I just had a lively interview with Mary Beth Marsden for her 2 p.m.- 6 p.m. radio show Maryland’s News Now With Mary Beth Marsden on WBAL Radio 1090 AM.
We talked about how elements of the city’s character–what makes Baltimore, Baltimore–are reflected in the story of the city’s breweries. For instance, family is big in this town, and the story of the city’s breweries are laden with families–Bauernschmidts, Wiessners, Von der Horsts, Fitzgeralds, Hoffbergers, Kriegers, Cohens. Moreover, today’s craft brewers are closely connected to each other, many having worked with one another. Another similarity between Baltimore and its beers is the fierce sense of loyalty. It may take a while for Baltimore residents to warm up to you and your beer, but once they do, they stick.
She suggested, and I agreed, that “Baltimore Beer: A Satisfying History of Charm City Brewing” would be a great Father’s Day gift.
Off air, I tried to convince Mary Beth that her name “Marsden” might be connected to the German style of beer called “Marzen.” She wasn’t buying that. The Marsdens, she explained, hail from England.