Our plan was to make a quick trip 17.6 miles north on Friday afternoon, April 14, for the 3 o’clock opening of the Calvert Brewing Company, Production Brewery & Taproom (click here to see our Food & Drink Directory Listing for this company) tasting room in Upper Marlboro, Prince George’s County. What we hadn’t reckoned with was the heavy traffic on Good Friday afternoon, so a trip that might ordinarily take about 30 minutes was more like 45 minutes. But it was a beautiful sunny afternoon and we had the top down on the car, so the drive was pleasant enough.
Calvert Brewing has another branch in Prince Frederick, Calvert County, co-located with Running Hare Vineyard, as the two companies have the same owners. I had messaged the brewery that morning to ask if they had any porter or stout, with a plan of making some beer bread with a dark brew (see Making quick & easy beer bread — recipe & video). While they do list their brews on their website, they hadn’t indicated the types for all of them. Fortunately, they did have a porter, Senor Besos, so our trip was on.
Calvert Brewing’s taproom
Upon arrival, we entered the taproom, which is quite spacious, with a bar and table seating. After looking over the list of beers, we ordered a tasting of all eight of the available offerings. They sell four samples for $7, so it was $14 for my wife Cindy and I to share tastes of all the beers on tap. The taps are all mounted on an impressive, centrally positioned stack of kegs, which reminded me of a totem pole. The glasses of beer were served in a couple of arched, wooden presentation boards.
Beers to taste
The brews on tap that day were:
- Cream Ale
- Wye Rye Ale
- Good Company Pale Ale
- Route 4 IPA
- Mortal DIPA
- Crazy Daisy Hefenweizen
- Irish Red Rye
- Senor Besos Porter
They sell chips, sausages, crackers and cheese to nosh on while you enjoy your beers — we got some chips. They also will often have a food truck on hand for their Friday and Saturday hours, as well as a list of local places that will deliver food to the taproom; of course, you’re also welcome to bring your own food (just not your own alcohol). Our favorite beers were the Crazy Daisy Hefeweizen, a seasonal beer, and their Senor Besos Porter. We purchased a bomber (22 oz. bottle) of Senor Besos, and, since the Hefeweizen wasn’t available in cans or bottles, we got a 64-ounce growler of that beer.
Go. Enjoy! It’s a nice place. ♦1