Crabs, beer, and beeeeeer

Located in Baltimore, MA

Maryland isn't great at a lot of things but the couple things they do, they do well - crabs and beer. My co-worker, a born and bred Maryland native, swears by Max’s Taphouse as one of the greatest beer pubs in America. I was skeptical until I saw their bottle list/ book – we’re talking extensive 10-15 pages (double-sided) of beers categorized by age and country.

The joint itself is both large as it is wide. Tons of tables and stools, all bolted and organized. The bartenders keep the ales flowing and the food coming. It's fun to pick out a batch of beers in order, and have them be served at regular intervals during your stay. Seems like a safe haven for beer elitists and noobs alike. 

Thus, the next few hours began to blur as we went to work. As a result, I tried some amazing brews and took some lovely pictures. That establishment truly is a beauty to behold and I would love to re-visit. 


Brasserie à Vapeur's Vapuer En Folie 1998

Brasserie à Vapeur's Vapuer En Folie 1998

  • Appearance- Golden ale heavily carbonated with a lasting white head
  • Smell- Effervescent and tart-like. Other smells include must, yeast, and a blend of Belgian spices.
  • Taste- Light but lingering zesty taste with tropical fruits like peaches and grapes. Fairly dry and consistent substance as champagne.
  • Mouthfeel- Medium body, heavily carbonated, and dry aftertaste is lovely.
  • Overall- Given 15+ years, it gives an interesting blend of tastes. Sour, fruity, and a bit metallic. Tastes strange at first but it’s an experience you don’t get with any other beers.
  • Fortunately, I tried some amazing brews and took some lovely pictures. That establishment truly is a beauty to behold and I would love to re-visit. FYI: 120 taps and 500+ bottles.
 

Justin Tung

San Francisco, CA,

Justin Tung is a San Francisco resident, amateur homebrewer, and big beer lover. Often traveling for work grew a natural habit - an obsession - with exploring new regions and beers. The best way to understand a locality? Hang with a local and buy them a beer, hear their stories and the rest is history. This is the golden age of beer revolution and innovation. Fortune rewards the brave.