American double IPA, 8.5%
The Maryland House of Correction was one of the oldest prisons in Maryland, and known as a tough place. It was referred to as “Jessup” or “The Cut” in HBO’s hit series The Wire. Just down the road from Jessup is a beer that plays off that idea. Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel, MD, makes a double IPA, called Big Punisher. It’s one of Maryland’s better IPAs and the beer packs a serious punch of citrus and tropical fruit hops.
American pale ale, 4.8%
In this case, Burley Oak’s Local is as local as it gets. The Berlin, MD, brewery uses barley from a farm located just up the road in Snow HIll. It’s an easy-drinking light beer with a crisp finish.
Does Maryland have a beer to honor its famous, dead poet? You bet. Baltimore-Washington Beer Works makes an ale that pays tribute to Edgar Allan Poe. It’s a hearty IPA with citrus backing.
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Tim Ebner is a DC-based writer with a weakness for Old Bay seasoning. Follow him @TimEbner.