O, say, can you see two years hence, when Baltimore will celebrate the bicentennial of Francis Scott Key’s penning of “The Star-Spangled Banner”? Our national anthem has an intimate connection with strong drink — beer in particular. The flag that inspired it was assembled in the malt house of George I. Brown’s brewery on East Lombard Street. Key set his composition to the meter of an English barroom ballad called “To Anacreon in Heaven.” And the first public rendition is said to have taken place at a watering hole called Captain McCauley’s Tavern.
Interesting to me because later this summer we are swooping south to Chesapeake Bay in a search for crab and warmer water ocean beaches and I need to know what I need to know. Picking Baltimore was based on a mixture of Mencken, Grey Cup and HLOTS. I almost got there back in 2007 for the book launch of Beer and Philosophy but had to pass in the end, as much due to winter driving as anything. But this time we are booked and even have begun the maximum snack focused route planning.
So... what do I want to see, eat and drink?