What's brewin' at BALTIMORE BEER WEEK
By Jenn Ladd
Baltimore Beer Tap Takeover
All 20 of John Steven’s taps will be hooked up to Baltimore beer—a prime opportunity to sample some of City Paper’s beer bracket entries. John Steven, Ltd., 1800 Thames St., (410) 327-5561, johnstevenstavern.com, free.
Flying Dog throws a bowling party complete with oat sodas, White Russians, and repeat screenings of The Big Lebowski. Bring your own rug. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Stoneleigh Lanes, 6703 York Road, (410) 377-8115, flyingdogales.com, $20.
Baltimore’s Own Beer Tap Maker
Charm City has a treasure in Mark Supik, a local woodworker who has been turning out tap handles for the likes of Oliver, The Brewer’s Art, and RavenBeer for years. Tour his tap-handle museum, watch homebrewing demonstrations, and drink beer. Noon-4 p.m., Mark Supik and Company, 1 N. Haven St., (410) 732-8414, marksupikco.com, free.
Lunch with Turkey Joe
Meet erstwhile saloon owner and “brewerania” collector Turkey Joe Trabert for lunch and a beer-fueled history lesson on Baltimore’s old breweries in Fells Point. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Bertha’s Mussels, 734 S. Broadway, (410) 327-5795, berthas.com, $25.
This Beer’s Cooking
Marquee Lounge chef Jeremy Price infuses his fare tonight with Baltimore suds. Nick “the Baltimore Beer Trekker” Nichols regales diners with Baltimore brewing stories. 7 p.m., Marquee Lounge, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, $40, members $35.
See the craft brewery-based indie movie from mumblecore director Joe Swanberg. Starring Olivia Wilde and Ron Livingston. (See review on page TK.) 7:30-10 p.m., the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3464, thecharles.com, $9.50.
Zion Lutheran Sauerbraten Celebration
The Germans pioneered beer-and-food pairings long ago. Try them at the Zion Church’s annual sour beef fest, featuring German beer as well as Flying Dog’s Dogtoberfest. Wednesday 4:30-7 p.m., Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-7 p.m., Zion Church, 400 E. Lexington St., (410) 727-3939, zionbaltimore.org, $15.
Chesapeake Real Ale Festival
The U.S. only has one chapter of the British-based Society for Preservation of Beers from the Wood, and each year, the cask-ale fanatics throw a bash at Pratt Street Ale House, the center for English-style beer in Baltimore. 1-5 p.m., Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W. Pratt St., (410) 244-8900, prattstreetalehouse.com, $50.
No Hops! Gruit Ale Competition
Baltibrew hosts a tasting event perfect for the hop-averse among us (we know you’re out there). Gruit ales contain no hops whatsoever; see what the city’s hombrewers whipped up. 7 p.m., Liam Flynn’s Ale House, 22 W. North Ave., (410) 244-8447, pintsizepub.com, free.
Rails to Ales
Your opportunity to share a beer with Baltimore Beer Week founders Joe Gold and Dominic Cantalupo: They’ll be working their ways up and down the Light Rail from Hunt Valley to Lexington Market, with special discounts at several bars. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., various locations, www.baltimorebeerweek.com , free.