Upcoming Maryland Events! Draft Punk party and National Travel and Tourism Week

Here’s a quick summary of some of the local events occurring this month around our lovely state of Maryland!

Punk’s Backyard Grill and Oliver Ales Collaboration “Draft Punk” Release Party

Monday, May 16th — $3 Pints, Firkin, Souvenir Glassware, and 20% off All Food

Annapolis, MD (May 9, 2011)— Punk’s Backyard Grill (2188 Annapolis Mall) is kicking off American Craft Beer Week with the release of its own collaboration beer, “Draft Punk,” brewed with Oliver Ales (Pratt St., Baltimore, MD). To celebrate the release of “Draft Punk,” Punk’s Backyard Grill is offering $3 pints, souvenir glassware, and 20% off of all food from 6:00pm – 10:00pm on Monday, May 16th.  Punk’s and Brewmaster Steve Jones from Oliver Ales will be tapping traditional kegs as well as a firkin for this event.


The recipe for “Draft Punk” was created by Brewmaster Steve Jones of Oliver Ales in collaboration with David McCabe, one of the owners of Punk’s Backyard Grill.  The final product is a 7.0% ABV American IPA that was bittered with Chinook hops and finished with whole leaf Cascade hops.  It was then dry hopped in the conditioning tank with additional whole leaf Cascades. The beer will be available at Punk’s Backyard Grill in Annapolis, the Pratt St. Ale House in Baltimore, and a few select bars and restaurants in the Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD region.


“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such a talented brewer, and we had a great time brewing this beer,” says McCabe.  “Draft Punk is a wonderfully balanced, fresh and fragrant IPA that will be our house beer at Punk’s all summer.”


National Travel and Tourism Week: May 7-15, 2011

Tourism Day, May 11

WHAT: National Tourism Week kicks off May 7 and goes through May 15. National Tourism Day is Wednesday, May 11, 2011 and will be celebrated throughout the country as well as the State of Maryland by tourism businesses and professionals with a wide range of individual events, promotions and activities. National Tourism Day is an ideal way to affirm the significant value that tourism brings to Maryland’s workforce and economy.


WHERE: Individual counties as well as businesses are hosting events during Tourism Week that residents and travelers can enjoy. Harford County is presenting a series of lectures, a garden tour and War of 1812 reenactment among other events. Counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland are hosting a range of events from educational clinics and discussions to schooner sailing, boat building programs, plays and painting classes and Worcester County is kicking off Springfest. More Eastern Shore events can be found at ShoreUpdate.com. The Montgomery County events calendar is also packed with events that appeal to a wide audience from workshops to concerts, family activities and more. Specific event information can be found on the event page of Maryland county websites.

WHEN: While events for National Tourism Week begin on Saturday, May 7 and run through May 15, as the 2011 tourism season ramps up many more activities will continue to be available throughout the State for the balance of the year.

WHY: Tourism works for Maryland. In February 2011 more than 13,600 travelers visited Maryland Welcome Center locations; Amtrak recorded 59,900 non-commuter arrivals; BWI served 682,154 domestic passenger arrivals; and fiscal year sales tax revenues increased across all tourism related categories from FY2010 July-February to FY2011 July-February. Tourism Week and Tourism Day are great opportunities to pause and reflect upon the significance of tourism to Maryland’ economy and jobs  Tourism related jobs saw the same positive increase as sales tax revenues during the same fiscal year periods with the total leisure and hospitality industry providing 209,300 jobs. Tourism Week is yet another way to acknowledge that with the proper levels of investment of promotional funding, tourism can, and will, generate even more revenue for local and state governments.


For more information on the Maryland Tourism Council visit mdtourism.com; for more information on National Tourism Week visit ustravel.org.



The Maryland Tourism Council represents all segments of the tourism and travel industry, focuses on enhancing business growth and promotes development of Maryland tourism.


  • Turf Valley’s Preakness® Hot Air Balloon Celebration, May 19th – 21 (5,000 attendees)
    Over 20 hot air balloons are participating including two specialty shapes, Energizer’s Hot Hare balloon and the Purple People Eater balloon, presented by The Bob Lucido Team Re/Max Advantage. A two-day vendor event will include fun activities for all ages. Weather permitting, patrons will have the option to join the pilots in their balloons and take full flight or try out a tethered balloon ride. At dusk, when all the balloons have returned back to Turf Valley, the balloons will stand and illuminate the night with a “Balloon Glow.” On Saturday, May 21, the Balloon Festival will culminate in the launching of the balloons at 6:30a.m. Parking for events from 3- 9p.m. is off-site at the Howard County Fairgrounds, with handicap accessible shuttle service. www.turfvalley.com or call 410-465-1500.


  • 19th Wine in the Woods, May 21-22 (35,000 attendees)
    One of the premiere events in the region and a source of pride for Howard County for well over 15 years. Voted Best Outdoor event by Columbia Magazine in 1997 and 1998 and awarded Best Annual Festival in Howard County by Howard Magazine in 2009. Live Music, food and samples from 20 Maryland wineries. www.wineinthewoods.com


  • 27th Columbia Triathlon, May 22 (8,000 attendees)
    A premiere triathlon with a 1.5 k swim, 41k bike, 10k run held annually at Centennial Lake. The Columbia Triathlon Association (CTA) is a 501c-3 non-profit organization based in Columbia, Maryland. The organization plays an active role in Columbia and its environs and actively supports several local charities. www.tricolumbia.org
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