Woodberry day

On any given Saturday, the Woodberry light rail stop is a portal to a relaxing day in a picturesque semi-industrial area. Fuel up on espresso and pastries at Artifact Coffee (pictured), one of the jewels in Spike Gjerde's Foodshed empire. Then cross the street to Meadow Mill for a novice class at Nepenthe Homebrew. Your beer won't be ready to drink, but across the way is Union Craft Brewing, whose parking lot turns into a picnic area on Saturdays. "We tried really hard to create an environment where you can bring your whole family," says brewery co-owner Jon Zerivitz. For dinner, walk over to La Cuchara, a hot new Basque restaurant in the Meadow Mill complex that everyone's talking about.

Artifact Coffee, 1500 Union Ave. artifactcoffee.com

Nepenthe Homebrew, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. nepenthehomebrew.com

Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave. unioncraftbrewing.com

La Cuchara, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. lacucharabaltimore.com

Colby Ware / BALTIMORE SUN
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