What is craft beer? Craft beer is a beer brewed at a microbrewery or craft brewery. Begun in the 1970s in the United Kingdom, the craft brewery industry expanded to the United States with artisan brewing companies, brewpubs and craft beers. Craft breweries are much smaller than large corporate breweries. The majority, which are more often than not independently owned, feature the hallmarks of quality, flavor and brewing technique. Craft breweries have a strong local connection to the town or area where they are located. Baltimore has a number of craft breweries that feature fall craft beers, including The Brewer’s Art, Union Craft Brewing, Pratt Street Ale House, Heavy Seas Brewing Company and Peabody Heights Brewery.
Aspergil Grand Cru
The Brewer’s Art
1106 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 547-6925

Known for craft beers, The Brewer’s Art has a craft beer for you. The Aspergil Grand Cru is a “deep golden spiced ale, brewed with Willamette hops, calendula flowers and hyssop.” The Brewer’s Art brewers see this craft beer as a beer to “give thanks.” Open seven days a week, the hours of operation for The Brewer’s Art are Sunday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 1:45 a..m., and Saturday from 3 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Want a tour of The Brewer’s Art? Tours of this craft brewery are every other Saturday. Tours during the summer months are “infrequent,” so call ahead. The Brewer’s Art offers Happy Hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from  3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday and Monday from open to close.

Steady Eddie Union Craft Brewing
1700 Union Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 467-0290

Located along the Jones Falls River, Union Craft Brewing is in the historic Woodberry neighborhood of Baltimore. Known for making “great beer and great company,” Union Craft Brewing has a “reverence for tradition and place” by brewing beers “that unite old and new ideas, the science and craft of brewing, and boldness and balance of flavor.” Tours of Union Craft Brewing are available Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Union Craft Brewing brews several seasonal craft beers for fall, including Steady Eddie Wheat IPA, a craft beer with “lemony-herbal aromatics of Sorachi Ace hops sprung” out of a nice, light bodied wheat & honey malt base.” Two other great seasonal beers are the Old Pro, a craft beer made with a “dash of salt” and a “touch of tart” and the Foxy Red IPA, a craft brew made with “Centennial & Columbus hops bursting with their piney and fruity resins” and dropped “into a rich, red ale.”

Erdinger-Oktoberfest Weissbier
206 West Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 244-8900

Stop by the Pratt Street Ale House for a bevy of seasonal craft beers. A craft beer just in time for fall is the Erdinger-Oktoberfest Weissbier, a craft brew that is made in the “traditional, complex and expensive brewing method” of being “refermented in the bottle and leg — similar to the champagne method.” The Pratt Street Ale House features three other Oktoberfest craft beers, including the Hofbrau-Fest Bier, a “rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine;” the Hofbrau-Dunkel, a “subtle spicy and rich flavor” that “is a refreshing beer that suits all kinds of occasions;” and the Erdinger-Weissbier, the “undisputed classic in the Erdinger product range.”

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The Great Pumpkin
Heavy Seas Brewing Company
4615 Hollins Ferry Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21227
(410) 247-7822

The founders of Heavy Seas Brewing Company want to take you on “adventures (that allow you) to discover new flavors and exotic cultures.” The Heavy Seas Brewing Company can “lead anywhere, from faraway corner pubs to faraway breweries.” The expansion of Heavy Seas Brewing Company in 2010 included the addition of “11 new fermentation vessels and three new brite tanks over a two-year period,” which expanded the “fermentation capacity by 160 percent.” Just in time for fall is one of Heavy Seas Brewing Company’s limited releases: the Great Pumpkin. Heavy Seas Brewing Company has four more seasonal selections: Deep Six, Double Cannon, Riptide, and Winter Storm. In addition to the seasonal offerings, Heavy Seas Brewing Company has five year-round offerings: Gold, Powder Monkey, Cutlass, Cross Bones and Small Craft.

Patterson Pumpkin
Full Tilt Brewing
401 East 30th St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
(410) 467-7837

With fall leaves on the ground and a chill in the air, there is no better fall craft beer than Full Tilt Brewing’s Patterson Pumpkin. The “deceptively smooth Imperial Pumpkin Ale” features “a grain menu comprised of 2-Row Pale, Dark Munich, Red Wheat and Carapils malts joined with pumpkin in the mash.” You will savor the “delectable pumpkin pie taste and aroma, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and brown sugar” in the Patterson Pumpkin. Full Tilt Brewing brews its beer at Peabody Heights Brewery, where more than 1,000 barrels of beer are brewed each month. Peabody Heights Brewery is “locally owned Contract Brewery of excellent, independent craft beers” with a tasting room that is open Fridays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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