One of the best things about the beer industry is the people. So last night, I met up with Chef Teddy Folkman (of the legendary Dr. Granville Moore’s) at DRY 85. He recently made local headlines with the announcement of his newest venture, BAROAK, a Belgian-inspired cookhouse and taproom opening up in the space currently occupied by West Kitchen & Tavern at the Loews Hotel in downtown Annapolis. As part of a larger interview, I also asked him five very important questions.
What beer trend are you over?
Over the top, super boozy IPAs. Actually, super boozy beers in general. Can I appreciate a super boozy beer? Absolutely. But now that I’m older and weaker, I want something more sessionable. You can quote me on that.
What’s your spirit animal?
I’m sorry, but I have to say my dog. She can be loving, and she’s such a fucking food snob. Seriously, she knows good food.
What was your first craft beer?
[Back in 2002], ahead of a trip, I packed the fridge with a cube – A CUBE – of Miller Lite. When I came home, my roommate (who was also my best friend) had swapped in Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. Then he said to me, “If you ever put Miller Lite in my fridge again, we will no longer be roommates.” So I said I would try his fancy, expensive beer… and once I did, that was it.
What’s your dream collaboration?
I’d love to collaborate on a beer with Ommegang. Such cool, talented brewers there. As for style? That’s tough. Probably a Belgian-style porter. It’s warm, and porters make you think of sweet memories.
What’s your favorite word?
Bubba. Anyone I love, I call Bubba.
Coming soon to The Capital, my full interview with Teddy Folkman.