Harford Brews: Locally Owned, Locally Crafted
by debbie umbarger, hh editor
As each geographic corner of the county boasts its own charm and character, so do the purveyors of the craft beers found within them. In the past decade, Harford County has enjoyed the blossoming of six exceptionally unique breweries, each reflecting the personality of the region from which they hale. From historic downtown Bel Air to the scenic rolling hills and farm fields of rural towns, taprooms and beer gardens are a haven for many revelers and beer aficionados.
While each brewery has a unique approach to the craft, many ties bind them. Most support local agriculture and use locally grown ingredients in their recipes. Great pride is taken in offering rotating taps featuring seasonal flavors of artisanal ales, ciders and seltzers.
Upon a visit, one can tickle the palate by choosing a beer flight, typically composed of a sampling of four to five self-selected ales.
Private parties are common, alongside tours and special events held throughout the year. Each brewery supports local food trucks and/or local eateries that offer fresh, seasonal and local delicacies.
Music is an essential ingredient to success with booked weekends of entertainment from acoustic artists to high energy bands. Many locations are family-friendly and even pet friendly, asking adults to keep a close eye on the young or furry visitors you have in tow.
Creatively, each brewery continues to support the community and stay engaged with thirsty patrons during the pandemic. Online ordering has become popular with easy curbside pick-up. Beer to-go options include crowlers, individual cans and the filling of growlers. Some even offer non-alcoholic beverages including Kombucha and cold brew coffee. Check out the Harford’s Heart Restaurant Guide for the complete list of local breweries in our county. Be sure to come back and complete the libation trail with the vineyards and distilleries feature in our next edition!
“Instead of water we got here a draught of beer . . . a lumberer’s drink, which would acclimate and naturalize a man at once – which would make him see green, and, if he slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines.”
Henry David Thoreau