Hysteria the Morning After Coffee Stout, Columbia, Maryland
Date: October 27, 2018
The Story— We would love to be able to include a brewery/B&B combo for Columbia, Md. It’s a great beer town with several interesting — and good – breweries. The best we can do is the Victoria Gastro Pub, which is an outlet for the nearby Manor Hill Brewery, though it carries a wide range of other good beers. The Hilton Garden Inn is just steps away. But once you’re there, you have a glorious range of choices for other brewery adventures. We have several favorites; Hysteria is one of them.
When we drove up to Hysteria we would have driven away in sadness — it looked so dark it seemed to be out of business– had it not been for a friend of Ellie’s who raved about her visit days before. So the lesson is — persevere. Once past the dark entrance in a so-very-typical light industrial strip park, it rocks. A big three sided bar, almost 30 feed of bookshelves, a spacious lounge area and an array of games attest to the community center appeal of this small craft brewery. You may have to choose carefully, one of their flavored IPAs featured a tsunami of ginger and another was flooded with lactose and vanilla additions. Still, their standard IPAs won’t disappoint, and this stout would shine for after dinner or even before breakfast.
The Beer–A desert beer — for breakfast. Tons of coffee are broadened by a full dose of sweet cream. It’s surprisingly well balanced as it drinks. Ellie loves dark rich beers; she had trouble tearing herself away from this one to write more than “delicious.”
Value — Excellent. This ranked among the best beers we tasted in 2018.
Tomorrow we’ll present our first Brewery of the Week with seven fine beers from Guinness– most brewed in their spanking new Baltimore location, but a couple of Irish pots of gold as well.
After Guinness we return to HIGHLIGHTS OF EUROPE– Surprisingly good beer in “bad beer cities.” The best we’ve found in researching our next book – a guide to great beer in European tourist cities. (Planned publication 2019.) We’ll shift back to great American beer finds next week.
Later in November, we return to the US to highlight some great American craft beers, some of which we’ve found in researching out first US Beer publication: Brews and Snooze-– Breweries you can visit and walk back to a fine place to spend the night. Look for it in 2019.
About these posts: We taste and evaluate over a thousand beers every year. The beers posted here rank in the top quarter of those tastings. Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.