Since we were already in Baltimore working last week, I checked the calendar and noticed that the Flying Dog Birthday celebration was going to be in Westminster, MD at a place called Maggie’s Restaurant. It is a really nice local place with great beer, food and service.
We got there really early and told Guy the bartender of our quest. He seemed surprised that someone would travel just to drink beer but was kind enough to tell us about other offerings in Westminster! There is no beer mentioned on the Internet about this town, but we were able to determine that there is craft beer in the neighborhood. He directed us to a couple of bars owned by the same people – an Irish bar with Irish beer and another bar called Johanssons.
Johanssons is really three bars in one. Upstairs there’s a fancy pants restaurant and bar with an amazing selection of beer. Downstairs a working person’s bar whose beer selection doesn’t slack but has more mainstream brands on draft. We ate downstairs and had a 4-pound basket of cheese fries we couldn’t finish as well as some other staple starter items all prepared by the bartender. The third bar of the three in one is that this place is a brew pub as well.They had several tanks in the basement bar and were serving three of their four beers – out of the IPA, of course. I’ll assume it was good; the pale ale was palatable, but after I heard about the upstairs bar, I headed that way – 90 minute Dogfish Head on draft and a Goose Island Kolsch and many more – even a couple of cask choices.
Back to Maggie’s for the birthday party. There was a large contingent from Pennsylvania there to partake in the free beer and promotional items. Met a couple of ladies who liked IPAs and other hoppy beers, Lois and Lana! Pretty sure they were Superman’s ex-wives as they had nothing good to say about him…
Turns out I had met the Flying dog rep, J R Woolsey, last year at the Beer Bloggers Conference. We reminisced a while and drank a couple of Raging Bitches, mmm mmm good! There was the beer manager there from College Square Liquors who has a pretty good selection from the sound of things.
A good time was had by all.
Lassaz les bon temps roulez!