This year, the festival’s claim to fame is its selection of more than 200 Belgian beers on draft, and nearly 300 imported bottles. Anyone who goes to the festival has the opportunity to try authentic Belgian food from the special menu available all weekend.
“People are blown away,” said owner Ron Furman. “It’s a great selection. We have beers here that have never been to the U.S. before.”
Some of the imported beers include Malheur 12, Geuze Tilquin, De Glazen Toren Cuvee Angelique, Alvinne Morpheus Wild Undressed, and Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva. Sample size and full draft beers range from $3.50 to $10, and bottles start at $6, with the highest price being $75 for a 750-milliliter bottle.
Furman said that the draft beers will be in constant rotation throughout the weekend.
Max’s is adding new domestic beers into the mix for the remaining three days of the festival. On Saturday, local brewer Stillwater Artisanal Ales will debut its third anniversary beer. On Sunday, Max’s will become the first bar in Maryland to serve beer from the Oxbow Brewing Company based in Newcastle, Maine. And on Monday—which Max’s is calling “Sour and Wild Day”—more than 20 American sour beers will be showcased.
So far, the imported brews are drawing a huge crowd. At 6 a.m. this morning, one man was already waiting to get inside, Furman said. And by the time the bar opened its doors at 11 a.m., Furman said that more than 400 people were standing in line—two of them had come from San Diego and Seattle.
Furman, who said he has been selling craft and imported beers for more than 25 years, said he has recently noticed a change in the patrons who come to the festival. “People are much more open to trying new things,” he said. “It’s going to be a wonderful weekend.”
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