Baltimore Beer Week

Baltimore Beer Baron: Meet the Beer Baroness of Canton

City Paper is Baltimore’s Booziest Alternative Weekly, so instead of writing about the usual suspects—bar owners and brewers—I want to get to the core and focus on a real-life imbiber this month.

Allow me to introduce you to the Beer Baroness of Canton. She doesn’t own a brewery or a bar, nor has she ever home-brewed. She’s just a customer. The best customer you could ever want. I met her 10 years ago and this tale took a long time to ferment.

Canton resident Jo Barker was a lifelong macro-brew drinker until she became a craft convert at Mahaffey’s Pub on Dillon Street seven years ago. She joined the bar’s beer club, where you get respect for drinking...