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MABN Hop Tips, MARCH 2017

Hi Everybody! The calendar flips to March and that brings the eternal question: Who is Erin and what happened to her bra? Plenty of St. Patrick's Day events can be found around the Mid-Atlantic region so even if you're not Irish, you can be one for a day. Beer festivals seem to be popping up. Head out to some as a form of beer spring training to get ready for the festival season.

If my editor is hawking a t-shirt above these paragraphs (FYI: I never know what he's going to do), please consider purchasing one or five. Your support will be appreciated and you will look good at the next festival you attend. Cheers, Johnny Vac

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March 2, Get Stoned Tap Takeover at Tonic Bar & Grille, Wilmington, DE -
Reps from NORML will be here to hand out munchies and 420 friendly information to check out while you enjoy your Stone. 302-777-2040

March 3, Darkness-Blackout Brews at Two Stones Pub, Wilmington, DE -
Luke, come to the darkside with dark, velvety smooth brews. 302-439-3231

March 4, Live! at Dogfish Head Brewpub, Rehoboth Beach, DE -
Cranford Hollow will be performing live. 302-226-2739

March 8, Getting Funky! Beer Dinner at Pickled Pig Pub, Rehoboth Beach, DE -
The beers are infected. Build up your tolerance. 5 courses paired with funky beers.

March 9, Lagunitas Beer Dinner at Rehoboth Ale House, Rehoboth Beach, DE -
One of the drunkest that I ever was post-college was at Lagunitas in Petaluma. That's because I didn't eat. Don't make my mistake. Eat. 302-278-7433

March 18, Grilled Cheese & Craft Beer Tasting at World Cafe Live, Wilmington, DE -
If you want American cheese on Wonder bread, you're kind of screwed. 302-994-1400

March 18, A Very St. Patrick's Day Party at Mispillion River Brewing, Milford, DE -
This has no connection to that "very special episode" of Diff'rent Strokes where Mr. Carlson from WKRP was "The Bicycle Man". 302-491-6623

March 25, Weekend Of Compelling Ales & Whatnot at Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, DE -
Off centered ales and rarities plus a boatload of goodies.

March 30, Big Oyster Beer Dinner at Fork & Flask, Rehoboth Beach, DE -
Their beer, our food. Meet and greet. Intimate setting. 302-226-2037

District of Columbia

March 4, 13th Annual Beer Institute Brewer's Ball at National Building Museum, Washington, DC -
You won't leave hungry or thirsty. We guarantee it. Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 301-657-8444

March 8, Guest Tap Takeover at Mad Fox Taproom, Washington, DC -
Schlafly will be our guest for the evening. They won't overstay their welcome so get here early to say hi. 202-791-0389

March 9, Playworks Rock Paper Scissors Tournament at Sauf Haus Bier Hall, Washington, DC -
Even money that a pair of sisters uses scissors to win the tourney. 202-466-3355

March 11, 3rd Annual Peche Mortel Day at ChurchKey, Washington, Dc -
Enter the darkness for our 3rd annual Peche Mortel day which is being celebrated simultaneously in 40 bars around the world. You will see this event later in the PA listings. 202-567-2576

March 17, The Fantome St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza at Sovereign, Washington, DC -
We will have a green Belgian Saison on draft. It gets a green hue because it was brewed with fresh spinach juice. Maybe if my Mom made spinach with beer, maybe I would have eaten more of it when I was a kid. 202-774-5875

March 25, Strip Park: Sexier, Sillier, Undressed at Bier Baron Tavern, Washington, DC -
Going down to Strip Park gonna have ourselves a time… 202-293-1885


March 1, Prairie Pint Night! at Frisco Tap House, Columbia, MD -
OOOOK-lahoma, where the beer comes sweepin' down the plain… 410-312-4907

March 2, Handsome Beer Company Tap Takeover at Nickel Taphouse, Baltimore, MD -
Handsome Beer started in a kitchen at home and the two founders had a crazy thought that maybe, just maybe, we could sell this stuff… 443-869-6240

March 9, Science On Tap: Raven Beer at Maryland Science Center, Baltimore, MD -
Good Heavens Miss Sakamoto, you're beautiful… 410-685-2370

March 11, Quad State Beer Fest: ShamRocked at AG Ed Center, Hagerstown, MD -
Pregame for the main St. Patty's Day festivities and help support the tatas (Breast Cancer Awareness charities). 301-991-2373

March 11, Super Hero Beer Olympics at Game, Baltimore, MD -
Dress as your favorite superhero for an outrageous beer drinking competition. Captain Obvious? 410-385-0100

March 11, B Scene Brewery Tour at Canton Waterfront Park, Baltimore, MD -
Come out for a day of brewery hopping. Leave the driving to us.

March 15, Irish Beer Dinner at Brewer's Alley, Frederick, MD -
In addition, Jameson's Irish Whiskey will be here in 3 variations. 301-631-0089

March 16, Jailbreak Brewing Tap Takeover at Nickel Taphouse, Baltimore, MD -
Searchlight on my trail, Tonight's the night all systems fail, Hey you good looking female, Come here. 443-869-6240

March 18, Fermented Fun Brewery Tours in Frederick, Frederick, MD -
Hop on the short bus with your drinking helmets on.

March 31-April 1, Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at the Cow Palace-MD State Fairgrounds, Timonium, MD -
I hope that they cleaned up after the cows. If not, don't take a deep sniff when sampling your beer. 410-878-9900

New Jersey

March 1, NJCB Night at Taphouse 15, Jefferson, NJ -
Don't worry. Even though the event is in NJ, the beer list will be great and you should be there. 862-437-1300

March 1, Paint And Sip at Spellbound Brewing, Mount Holly, NJ -
Reservations required so call ahead. No walkups. 609-306-6590

March 2, Thankful Thursday at Cold Spring Brewery, Cape May, NJ -
Fundraiser for the Cape May County Coast Guard. If you ever need them, you'll be thankful that you drank to support them. 609-854-3077

March 2, Ommegang Beer Dinner at Hailey's Harp & Pub, Metuchen, NJ -
Can't get tickets for the VIP dinner at BCTC at Brewery Ommegang? Try this instead. 732-321-0777

March 4, Big Brew Returns at Morristown Armory, Morristown, NJ -
Big Brew returns with two Big Brew sessions benefiting Morris Rugby. 973-927-2794

March 4, Atco Brewery Tap Takeover at Tavern On The Edge, Gloucester City, NJ -
For wanting things that can only be found...In the tavern on the edge of town. Sorry, Boss. 856-456-3343

March 4, Reach For A Beer at Lone Eagle Brewing, Flemington, NJ -
This is a fundraiser for Reach Educational Services. Reach into your wallet and don't be cheap. Help the kids. 908-237-2255

March 9, Dogfish Head 5-Course Dinner at Ott's, Medford, NJ -
Not really sure how I can describe another beer dinner. Any suggestions? 609-654-2700

March 11, St. Paddy's Day Brewery Crawl at Brew Bus New Jersey, Collingswood, NJ -
No need to crawl when you can take the bus.

March 17, St. Paddy's Day Party All Day at Hub City Brewhouse, New Brunswick, NJ -
Is it Patty or Paddy? You have all day to decide. 732-543-1804

March 21, Cape May Comes To Caldwell at Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ -
The beach is coming to the 'Leaf. Lineup to be determined. 973-226-9812

March 25, Beers On The Boards 2017 at Martell's Tiki Bar, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ -
Doing what a Chamber of Commerce should do: sponsoring beer related events in a shore town. 732-892-0131

March 25, JCC Beer Festival at Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater, NJ -
Proceeds support the JCC scholarship fund for underprivileged families. 908-725-6994

March 31-April 1, Atlantic City Beer & Music Fest at AC Convention Center, Atlantic City, NJ -
The "Celebration of the Suds" returns for its 12th installment. They even have a jitney (not a porn term) service to bring you and 12 friends from 50 miles away and back.


March 1, Yards Brewing Tap Takeover at Bulls Head Public House, Lititz, PA -
The beer version of "Witness": A Philly brewery hides out in a Lancaster County pub… 717-626-2115

March 3, Devils Backbone Launch Party With Shot Of Southern at Creekside Bar & Grille, Royersford, PA -
Boilermaker fan warning: Shot Of Southern is a country band. Sorry if your expectations were raised by the event title. 610-495-6945

March 4, Philadelphia Grain And Malt Symposium at USciences Brewing Science, Philadelphia, PA -
My Daughter is in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at USciences. If that doesn't work out, maybe she can change her major. Open to everyone who is interested in learning about the local grain supply chain from ground to glass.

March 4, The Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market Invades Neshaminy Creek Brewing, Croydon, PA -
Like a reckless band of killer klowns from outer space, the TPRFM invades NCBC. 215-458-7081

March 4, Philly Craft Beer Festival at The Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA -
They want you, They want you, They want you as a new recruit, In the Navy(yard)... 215-843-9273

March 5, Comedy Night at Manayunk Brewery, Philadelphia, PA -
Beer, a meal and some laughs before you head back to your hellhole of a job on Monday. 215-482-8220

March 5, The Brewer's Plate at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA -
No other event maintains an unwavering commitment to "buy fresh and buy local". This is the Grandpappy of the beer and food pairing movement in PHL.

March 9, Levante Brewing Tap Takeover at the Bottle Room, Downingtown, PA -
One of my favorite local breweries is taking over the taps at the Bottle Room. If you don't know Levante, come out and introduce yourself. 484-593-2972

March 11, Peche Mortel Day at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA -
Enter the darkness for our 3rd annual Peche Mortel day which is being celebrated simultaneously in 40 bars around the world. 215-545-7005

March 11, Fegley's Cask Beer Festival at Fegley's Brew Works, Allentown, PA -
One of a kind casks and a St. Patty's Day inspired menu. 610-433-7777

March 19, Bucks, Bacon & Beer at Triumph Brewing, New Hope, PA -
It's all about the bacon baby. Okay, the beer, cheese, and music help also. 215-862-8300

March 30, Meeting Of The Malts IV at Artsquest Center SteelStacks, Bethlehem, PA -
Brewers of Pennsylvania sponsored event featuring Jim Koch, David Walker, Eric Wallace and Dick Yuengling for a one of a kind, one night only experience. Industry bucket list alert.


March 2, Essentially DIPA 2.0 Release at Benchtop Brewing, Norfolk, VA -
They tweaked their Citra Galaxy IPA to create this DIPA. Kind of like putting the brain of "Abby Normal" into the Frankenstein (that's Fraankunsteen) monster. 757-321-9482

March 5, 41st Annual Oyster Roast & Craft Beer Festival at Convention Center, Virginia Beach, VA -
Supports the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad. Horseradish for your oyster crackers are on the house. 757-437-4830

March 6, South Street Beers Against Humanity at Jack Brown's, Roanoke, VA -
It's Cards Against Humanity night. Add Satan's Pony flowing through the Randall and you have a devilish night. 540-342-0328

March 8, MD & VA: Tapping Into Clean Water Fundraiser at Blue 5, Roanoke, VA -
Maryland and Virginia share the Chesapeake Watershed so let's raise money to help protect it. 540-904-5338

March 15, Dogfish "Can"cer Awareness Onesie Party at Jack Brown's, Roanoke, VA -
Onesie: wear it. Twosie: we're helping launch DFH's canning line. Threesie: money goes to cancer awareness charity. 540-342-0328

March 18, Home Brewer Competition at Dogfish Head Alehouse, Fairfax, VA -
Find out if you are going to be the next Sam Calagione. Chances are you're not but you can always dream. 703-961-1140

March 18, Ladies Beer Night With She's Crafty at Vanish, Leesburg, VA -
Ladies, elevate your craft beer experience. Bring the menfolk with you and they can watch the kids. 703-779-7407

March 18, Port City Beer Brunch at Vermilion, Alexandria, VA -
It's not just beer. It's not just lunch. It's Beerunch. 703-684-9669

West Virginia

March 3, Rare Beer Dinner at Hill & Hollow, Morgantown, WV -
The only thing rarer than the beer at this dinner is the fact that we have a West Virginia event. 304-241-4551

March 16, Devil's Backbone Tap Takeover & ArtWalk at Timothy's, Charleston, WV -
Details TBD. They're just planning ahead in case we need a beer and art event in West Virginia. 304-343-5686

March 17, Stein & Dine at Blennerhassett Hotel, Parkersburg, WV -
No green beer for St.Pat's. We have New Belgium Brewing Company joining us tonight. 1-800-262-2536