wanted to open a brewery, and they all jumped on board. 

But they didn’t want to just brew beer, they wanted to distill hand crafted spirits and serve really good food in a family friendly place. And they succeeded in Tattered Flag Brewery and Still Works.

They hired Tony Schneider and Dave Morrow as brewmasters, both of which started off as homebrewers.  Tony went on to brew professionally at Appalachian Brewing Company and Battlefield Brew Works, while Dave became one of the most well known  and influential homebrewers in the area. Both are responsible for outstanding brews such as Knife Fight in a Phone Booth IPA, Blue Raider Kolsch, and War Bonds Breakfast Stout.

Pat became the head distiller, and is responsible for producing a variety of spirits such as vodka, gin, white rum, a blue agave spirit, and a single-malt whiskey. 

The brewpub is located in a hundred year old building that was most recently known as the Elks building in the first block of South Union Street. They offer open seating so you can sit where ever you would like, or choose one of their carefully crafted beverages and  just wander around the century old building. They also have three private party rooms available for special events.

They also have a full kitchen and offer a wide variety of foods such as classic pub fare such as fish and chips, wings, sandwiches, burgers, soups, and salads, but also offers dinner items like salmon, strip steak, and ribs.

Ever thought about brewing your own beer? Tattered Flag can help you with that. They offer a Brew Your Own program in which they help you design and brew your own beer using their equipment! It takes between 4 and 6 hours to create and brew your beer, then after a 2 to 4 week wait (depending on the beer), your beer is ready for your release party! You get to take home a sixtel of your beer (1/6th of a barrel or 5 Gal) and your beer will be featured for sale in the brewpub! You even have the option of having them creating artwork, cans, and bottles for your beer!

So to recap, Tattered Flag has amazing hand crafted beers and spirits, good food, offers Brew-Your-Own-Beer sessions, and private party rooms available for special events in a fully renovated turn of the century building. 

If you’re wondering what to do tonight, may I suggest a visit to Tattered Flag? I think you’ll be glad you did.

Cumberland Valley Beer Trail pt 3- Harty Brewing and Desperate Times Brewery

146 Walden Way Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

My next stop on the Cumberland Valley Beer Trail was Harty Brewing in the Silver Spring Township in Mechanicsburg, PA. This little nano brewery located in the tiny community of Walden is owned and operated by Michael Harty and Lauren Ishaq.  But don’t let the small size of their tasting room fool you.  Their beers are big on taste.  

Their American Pale Ale was clear with a golden amber hue and a light citrusy aroma and a hop forward flavor with a light malt presence.

The IPA was cloudy yellow with an orange/citrus aroma and taste, and a slight sweetness that balanced well against a roasted malt backbone.

The Coffee Irish Red had a deep amber red color with a woodsy/malty aroma with a hint of coffee, and a deep malty flavor with a light coffee taste.

The Oatmeal Stout tasted and smelled as dark and rich as it looked with a malty, caramel/maple aroma and taste with a hint of coffee. 

And last but not least, the Coffee Cake Blond Ale had a hazy yellow color and and a smell and taste that reminded me of peaches and cinnamon, with a light sweetness.

Talking to some of the other patrons, Harty Brewing is apparently known for its many experimental beers. Several spoke about a recent jalapeño ale which they claim was unbelievably good.  Lauren, who was manning the bar agreed that a lot of their regulars had been asking for them to make it again.

This was a great little craft brewery, with a warm and inviting atmosphere, a real sense of community, and very good beer!

1201 Carlisle Springs Rd, Carlisle, PA 17013

Desperate Times Brewery opened it’s doors in 2015 and has become a local favorite.  This craft brewery located near the fairgrounds has a prohibition era theme, but a strong German vibe. They have a kitchen with a pretty good food menu with an assortment of German sausages, German potato salad, a schnitzel sandwich, sauerkraut,  and giant pretzels, along with an assortment of sandwiches and other items. 

They also seem to specialize in German style beers such as a lager, bock, German pilsner, Kölsch, and a Hefeweizen, but they also had other styles like stouts, IPAs and porters.

The Black Forest Schwarzbier was a dark lager with a light malty and slightly smoky aroma. It had a nice malt profile for a lager, with toasted notes.

The Desperate Measures Red IPA had a dense creamy head with a mild sweat malt smell.  It had a solid malt presence with a not too hoppy flavor.

The Citra Rye IPA had a clear deep golden color, a sweet malty aroma, and a good malt/hop balance with hints of citrus.

Honest Law Breaker Oatmeal Stout had a strong roasted malt presence, with coffee notes. It had a lot of flavor, but a lighter mouthfeel.

The tasting room is very spacious and open, and the staff was friendly and the beer was quite tasty. I can’t wait to go back again.

Next stops: Market Cross Pub and Brewery, and Burd’s Nest Brewing.