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What’s in Stein’s Stein is a new biweekly feature celebrating the liquids made, sold, and served by underrepresented voices in the craft beverage industries.
Beer: Union Craft Brewing Company’s Midnight Marauder Dark Sour Ale with Blackberries
Maker: Lynn Pronobis, cellar manager at Union Craft Brewing, a.k.a. Queen of Baltimore Beer
Hometown: Waldorf, Maryland
Price: $3 per 4 oz. pour, $7 per 14 oz. pour
Taste: Midnight Marauder, named after A Tribe Called Quest’s 1993 album Midnight Marauders is a juicy, tart ale. The beer is jammier than Smucker’s because Pronobis adds blackberries to the cask. At 4.5 percent alcohol, the ale isn’t as strong as it is dark.
Story: A gender-equitable pipeline of beer flows into the District thanks to Pronobis. Historian Maureen O’Prey, author of Brewing in Baltimore, says the 27-year-old is the first female brewer in the city of Baltimore since Prohibition’s repeal in 1933. “I honestly don’t know how to feel about it,” Pronobis says. “It’s cool to be that person, but at the same time it is a crazy example of how little women have come since then, considering women were the beer makers to begin with. I’ve always been one to try and prove statistics and stereotypes wrong.”
Where to Try It: Churchkey and Pizzeria Paradiso are two of Pronobis’ biggest accounts. Says Churchkey beer director Greg Engert, “We pour a ton of cask ale from them, and have something on cask from Union nearly every week.”