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C&O Canal Libations Trail

By January 28, 2021March 26th, 2021No Comments

After your hike or bike ride along the C&O Canal, venture into the Canal Towns that line the towpath to enjoy locally-made beer, wine, and spirits with our C&O Canal Libations Trail!

We are starting off with canal-themed brews and are now adding distilleries, wineries, and specialty beverages to the trail — please check back, or sign up for our email list to be notified.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD

7 Locks Brewing

12227 Wilkins Avenue, Rockville, MD, 20852
11 mile drive from the C&O Canal

C&O Canal-Themed Brew:
Along the Towpath: Barrel Aged Sour
A barrel aged imperial stout, soured in white wine barrels along with vanilla and cherries.
Release Date: February 3, 2021

“Along the Towpath” references the beloved trail mules used to pull canal boats when the canal was operational, which is now a biking/hiking trail that runs from Georgetown, Washington, DC, to Cumberland, MD.

Saints Row Brewing

1211-1213 Taft Street, Rockville, MD, 20850
10 mile drive from C&O Canal

C&O Canal-Themed Brew:
Wee Billy Goat: Session Bock 5%
Release Date: February 27, 2021

After spending a day in the breathtaking views of the Billy Goat Trail, nothing warms the soul, or toes, quite like this hearty and malty session bock. Just like a rich and complex Bock, the Billy Goat Trail is always dependable for a good time.

True Respite Brewing Company

7301 Calhoun Place, Suite 600, Rockville, MD 20855
10 mile drive from C&O Canal

C&O Canal-Themed Brew:
Lock Keeper: Hazy IPA
With El Dorado, Citra, and NZH107
Release Date: February 10, 2021

“Lock Keeper” pays tribute to the men and women responsible for the daily operations of the lock gates lining the C&O Canal. When the canal horn blew, they were on duty, morning or night.

FREDERICK COUNTY, MD

Rockwell Brewery

880 N. East Street, Suite 201, Frederick, MD 21701
(14 mile drive from C&O Canal)

C&O Canal-Themed Brew
Slackwater: Belgian Wit 5.3%
Brewed with orange peel and coriander
Release Date: February 19, 2021

Canal boats once entered the river at Slackwater as the mules continued walking along the towpath. C&O Canal Company engineers chose to utilize the pools behind Dam 4 and Dam 5 rather than dig a canal prism because of rocky cliffs along the river. In 1996, severe flooding caused extensive damage to the towpath, making this section of the historic canal impassible for over 15 years.

Smoketown Brewing Station

223 W. Potomac St., Brunswick, MD, 21716
(0.3 mile walk/bike from C&O Canal)

C&O Canal-Themed Brew
Fog Holler: Hazy Pale Ale
Release Date: February 10, 2021

“Fog Holler” is named for the early morning fog that gathers in the hollow along the C&O Canal.

Smoketown Creekside

400 Sagner Avenue Suite #100, Frederick, MD 21701
(14 mile drive from C&O Canal)

C&O Canal-Themed Brew
Fog Holler: Hazy Pale Ale
Release Date: February 10, 2021

“Fog Holler” is named for the early morning fog that gathers in the hollow along the C&O Canal.

Tenth Ward Distilling Company

55 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701
(14 mile drive from C&O Canal)

Springtime Mule
Springtime Liqueur, House Blanc, fresh made elderflower syrup and ginger beer.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, WV

Bavarian Brothers Brewing

164 Shepherd Grade Rd., Shepherdstown, WV, 25443
(0.7 mile walk/bike from the C&O Canal)

C&O Canal-Themed Brew:
Carefree 73 “Pale Ale for the Trail”: New England Style IPA
Release date: February 1, 2021 

73 is the mile marker where you will find Shepherdstown and the Bavarian Inn. Our New England style IPA is perfect after a carefree, cruisy ride or hike on the trail.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, MD

Cushwa Brewing Company

10210 Governor Lane Blvd. #2100, Williamsport, MD 21795
(2.5 mile walk/bike from C&O Canal)

C&O Canal-Themed Brew:
Lock 44 Lager: Kellerbier Style Lager
Release Date: February 24, 2021

“Lock 44” is a tribute to the many wonderful sights that are within a short walk of each other in Williamsport: the Cushwa Basin Warehouse, Conococheague Aqueduct, and Lock 44 and its lockhouse.

Homaide Brewing

10212 Governor Lane Blvd., #1012, Williamsport, MD, 21795
(2.5 mile walk/bike from C&O Canal)

C&O Canal-Themed Brew:
Captain Myers: Red Rye IPA
Release Date: February 14, 2021

“Captain Myers” is named for the canal boat captain that accidentally hit and destroyed the stone wall at the nearby Conococheague Aqueduct in 1920. This aqueduct was restored in 2018 and is one of the showpieces of the C&O Canal in this section of the park.

ALLEGANY COUNTY, MD

C&O Canal-Themed Brew:
Douglas’ Ditch: Lager
Release Date: March 1, 2021

Four breweries in Allegany County have teamed up to offer Douglas’ Ditch, a lager that combines the names of Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, who played a role in preventing the canal from being turned into a parkway in the 1950s, and the “Grand Ole’ Ditch,” a nickname for the C&O Canal since it opened for business in 1850.

Available at the following breweries:

1812 Brewery

13006 Mason Rd NE, Cumberland, MD 21502
(6 mile drive from C&O Canal)

Dig Deep Brewing Company

2 Howard St. Suite B, Cumberland, MD 21502
(0.2 mile walk/bike from C&O Canal)

Locust Post Brewery

31702 Old Adams Rd NE, Little Orleans, MD 21766
(7 mile drive from C&O Canal)

Route 40 Brewing & Distilling Company

11 W. Main St., Frostburg, MD 21532
(0.5 mile walk/bike from GAP Trail; 12.5 mile drive from C&O Canal)

Brunswick, Shepherdstown, Williamsport, and Cumberland are Canal Towns. Learn more about the Canal Towns Partnership here.

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