The Perfect Baltimore Date: The Beer Aficionado
The concept. The most frequent compliment/feedback I’ve received on my blog is “you gave me a really good idea for a date.” So, with that in mind, I’m giving the people what they want – more date ideas. These dates are designed for specific interests; I’m talking movie lovers, sports buffs, coffee fiends, fancy pants, beer aficionado’s, cheapskates, etc. And even if you’re not an expert in one of these areas, or don’t have anyone to go on a date with (she wrote as she sheepishly raised her hand), you can still partake in the fun. Grab a few friends, take yourself on a date, expand your horizons and try developing a new area of expertise!
The Beer Aficionado Date
Are you dating a hop head? Not someone who likes to drink a case of natty light – but someone who enjoys good quality beer? The beer aficionado date should be right up their alley.
Union Craft Brewing
Make your first stop at Union Craft Brewing. This local brewery has really grown in notoriety over the last few years for their personable staff, great local beer and fun events. The brewery has happy hour Thursday and Friday from 5 – 10 p.m., and on Saturdays they offer free brewery tours at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30. The tours are pretty quick, and let you get to the real reason you’re there—to taste the beer. If you like what you taste you can purchase growlers and six-packs on site.
I’d also recommend keeping an eye out for their endless stream of events. They frequently host local bands, food trucks, etc. to enhance your beer experience.
Union Brewing is located between Hampden and Woodberry (I guess it’s technically Wood berry?) at 1700 Union Avenue.
Right around the corner is Birroteca, a great local restaurant that knows their beers as well as their food. They have more than 60 craft beers, with 24 on tap, and they’re frequently updating their inventory. Ask their knowledgeable staff to help you make a selection, or use your new-found knowledge from the Union Brewery tour to make your own pick.
The menu at Birroteca is designed to be shared – perfect for bonding with your date. One of my personal favorites is the Duck-Duck Goose Pizza, which is topped with Duck confit and duck egg (I actually don’t know if there’s any goose on the pizza; I doubt it). Make sure you fill up on the delicious food here if you plan on continuing your beer-filled excursion.
If the date is going well, this spot can really seal the deal for a future date.
Nepenthe Homebrew is a shrine to the craft of brewing. The store has everything you could ever need to brew your own beer at home. So, if the date is going well, you can buy a bunch of stuff and make plans to brew your own beer together for your next date. ‘What a super smooth way to ask a girl/guy on a second date – it’s unbelievable that you’re still single, Bailey.’ I know, I know.
But honestly, if you’re super into beer this place is great. And, if you’re not sure that you have the skillset to brew beer at home just yet, they offer classes and parties where you can brew beer under the guidance of their knowledgeable staff. Pretty cool date idea if you ask me.
De Kleine Duivel
As this point, if you’re so drunk in love that you don’t want the date to end, consider hitting up De Kleine Duivel in Hampden. I haven’t been their yet, but my research tells me this is a great spot for beer lovers. De Keline Duivel (which, by the way, means “the little devil” in Flemish) specializes in Belgian beers that are constantly changing, so you can taste beers that you can’t find anywhere else in Baltimore. Belgians arguably make the best beer in the world (sorry, Germany), so my guess is this spot won’t disappoint.
- In my opinion, this date is best started on a Saturday afternoon with the brewery tour. That way you have the whole rest of the day to spend on the other activities. If you are going on a week night, chances are you’re going to have to cut out Nepenthe Homebrew.
Eat a hearty breakfast/lunch, and drink tasting –size portions of beer on the tour. No one wants to go on a date with a drunk slob kebab.
Please don’t drink and drive. Most of these places are in walking distance of one another. Plan to take an Uber or Lyft home.
If you’re not a beer aficionado but want to impress your date, do a little pre-date research on the history of beer, or how beer is made. Knowledge is power, and it’s sexy.