Baltimore Beer Week 2011 opening tap celebration – get yer tickets now

Baltimore’s undeniably biggest celebration of craft beer of the non-Belgian varietyBaltimore Beer Week – starts at the beginning of October, with the always enjoyable Opening Tap Celebration (OTC) on October 6th at Ram’s Head Live (tickets here). In its 3rd year, Baltimore Beer Week and its OTC has seemingly skyrocketed in popularity year over year, with its beginnings on the USS Constellation two years ago, to The Baltimore Museum of Industry last year, this year taking on the more mainstream (ie far less “Craft Beer-esque”) Ram’s Head Live.

Like previous years, the $30 (plus fees) entrance will net any interested beer enthusiasts unlimited samples of local craft brews from the likes of Heavy Seas, Red Brick Station and Deleware notable Dogfish Head – along with finger foods and a live band, so it’s a pretty good deal overall. Last year’s event sold out, but with the additional facilities provided by Ram’s Head, this year it looks as though there will be plenty of room for everyone to move around and sample to their heart’s content with the likely possibility of being able to grab a ticket at the window without having to pay online service fees ahead of time. But, if you’re eager to make sure you get some sweet, sweet local craft beer I’d recommend buying some right now and twitching in anticipation for the next 8 weeks!

But who’s going to tap the fist keg this year? Duff Goldman’s all like in LA and what not shooting some sort of dessert-related television show. Any suggestions? I suggest Fells Point’s Leroy – I’ve heard he’s back out of Spring Grove and he could probably wear a pretty sweet pimp suit while wielding that mallet!