Is Valentine’s Day synonymous with local craft beer for you?   This week on Beer Notes, we are looking at how local craft beer becomes part of your celebration.

Here in Ocean City, we are gearing up for Maryland’s month long celebration of craft beer lovers.  For ShoreCraftBeer.com, February becomes FeBREWary, and our breweries, bars and restaurants start serving some outrageous beers.  We have Love on Tap specials and at the end the month, we offer a waterfront Shore Craft Beer Fest with many love and heartbreak themed beers. Many of our businesses also celebrate Valentines Day with special menus, brewing classes and more.

Locally, Dogfish Head’s Romantic Chemistry, an India Pale Ale with mango, apricots and ginger.

Tall Tales offers a firkin of Sasquatch Kisses for the Love on Tap festival, their Sasquatch stout brewed with Hershey’s kisses.

Backshore, an oceanfront brewery on Ocean City’s Boardwalk is brewing the Sofa King Sexy Stout, a delicious stout with Hershey’s Dark Chocolate, strawberries and cocoa nibs.

If your celebration of Valentine’s isn’t quite so sweet, try Williamsburg Alewerks’ Bitter Valentine Double IPA which has high numbers for both ABV and IBU.  Valentines Day can’t escape the popularity of sours and The Bruery introduced their “Tart of Darkness” oak-aged sour stout.  AleSmith’s out of San Diego has a beer called, “My Bloody Valentine”.  It is actually a deep red and can satisfy the vampire urges in you.

Whatever your mood, celebrate Valentine’s Day and FeBREWary with your favorite themed local craft beer or activity.

Jessica Bauer
Author: Jessica Bauer

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