4 Breweries Fundraising For Anne Arundel County Public Library With Specialty Beers


These four breweries are fundraising for the Anne Arundel County Public Library with exclusive beers this month: Forward Brewing, Crooked Crab Brewing Company, Pherm Brewing Company and Hysteria Taphouse. Crooked Crab is shown here. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MD - Four breweries are fundraising for the Anne Arundel County Public Library this month. 

These taprooms each brewed a specialty beer under the theme "Read Banned Books." 

  • Forward Brewing (Annapolis)
  • Crooked Crab Brewing Company (Odenton)
  • Pherm Brewing Company (Gambrills)
  • Hysteria Taphouse (Pasadena)

The breweries will each host an event where 20% of sales are donated to the library. The money will support enhancements at all 16 library branches.

Forward Brewing, located in Eastport at 418 Fourth St., kicked it off Tuesday with Patches of the Universe. 

This Grodziskie, a lightly-smoked wheat lager, was inspired by "Fahrenheit 451." That dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury explores a society where books are outlawed and burned. The story calls books "little patches of the universe," explaining the beer's name.

"Huge thank you for coming out to support the library last night!" Forward Brewing said Wednesday on Facebook. "The response was amazing and we are so heartened to see the community support for the @aacpl Foundation. Go read those banned books!"

The other breweries will host their library fundraisers in the coming weeks. Each event runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Crooked Crab, located at 8251 Telegraph Road, is next up on Aug. 10. The featured brew is a Belgian-style Witbier called Wicked Wit of the West. It's named after "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" by L. Frank Baum and '"Wicked: The Life & Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" by Gregory Maguire. The beer will be dyed green and have orange peel, coriander and vanilla conditioned on peaches and mangoes.

Pherm Brewing continues the fun on Aug. 18 at its taproom, located at 1041 Maryland Route 3. This event will also celebrate the Crofton Library's 21st birthday. The beer of choice is Lawn Boy, a citrus Mexican lager inspired by the novel "Lawn Boy" by Jonathan Evison. 

Hysteria Taphouse, located at 3201 Mountain Road Suite 102, finishes it out on Aug. 24. The exclusive libation is Where the Wild Brews Are, a strawberry sour named after the children's book "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak.

Anybody who donates $10 or more at any event will get a pint glass that says "Read Banned Books." The glass also sports the titles of popular books and the Anne Arundel County Public Library logo. 

More information and a photo of the pint glass are posted here.

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