A question for thirsty beer scholars

Thanks for the warm welcome from all the folks following on Twitter and Facebook. In addition to Fred Rasmussen’s kind words in Sunday’s Baltimore Sun about our book “Baltimore Beer: A Satisfying History of Charm City Brewing,” we also got a shout out from Midnight Sun. Have to buy those boys some cold ones.

Believing that there is a thirst for knowledge about Baltimore beer, even its dusty past, I have worked up a few quiz questions about our sudsy city.

Here is the first  one:

1. What is the connection between our National Anthem and the historic Brown brewery on Albermarle street?

 A. In his memoirs, Francis Scott Key claims to have downed a lot of “good Baltimore ale” before penning the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner.

B. The soldiers of Fort McHenry used to hang out at the brewery, and on the night of the big, rockets-red-glare battle with the British, the soldiers barely got back to the fort in time for the fight.

C. The flag that flew over Fort McHenry was too big to fit in the rowhouse of seamstress Mary Pickersgill, so when it came time to sew the 30-by-42 foot flag together, she used the malt house of her neighborhood brewery.

The answer will be posted tomorrow.

Photo by David Brown


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