We don't know about you, but when the thermometer starts to dip we start to yearn for strong beers and briny mollusks to help take the edge off. If you're like us, then Union Craft Brewing and The Local Oyster have you covered when they hold their first OyFest.
From 12-5 p.m. Saturday, bivalves will be slurped, Duckpins will be poured, and bluegrass will be plucked at the Woodberry brewery at 1700 Union Ave. Nick Schauman, owner of The Local Oyster, a mobile shuck-shack that roves around local fests and neighborhoods, will be on hand with his crew to serve up raw, roasted, stewed, and other preparations of one of Maryland's most beloved bounties of the Chesapeake.
While there, you may get a peek at the new Double Duckpin cans, which are set to be released Nov. 20 at Baltimore Soundstage. The fifth of their beers available in cans, the Double Duckpin is a hefty 8.5 percent ABV that has almost double the hoppy IBUs (international bitterness units) as its mellower brother. As we can attest, this beer is bold, strong, and, now that it's in cans, extremely dangerous—in the best possible way.
The release party will feature all of Unions beers on tap and in cans, along with sets from the bands Moon Hooch (very apropos), Out of the Beardspace, and the Jordan August Band. $12 will get you in, with doors at 8 p.m. Get your tickets here.