(By Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor, RiffRelevant.com)
The Maryland Doom Fest 2018 event tickets went on sale in December. Riff Relevant has announced the full festival lineup, revealed the beautiful fest poster (artwork by Christina Christie), and told of the four primary festival sponsors (Riff Relevant included). Now we’re inviting you to learn a bit more about these sponsors, starting with the Oliver Brewing Co..
These crafty craftsmen have been in the Baltimore, Maryland area for 25 years. That’s right, since 1993! Not only do they do their brew, but most of the staff are pretty wicked metal heads. Don’t just take my word for it, you can see it as soon as you look at their beer cans.
If you visit their relatively new (and humongous) Baltimore brewery location, you’re going to see evidence of that heavy music fandom all over the joint. Some of the bands and artists they’ve collaborated with include Wo Fat, Mothership, Monolord, Stoner Rock BBQ, and many more.
Artwork and illustrations from heavy bands and their respective artists are hanging on the brewery walls, around the bar, music blaring through the sound system… but it’s even better when it comes to their special events.
Every so often, the Oliver Brewing Co. hosts live music events to celebrate their releasing a new beer brew or a new can package line, or simply because they’re pretty cool folks who care about their Maryland neighbors and they host fundraiser events to help each other out.
One such live music event I made the trek to Baltimore to attend was last June, for a live show performance from Cavern to help announce and reveal the new Maryland Doom Fest packaging for their ‘Bury The Sun‘ brew.
This was a hell of a fun time, and I don’t even drink beer! In my personal experience, Oliver Brewing Co. has a great staff, a nice facility, and in general, seem like pretty fun folks to be partnered up with. The Maryland Doom Fest organizers have been working with Oliver’s Head Brewer Steve Jones for a couple of years now, and it’s a wonderful thing to witness from afar that relationship evolve to the level of camaraderie that it has. We hope to see it grow in the future, as well.
To quote MD Doom Fest organizer Mark Cruikshank:
“Oliver Brewing Company is awesome. I like beer and stuff!”
There is no recommendation easier than that! Below are some quick photos taken at the MD Doom Fest ‘Bury The Sun‘ beer release with Cavern. Coincidentally, Cavern is also scheduled to perform at Maryland Doom Fest 2018, so you can take a look here, check out the rest of the fest lineup below and then go by your tickets! See you at the fest!
Maryland Doom Fest 2018 brings the fourth ear-crushing event, featuring more than THIRTY acts over its three days. The headliners include legends The Obsessed and Weedeater, as well as the well-established Windhand.
Taking place once again at Cafe 611, in Frederick, Maryland, with next year’s Doom Fest happening June 22nd through 24th (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).
Some Riff Relevant staff attended MD Doom Fest 2017, and we shared much info about the fest, both before and after the event (past MD Doom Fest articles here).
We’ll have more sponsor features soon, as well as more photos from some of the MD Doom Fest 2017 performances. Here’s a tease from 2017 behind the scenes.
The entire festival roster is listed on the poster below. Here are ticket links:
The Maryland Doom Fest Primary Sponsors: