Expanded Bar!

Bar

In case you missed it, we recently expanded our bar area adding more draft beer lines and giving ourselves a bit more space. It’s been a long time coming.  The demand for craft beers in the Annapolis area has been growing substantially over the last few years and we figured y’all needed someone to step up to fill the void.

The new bar area gives us lots of great new options. We now have twenty draft lines – 19 craft beers lines and 1 red sangria line – that will be rotating on a regular basis. We will continue to try to bring unique and interesting beers to Annapolis that you can’t find at very many other places. We will also make sure that the beers remain accessible and freaking delicious. We also have more room for liquor and wine now which means you’ll see an expanded cocktail list and an expanded wine list in the next few months. So keep an eye out for that.

At the end of the day, we think it’s a pretty solid change. Sheila is sad that the tree and the umbrella are gone, but we think she’ll get over it. Dave is sad that we couldn’t fit in 9000 more draft beer lines, but we think he’ll get over it. Isaias wanted Patron Silver on tap, but we vetoed that idea. And our bartenders wanted to make the entire restaurant one big bar, but we vetoed that too. We think you’ll be happy with the change, but there is only one way to find out. Cheers!

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Don’t Forget – Dominion Pint Night Thursday, Dec. 20th!

Casks

Our next pint night has nearly arrived! On Thursday, December 20th at 5pm we will be tapping four kegs and cracking one bottle from Dominion Brewery in Dover, DE. The beers that we will have on hand are Hop Mountain Pale Ale, Millenium Barleywine, Espresso Stout, Baltic Porter and the 2009 Whiskey Barrel Aged Millenium Barleywine. Phew, that’s quite a lineup. We’re pretty excited about the whole thing and are certain you are going to want to be in attendance.

Happy hour runs until 6pm and we will be offering $2 off all beers until then. The Dominion crew will have some glassware to giveaway plus some interesting swag for y’all. Get here early and stay late. That’s the best advice we have for you.

Goose Island Pint Night with Bourbon County Stout

Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 15th for a killer pint night with Goose Island. We will be featuring a number of their beers on draft, including their Honkers Ale, Christmas Ale, Minx Belgian IPA, Imperial IPA and the rarest of them all, 2012 Bourbon County Stout! No one seems to care about anything else when Bourbon County is involved, but rest assured that all of these beers are going to be amazing (don’t sleep on their Imperial IPA). Festivities will commence at 5pm and roll through until close. The Bourbon County Stout will be sold in smaller tasting glasses while all other beers will be offered in pints and half pints. Happy hour until 6pm on all beers EXCEPT Bourbon County Stout.

This is the only keg of Bourbon County Stout in the area, so if you want some, we recommend you don’t miss this.

And finally, for your viewing pleasure, here is a link from Good Beer Hunting to get you excited about their barrel aged beers. If this doesn’t do it, nothing will.

June 14th Beer Dinner – Backpacking Through Europe

Ever wanted to backpack through Europe?  How about backpacking through Europe without having to actually carry a backpack and getting to sleep in your own bed?  Well, you’re in luck.  A ticket to our next beer dinner is like a Eurail ticket, only with much better food.

The June 14th beer dinner at Punk’s will feature a whole mess of ridiculous European beers.  We’ll stop in Italy, Norway, Denmark, Scotland, The Netherlands, and Germany.  We’ve got a killer lineup in store for you, including some favorites from gypsy brewers, some collaborations, and some beers you’ve never heard of but won’t know how you lived without.

Chef Dean has created, as usual, a fantastic menu to pair with these stellar brews.

Here is the menu:

Reception
Passed small bites: Tomato-basil bruschetta, Grilled flatbread with avocado salad,Punk’s grilled spicy peanut chicken satay, Steak tartare on toast, & Mini potato soufflé
Brewdog 5am Saint | American Amber | 5.0% | Scotland

1st course
Warm roasted and grilled beets with goat cheese, arugula and tangerine dressing
Nogne O Tiger Tripel | Belgian Tripel | 9.0% | Norway

2nd course
Punk’s house smoked trout, horseradish crème fraiche, granny smith apple, potato crisps
Aecht Schlenkerla Oak Smoke | Doppelbock | 8.0% | Germany

3rd course
Spicy grilled salmon, panzanella salad, green goddess dressing
Almond 22 Pink IPA | Pink Peppercorn IPA | 6.2% | Italy

4th course
Jerk grilled chicken, soft fontina-sage polenta
Evil Twin Yang | Imperial IPA | 10.0% | Denmark

Dessert
Coupe Ellery, whipped white chocolate mousse, rhubarb compote, salted almonds
BFM Cuvee Alex Le Rouge | Dark Sour Imperial Stout | 10.2% | Switzerland

You know the drill, the first course of beer and passed appetizers begins at 7:00pm, and we’ll eat and drink our way around Europe until dessert.

And to make this beer dinner even more fun, every ticket holder will be entered into a raffle for the most awesome souvenirs ever…backpacks full of beer!  And you won’t even have to clear customs on your way home.

Tickets are available at punksbeerdinner.eventbrite.com (password is “punks”), by calling the restaurant at 410-571-7744, and in person at the restaurant.

It’s American Craft Beer Week!


This week, we celebrate the American craft brewery! Sponsored by the national non-profit Brewers Association, this week is intended to showcase the advancement of brewing culture in the United States. Sounds like a pretty good reason to celebrate, if you ask us. Everywhere you look this week you’ll come across beer related events, rare beer tappings, pint-nights, etc. It should be pretty epic all around and we recommend you go to at least one event to celebrate (even if it’s not with us).

Here are Punk’s, we are bringing you stellar beers all week long, along with one rare beer tapping. This Thursday, May 17th we will be tapping a very tasty cask of Velvet Merlin, an oatmeal stout partially aged in bourbon barrels at 4pm. You won’t find this one anywhere else in Annapolis and it’s gonna be damn tasty.

We won’t be holding events every day, but we will continue to bring you the best and most diverse selection in the area. We have some stellar American craft breweries waiting in the wings this week for your enjoyment. Some of the breweries featured this week include:

Elysian (Washington)

Stone Brewing Co (California)

Oscar Blues (Colorado)

Firestone Walker (California)

Evolution (Delaware)

Oliver’s (Maryland)

Heavy Seas (Maryland)

21st Amendment (California)

Great Divide (Colorado)

Dogfish Head (Delaware)

Green Flash (California)

Lagunitas (California)

Port City (Virginia)

and MORE!

So make a point to pass on that light lager and to celebrate American Craft Beer Week!

Flying Dog Event Cancelled, Different Cask Secured!

Well, unfortunately the Flying Dog dueling firkin event has been cancelled. The dueling firkins will be put on hold for the moment and hopefully rescheduled for sometime in the near future.

But don’t fret, dear guests. We’ve gotten a hold of another cask to hold us over! This one comes from one of our favorite breweries, Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, CA. I’m sure that many of you have indulged in a Double Jack or Union Jack while at Punk’s, or perhaps sipped a Firestone Walker Reserve Porter (on tap now!) or a Nectar IPA. Firestone Walker makes killer beers and this cask will be no different.

We are lucky enough to have in our possession a cask of their Velvet Merlin, a ridiculously delicious oatmeal stout aged partially in bourbon barrels. It has notes of cocoa and coffee with a smooth, bourbon note in the finish. Turns out it’s also highly rated by those beer geek websites. It’s going to be killer. Here’s a link to their website with a bit more info on the Merlin – http://www.firestonebeer.com/beers/products/velvet-merlin-fall-and-winter

This beer won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Fest in 2010 and has won numerous more awards since. You won’t want to miss this one. We’ll be tapping it at 4pm on Thursday, May 17th and to keep things simple, we’ll rock discounted $5 pours and a 10% food discount. Boom!

Here’s a pic from Dave’s recent trip to the Firestone Walker Brewery!

James Brown Ale Release Party!

Well, we’re up to our old tricks again, collaborating with great breweries on new beers!

Join us next Wednesday, April 18th at 5pm for the release of our newest collaboration, James Brown Ale! This tribute ale was brewed in collaboration with Oliver Ales in Baltimore and Meridian Pint in Washington, DC.  It’s a big, hoppy, American brown ale that rings in at a whopping 9% abv. It has big roasted malt notes, a nice aromatic American hoppiness and is balanced all the way through. Delicious.

The difference between this beer and our previous Oliver collaboration, Draft Punk, is that this is a limited release beer and will not be available year round. So what does that mean for you? Well, once these kegs are gone, they’re gone for good. As a result, we highly recommend you start carving out your schedule to ensure you can make it over here on Wednesday.

We’ll be tapping a few kegs as well as a pin cask, so you’ll have two variations to taste. As always with these killer parties, we will be offering $3 beers until its all gone. Since this is a 9% monster, we’ll be pouring 12oz glasses. So…what are you waiting for?

Sixpoint Collaboration Beer

Last week, we had the opportunity to team up with Sixpoint for a collaboration brewday. The fine folks up there in Brooklyn were about as gracious and hospitable as they come, welcoming us to their awesome brewery to run wild. After much back and forth with Ian, one of the Sixpoint brewers, we decided we would brew a double ipa. How can you go wrong with more and more hops. We settled on a nice hop schedule that included simcoe, centennial and nugget, with a malty backbone for support.

We worked with Pete, former engineer and brewer extraordinare for our beer, which included the addition of honey (Dave tried to eat before it made it to the kettle) for flavor and an increased abv. The pre-fermented beer tasted pretty stellar and we’re looking forward to getting a taste.

If you’ve never been to the Sixpoint brewery, I must say it’s pretty cool.  Located in an old warehouse space in Red Hook, Brooklyn, the place has a lot of character.  They brew on a 15bbl system and just about everything is done by hand.  The equipment is squeaky clean and the process is efficient.

Here is Sheila on quality control patrol.

I must say, we had a really fun time. It’s always great to get out and see the breweries that produce the beers we love. People envision breweries as big factories, pumping out bottles (or cans or kegs) in mass quantity, surrounded by chaos. But the true picture is vastly different. Brew days are about technical specs, cleaning, efficiencies, and old fashioned hard work.  The glorious life of a brewer looks more like construction work from the inside. It’s still pretty cool and if someone came by and offered us a brewery (*ahem*) I’m sure we’d snatch it up in a hot Maryland second.

Here are some more pics, for your viewing pleasure. Cheers!

And the final product!