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Not really food but certainly an aspect worth discussing. I love beer and I am trying to expand my taste. I know of maxs and brewers art but I am looking for places more like Joe Squared. By this I mean they have a selection thats good and varied yet its not overwhelming like maxs or brewers art. Plus maxs and brewers are too well known and sometimes its a pain in the ass to get to the bar and order. I recently found wayne or wade Mahaffreys place in the canton area and I love it. Does anyone know any other places like Joe Squared or Mahaffreys with a good beer selection

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    1. maybe the still in timonium?

      1. Idle Hour on Fort in S. Baltimore has a decent selection. Grand Cru in Belvedere has 5-6 interesting taps. I agree Mahaffrey's is very good. Are you looking for taps or bottles? Baltimore lost a real gem (at least as far as beer is concerned) when Sean Bolans closed. I am not sure how Clayton's is (the place that took over the building). Mother's in Federal Hill has a good selection as does the Rope Walk (if you can stand their politics).

        1. In addition to those mentioned (although I question the size of the Still's beer selection):
          Ale Mary's in Fells Point
          Wharf Rat (both)
          Growler's in Highlandtown
          John Stevens in Fells Point
          Frisco Grille in Columbia
          Barnyard in Glen Burnie
          Racer's in Parkville

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          1. re: aubzamzam

            Mahaffey's is fun, the owner Wayne is a character.

            Max's obviously, Brewer's Art is tremendous.

            For just relaxing and getting good beer without being too heavily invested in beer, John Steven Ltd. and Ale Mary's are a good direction to take.

            Inland you can't go wrong with Frisco Grille, The Judges Bench or Victoria Gastro Pub.

            1. re: usctrojanbrian

              Mahaffey's is my favorite beer place, not as overwhelming with the choices as Max's, but still plenty of good beer on hand, not to mention the fun that Wayne brings to the place. Jack's Bistro has a nice varied selection as well if you've never tested the place out.

          2. Instead of telling you dozens of places, your best bet would be to use a website like www.beeradvocate.com
            They have a "beerfly" section for most major cities in the world. Scroll around and see which places not only have a great selection, but also have a good food selection. The three places you've listed are one of the top three, but there are others.

            In Canton, you have both Mahaffey's and Ale Mary's. In Fed Hill, there is Dog Pub and Abbey Burger Bistro. Downtown, you have the new Pratt Street Ale House. In Columbia, there is Frisco Burrito. In Fells, you have Duda's, DuClaw, John Stevens. The list can go on and on....

            1. Elliots Pour House in Brewery Hill. Also if you are looking for a sweet six-pack store: http://www.perfectpourcolumbia.com/

              1. Pub Dog (Fed Hill) or Rocket to Venus (Hampden). RtV doesn't have its own brews, but it has a nice selection and if you go at happy hour, you can get small glasses at 3 for $3 and sample lots of different ones.