Baltimore Bartender Creates Star-Spangled Banner Bicentennial Punch

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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The War of 1812 ended 200 years ago this year.

Now as Mike Schuh reports, the Smithsonian is celebrating what people during that time might have had in their cups when they toasted our second victory over the British.

Soon after Fort McHenry endured British bombardment, the tide turned and the redcoats sailed away for good. It was a sweet time to celebrate, and 200 years later it still is.

We’re at the B&O Brasserie.

“The rye whiskey, the rye has a lot of history with the Maryland and Pennsylvania area, Pikesvile. Pikesville Rye being the Maryland rye of choice,” said Brendan Dorr, B&O Brasserie.

Dorr is one of 14 honored nationally. He submitted a punch to the Smithsonian called the “The Line State Punch.”

It is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner.

So they have a Baltimore bartender and Dorr adopted a period favorite.

“I just love a classic style punch. I think they are delicious and wonderful,” Dorr said.

Add some really big rocks, give it a swirl, and Baltimore’s proud example is ready.

“People will come by and I’ll fill up a cup and they’ll go on their merry way,” Dorr Said.

The event in Washington D.C. is on Sept. 12. Tickets are available for $200 at the Smithsonian Channel. For more information or to buy tickets, click here.

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