Lance and I decided to get away to beautiful charm city- Baltimore. (just in case, for any reason) you were not aware that is was nicknamed such. Many would disagree that Baltimore is in fact charm city, and I would have been on their side in the past. But my most recent jaunt left me with nothing but warm fuzzies. Perhaps, there $500,000 marketing campaign is paying off and visitors are finding the best ways to "get in on it."
We freshened up and hit Mahaffey's first.
We headed to Max's tap room in Fell's Point. I met the cellarman/GMy Casey Hard in winter of 06 at a bar in Philadelphia. Easy going guy. He told me to stay in touch and let him know if I am ever in the area. I signed up for Max's newsletter and still get them to this day. Lance and I were in the door a mere minute when I asked the doorman if Casey Hard was there, he pointed to a gentleman on the other side of the hightop he was checking ids at. Casey remembered me instantly. WE were able to snag two seats at the bar. We were getting a bit weary at this point.
I have to find my notes on what we drank. they feature over 50 beers on tap and they all move, so you know nothing is sitting in the lines too long. Casey told us about a 3 day Belgian fest they are having Feb. 15, 16, 17th. forget the roses and chocolates, I know what I want for Valentines day....
When we asked for our check Casey gave us a bottle of St. Bernardus Christmas.
hmmm...so our tab is taken care of and you are giving us a souvenir St. Bernardus? What a great guy. It was a bit crowded but they had an awesome selection, a vintage list, and a cigar room for the smokers out there.
The next day we had some time to kill before we headed north of the mason dixon. We had breakfast at this cute little cafe "The Morning Edition." The guy was in charge of picking out the spot and he did a good job.. If Baltimore really is charm city, at first glance it really materialized here. Knick Knack paddy wack. The place is almost too cluttered. A hodge podge of tables and chairs alone gave the place its personality. But there was also an addition of a misfit cricket set, st. patricks day decor still up, and clever names on the menu saying "pick me"
I picked a buffalo omelet which our server informed us has never been ordered. When It took one hour to come out even though only 8 customers were in the building I just told myself it took them 45 minutes to figure out how they were going to make it and the remaining 15 to cook up the egg.
We mosey on down to fells point again. We actually got to see them filming Jennifer Aniston's new flick, "He's just not that into you." No celebrity sightings ( drew barrymore and ben affleck are also on board). We pass the cameras on the way to Duclaw brew pub. Lance describes DuClaw as a Triumph of sorts. It was sort of lacking in character. There was a Lehigh/Lafayette football game going on..The bar was split in two. We ended up on the Lafayette side, so we cheered for them and lost.
We bought our nieces and nephews some cute rain gear and we were on our way.
Lance couldn't believe I had never been to STaTE Line liquors in Elkton , MD. So that was definitely a detour on the way home.
This place was amazing. I could spend a pay check there in forty minutes. They had a sale on all Belgian beer- 20% off. We picked up a bottle of Rochefort 10 for $5.99. We also found that rare mead that Tria has on their list, the South African sun blossom mead for 19.99. We got a bottle of Petrus Christmas ale. Which we haven't opened yet, but I did try it on draft and was very disappointed. Petrus Pale ale and the oud bruin are big hits with me but I found their Christmas to be lacking any depth whatsoever. There's nothing about it that makes you sit back and wait for it to warm up as you reminisce over your last year.
I had a feeling when I arrived and saw the selection of beer, that there might be some good news in the glassware department. I have been on a hunt for Karmeliet and Kwak glasses since my friends bar opened in August. Below and Behold. They had everything. And CHEAP! I managed to leave having only spent $75 dollars. I think Lance spent about 20 more than me, but he at least he was able to cross some people off his Christmas list. I was a bit selfish and got all my liquid for little ol' me.
Overall, we had a great time. Lance drove, so we had zero road trip tension.
I highly recommend a trip to charm city. Tell Wayne we said hi and we're glad we" got in on it" (whatever that supposed to mean.)