Maryland breweries team up for 'Super Bowl of Beer' showcase

Nothing screams Super Bowl weekend like hot wings, chips and dip, and, most importantly, beer.

Padonia Station in Timonium is taking that last element to the next level, hosting the first Super Bowl of Maryland Craft Beer from Thursday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 3.

Expected to be on tap are 40 beers from seven local breweries, including 10 from Halethorpe's famed Heavy Seas brewery.

Padonia Station General Manager Larry Leonardi said it's a chance for the bar to transform its image.

"We're kind of trying to change our identity and be more of a craft beer kind of place," Leonardi said.

Terry Moran, Maryland sales representative for Heavy Seas, agreed.

"Their drinkers are starting to change and really change their palates," Moran said of Padonia Station. "This is a bar that's friendly with Heavy Seas and he had this ambitious idea. They have 40 taps ... to make all 40 Maryland beers."

Moran also said that, in the midst of a universal shift toward buying local and organic products, the event will give Baltimore area breweries attention and publicity that they might not otherwise receive.

"Why not get something that's local? It's fresh, and it's supporting a local business," Moran said.

The bar will feature $2.50 pints all day Thursday, a bargain Leonardi said should tempt customers to try some of the more expensive brews.

"People can come in and try a pint of beer, some of this stuff ... it's (usually) $7 a pint," Leonardi said.

"It's pretty much featuring these beers at a great price," Moran said. "There's a great lineup."

The offerings from Heavy Seas will include Classic Lager, Gold, Cutlass Amber Lager, Powder Monkey Pale Ale, Loose Cannon, Peg Leg Stout, Small Craft Warning, Black Cannon, Winter Storm and Siren Noire (rare).

Other participating breweries are:

• Baltimore/Washington Beer Works/The Raven

• Brewers Art, Baltimore

• DuClaw, Bel Air

• Evolution Craft Brewing, Salisbury

• Flying Dog, Frederick

• Union Craft, Baltimore

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