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Friday, May 27, 2011

Locations and little history...

Just figured I'd do a post about where you can find "Q" Sauce. And I'll give a little history since last year at this time our first bottles rolled off the line. Between 5/26/10 and 5/28/10 we were hanging out at Mama Vida Inc in Randallstown testing our the first non home made batches to assure they were right and then bottling them up.

I gave a few bottles to a long time friend and the owner of Wild Dog's Gourmet Hot Dogs in Cockeysville. He liked our Dark so much he now carries it as a topping for his awesome Wild Dogs! If you're in the area and hungry you gotta have one. He's almost always on Texas Station Ct in Cockeysville, MD 21030. It's actually due to him that we got into our first store.

The first place to stock their shelves with "Q" Sauce was Gunpowder Bison & Trading Co. at 1270 Monkton Road, Monkton, MD 21111 and they also sent some up to their "sister store" at Twin Springs Market which is located at 5203 N. Church Street, Manchester, MD 21102. That was 6/24/10! Awesome, 2 stores at one time! All great people there. You should check them out. Fresh, locally raised Bison, beef, lamb and more. Twin Springs also has a petting zoo!

After that, I talked with a few other places, including a restaurant. Unfortunately the restaurant didn't pan out but on 8/31/10 "Q" Sauce made its was into Peppers Galore at 8108 A Harford Rd, Parkville, MD 21234. They're a little specialty shop that carries things like bbq sauce, hot sauce, wing sauce, rubs, seasonings, etc. Real nice guy, has a f/t job so the store is only open evenings and weekends, but it's worth checking out!

I started checking out some other places, leaving samples for them to try and so they could review the packaging. On 9/20/10, I happened to go to The Wine Merchant at 10741 Falls Rd, Lutherville, MD 21093. It's a Wine shop and deli that has a small "gourmet" section. They currently only carry the Original and Hot & Spicy flavors, so if you go there, ask 'em to carry the Dark!

After doing a festival at Lovely Manors in Phoenix I spoke with the owner of SomeFin Fishy Seafood & Deli at 3332 Paper Mill Rd, Phoenix, MD 21131. She also agreed to carry our sauces and on 11/1/10 we got on their shelves. She's got a great little shop at "Four Corners" and carries fresh seafood, has a deli menu and also does catering.

 The winter kept us indoors and since the few other shops I went to didn't pan out, so we looked for places outside Baltimore County. We did two festivals in the early spring as well. Pork in the Park in Salisbury in April and Naptown barBayq in Annapolis in May. After those two events and multiple recommendations we found a place in Annapolis.

I called over to Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits at 111 Hillsmere Dr, Annapolis, MD 21403 and met with them on 5/20/11. They graciously stocked some "Q" Sauce on their shelves. If you're in the Anne Arundel County area, stop by and pick up a bottle. Help us stay in their specialty shop. It's a big place with a wide selection.

A place we hope to be in soon is Crabi Gras at 432 Race Street, Cambridge, MD 21613. I'll be there on 6/11/11 doing a sampling, so if you're in the area, stop by. They offer an eclectic mix of sauces, dips, Eastern Shore-themed t-shirts, and other novelty items.

We're always one the lookout for little shops, so if you know of one, tell us about it. If you know of a restaurant on the lookout for local sauces, let us know that as well. And lastly, if you are on or know of a competition bbq team looking for a new sauce to try, we want to talk with them.

Well, that's all for now, I'll post more after our sampling at Crabi Gras to let everyone know the fun they missed if they didn't come out. If you've tried Doomer's "Q" Sauce, make sure to check us out on facebook and twitter. If you haven't tried them, just "Q" it!!

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