How can an ice cream factory get even sweeter? Umm, when it's gutted and made into a beer factory, obviously, which is exactly the case with Frederick's trip-worthy new Monocacy Brewery Company, who're now holding tours of a 15000sqft facility primed to pump out 6000 kegs a year. Tours start in the cork-walled tasting room (where $5 nabs you 4-6 samples), and then it's off to the grain room, brewhouse, and bottling/ packaging area where, after 10mins of hearing about bottling/ packaging, you'll head back for more samples at the tasting room, which, by the way, features a 20ft bar made from 1400lbs of compressed paper, meaning it's where stationery meets stationary. The beers run from their Riot Rye pale ale (w/ notes of mild citrus & subtle pine), to some of the suds from Brewer's Alley Restaurant down the street (it's the same guys), including an IPA, and a pale gold Kölsch with a slightly dry palate & mild bitterness. If you love what you taste, they've got six-packs and growlers, plus non-alcoholic take-homes like coasters and shirts, perfect for baiting people into asking you about an under-the-radar brewery that only you have the scoop on.
Acquired Taste: Blood Rice Cakes With Timothy DeLaGhetto and Justina Valentine