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  • If you've got pumpkin fatigue, try smoked beer instead

    If you've got pumpkin fatigue, try smoked beer instead

    What’s the scariest thing in the bar scene this time of year? This: Canton’s Hudson Street Stackhouse had 20 pumpkin beers on tap—over half its draft offerings are given over to the god-awful gourd. Indeed, most bars sport plentiful jack-o’-lantern tap handles. Put me amid the burgeoning backlash...

  • The Secret Beauty of Matthew's Stellar Cellar Bar

    The Secret Beauty of Matthew's Stellar Cellar Bar

    3131 Eastern Ave., 410-276-8755, matthewspizza.com

  • Alaska Distillery's Smoked Salmon Vodka: What do you do with fish booze?

    Alaska Distillery's Smoked Salmon Vodka: What do you do with fish booze?

    A short while ago, we were out drinking and noticed that the coaster advertised Alaska Distillery’s Smoked Salmon Vodka (ultra premium!). We’ve had some interesting infusions in our day—from bacon/Nilla Wafer vodka to leather-infused bourbon and beyond—but the idea of taking the "essence" of a...

  • Bar Battle at Fork & Wrench

    Bar Battle at Fork & Wrench

    2322 Boston St., (443) 759-9360, theforkandwrench.com Bars throughout Charm City are eager to pull in weeknight drinkers and often offer late-night specials or other incentives, but few are as unique and entertaining as Fork & Wrench’s Thursday night Bar Battle, or Iron Bar, competition.  Every...

  • The City that Drinks 9/24/14

    The City that Drinks 9/24/14

    Imagine this: not one, but two liquor-retailer events scheduled for a Monday afternoon in Baltimore. What was The City That Drinks supposed to do? We could attend the big distributor’s show at Horseshoe Casino or the open house at Baltimore’s “alternative” liquor distributor, Legends Limited. Because...

  • The Rockwell

    The Rockwell

    702 S. Broadway, (443) 835-1336, therockwellbaltimore.com There’s been some hype, mostly in the form of scorn, about the announcement that Jack Barakat, guitarist for the homegrown pop-punk band All Time Low, is now the co-owner of Fells Point bar The Rockwell. We never really cared about All Time...

  • Melba's Place

    Melba's Place

    3126 Greenmount Ave., (410) 366-6536, melbasplace.com Charles Village is a house divided. Its white residents tend to migrate toward watering holes like Charles Village Pub in the north and the younger, hipper places like P.J.’s Pub and the so-called “secret bar” a little farther south, while the...

  • Flying Dog's Dead Rise Beer

    Flying Dog's Dead Rise Beer

    So everyone was pretty psyched when Flying Dog announced Dead Rise, their Old Bay-flavored beer. When it was released in May, we’d yet to have our first taste of Chesapeake crabs this year and so the mere thought of beer and Old Bay set the mouth to watering. And, if you’re trying to be a good...

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