Your "Big Beer Issue" (Feature, Oct. 16) was one of your best, doing a tremendous job in backing up our hometown Baltimore beer-making concerns.
I'll put a Duckpin Pale Ale by Union Craft Brewing up against anything made by Sierra Nevada. Also very good is the Pendulum Pilsner produced by Peabody Heights Brewing, though I think the flavor of their Raven Special Lager has mysteriously gone away since moving the works to Waverly.
Hugh Sisson also deserves hearty applause for his Heavy Seas Gold Ale.
I've been everywhere from Eastern Europe to the Caribbean to Milwaukee, and the beer gardens I found always satisfied, but this native son raised on the banks of Herring Run hereby declares that the Charm City local brewski boys really have nobody in front of them!
Alas, in toasting today's crafty Crabtown beer champions, we must concede that National Bohemian has become for Baltimore something of a sacred memento-like the Colts, Obrycki's Crab House, and the 1962 Roman Missal. We'll always be the chosen people wandering about the Land of Pleasant Living, though many of our native devotions reflect an adherence to a new testament.