Union Craft Brewing Celebrates First Anniversary

July 24, 2013
BY Marc Shapiro
Union Craft Brewing co-owners (from left) Jon Zerivitz, Adam Benesch and Kevin Blodger are gearing up for their one-year anniversary celebration. (Jordan August Photography)

Union Craft Brewing co-owners (from left) Jon Zerivitz, Adam Benesch and Kevin Blodger are gearing up for their one-year anniversary celebration. (Jordan August Photography)

Baltimore’s own home-grown brewery, Union Craft Brewing, will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Saturday, July 27, with music, food, art and … beer.

“People seem to like it, so we keep making more,” Adam Benesch, one of the brewery’s three owners, said of the beer.

In its first year, Union Craft has made 14 beers, producing about 1,400 barrels, which is approximately 43,000 gallons of beer. Bars throughout Maryland have it on draft and sell it in cans.

Saturday’s celebration, which is a ticketed event, features food from Woodberry Kitchen, Birroteca and The Food Market, WTMD’s Scott Mullins hosting radio show “The Dirty Soul Party” live, two beer releases including an anniversary barley wine, limited edition glassware and the Globe Poster show. The poster show is a display of iconic posters from concerts, films and other shows that were produced in Baltimore between the 1950s and 1980s.

“It’s kind of a nice celebration of local food, beer, music and art,” Benesch said.

Saturday’s event showcases what Union Craft has been creating for the past year — not just beer, but a community.

The brewery has hosted movie nights every Friday in June, food truck rallies, Baltimore Bike parties and the sold-out inaugural Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival in April.

“We love providing great beer for our great city and state. Beyond providing and producing, we
really want to promote our community and create community events here,” Benesch said.

He and co-owners Kevin Blodger and Jon Zerivitz brewed their first Union Craft beer in June 2012, and released it that July. Benesch said they come up with ideas for beer they themselves would enjoy and let Blodger, the brew master, work his magic.

“We want them to be very approachable, not tremendously high in alcohol,” he said.

Union Craft Brewing’s One-Year Anniversary Celebration is Saturday, July 27, from 7 p.m. to midnight, at 1700 Union Ave., Suite D, Baltimore. Cost is $20 general admission, $35 VIP, which includes admission, three food tickets, a limited edition glass and one beer. Only open to those over 21. Buy tickets at missiontix.com/events/product/17766/1st-anniversary-celebration.

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