“Why are you so obsessed with me?”
When it comes to hop exploration, we don’t really have what some would refer to as “self-restraint.” It’s a projection-room-above-the-auditorium level fixation. Our Alpha Initiative series has led us so far down the rabbit hole that we’ve forgotten what daylight looks like, and Pilot #03 just locked the door behind us.
You see, we’re trying to make hop oils happen.
We’ve deconstructed some of our favorite hop varieties, isolating specific essential oils and mixing those flavors and aromas until they’re perfect. We take this stuff seriously, but we’re not as hardcore as Jelly Belly (they vaporize stuff so they can study its chemical makeup)…and we also didn’t invent the shittiest candy ever.
And when we talk about Alpha Initiative Pilot #03’s apricot, peach and stone fruit profile, we’re not bullshitting you like Lady Gaga’s Eau de bodily fluids. However, we cannot 100% guarantee the absence of brewmaster Ben Clark’s blood.*
Around here, we’re big proponents of the “fuck it, let’s try it” doctrine (or “YOLO” if you’re a cool mom), so #03 is far from the final hop frontier. As far as we’re concerned, the limit does not exist.
This experimental IPA is as delicate as it is delicious, so we’ve adjusted its date code accordingly. That means you’ve got about 90 days to stop by our tasting room or fire up the Beer Finder.
Ralph Steadman is one of the most influential artists of the last 50 years. But we don’t have to tell you that.
Beginning June 16, the Katzen Arts Center (on AU’s campus in DC) will have 108 original works by Ralph, taking you on a journey through his prolific career of more than sixty years, from the sketches he created as a student in the 1950’s to present-day works published as recently as 2017.
The retrospective showcases Ralph’s legendary collaborations with Hunter S. Thompson; his illustrated literary classics such as Alice in Wonderland and Treasure Island; and the inventive books he authored, including I Leonardo and The Big I Am. There are also illustrations from his children’s books and the ORIGINAL ART for our Raging Bitch Belgian IPA.
The exhibition is free and open to the public, but you can go down the rabbit hole with us at the following events:
- Saturday, June 16: Opening Reception and Gallery Talk Featuring a live Q&A with Ralph, hosted by Anita O’Brien, the original curator of the exhibit. The opening reception is free, but an RSVP is required for the Gallery Talk.
- Thursday, June 21: Screening of “For No Good Reason” Made over the course of 15 years, “For No Good Reason” is a documentary on the life and art of Ralph, the last true Gonzo visionary. RSVP required.
- Saturday, June 30: Art on Tap with Ralph Bring your sketchbook and stay for a Skype interview with the artist himself. RSVP required.
Join our flock.
What brings us together, as brethren of good beer, is a bitterness that runs through our veins. And from those veins, WE BLEED ORANGE.
Baltimore, here’s where Bloodline will be on special during every O’s game all season long:
Charles Village Pub (Towson location only) | Corner Stable (Columbia and Cockeysville) | Crazy Tuna (Essex) | Das Bier Haus | Don’t Know Tavern Full Moon Pub (Reisterstown) | Lighthouse Tavern | Little Havana | Magerk’s (Bel Air) | Mother’s Federal Hill Grille | Myth & Moonshine Tavern | Pickle’s Pub | Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel | Stan and Joe’s Saloon (Annapolis location only) | The Nickel Taphouse | Todd Conner’s
Get your Bleacher Beer, here.
New this season, Bleacher Beer is a crisp and crushable lager made for those of us who belong in the nosebleeds. Where can you crush it? It will be available throughout our great state of Maryland and inside Camden Yards all season long (hopefully into October):
And tap that cask.
We’re tapping some sweet casks this season with a new location.