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Real quick: Two days after the great Tim Smith leaves, I'm next. Today's my last day with The Sun. It's been an absolute...
11/09/2018
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Real quick: Two days after the great Tim Smith leaves, I'm next. Today's my last day with The Sun. It's been an absolute privilege to tell your stories the past 10 years — I only wish I could’ve told more. Infinite thanks for all of the feedback, and simply for reading my stuff.

For anyone curious, I’m headed to The Athletic to become an editor. On my way out, one last thing: Support my excellent colleagues here, who deliver vital journalism everyday. (Subscribe link: https://bsun.md/2OzhPDp) — Wes

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BAR REVIEW: In Canton, The Regal Beagle is a cocktail bar done right — with reasonable prices, an eco-friendly attitude ...
11/01/2018
Come and knock on the door of Canton cocktail bar the Regal Beagle

BAR REVIEW: In Canton, The Regal Beagle is a cocktail bar done right — with reasonable prices, an eco-friendly attitude and J Dilla spinning on vinyl.

The Regal Beagle, which replaced the Canton favorite Jack's Bistro this past spring, succeeds because of its inventive, affordable cocktails and casual setting.

Sales of a new milk stout — a collaboration between Monument City Brewing Company / Goonda Beersmiths / Whitey's Liquors...
10/26/2018
New beer from Monument City and Goetze's Candy Co. to benefit nonprofit MCVET

Sales of a new milk stout — a collaboration between Monument City Brewing Company / Goonda Beersmiths / Whitey's Liquors / Goetze's Candy Company — will benefit Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET).

The release party takes place at Monument's taproom in Highlandtown later this evening.

Baltimore companies Monument City Brewing Co., Goetze's Candy Co. and others have teamed up to release Bulls-Eyes Caramel Creams Milk Stout, sales of which will benefit MCVET.

“It puts a dark cloud over all the children who believed that they can get out of the city without losing their lives — ...
10/24/2018
Killing of rapper Nick Breed compounds 'hopelessness' in Baltimore

“It puts a dark cloud over all the children who believed that they can get out of the city without losing their lives — that they can do something."

A look at the ripple effects of rising Baltimore rapper Nick Breed's death.

Nick Breed's death sends a heartbreaking message to the youth of the neighborhood, said Lynn Forman, a Baltimore Ceasefire ambassador who lives in Edmondson Village.

A trade organization in the United Kingdom wants retailers to take Flying Dog's Easy IPA off its shelves because the art...
10/12/2018
U.K. agency wants Flying Dog's Easy IPA beer off shelves

A trade organization in the United Kingdom wants retailers to take Flying Dog's Easy IPA off its shelves because the artwork could encourage excessive drinking.

The Frederick brewery's CEO's response? "It's bulls—t."

Frederick's Flying Dog Brewery finds itself in a controversy in the United Kingdom over the packaging of its Easy IPA beer.

“It was out of sight and out of mind, which made it kind of difficult.”Nickel Taphouse owner Robbin Haas on why he abrup...
10/11/2018
Mount Washington's Nickel Taphouse has closed

“It was out of sight and out of mind, which made it kind of difficult.”

Nickel Taphouse owner Robbin Haas on why he abruptly closed the Mount Washington restaurant.

Opened in 2013, the Nickel Taphouse in Mount Washington announced on social media that it has closed.

The 65-pound, 77-pack of light beer can only be purchased in College Park — though on Tuesday morning, a distributor in ...
10/09/2018
Natural Light's 77-pack of beer can only be found in one place — College Park

The 65-pound, 77-pack of light beer can only be purchased in College Park — though on Tuesday morning, a distributor in the area said all liquor stores were currently sold out. More will be delivered soon, he said.

Natural Light, a favorite beer of college students because of its cheap price, is selling a limited edition 77-pack in College Park.

Decades ago, Baltimore's Chinatown was bustling with activity. That's no longer the case — but now a group of young Asia...
09/21/2018
In Baltimore's forgotten Chinatown, a new festival will celebrate Asian-American history and culture

Decades ago, Baltimore's Chinatown was bustling with activity. That's no longer the case — but now a group of young Asian-Americans want to revitalize the neighborhood.

The first step: Saturday's Charm City Night Market.

A once-bustling section of downtown will come alive again Saturday with the Charm City Night Market, a block party celebrating Asian-American and Pacific Islander culture in Baltimore.

PROFILE: Hung out with Baltimore rapper Butch Dawson as he rides a wave of momentum from his excellent project, "Swamp B...
09/20/2018
Rapper Butch Dawson finds inspiration, success from Baltimore's 'Swamp'

PROFILE: Hung out with Baltimore rapper Butch Dawson as he rides a wave of momentum from his excellent project, "Swamp Boy." He performs at Metro Gallery + Trillectro this weekend.

Baltimore rapper Butch Dawson discusses his upbringing in West Baltimore, releasing his anticipated project "Swamp Boy" and more.

As Radio Disney's "Next Big Thing," six siblings from Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood are following in the footsteps o...
09/07/2018
With the help of Radio Disney, six siblings from Baltimore eye stardom as JAGMAC

As Radio Disney's "Next Big Thing," six siblings from Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood are following in the footsteps of pop mega-stars Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello. Meet Jagmac.

JAGMAC, the pop music group from Arnold-via-Baltimore, says they're ready for the next step, with an EP and national tour in tow.

“For some reason, we’ve never done a proper show in Baltimore, and finally I was like, ‘Why don’t we do that?’” Mac DeMa...
09/06/2018
Mac DeMarco to play surprise Rams Head Live show on Thursday

“For some reason, we’ve never done a proper show in Baltimore, and finally I was like, ‘Why don’t we do that?’” Mac DeMarco said on the phone from his Los Angeles home. Tickets are on sale now for tonight's last-minute Rams Head Live show.

In a surprise announcement, Mac DeMarco, the Los Angeles-based indie-rock singer/songwriter, will headline Rams Head Live on Thursday night.

“People attach this whole manly aspect to it, but it’s actually more of a finesse game. It’s not about the power you put...
08/29/2018
At Urban Axes, hatchets and camaraderie — with beer on the side

“People attach this whole manly aspect to it, but it’s actually more of a finesse game. It’s not about the power you put into it,” said Gün Yaprak of Brewers Hill. “Anybody can figure it out.”

Urban Axes in Highlandtown combines ax-throwing and alcohol, but patrons say they're there to socialize and improve their technique, not get drunk.

"It’s like peeling an onion and sometimes you wonder, ‘How long can this onion go on?’" said Bud Tiffany, co-owner of Pe...
08/25/2018
After fires, Baltimore restaurants face a long road to reopening

"It’s like peeling an onion and sometimes you wonder, ‘How long can this onion go on?’" said Bud Tiffany, co-owner of Peters Inn.

Restaurant fires break out in an instant, but the road to reopening often takes much longer than expected.

Restaurant fires break out in an instant, but the road to reopening often takes much longer than expected. At notable Baltimore bars and restaurants such as Charles Village Pub, Blacksauce Kitchen and Peter’s Inn, rebuilding has taken months, not weeks.

Before she headlines this weekend's Baltimore AFRAM, rising R&B star Ella Mai talks the song of the summer, "Boo'd Up," ...
08/08/2018
With 'Boo'd Up,' Ella Mai brings rising star-power to AFRAM

Before she headlines this weekend's Baltimore AFRAM, rising R&B star Ella Mai talks the song of the summer, "Boo'd Up," choosing the right follow-up and why U.S. labels handle R&B better than the U.K.

Before headlining the weekend's AFRAM festival in Baltimore, R&B singer/songwriter Ella Mai discusses the mainstream success of "Boo'd Up," the follow-up single "Trip" and more.

Guinness' first U.S. brewery in 64 years — a $90 million project with a 270-seat restaurant, 92 taps of Guinness beer an...
08/02/2018
Guinness' Maryland brewery opens Friday. Here's what you need to know.

Guinness' first U.S. brewery in 64 years — a $90 million project with a 270-seat restaurant, 92 taps of Guinness beer and more — opens in Baltimore County on Friday. Here's a primer of what to expect.

From operating hours to the types of beers to expect, this explainer will help Baltimore-area readers know what to expect at Guinness' new brewery in Relay.

Tomorrow marks 10 years since Baltimore lost DJ K-Swift, the greatest champion of the city's homegrown dance music, in a...
07/20/2018
Still the Club Queen: Baltimore DJ K-Swift's legacy lives on, 10 years after her death

Tomorrow marks 10 years since Baltimore lost DJ K-Swift, the greatest champion of the city's homegrown dance music, in a freak pool accident at her home.

A decade later, Baltimore and Club fans all over still mourn the Randallstown native who seemed poised to bring its rowdy sound to the world.

Colleagues and loved ones agree the city — and its signature sound — have never been the same since the death of DJ K-Swift, nee Khia Edgerton.

“The creativity is all the way through the DNA. We can’t shelve it even if we wanted to, and we don’t want to."Before he...
07/19/2018
Still CrazySexyCool: Before TLC headlines Baltimore's Artscape, Chilli talks about legacy and 'Left Eye' Lopes

“The creativity is all the way through the DNA. We can’t shelve it even if we wanted to, and we don’t want to."

Before headlining Artscape on Friday, TLC's Chilli discusses longevity, influencing a generation of music fans and the irreplaceable Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

Before headlining this year's Artscape festival in Baltimore, TLC's Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas discussed the group's legacy, remembering Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and more.

What happens when Baltimore arts organizations — high profile yet still seen as DIY — are met with accusations of sexual...
07/18/2018
In the age of , Baltimore's small performing arts groups grapple with sexual misconduct accusations

What happens when Baltimore arts organizations — high profile yet still seen as DIY — are met with accusations of sexual misconduct?

In Le Mondo's case, it led to a co-founder's firing, board members stepping down and stark, lingering criticism from the arts community.

Fallout from the movement is sending seismic tremors through Baltimore’s performing arts scene, perhaps permanently altering the landscape.

Please read about our colleagues, and everything they brought to Annapolis and well beyond.Note: As of now, all of The B...
06/29/2018
Victims of Capital Gazette shooting in Annapolis

Please read about our colleagues, and everything they brought to Annapolis and well beyond.

Note: As of now, all of The Baltimore Sun's Capital Gazette coverage is free — no paywall. Same for all stories on capitalgazette.com.

Read more about the victims of Thursday's shooting at the Capital Gazette: Gerald Fischman, Robert Hiaasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.

When the weather is this nice, it only feels right to enjoy a drink outside.
06/26/2018
Top Baltimore-area spots to enjoy a drink outdoors

When the weather is this nice, it only feels right to enjoy a drink outside.

After a winter that seemed to overextend its welcome and then weekends filled with rain, many around Baltimore would enjoy nothing more than taking in a hot day with a drink in hand. Rahul Raghavan , a former Canton resident now living in Oregon , was back in town on a recent weekday, taking in the....

From easy-drinking sours to hazy IPAs and more, here are some new Maryland beers to keep on an eye out for this summer.
06/22/2018
New Maryland beers for summer 2018

From easy-drinking sours to hazy IPAs and more, here are some new Maryland beers to keep on an eye out for this summer.

On a blistering hot summer day, there’s no satisfaction like a cold beer (for of-age consumers, of course). With scorching temperatures hitting all parts of Maryland lately, these local brewers are releasing new beers to cool down, from sessionable sours to hazy, New England-style India pale ales....

UNION Craft Brewing's new taproom at Union Collective will open today at 5 p.m.
06/14/2018
Union Craft Brewing's new taproom opens tonight

UNION Craft Brewing's new taproom at Union Collective will open today at 5 p.m.

Union Craft Brewing's new taproom, located inside their larger manufacturing complex known as Union Collective, will open Thursday at 5 p.m.

The World Cup kicks off today, and plenty of Baltimore-area bars known for attracting soccer fans — including Sláinte Ir...
06/14/2018
World Cup 2018: Baltimore-area soccer bars

The World Cup kicks off today, and plenty of Baltimore-area bars known for attracting soccer fans — including Sláinte Irish Pub and Restaurant, Abbey Burger Bistro, Todd Conner's Fells Point and more — will open early and run specials.

With the World Cup starting on Thursday and running through July 15, local soccer fans will have plenty of viewing options. These Baltimore-area bars, known for attracting feverish futbol fans, are safe bets.

Today, Snail Mail — aka Lindsey Jordan, the 18-year-old singer/songwriter from Ellicott City — releases "Lush," her impr...
06/08/2018
With debut album 'Lush,' Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan prepares for rock stardom from her Ellicott City bedroom

Today, Snail Mail — aka Lindsey Jordan, the 18-year-old singer/songwriter from Ellicott City — releases "Lush," her impressive debut album for Matador Records.

Over coffee in Hampden, we discussed the draining process of creating the record, bonding with her dad over it, why she's tired of talking about being a "woman in rock" and more. She headlines Baltimore's Parkway Theatre next month.

Snail Mail, the indie-rock project from Ellicott City singer/songwriter Lindsey Jordan, discusses new album "Lush" and how her life has changed in a short period of time.

05/31/2018

Area bar/restaurants: Are you running fundraisers? Let me know — compiling some for a roundup.

French brasserie Duck Duck Goose will open in a few weeks in Fells Point. Along with dishes like chicken forgione and ra...
05/25/2018
Bethesda's Duck Duck Goose to open in Fells Point in June

French brasserie Duck Duck Goose will open in a few weeks in Fells Point. Along with dishes like chicken forgione and ratatouille, the restaurant's weekend brunch will offer something new to Baltimore: A 10-pound Moscow mule.

Yes, 10 pounds.

Chef and owner Ashish Alfred plans to open Duck Duck Goose, a French brasserie he started in Bethesda two years ago, by mid-June in Fells Point.

R&R Taqueria, which began in an Elkridge gas station, was named by the Food Network as one of the Top 5 Mexican restaura...
05/23/2018
Popular Mexican restaurant R&R Taqueria to open in Baltimore by end of October

R&R Taqueria, which began in an Elkridge gas station, was named by the Food Network as one of the Top 5 Mexican restaurants in the country. Later this year, chef/owner Rodrigo Albarran will open his first location in Baltimore. It will also be his first R&R with a liquor license.

Owner and chef Rodrigo Albarran said he plans to open R&R Taqueria — his first in Baltimore, and third Maryland location overall — in either September or October.

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