Diamondback Brewing, April 27 2018
This past weekend I headed to Maryland for my Father’s 70th birthday party. Unreliable when it comes to food preparation, my siblings and I were charged with the simpler task of beverages. So, Friday, my youngest brother - Tyler - and I set out to gather bottled water, wine, beer, and juice boxes.
Knowing I would be in town, I reached out to the Diamondback Brewing crew a few days before. The team was busy prepping for their annual Greener Fest and can release the following day, but still made time for us before opening. It’s not often my “beer life” and family life intersect so I was excited to introduce Tyler to the team. We saddled up to the bar with Colin, Zach and David to taste their Imperial IPA, Greener Machine, and their new Zwickelbier, Cold Taxi - one of my favorite beers they’ve made.
Zach gave us a tour of the brewery, pointing out the differences from my last visit. There just 4 months before, the team has added another tank and started barrel aging beer. They’re cranking out more styles beyond IPAs and the beers are delicious. As the doors opened at 4pm, the crowds started to pour in and customers were eagerly asking about the the next day’s event. It’s exciting to see the team’s progress and the community’s positive response.
I don’t get home as often as I like so I welcome any chance to spend a chill afternoon with Tyler. Not sure when I will see him again, but one thing I do know - neither Tyler nor I are any good at ping pong.