N. Charles Street (#1 on map), ph: 410-547-6925
This elegant brewpub features Belgian-style house beer and food.
The front bar has big glass windows through which patrons can see the
sights on Charles Street. Check out the impressive chandelier and
unique hand-carved tap handles. The beer list includes: Ozzy
(Belgian Strong Golden Ale), Resurrection (abbey-style brown ale),
Proletary (Brussels-style dark ale), House Pale Ale and Cerberus
Tripel. The excellent brews are $3.75 per glass ($2.50 during
happy hour). The restaurant in back offers delicious,
European-style, gourmet food items, and the basement bar has a
cellar-like charm all its own.
E. Cross Street (#4 on map), ph: 410-539-2093
Pictured above is Thel, Kerri and Lari outside what used to be Sisson's
brewpub. Ryleigh's now contract brews some pleasant ales and
offers satisfying pub grub (clams, oysters, crab cakes, sandwiches and
burgers) and multiple TVs for sports viewing. Beers include
Marble Golden Ale, Hill's Dizzy Blonde, Ryleigh's Best Amber Ale and
Ryleigh's Revenge IPA. There are five other beers on tap and a
range of bottled beers.
Capitol City Brewing Company
South Light St. in Harbor Place (#5 on map), ph: 410-539-PINT
The photo shows Capitol City's brewer Mike Morris in front of his
serving tanks that are located in the main dining area of this pleasant
brewpub that overlooks the harbor. For two years Mike has
produced some outstanding beers the likes of Capitol Kolsch, Amber
Waves, Pale Rider Pale Ale, Prohibition Porter and flavorful seasonal
selections. The food menu consists of delicious sandwiches and
local seafood items.
DuClaw Brewing Company
S. Bond Street (#6 on map), ph: 410-563-3400
DuClaw is an upscale brewpub in Fell's Point offering a very
interesting and eclectic menu and house beers such as Kangaroo Love
(light lager), Misfit Red (amber ale), Bare Ass Blonde Ale (golden ale
with mild hop character), Bad Moon Porter, and Venom Pale Ale (People's
Choice winner - 2001 Maryland Craft Beer Festival).
Wharf Rat Restaurant & Brewpub
W. Pratt Street (#8 on map), ph: 410-244-8900
Wharf Rat is perhaps the most famous brewpub in Baltimore, and has seen
its ups and downs over the years. When we visited in January of
2006 the beers were quite good for the most part, but the dining room
was closed for "cleaning" and the bar staff was a bit flippant (we
overheard one bartender tell a group of Coors Light drinkers not to
worry about us - we were "just a bunch of beer snobs.") Some of
the cask ales were somewhat tart and oxidized, but most were
pleasant. Until 7 PM you may try three different half pints for
only $4. Select from Oliver Best Bitter, ESB, Irish Red, Ironman
Pale Ale, Summer Light, Blonde Ale, Old Ale, Pagan Porter, Strong Pale
Ale, Hot Monkey Love and regular seasonals. The crumbling brewery is
very small and dungeon-like with an old style brick-clad brew kettle in
the center. Steamed shrimp, oysters, crab cake, big sandwiches, and
seafood soups highlight the menu.
South Broadway (#9 on map), ph: 410-327-5795
You will probably see bumper stickers all over Baltimore that tell you
to "Eat Bertha's Mussels." This tiny pub is located in Fell's
Point and offers a decent beer selection, one or two cask-conditioned
ales, a friendly local crowd and some really good seafood selections.
John Steven Ltd.
Thames Street (#14 on map), ph: 410-327-5561
This is a very attractive, friendly, casual pub in Fells Point that
stocks around 20 drafts and 20 bottled beers that include many local
and regional brews from Oxford, Wharf Rat, Clipper City, Clay Pipe and
Brewer's Art. The front door opens into the main bar, and there
is also a side dining room (with African art) and a heated patio.
Hungry? Try the crab stuffed flounder, Mediterranean red snapper,
broiled grouper, crab cake, sirloin steak, lobster roll, salmon BLT,
chuck burger, fried oyster sandwich, rack of lamb, stuffed eggplant or
even crab pizza.
Dillon Street (#15 on map), ph: 410-276-9899
You may have to grab a taxi to make the short trip just east of Fells
Point to Mahaffey's, but it will definitely be worth the trip.
Owner Wayne Mahaffey works hard to make sure that this is one of the
most enjoyable and friendly neighborhood pubs in the entire city.
The pub is filled with beer memorabilia and now has an upstairs
lounge. Mahaffey's stocks a big, intelligent beer selection and
has the only cask-conditioned beer engine in the gentrified
neighborhood of Canton. Wayne organizes five beer tastings a year
that are very popular and also offers a "100 Beer Club" that awards a
t-shirt, mug and name on a plaque to any loyal customer who tries 100
different beers. www.Mahaffeyspub.com
even has a list of all members and the beers they've consumed!
Chef Brian creates some flavorful Caribbean/Latin type foods items and
house-made sauces at his tiny grill behind the bar. Mahaffey's
has been open since 2002.
South Broadway (#17 on map), ph: 410-675-MAXS
Pictured above is general manager and cellarman for Max's on Broadway -
Casey Hard. If you are a huge beer fan and your time in Baltimore
is short, then head straight to MAX'S for the BEST beer selection in
the city. Casey stocks all the gourmet microbrewed and imported
beers that are available, and the beer list of 70 drafts, two hand
pumps, many special reserve aged beers, and over 300 bottles is
immensely impressive. The draft lines at Max's are kept extremely
clean, and nothing stays on tap longer than a month. Two cask
ales are imported from England in the winter and locally produced cask
selections are offered in the summer months. Owner Ron Furman
says "Casey is fanatical about beer, does a terrific job and is very
serious about making sure every customer has great beer and a fun
experience at Max's.
The draft "prescriptions" board at Max's
There are many employees at Max's that have multiple year tenures, and
their customers are loyal lovers of craft beer. Max's holds a 72
hour Belgian beer fest in February that features $3 samples of 35
drafts and 120 bottles along with Belgian food items. The beer
list is updated on a daily basis, and the vintage cooler (pictured with
Casey above/right) boasts several years of certain strong beers.
Popular beer dinners are held every three months with 5-7 beers and a
variety of foods and guest speakers. Max's regular menu is filled
with tasty items such as wings, nachos, mussels, chili, burgers,
grilled chicken and wraps. The popular "Monday Sucks" happy hour
offers $1 off most drafts from open to close.
One Eyed Mike's
South Bond Street (#16 on map), ph: 410-327-9823
One Eyed Mike's pub/restaurant has some of the very best crab cakes in
Baltimore, and the entire menu is filled with great seafood
entrees. The bar is up front and the dining room with white table
cloths is in the rear. The beer selection is respectable, but we
couldn't quite figure out the pub's obsession with Grand Marnier.
Closed on Sunday.
Other Baltimore Pubs & Beer Spots to
- Clipper City Brewing Company
(microbrewery), 4615 Hollins Ferry
Road (a ten minute drive from downtown out near the airport),
ph: 410-247-7822. Fantastic beers and tours on
occasion - call ahead.
- Cat's Eye Pub, 1730 Thames Street -
Fells Point (#10 on map),
ph: 410-276-9085. Small beer selection and live
- Duda's Tavern, 1600 Thames Street -
Fells Point (#11 on map),
- Growler's Pub, 600 S. Potomac
Street (#12 on map - east of Fells Point),
- Horse You Came In On, 1626 Thames Street
(#13 on map),
ph: 410-327-8111. Very average beer list.
- Mick O'Shea's Irish Pub, 328 N. Charles
Street (#17.5 on map),
ph: 410-539-7504. Fresh Guinness and hearty food.
- Owl Bar, 1 E. Chase Street
(#18 on map - near Brewer's Art),
ph: 410-347-0888. Nice old bar in a hotel.
- Thirsty Dog Pub, 20 E. Cross Street
(#22 on map),
- Wharf Rat at Fells Point, 801 South Ann Street
(#23 on map),
ph: 410-276-9034. Sister pub for the downtown
"Cooking and great beer often go together, which is definitely true in Baltimore as it is in the rest of the world. Barbecues and grills here can often be found cooking delicious things like fresh crab."