So this year we decided to do something a little different for our weekend St. Patrick’s Day plans (see, in America we like to get the most out of every holiday by celebrating it not just on the actual holiday – March 17 – but on the Saturday before as well. Excessive? Of course it is, this is America). Instead of hitting the OC circuit for the annual parade and inevitable debauchery that follows suite, we opted to take a day trip to Cambridge to pay a visit to our friends at RAR Brewing. Before you grab your pitchforks and torches and start demanding our heads on stakes for not only betraying Ocean City, but also Burley Oak…hear us out.
Cambridge was throwing their annual St. Patrick’s Day party this past Saturday, which just so happened to coincide with RAR’s second anniversary celebration. Dank Day in the Streets and Paddy on Poplar joined forces to give birth to what proved to be one pretty incredible street festival. Cambridge has been reinventing itself over the past few years, and truth be told, what was once a town we would not even consider spending a Saturday afternoon day drinking is now in fact one of our favorite spots. The all-star lineup of Patrick Fanning restaurants certainly helps, there’s Stoked, The High Spot, Black Water, and most recently, Rock Lobstah. Add into that mix RAR and the perseverance of town mainstays like Jimmie & Sooks, Canvasback, and Bistro Poplar and you’ve got a town that is primed for success.
Now, it’s no secret we are big supporters of our friends and neighbors, Burley Oak. So were we cheating by spending the afternoon enjoying some fun at RAR?? Absolutely not! For starters, RAR’s head brewer is a good friend as well, and watching their success over the past two years has been pretty incredible. PLUS, who else joined us in the Dank Day in the Streets celebration? Burley Oak’s very own Bryan Brushmiller of course. One of our favorite aspects of Eastern Shore life is how supportive our local breweries and local businesses are of one another. Of course, selfishly, this just means there are more businesses for us to collectively enjoy…and enjoy we did!
Cambridge, thanks for an epic day, we’ll be back soon!