Thursday, February 19, 2009
Max's Taphouse: the Fifth Annual Belgian beer fest is best one yet
Photo: the draft menu for Friday the 13th. The menu was updated each day of the event, as kegs blew and new ones were put on draft.
Max's Taphouse in Fell's Point, Baltimore, once again held a fabulous festival of Belgian beers on President's Day weekend. General Manager and main fest organizer Casey Hard told me that 126 different beers were offered on draft over the three days (Friday February 13 to Sunday February 15th.)
"Over 300 kegs of beer were served over the weekend, and over 100 cases of bottled beer were also consumed by fest attendees" Casey told me.
He continued: "This was the biggest and best one yet, and we promise next year's will be even better!"
I have been on quite a sour beer kick since last spring, and enjoyed many samples of Cantillon Fou' Foune, Iris, and Grand Cru Bruocsella over the weekend.
Three very special treats from Geuzestekerij Hannsens of Dworp were big hits. The Jonge Lambiek (Young Lambic) and Oude Kriek (Old Kriek) on cask were superb, as was the new Experimental Cassis in 375 ml bottles.
I look forward to the sixth annual Belgian beer fest in 2010!
Photo: Belgian-style cuisine and the bottle list