Last week (July 31st), Brewer’s Alley celebrated its 17th birthday. I have been “friends” with Brewer’s Alley since before I could drink legally. Brewer’s, Frederick’s first working Brew Pub, first opened my eyes to local independent restaurants, the concept of a brewpub, and, once I turned 21, craft beer. In fact, I think a lot of Fredericktonians, myself included, were first introduced to real beer in the form of Brewer’s Alley’s Oatmeal Stout. Even GIRLS liked it at a time when most self-respecting females considered beer “icky.”
I also think Brewer’s has had a lot to do with Frederick’s craft beer renaissance. Situated at the epicenter of Downtown’s Market Street, Brewer’s Alley has been a staple of Frederick’s restaurant and bar scene. A lot of people go through their doors, most sampling their fine beer. I still occasionally see (and quietly glare at) people drinking a macro beer at Brewers, but I think they tend to convert more people than not. Brewer’s has also spawned a great stand-alone craft brewery, Monocacy Brewing Company, who makes one of my very favorite beers (and maybe Chris’s very favorite beer), Riot Rye.
At the anniversary event Wednesday night Chris and I raised a glass of Riot Rye (delicious!) and Jack Daniels barrel aged Oatmeal Stout (also delicious!) respectively in honor of my old friend and I got thinking about Frederick and its beer culture. A lot has developed a lot in the last 17 years since Brewer’s Alley’s inception and I look forward to seeing what the next 17 years has in store for us!
Happy birthday, buddy!