About Tony Russo

Tony Russo has worked as a print and digital journalist for the better part of the 21st century, writing for and editing regional weeklies and dailies before joining the team that produces and among other destination websites. In addition to having documented everything from zoning changes to art movements on the Delmarva Peninsula, Tony has written two books on beer for the History Press. Eastern Shore Beer was published in 2014 and Delaware Beer in 2016. He lives in Delmar, Md. with his wife Kelly and the only of his four daughters who hasn't moved out. Together they keep their two dogs comfortable.

Beer could be the next big thing at UMES

By |2017-12-03T11:57:15+00:00November 30th, 2017|News|

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore has one of the premier hospitality management programs in the region, but being the best means staying on top of trends. When it comes to food and beverage the rising trend is the brewpub, a return to a time when taverns made their own house beers. UMES may pick [...]

Sharing beer ideas at 3rd Wave

By |2017-11-15T13:56:21+00:00November 15th, 2017|3rd Wave, News|

It has been something of a tradition at 3rd Wave brewing to hold a homebrew competition and to brew the winners beer as part of the prize. This year, for the second time in a row, the prize went to Salisbury homebrewer Ryan Psolka. Last year, Psolka won with a Razzle Dazzle raspberry sour ale [...]

Maryland craft beer lacks a top-down approach

By |2017-11-01T12:16:31+00:00November 1st, 2017|Blogs, News|

The most interesting news that came out of the recent Reform on Tap meeting was that the failure of the legislature might be an executive failure as well. Earlier this year, the Maryland Legislature passed a bill that would have all-but-killed the craft beer industry in the state. It was walked back a little bit, [...]

Fall is time for experimentation at Backshore Brewing Co.

By |2017-10-12T11:20:54+00:00October 12th, 2017|Backshore, Blogs, News|

When you work at the beach, summer doesn't seem as short as it does when you play at the beach. With its spot on the boards, Backshore Brewing stays busy all year, but from June through August it is a little insane. Usually. Recent months have been a little less insane because they were able [...]

Exporting success: Notes, tips, tricks and links from the Shore Craft Beer Summit

By |2017-10-11T14:35:06+00:00September 29th, 2017|News|

According to the significant amount of feedback we received on the most recent Shore Craft Beer Summit, people are pretty energized about the possibilities for the region going forward. In response to a number of requests, we've compiled this collection of resources to help you share the ideas we discussed with other stakeholders as you [...]

Tall Tales: Creating a craft beer narrative

By |2017-09-29T14:47:15+00:00September 28th, 2017|News, Tall Tales|

This week, Tall Tales Brewing in Parsonsburg released the first of a series of beers in its "Conspiracy Theory" line. The premise is pretty simple, name beers after famous conspiracies from the faked moon landing to aliens building the pyramids to who really was responsible for the JFK assassination.  The beer names go well with [...]

10 reasons not to miss this year’s Brews on the Beach

By |2017-09-05T12:51:28+00:00September 4th, 2017|Events, Featured Craft Beer Festivals, News|

For the 9th Year in a row, Brews to the Beach will give us a chance to spend one of those transitional summer/fall weekends drinking beer and hanging out by the beach. The event always is a blast but this year's Shore Craft Beer Fest: Brews on the Beach has even more to offer than before. [...]

7 ways you know it’s beer festival season

By |2018-08-16T17:41:46+00:00August 7th, 2017|Blogs, News|

I participate in beer festivals all year long, as I'm sure do many of you, but fall is different. Autumn approaches with something a little extra in the air, and as we all prepare for the first fall beer festival, the Annual Brews on the Beach, I started thinking about what distinguishes the season. Some of these observations are [...]

Enjoying an endless summer at Crooked Hammock

By |2017-08-15T10:27:27+00:00July 15th, 2017|Blogs, Crooked Hammock, Featured Craft Beer Festivals|

Crooked Hammock Brewery is set just off the highway, steps from where most of the Cape May Lewes Ferry travelers set off for their Delmarva excursions, but it feels as if it is a world away. Built with the summer in mind, this year-round brewery and restaurant has a little something for everyone. Crooked Hammock is [...]

You can’t drink exclusive beers all day if you don’t start in the morning

By |2017-06-21T13:21:24+00:00June 21st, 2017|News|

There will be a lot of brand new beers knocking around Saturday so it might be good to make a plan. As we've reported earlier, 3rd Wave will have a limited edition of 16 oz. cans of reimagined, triple hopped, Bombora Double IPA as well as an exclusive release of Kohola, an aged, sour Belgian Pale Ale. [...]

Hops Limon could be your new summer IPA

By |2017-08-15T10:29:01+00:00June 16th, 2017|Featured Craft Beer Festivals, News|

Addition: This beer will be available for early tastings at Shore Craft Beer Fest: Salisbury Riverwalk Celebration. Click here for ticket info. One of the coolest things about having a neighborhood taproom is you have access to test batches. Brewers try out beer recipes and share them with the people who come in. Some beers make [...]

Cody Miller: head distiller at Seacrets Distilling Company

By |2017-06-08T19:31:25+00:00June 8th, 2017|Blogs, News|

Cody Miller, head distiller for Seacrets Distilling Company in Ocean City, Md. tests the aroma of one of his recently distilled whiskies. I had asked him about the "new whiskey" aroma I got out of some of the more recent, hip, whiskeys and he was trying to parse out my poor understanding of the process. [...]

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