On Friday. May 30, 2014, the Baltimore Orioles will be away playing the Houston Astros in the annual Major League Baseball Civil Rights game.  Both teams will be wearing throwback uniforms of Negro League teams and the Orioles will be wearing the ...


Arrow Beer and the Baltimore Elite Giants and more...

Arrow Beer and the Baltimore Elite Giants

Henderson Collection Reference Photograph. Box 00.A1.

On Friday. May 30, 2014, the Baltimore Orioles will be away playing the Houston Astros in the annual Major League Baseball Civil Rights game.  Both teams will be wearing throwback uniforms of Negro League teams and the Orioles will be wearing the uniforms of the Baltimore Elite Giants.  In honor of this game, I like to share this photograph of the Baltimore Elite Giants taken at Westport Ballpark in southern Baltimore.  Notice the huge advertisement above the scoreboard for Arrow Beer, which was made by the Globe Brewing Company in Baltimore.

First, lets talk about the Baltimore Elite Giants. Your friendly blogmaster here also has a deep interest in Baltimore sports history.

The Elite Giants were formed in Nashville in 1918 as the Standard Giants and were an independent team for many of their initial years.  They were renamed the Elite Giants in 1921 and in 1930, they became members of the Negro National League.

The team moved to Cleveland and became the Cubs in 1931. After that season, the Negro National League disbanded and the team moved back to Nashville to play the 1932 season in the Negro Southern League and adopting the Elite Giants name.  The Elite Giants then joined a new Negro National League in 1933.  The team would move often, heading to Detroit, Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C., before settling in Baltimore in 1938.

The Baltimore Elite Giants would win the Negro National Title in 1939.  After Major League Baseball integrated in 1947, the Negro Leagues started to have financial hardships and the Negro National League disbanded in 1949.

The Elite Giants then joined the Negro American League and won the Negro National Title in 1949.  The Elite Giants were able to hold on for one more season and disbanded after the 1950 season. The Negro American League dissolved in 1962.

Now, let’s talk briefly about Arrow Beer (There will be a future post with more detail on this topic!)….

Arrow Beer was manufactured by the Globe Brewing Company, which traced its history in Baltimore back to 1748.  Arrow Beer started, circa 1920, as a near beer substitute during the start of Prohibition.  Arrow was the first legal Baltimore beer produced after Prohibition ended on April 7, 1933. Globe would continue to manufacture Arrow Beer until 1963, when it ceased brewing and was transferred over to Cumberland Brewing in western Maryland.

Looking closely at the Arrow Beer billboard, notice the reference to 200th Anniversary. Since Globe traced its heritage back to 1748, that would seem to indicate that this picture was taken in 1948.  However, the scoreboard shows the Elite Giant hosting the Kansas City Monarchs, which were in the Negro American League, which dates the picture to 1949.  So we now know, that Globe celebrated its 200th anniversary past 1948.

Beer and baseball go hand in hand together.  From time to time here, we will be sharing some other memories of beer and sports in Baltimore and Maryland.


Baltimore Elite Giants photograph, May 1949, by Paul S. Henderson – part of the Paul Henderson Photograph Collection HEN.00.A1-056 at the Maryland Historical Society

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St. Michaels Brewfest to be held May 31st


The St. Michaels Brewfest will take place this Saturday, May 31, 2014.  In an unfortunate piece of scheduling, this Brewfest is competing against the Maryland Craft Beer Festival in Frederick. Since #MDCBF is sold out, the St. Michaels Brewfest does offer an alternative to those folks that were unable to purchase tickets for #MDCBF.

Thirty different breweries will be participating and offering over 50 different beers to be sampled. Ten different Maryland based craft brewers will be in attendance.  The Brewfest will be taking place at three different locations throughout the quaint town of St. Michaels, Maryland.

Tickets for the St. Michaels Brewfest cost $30, are good for unlimited pours and can be purchased by clicking here.

Participating Maryland craft beer brewers include:


The Brewer’s Art

Burley Oak

Burley Oak Brewing Company


DuClaw Brewing Company

Eastern Shore Brewing

Eastern Shore Brewing Company


Evolution Craft Brewing Company

Flying Dog


Flying Dog Brewery



Heavy Seas

Heavy Seas Beer

Reale Revival

Reale Revival Brewery


Tall Tales


Tall Tales Brewing Company





Union Craft

Union Craft Brewing Company

Terrapin Beer


Terrapin Beer Company is based in Atlanta, Georgia, so it obviously is not a Maryland based craft brewer.  However, as a graduate of the University of Maryland system, I have a warm spot in my heart for anything named TERRAPIN.  That said, I find it ironic that this past weekend, the University of Maryland Terps lost in the ACC Baseball Tournament championship game to Georgia Tech, who are based in Atlanta.

In addition the Brewfest, St. Michaels is home to the St. Michaels Winery and the new startup of Lyon Distilling Company.  If you have some spare time, you may want to check them out as well!.

To those folks attending the St. Michaels Brewfest, I hope you have good weather and good times…..

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Happy Memorial Day!


Our sincere thanks to all men and women who serve or have served in the U.S. military, and we pause this Memorial Day to remember all who have died in service to our country. We sincerely wish you and all our Drink-Maryland.com friends a very happy Memorial Day.

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Frederick Beer Week #FBW4 begins May 30th


The 4th annual Frederick Beer Week will take place from Friday, May 30 through Saturday, June 7, 2014 with over 30 events taking place around Frederick and Frederick County, Maryland.

Frederick Beer Week kicks off on Friday, May 30th with a Hometown Tap Takeover event at JoJo’s Restaurant & Taphouse starting at 4pm.

The sold-out Maryland Craft Beer Festival is on day 2 of Frederick Beer Week and there will be an after-party at the RoastHouse starting at 6pm on Saturday, May 31.  The Roasthouse will also be hosting a number of other events including a few tap takeovers during the week and an all day recovery brunch on Sunday, June 1.

Monocacy draft with SignMonocacy Brewing Company will be offering tours of its brewery on both Saturdays – May 31 and June 7.  In addition, they will be offering opportunities on both Fridays – May 30 and June 6 – to fill growlers with your choice of their brews.

Flying DogFlying Dog Brewing will also be quite active during Frederick Beer Week with a number of events, ranging from beer tastings (including one that has their beers being paired up with speciality tacos), brunches, tap takeovers and happy hours.

milkhouse_logoThe main attraction of Frederick Beer Week is the Brewfest at Stillpoint Farm, from 12 noon to 6pm on Saturday, June 7.  General admission is $20 ($25 on site, if available) and includes 6 beer samples and a commemorative sampling cup.  Breweries participating include: Barley and Hops, Brewer’s Alley, Flying Dog, Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm, Monocacy Brewing, DuClaw and Pub Dog. Food vendors and live music will also be on site. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

In addition to the events I have highlighted here, there are many other beer and food pairings, tap takeovers, tastings and even a scavenger hunt. My friends who have attended Frederick Beer Week in the past have raved about it and I am sure that 2014 will be the same!


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Maryland Craft Beer Festival is Sold Out!


Earlier today, the Brewer’s Association of Maryland announced that all available tickets for next Saturday’s (May 31, 2014) Maryland Craft Beer Festival have sold out!  Your friendly Drink-Maryland.com blogmaster will be attending the event and serving as a volunteer.  I’m looking forward to sampling many of the over 150 beers offered by the 25 plus Maryland craft beer brewers in attendance and I hope to meet many of you there! The remainder of this post is from BAM’s recent press release:

2014 marks the 9th year of this event, making it one of the longest and successful craft beer events in Maryland. Originally named Springfest, and later renamed the Maryland Craft Beer Festival, the event found a new home on Carroll Creek in Frederick last year. BAM has seen interest in the event grow every year as the popularity of craft beer continues to grow, and has worked to expand the footprint of the event – as well as event resources and staff – to accommodate.

“We have been doing this for nearly a decade, and its been great to see the event grow and become more popular over time,” J.T. Smith, executive director of BAM, said. “Creating an environment where people can enjoy the beer, the food, and the music is really the backbone of a successful event. And Carroll Creek has allowed us to spread out and really make it a great experience for craft beer fans.”

The Maryland Craft Beer Festival is also one of the most important events for all Maryland breweries.  Proceeds from the event go directly to the Brewers Association of Maryland, which is a non-profit trade association that’s sole purpose is to promote the growth of Maryland breweries.

brewers association maryland logoMost recently, BAM’s efforts focus on proposing legislation to help new and existing breweries grow their businesses in Maryland. BAM now has 32 member breweries, and this festival generates revenue that will foster the growth of craft beer in Maryland for years to come.

“There are a lot of great beer festivals out there, but this event is the real deal,” Ben Savage, president of BAM and CMO of Frederick’s Flying Dog Brewery, said. “This is a festival put on by the breweries –
people who are passionate about beer, and passionate about their craft beer fans. This event is part of our livelihood, so it’s a priority for us to strive to make it the best beer event in the mid-Atlantic.”

On May 31, 25 Maryland brewing companies will be sampling over 150 unique, local beers. Beers will range from very accessible taste profiles to experimental varieties including barrel-aged and sour beers, one-of-a-kind casks, and beers brewed with unique ingredients like jalapeno, ginger, and even local oysters. Some of the beer featured at the festival has never been available to the public and may never be again.

“From the casual beer drinker to the most seasoned enthusiast, this festival will offer a truly unique experience as the brewers themselves will be on-hand to pour, sample, and discuss their craft,” Smith said. “And attending this event is more than just having a great time, it actually means something for Maryland’s craft beer industry.”

In addition to the best collection of local craft beer available, the festival is family-friendly with live music featuring local Americana, folk, and bluegrass music. Goods from local artisan vendors, as well as fresh, local foods will be available for purchase.

The music lineup, in two simultaneous areas, includes The Jordan August Band, The End of America, Heavy Lights, The Ten Thousand, The Manly Deeds, Katie Powderly & The Unconditional Lovers, DT Huber, Herd of Main Street, The Solicitors, and Tiny Timbers.


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