Subscribe
On The Town

Union Craft Brewing release this Friday!

Woodberry brewery debuts its first two beers.

By Jess Mayhugh | June 26, 2012, 3:00 pm

On The Town

Union Craft Brewing release this Friday!

Woodberry brewery debuts its first two beers.

By Jess Mayhugh | June 26, 2012, 3:00 pm

Get Baltimore Daily.

Sign up today and you'll get our latest stories delivered straight to your inbox every weekday afternoon.

Union Craft Brewing, the latest micro-brewhouse in town, is celebrating the launch of its first two beers with a release party at Max's Taphouse on Friday.

I got a chance to speak with co-founder Jon Zerivitz, who said that about three years ago he quit his day job as a graphic designer at T. Rowe Price to pursue his passion of home brewing. Through mutual friends, Zerivitz met Kevin Blodger, the medal-winning head brewer at Gordon Biersch in Chicago, who was interested in coming back home to Baltimore.

The two then co-founded Union Craft Brewing, located in a 7,200-square-foot warehouse in Woodberry. "We really wanted to be a neighborhood brewery and be right here in the city," Zerivitz said. "There was some red tape working with city zoning and retrofitting an old building, but it was important to us."

The 20-barrel brewhouse is now ready to debut its first two beers: Duckpin Pale Ale and Balt Altbier. Zerivitz says that he wanted both of his flagship beers to be approachable. The Duckpin is made with a relatively new hop variety grown in Australia and New Zealand, giving off a fruity, citrus profile. The Balt Altbier refers to an old, German style of brewing and is copper-colored with a malty, slightly sweet flavor.

The two new brews will be served on draft and in firkins at a release party at Max's Taphouse starting at 5 p.m. on Friday. After that, Union Craft will roll them out in Hampden bars on July 3 and in Federal Hill spots on July 5.

As for the future, Zerivitz says look out for a summer seasonal available in August, as well as brewery tours and tastings around that same time.

[Image: courtesy of Union Craft Brewing]




Meet The Author
Jess Mayhugh is the digital editor for Baltimore, where she covers nightlife, sports, food, and events.

You May Also Like


In Good Taste

Neighbors Oppose Pinehurst Wine Shoppe Restaurant Expansion

Bellona-Gittings Community Association uncertain whether a compromise can be reached.

In Good Taste

Black Restaurant Challenge Urges Diners to Try African-American-Owned Spots

Participating eateries will offer discounts and specials throughout February.

On The Town

On The Rocks at The Walters Pays Homage to New Fabergé Exhibit

Cocktail event to feature Russian vodka drinks by the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild.


In Good Taste

Ryan’s Daughter Owner Shares Fond Memories Before Closing This Weekend

Marwan Daas and his wife pay tribute to their 14-year-old Irish pub.

On The Town

Open & Shut: The Melody Cafe; Shake Shack; Firehouse Coffee Co.

The latest restaurant openings, closings, and recent news.

In Good Taste

Foraged to Replace Aromes in Hampden This Month

Chef Chris Amendola’s first solo project will showcase his passion for foraging.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Here’s What We’d Like to See in the New Penn Station: Penn Station Partners will be refreshing the century-old train station.

Ten Incredibly Easy Ways to Be More Active in 2018: Get creative with walking meetings, workout buddies, and local sports leagues.

Former Terp Makes Catch For the Ages: Wide receiver Stefon Diggs shocks the world.

Walters Curator Says Google Arts App is Good Start But Not Perfect: The museum has more than 1,400 works represented in the app's collection.

The Rowhouse Grille Hosts LLS Fundraiser Honoring Alex Wroblewski: The 41-year-old Locust Point resident was fatally shot outside of Royal Farms in November.