Friday, August 19, 2011

Day trip to Charm City

On husband's birthday, after leaving Catoctin Creek Distillery, we headed north and east to Baltimore, MD for the rest of the birthday celebration.  First, we went to Max's Taphouse in Fells Point.

It's a huge beer bar, with over 100 rotating drafts, 5 hand pump cask ales, and a massive collection of over 1,000 bottled beers in stock. 

Husband had the Mikkeller Black Hole flight - it's the same beer, but aged 5 different ways.  From right, they were aged in barrels of Cognac, White Wine, Red Wine, Whiskey and Tequila.  It was really amazing the difference in each one, even though it was the same beer!

I had the St. Somewhere Lectio Divina and really liked it.  I'm not a hoppy beer fan, but do really like some craft brews. 

We were hungry, and had a great spot at the bar, so we decided to get some food.  The wings were great - and the mild's not all that mild!  Also, the crab and artichoke dip in a bread bowl was delicious - definitely try that if you ever make it up to Max's. 

After walking down to the water for a sec in the rain, we headed over to Camden Yards.

It was my first time visiting the park, and it really was great.  It's so nice and has great character. 

I love all of the brick and the old warehouses that line the right outfield.  The atmosphere was great - even though the Orioles aren't winning much this season, the fans are still coming to the park and having a good time.  

They have huge containers of Old Bay everywhere.  On the concession stands, on the ketchup/condiment stands...everywhere.  I guess it's a Maryland thing...

Also, good friends of mine from college live just outside the city and have season tickets to the Orioles.  Even though they didn't have tickets for Saturday, they purchased some and met us at the park.  Lucky for us, the seats behind us were empty all night, so they came and sat with us!  It was great to see them and spend a few hours catching up!

We had a great day celebrating 30.  We'll continue the celebration in several weeks when we head west to enjoy the California wine country.

Breakfast burritos, whiskey, beer, and baseball - it doesn't get much better!

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