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Libation Association of Northern Maryland

Libation Association of Northern Maryland A homebrewing and winemaking club located in Harford County, MD.

Operating as usual

Photos from AleCraft Brewery's post
08/11/2022

Photos from AleCraft Brewery's post

Your local homebrew club is partnering with AleCraft Brewery for a beer brewing session on Saturday 5/7! Great opportuni...
05/04/2022
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Your local homebrew club is partnering with AleCraft Brewery for a beer brewing session on Saturday 5/7! Great opportunity to see homebrew in action and meet with like-minded folks! Come join us!

  Renew your 2022 Club Membership Renew your AHA Membership The Libation Association of Northern Maryland Homebrew Club was established in 1992 and has been growing ever since. We currently hold meetings in the Bel Air, Maryland area once a month. At these meetings prospective members are always ...

02/18/2022

Past Prime Yeast Sale!
$2 per packet

Our next meeting is this coming Wednesday 2/9/22 at our regular place in Abingdon and our regular time (6:30PM social, 7...
02/05/2022

Our next meeting is this coming Wednesday 2/9/22 at our regular place in Abingdon and our regular time (6:30PM social, 7PM meeting start). The style is Schwarzbier!

We will touch upon a lot of topics:
- best way to receive info from the club,
- a possible Super Bowl Raffle (so bring cash if interested),
- Big Brew, Homebrew Con,
- our 2022 Christmas Beer,
- next year’s January and February styles,
- interest in our club supporting a Charity and which one.

Join us for animated discussions and a mini-Tech Corner on Sugar Additions as pertaining to Belgian Dark Strong, next month’s style!

See you Wednesday!

Breweries throughout Maryland are ready for a chance to celebrate their craft. On February 1, 2022, the Brewers Associat...
02/01/2022

Breweries throughout Maryland are ready for a chance to celebrate their craft. On February 1, 2022, the Brewers Association of Maryland, member breweries, and industry partners throughout the state will kick off their month-long observance of “FeBREWary.” The Brewers Association of Maryland and its members use the month to promote the state’s beer industry to Maryland residents and visitors.

“FeBREWary is the industry’s opportunity to highlight the innovation and creativity associated with local beer,” said Kevin Atticks, Executive Director of the Brewers Association of Maryland. Atticks added, “Our members and partners are integral to vibrant consumer experiences in Maryland and have a huge impact on the state’s economy.”

Proclaimed as “Maryland Craft Beer Lovers Month” by Governor Hogan since 2015, FeBREWary showcases the more than 120 operating breweries in the state. Supporting more than 7,100 full-time jobs and $956 million in economic impact, Maryland’s beer industry is a major contributor to the economy.

https://marylandbeer.org/febrewary/

The XMAS beer is kegged/bottled and ready to be enjoyed (of course, once it's properly carbonated). Thank you again to G...
11/19/2021

The XMAS beer is kegged/bottled and ready to be enjoyed (of course, once it's properly carbonated). Thank you again to George Handlin for allowing the club to use his brewing equipment! Cheers!

11/04/2021

With all the supply chain shortages we are all feeling these days, we wanted to reward you for reusing your growlers.

Every Thursday, receive 20% off your growler fills. Save the cans, reuse the glass.

The XMAS party & club membership renewal beer is being brewed today. This year we went with a Bourbon Vanilla Imperial P...
10/16/2021

The XMAS party & club membership renewal beer is being brewed today. This year we went with a Bourbon Vanilla Imperial Porter. Thanks George H. for volunteering your brewing equipment again this year!

Great time at the Friendship Wine and Liquor's 10th Annual Craft Beer Festival: Hosted by Kennel to Couch! What a great ...
10/03/2021

Great time at the Friendship Wine and Liquor's 10th Annual Craft Beer Festival: Hosted by Kennel to Couch! What a great time!

Do you like craft beer and thought about brewing your own? Have you home-brewed before and want to hang out with like-mi...
09/22/2021
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Do you like craft beer and thought about brewing your own? Have you home-brewed before and want to hang out with like-minded hobbyists, exchanging feedback and ideas? If so check out Harford County's only home brew club! Our website is http://www.libationassociation.org

We'll be brewing live at the Friendship Wine & Liquor 10th Annual Craft Beer Festival on October 2nd from 12 - 5 PM. We'll also have tasters of our members' home-brew! Hope to see you then!

  Renew your 2021 Club Membership The Libation Association of Northern Maryland Homebrew Club was established in 1992 and has been growing ever since. We currently hold meetings in the Bel Air, Maryland area once a month. At these meetings prospective members are always invited to attend as our g...

09/01/2021

*Edit for clarity: Our location on Main Street will remain in operation. You can’t get rid of us that easily!*
🍺 AleCraft Brewery has huge news!
We are expanding our operation and moving our primary production to a 13,000 square foot building featuring a new seven barrel brewhouse, hop farm, taproom, expansive biergarten and restaurant. This location will be a craft beer lover’s haven. The new brewery will be situated on four lush acres adjacent to the NCR trail in Railroad Borough Pennsylvania, complete with a pristine stream, spacious outdoor seating, and a rooftop deck. We’ll partner with the owner of Fox & Fern (formerly in Forest Hill, MD) to serve premium gastro-pub fare and their locally renowned coffee. Our main production and hop farm will relocate to Pennsylvania and our goal is to keep our smaller brewing system and taproom in Harford County.

This news is bittersweet. While we are thrilled for what the future holds, we are beyond disappointed that the reckless, overreaching actions of the Harford County Council prevented us from expanding within the community we care so much about. We poured ourselves into building a business here over the last eight years. We never had wealthy investors or political power. We had passion, a dream, many long days, and missed vacations. Those efforts combined with our valued employees and our dedicated customers carried us from a 700 square foot home brew shop to a 5000 square foot operation, gaining accolades and priceless relationships along the way.

Since our inception, AleCraft dreamt of combining our brewing expertise with our owner’s hop farming passion. We worked for over a year during an economically oppressive pandemic to secure investors and a location just outside of Bel Air for our community and agriculturally friendly brewery. We diligently followed all laws and established processes. We maintained a complaint free and community friendly business. The future looked bright. Then disaster struck: the day before our zoning hearing, Councilman Robert Wagner introduced a moratorium on farm breweries (as emergency legislation).

After learning of the suspiciously timed moratorium we withdrew our zoning application for the farm brewery that we had spent fifteen painstaking months planning. We pleaded with the Council to let us continue our expansion on another property within the county if they were so opposed to the one we chose. They would not relent. They insisted that the existing farm breweries created problems that the moratorium would address. Yet when the bill was passed, every other operating and planned farm brewery was granted an exemption from the moratorium. Despite a willingness to make substantial investments in our county and community; the council and administration refused to make any concessions that would allow us to pursue our dream. After surviving the COVID-19 pandemic, our modest vision was crushed by the five council members that voted for the moratorium and the county executive who signed it.

The Harford County Council’s antagonistic actions toward our small, woman operated agricultural business forced us to search for a more welcoming place to expand. We discovered the idyllic location in Railroad PA, tucked between New Freedom and Shrewbury, just two miles off of I-83. We’ll be able to build the destination that we had planned to offer Harford County (with the added bonus of wine and liquor sales under the more permissive PA licensing).

As for our Harford County operations, we are working diligently to maintain our presence here. We love our customers and we’ll continue to work hard to continue serving you meticulously crafted local beer. We’re so excited to bring our dreams to life. Stay tuned for updates on both locations

Join us October 2nd! We'll be serving and brewing!
08/28/2021

Join us October 2nd! We'll be serving and brewing!

Our club member Matt’s band is playing tomorrow at AleCraft! See you all there!
07/16/2021

Our club member Matt’s band is playing tomorrow at AleCraft! See you all there!

Here are the winners for our Support Local Raffle. Tickets were won for purchasing locally brewed beer. Prizes were prov...
06/16/2021

Here are the winners for our Support Local Raffle. Tickets were won for purchasing locally brewed beer. Prizes were provided by our best-represented local breweries: Independent Brewing Company, Double Groove Brewing, Hopkins Farm Brewery, AleCraft Brewery. Thank you all for participating!

AleCraft will be hosting another Homebrew competition on August 22nd at noon. Check out the details below.
06/08/2021

AleCraft will be hosting another Homebrew competition on August 22nd at noon. Check out the details below.

05/29/2021

Memorial Weekend Events & Specials!

All weekend long, 20% off your purchase of a case of beer! In house or Online!

Tonight we have Grateful Dad music from 6:30-9:30pm

Come out and see Deana at the Bel Air Farmers Market Saturday morning from 7am-11am

Sunday we have OmBrew Yoga at 11am and Charm City Trivia at 4pm.

Monday we have Music Bingo at 6:30pm

Did you know we offer a military discount all year round? $1 off any pint on tap. For Monday, all military customers will get half off their pints with valid ID.

Our February club meeting is tonight 02/10/21, via Zoom and for this month we are supporting our local MD breweries. We ...
02/10/2021

Our February club meeting is tonight 02/10/21, via Zoom and for this month we are supporting our local MD breweries. We have more than 110 beers purchased by our members, out of which 75 are unique. Cheers! 🍻🍺

Our "Support Local Breweries" meeting is coming up fast (Feb 10th) so this is a perfect opportunity.
02/02/2021

Our "Support Local Breweries" meeting is coming up fast (Feb 10th) so this is a perfect opportunity.

Start stocking up now for the BIG GAME!

More beer specials! Buy a case of beer and get 20% off! Mix and match your four packs all week, Tuesday through Friday!

01/07/2021

Who's drinking beer for breakfast today?! Enjoy 20%* OFF craft beer, craft cider & growler fills.
*excludes product already on sale and no further discounts apply.

01/06/2021

New Year, new seasonal ✨SELTZER✨ strain! Introducing W04 Paramount, a specialized wine strain perfect for your seltzer fermentations. Clean, aggressive, and gluten-free, this strain will perform best when combined with appropriate nutrient. Available to order now through February!
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12/16/2020

👑Introducing...IMPERIAL EAST COAST👑
We are beyond excited to open the doors of our brand new second facility in Philadelphia, PA! Now we are thrilled to offer the same high quality liquid yeast with the bonus of reduced shipping rates for our east coast customers. Phase 1 launches today: Our 4 guaranteed In-Stock strains are ready to ship to commercial brewery customers located east of the Mississippi River. Phase 2 construction is currently underway and we plan to add our full strain line up as well as homebrew pouches (!) by mid-2021. Stay tuned for more info, progress updates, and an inside look at our new facility. In the meantime, East Coast, let us help you !
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Just picked up a bag of Marris! 20% off!
11/28/2020

Just picked up a bag of Marris! 20% off!

20% off all weekend long ~ Black Friday Sale ~ In Store Only

Merchandise ~ Crowlers ~ Growler Fills
Stock up now! Sale is throughout Alecraft Brewing Supply, LLC as well! (does not include pints or 4 packs)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
11/25/2020

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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11/24/2020
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Great opportunity to support local and save a couple bucks!
11/17/2020

Great opportunity to support local and save a couple bucks!

Time to stock up on beer?
Now through Friday, buy a case of our beer (6 x four packs) in store or online and receive 20% off!

Check out our selection on our new & improved website: https://www.alecraft.beer/store

Remember to always keep our beers refrigerated and only buy cold! Our beers are fresh and meant to be drank fresh.

#harfordcountybest

Our July meeting took place at Independent Brewing
07/23/2020

Our July meeting took place at Independent Brewing

Pictures from our June 2020 Libations meeting (Saison was the style of the month)
06/14/2020

Pictures from our June 2020 Libations meeting (Saison was the style of the month)

06/06/2020

We are HAPPY to announce we're ready to open our patios and NEW outdoor areas to the public today!!! Thank you for being patient with us as we figured out how to serve you best. Our side patios and NEW roped off back lot and partial parking lot will be open starting TODAY!
We have implemented some new features that will help protect staff and customers to the fullest extent.
We will continue to follow CDC guidelines and the Governor's orders as we move through the stages of reopening.
*A face covering needs to be worn in ALL inside areas- when entering the Funk House to order and the use of restrooms.
* Social distancing is required

Here are some of our facility updates:

*Installation of UV disinfectant lights to HVAC units, kills 99.9% tested bacteria & influenza
* Professional facility sanitation
* Touchless bathroom faucets & toilets
* Hands-free door openers on all doors
* Touchless towel dispensers
* 2 outdoor tents 20x30 & 30x60
* 3 Spot O'Pots
* Outside beer ordering

ORDERING BEER- Order at bar in Funk House, beer menu is available on our website Independentbrew.com or our app free in your play store. We will NOT have paper menus.

PARKING- Parking lots across the street and street parking are suggested, our lot is very limited. The Bel Air Parking Garage always available, free on weekends and a short walk away.

DOGS- You know we love dogs but dogs will be welcomed on the back grass and parking lot areas only. Our side patios will be a dog free zones.

BATHROOMS- Face covering must be worn inside to use facilities- 3 spot o'pots added with washing stations by grass.

The Funk House will continue to operate with online ordering and curbside pick- ups, ordering through our website www.independentbrew.com

PLEASE be mindful of your children and pets
PLEASE clean up after yourself & pets
PLEASE be considerate and respectful of other patrons.
Sorry such a long post! We can't wait to welcome everyone back for a COLD BEER! Thanks for all your support! We'll see ya soon!! Cheers!

05/29/2020

05/29/2020

05/29/2020

05/29/2020

EXCITING NEWS! While we currently don't have an outdoor seating area, the staff has been working fiercely to make it a reality for our Double Groovers!

Although we are still waiting on information from the Liquor Board, we are moving forward with plans to set up in front of the brewery, so that we can have our own "beer garden" created by tomorrow at 5:00pm!!

We have plenty of grassy area, so please feel free to bring your own chairs. While we hope you will join us in celebrating this next phase, we will be following the Governor's latest Executive Order closely.

STAY TUNED for an updated post with final details. And don't forget Love.Crust.Pizza will be here 2-6pm!!

05/29/2020

We will be opening our patio tomorrow (Friday) night at 5pm, per the Governor's new regulations!

Food will be available from Birds Nest BBQ!

We will be spending the next two days sanitizing and cleaning up to make you feel safe.

Tables will be spaced according to the CDC guidelines and each menu and table will be sanitized between customers. Plastic cups and utensils will be used at this time. We will not be doing samplers until glassware is allowed again. Mugs are available to members since they serve only 1 customer. Sanitizing stations will be throughout the taproom and patio to help keep you and our staff safe.

Lets hope for good weather and we can't wait to see you again!

Also, our homebrew shop will reopen as usual at this time as well.

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2920 Strathaven Lane
Abingdon, MD
21009

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The Libation Association of Northern Maryland Homebrew Club was established in 1992 and has been growing ever since. We currently hold meetings in the Bel Air, Maryland area once a month. At these meetings prospective members are always invited to attend as our guest. This gives you chance to meet some of us and see what goes on at a meeting.

At the meetings we usually bring along some of our homebrew to drink and share with our fellow members. This offers a unique opportunity to try many different styles of beer without having to make them. If you are currently brewing or making wine then bring some along with you. This will let you get some constructive feedback to use in future brews.

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Who wants to learn about BAD BEER?
For all your brewing nerds out there, check out our Off Flavors Class with National level BJCP judges from Libation Association of Northern Maryland Adrian & Linda Gherman.

Learn why bad flavors occur in beers and how you can fix it! Class is Tuesday May 17th. $25 gets you 6 samples and a full pour to wash out those bad tastes.

https://www.alecraftbrewing.com/Store/Details/2556
In case anyone is interested in joining/entering our homebrew festival/competition and disc golf tournament.
Barley Crusher for sale...still works fine I just upgraded to a different mill. $60 OBO. Contactless pickup arrangements can be made.
Our oud bruin is now ready for “bugs”.
If anyone local wants these I can stick them on my porch for pickup. I am cleaning the brewery and I have switched to conicals and speidels. There are 2 x 6 gallon and 1x 3 gallon better bottles. Not asking for $$ just a good home where they will find use.
At Friendship's Beer Festival! Great time was had by all!!
Libations will be there! Brewing demonstration and community outreach. Might even have a couple beers!
Education is a good thing:
Brewtal Battle hosts at next club meeting (6/14)!
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