Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hosting a New Year's Eve party?

My favorite thing about hosting a party, is planning a menu of tasty appetizers for me my guests to enjoy. 

Here's a great article from Family Fresh Meals, with easy to make appetizers that won't keep you in the kitchen all night!

Friday, December 26, 2014

An article about our Brewer, Matt! Calvert Brewing head brewer taps his creativity for newest craft beers!

A great article from the Beer Spy!

"When people think great craft beer they think Colorado, California or Washington," he says. "Maryland should be on that list. We don't want it to just be [Calvert], but we want to be a part of that. We want to help make a name for Maryland beer."

The Beer Spy's Pick from Calvert Brewing: Chardonnay Tripel

Chardonnay Tripel is a standard Belgian Tripel, a style of beer made famous by Belgian Trappist monks, that has been aged in Chardonnay barrels from Maryland's Running Hare Winery.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Holiday Libations!

To our wonderful friends of Calvert Brewing Company! Enjoy your holiday libations, but **please** drive safely and responsibly!!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

So you're having a holiday party?

Now I don't know about your friends and family...but here's a "suggestion" of how much to buy in preparation for your holiday shindig!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cookin' with beer!

It's getting cold, and nothing's better then a meal from your crock pot- unless it's got beer in it!

The crock pot is such a magical throw ingredients in in the morning, go to work, and when you come home...dinner is served.  Also your house probably smells great, and you (usually) won't have much else to do to feast with little efforts after a long day.  And these days, it's a long, cold, windy day.

Check out this recipe for Crockpot Beer and Cheese Soup from Family Fresh Meals :

Crockpot Beer Cheese Soup
32 oz chicken broth ( or veggie broth to make vegetarian friendly)
12 oz beer
1 cup of carrots, finely diced or shredded
1/2 cup celery, finely diced 
1 cup onion finely diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
3 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup cornstarch
1. Place all chicken broth, beer, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper into your crockpot. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. 
2. Once time is up, remove lid and stir in shredded cheese, and heavy cream. Stir until cheese is melted. Next whisk in cornstarch. Recover and cook for 10-15 minutes longer. 
3. For a smooth soup (which we prefer for this soup), use an blend soup in batches, or use an immersion blender before serving.  
I served ours with fresh pretzel rolls from out local bakery.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Where you can find us...

Our beer is on tap lots of even though our Beer Garden at Running Hare is closed for the winter, never fear- you can get Calvert Brewing Company beer here:

For the complete list, which is updated regularly, click here:

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Join us tonight at Chesapeake Hills Golf Club!

Beer fights the flu? Who knew!?

Drink up!  Hoppy beers contain cold fighting ingredients according to this article from the Weekly Pint:

"According to AFP (Agence France-Presse), results of recent medical tests in Japan show that ingesting large amounts of humulone, the key ingredient in hops (which give beer aroma and bitterness), might help fend off a form of seasonal sickness in adults, specifically “RS”, or Respiratory Syncytial virus, which can lead to severe forms of pneumonia and bronchitis."

image from The Weekly Pint

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Year in Beer - a great read

Did you know, that in the US, Breweries are opening at a rate of 1.5 per day? In addition, there are more than 2,000 breweries in planning!

 You can find out more cool craft beer facts in this article that Liz from Naptown Pint shared: The Year in Beer: 2014 Craft Beer in Review from the Brewers Association



Monday, December 8, 2014

Last two Tap Takeovers of 2014!

If you haven't made it out to one of our events yet- make sure to mark your calendars!  We have two scheduled tap takeovers left in 2014...with more to come next year!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cheers! It's Thanksgiving!

Turkey, cranberries, stuffing...and beer of course!

Not sure what kind of beer to serve with your turkey?  Check out this article from The Weekly Pint to find some answers:

Daytime Drinking
You’re home, the game is on, everybody’s cracking beers. Just make sure you go for something low in ABV, like a good German-style helles, American pale ale, or session IPA. It’s going to be a long day, and you want to remember every bite. 

Hors d’oeuvres, salads, & soft cheeses
As mentioned, saisons and other farmhouse ales, similar to bières de gardes, are great with salads. To step it up in the acidity department, look for geuze or other tart wild ales and lambics that boast complex, assertive, and mouth-watering flavors. A good, crisp pilsner can also match up with salads containing bitter greens like radicchio.

Main Course
With turkey, stuffing, and cranberry, richer, slightly fruity (but not bitter!) Belgian and American brown ales work well, while the tartness of cranberry cries out for coriander-kissed witbier. Flanders red, oud bruin, kriek, framboise, and other fruity, tangy wild ales can cut through the richness of stuffing and reset the palate over and again. It’s a feast. No one will mind if you have three different kinds of beer on the table. 

Old ales, quadrupels, and other strong, Belgian-style abbey ales will bring your second serving of apple or pecan pie and ice cream home with a bang. Rich, fruity double IPA pairs well with pumpkin pie. Fulsome, silky, rich coffee stouts like the incredible Peche Mortel from Dieu du Ciel! in Montreal taste like dessert in a glass.

What’s left? A nice bottle of Sierra Nevada Celebration? A light, dry Irish stout? Bingo. We like to wrap up with nice, dry Belgian pale ales like Orval and Flemish Kiss from The Commons. Now those are some great beers to be thankful for.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to clean your Growler

If you're like have several Calvert Brewing Company growlers laying around in your fridge, and maybe in your sink?

I have to admit, trying to figure out how to clean out my growler was sort of a puzzle at you put it in the dishwasher?  (NO!)

Do you put soap in it?  (NO!)

So I turned to trusty old Google to help me figure out the answers.  And I came across the blog, The Best of Brews, and they gave me some pretty good advice.

Check out what they have to say about growler maintenance, and check out the rest of their site as well!  Then come in for a re-fill!

"Washing out a Growler is easy. But only if you do it right after you pour yourself that last beer. All it takes is a double rinse with hot water, and some drying time upside down in your dish drain (you know that plastic thing with holders for plates, glasses and now a GROWLER). (No soap please – it’s harder to rinse out than the beer, and makes your Growler smell all soapy.)"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Are you a follower?

Of Calvert Brewing Company that is.

We know you are here on our Beer Blog, but have you found us on our other Social Media sites?

Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more updates and photos!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Our last weekend in the beer garden!

The weather is getting cooler- downright cold actually.  And we are closing down the Beer Garden for the winter. 

If you want to come get some great beer and purchase some Growlers, you better get out here this weekend!

We are open 12-5 for the winter schedule, with live music both days.  On Saturday Scott Ross will be playing, and Sunday is Matt McConville.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

You're Invited! Ugly Sweater party at Running Hare!

You know you have one, hidden away in a drawer or closet somewhere never to see the light of day. Now it's time to break out that ugly sweater or vest and start the holidays off right.

DJ Dave Entertainment will provide the holiday soundtrack for a fun night of funky reindeer, crazy snowmen and jingle bell prints. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of sweater categories.
Don't forget to pack snacks and munchies to enjoy with
your favorite Running Hare Vineyard Wine.

This colorful evening is complimentary to Running Hare VIP Club Members and $5 per person for non-members.
RSVP is required. Reserved seating for VIP Members only.
To RSVP, please click on the Register Now!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Calling all beer geeks!

Calvert Brewing Company is expanding!

We are seeking hardworking, self-sufficient, and passionate craft beer sales professionals to join our team. Our exposure is increasing every day and we need a salesperson who can keep up with the demand and help take us to the next level.

The Washington DC Craft Beer Representative will be responsible for achieving sales goals and aggressively acquiring new accounts. You will work closely with distributors, key retail, and restaurant accounts to sell our beer and make Calvert Brewing Company a household name for any craft beer enthusiast.

To apply, click this link or send your resume to

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Good Times with Good Beers

If you missed the Tap Takeover last night, here are some pictures of the fun, at the Blackwall Hitch in Annapolis.

We have many events scheduled the rest of the year, all around Calvert County and the surrounding areas, so there is bound to be one near you!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

A Growler for everyone

Did you know we have two sizes of Growlers available at our Beer Garden?

A 32 or 64 ounce option means there is something for everyone!

Come on down and fill one up to take home and enjoy!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween is coming...

Tomorrow is you have plans?

If you have been to one of Running Hare Vineyard's Annual Halloween parties, I'm sure you've already signed up.

If you haven't...well what are you waiting for?  Costume contests, music, beer and wine...and lots of great company!

D.J. Dave, who is the musical mastermind behind our karaoke nights will be there to entertain you to the wee hours of the evening. 

There will be wine served inside the building, and beer outside on the portico. 

So put your best costume on and join us- you don't want to miss out!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Calvert Brewing Company is Taking Over...

The taps at least!

It seems like every day there are more and more locations that have Calvert Brewing on tap in their bars, and the list continues to grow with our sales team pounding the pavement.

The next location you can come out to enjoy our craft beer selections is November 5th, at the Blackwall Hitch in Annapolis.

Stay tuned for more events to come...we are taking tap at a time!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Hop Bines are GROWING!

Hello Craft Beer Fans!

A quick update and a window into our world. The Hop Bines are Growing!

Enjoy the photos from Calvert Brewing Company

Friday, June 6, 2014

Nick's IPA at Calvert Brewing Company

After 5 weeks hiatus Matt and Nick finally got the pilot system brewing again with none other than Nick's IPA.

We utilized Blichmann's Hop Rocket on this go round and that's Matt trying to get it circulating through the Hop Rocket.