The Decisions That Shape Us

 Photo by Kristen Foster

Photo by Kristen Foster

Words by Colin Marshall
Photos by Zack Kaiser of Artisan Situation, and Kristen Foster of Good Beer Hunting

If you’re reading this blog post, you are most likely aware of Diamondback’s operation. We brew small batch beer skewed towards one-off styles, self-distribute all product in the Baltimore-Metropolitan area (kudos, Hub Gehling), and serve pints in our taproom five days a week. Our 8.5 barrel brew house consists of five, 17 barrel fermenters and a cohesive crew have allowed us to operate successfully within our first year.

 Photo by Zack Kaiser

Photo by Zack Kaiser

 Photo by Zack Kaiser

Photo by Zack Kaiser

 Photo by Zack Kaiser

Photo by Zack Kaiser

 Photo by Zack Kaiser

Photo by Zack Kaiser

It all started in the winter of 2016. Three young entrepreneurs made a jump to take on debt, partner with investors, and fill a production floor full of steel. It could of been disastrous, complicated, stressful, forced, and filled with pressure. But the conscious decision to keep market forces at bay has allowed for enhanced creativity, freedom of distribution, and taproom-focused behavior at Diamondback Beer.

2017 was a year of learning and boundary exploration. Can drops were highly attended. Our first beer festival - Greener Fest - was a sell-out success. Hop Broth broadened our network on the East Coast. Unfiltered lagers were brewed and well received. New relationships were formed, and collaborations were initiated. We akin 2017 to those awkward teenage years where you are coming into yourself, testing the boundaries of what you can do. This new year is a turn of the page and the beginning of a new chapter.

 Photo by Kristen Foster

Photo by Kristen Foster

 Photo by Kristen Foster

Photo by Kristen Foster

 Photo by Kristen Foster

Photo by Kristen Foster

 Photo by Kristen Foster

Photo by Kristen Foster

In 2018, you will see Diamondback Beer begin to mature and develop a firmer grip on what we believe. Expect core offerings to remain, one-offs to continue month-to-month, barrel aging experiments, occasional can sales, increased production volume, and an eye on our surroundings and future.

In a city and industry full of growing competition, quality liquid and discernible personality are paramount to standing out. For us, it's about diverse tap-lists, broad palates, and customer experience in the market and in our taproom.

We look forward to a 2018 filled with the things we value most: great beer, meaningful connections, and pushing the limits of what can be done when quality craft and creative thinking meet

 Photo by Zack Kaiser

Photo by Zack Kaiser

 Photo by Zack Kaiser

Photo by Zack Kaiser

 Photo by Kristen Foster

Photo by Kristen Foster