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Best Local Beer

Oxford Class

Posted 9/13/2000

Baltimore has little class. Now before you get your knickers in a knot over this statement, know that we are talking about Oxford Class ale. This product of Linthicum's 11-year-old Oxford Brewing Co. is a well-balanced and tastefully hopped amber ale that could hold its own on any bar-top in Britain. Don't get us wrong--we love DeGroen's tasty Märzen amber lager, which has taps all over in town. And the Brewer's Art's lethally delicious Resurrection has often raised our spirits from the dead. But when we want an English ale, we want Oxford Class. The trouble is scoring a draft pint of the sublime brew. Even in bibulous Fells Point, it's hard to find a pub with Oxford Class taps at the ready. What you do see is Oxford's raspberry- wheat beer, but let's face it, fruity beers are really geared to folks who'd rather be drinking wine coolers to begin with. Baltimore's inveterate beer drinkers want a tasty, homegrown, straight-ahead Anglo-style ale. And they don't want bounce from bar to bar searching for it. Are you listening down in Linthicum?

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Other Awards for Best Local Beer:

The Brewer's Art Pale Ale, 9/19/2007

The Brewer's Art, 9/20/2006

Resurrection, 9/21/2005

DeGroen's Weizen, 9/17/2003

National Bohemian, 9/18/2002

Clipper City's McHenry, 9/19/2001

DeGroen's Pils (bottle), 9/15/1999

Resurrection Ale, The Brewer's Art, 9/17/1997

DeGroen’s Märzen, 9/18/1996

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