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Best craft/microbrew selections in Baltimore (not Brewers Art)

kimeats Jun 10, 2008 07:40 AM

Wondering what other places in Bmore have a large selection of craft or microbrews, local preferred. I will be stopping at Brewers Art again but other places would be appreciated.
I'll be staying in the Inner Harbor area but have no problem driving around for a good selection. I heard something about Red Brick Station (?) in White Marsh?

Also, what local stores have the biggest retail selections of brews? I'm hoping to pick up some brews that maybe I can't get in NY state.

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    SGI Jun 11, 2008 11:55 AM

    Joe Squared also offers a great selection of brews you can't find at many other places in Bmore.

    1. a
      aubzamzam Jun 11, 2008 07:44 AM

      Wharf Rat Camden Yards for what I consider the best cask-conditioned bitter this side of the Atlantic. Fells Point Wharf Rat has more atmosphere, but I like to get the beer straight at the source (they brew at the Camden Yards location). Be warned that the Camden Yards loc is a madhouse on Orioles gamedays.

      I will second recommendations for Mahaffey's as well. Best "corner local" in town.

      Max's in Fell's Point is a must, and I also like Wharf Rat, John Stevens and Duda's. There is also a DuClaw outlet across the street from Duda's that is more modern, they make their beers in Harford County and ship them to their individual locations. Same holds true for the DOG on Cross Street in Federal Hill, who now brew their own beers in the old Clay Pipe brewery in Westminster.
      I too have been impressed with the beer selection at Metropolitan in Federal Hill. I would also swing by Grand Cru on the north side of town, they have a nice selection of bottles as well as some cool draft offerings (it's a good place to hit on Sundays as you can get a beer or glass of wine as well as carry-out sixers, 750s, etc.). It is also close to Wells Liquors (closed Sunday, alas), where you can sometimes find beers you don't see elsewhere.
      That said, the Wine Source is still my number one pick for liquor stores in Baltimore. They have a very knowledgeable and helpful staff and a stellar beer selection.

      1. j
        jes Jun 10, 2008 02:43 PM

        Dog Pub in Federal Hill, Wharf Rat in Fells.

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        1. re: jes
          KAZ Jun 11, 2008 06:46 AM

          If you are coming in from out of town, here is the skinny on these two places:

          Dog Pub in Federal Hill is a "tap house". They serve house beers which are brewed for them by Dominion Brewery, a mid sized brewery in Virginia that brews branded beers for pubs and restaurants. If you have a beer with the name of the restaurant in this area, most likely it was brewed by Dominion. I find their beers solid, but not in the same class as the Heavy Seas or Brewers Art. {Note: Someone can confirm that this is still the case at Dog Pub. I'm not sure how much has changed with the name change / opening of new locations etc}

          The Wharf Rat brews there own beer. They are branded as Oliver's Ales. They are British style ales. The bar in Fells Point is fantastic and they usually have two hand pulled ales on tap. It would definitely be worth checking out. If you like it, you can find the Oliver beers around town in six packs, e.g. The Wine Source may stock them.

          Good luck and report back.

          1. re: KAZ
            kimeats Jun 11, 2008 07:04 AM

            Thanks KAZ. I'm not a huge fan of Dominion beers so that's good to know.
            I'll try to check out the current offerings from Wharf rat

            1. re: kimeats
              KAZ Jun 11, 2008 07:19 AM

              Hit the Wharf Rat before 7pm. 3 house beers for $4. (Same time, different kind).

              There is also a Wharf Rat in the inner harbor on Pratt St. The one in Fells Point is better, IMO, but they serve the same beer.

            2. re: KAZ
              sistereurope Jun 11, 2008 11:05 AM

              I'm with you on the Wharf Rat - my favorite beer is their Irish Red and I've spent WAY too much time at the Fells Point WR!!
              But as for the beer at the Dog Pub - a member of my family used to work there and about, oh, I'd say a year ago, they bought a brewery and now they brew their own beer. I truly think that it's a LOT better than the Dominion (an honest assessment, despite the link! In fact, I always used to feel bad because we prefered the Oliver's beer over the Dog Pub's)

          2. k
            KAZ Jun 10, 2008 09:59 AM

            I second the Max's rec. Great beer selection, both on tap and in bottles.

            The Wine Source in Hampden has a really good carry out selection. I've been getting Hugh Sisson's 12 pack sampler of the Heavy Seas line. All of them have been great so far. Try the Red Sky at Night if you can find it locally on tap.

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            1. re: KAZ
              kimeats Jun 10, 2008 10:57 AM

              Red Sky at Night is one of my favorites. We actually get Clipper City up here on tap. I'm doing the tour of their brewery on Saturday.

            2. t
              traumaguy02 Jun 10, 2008 08:48 AM

              Metropolitan Coffee House and Wine Bar in Federal Hill... excellent craft beer, some local and some not. Check out their website, not sure what day..but they have some nice specials and beer tastings every week.

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                hon Jun 10, 2008 08:11 AM

                Hands down, Mahaffey's Pub in Canton


                As for buying beer, I would try The Wine Source in Hampden and Beltway Fine Wine out near Towson.

                1. JonParker Jun 10, 2008 08:08 AM

                  Duda's in Fells Point has a really nice selection.

                  1. BaltoPhilFood Jun 10, 2008 07:56 AM

                    Eek! Skip Red Brick Station!!! I'd say head to Max's in Fells Point. They just had a craft beer fest last month, beer list is on their website. http://www.maxs.com/
                    Red Star has some beers you won't find in every bar. http://www.redstarrestaurant.net/ Both are close to the harbor

                    Beltway liquors has a good selection of beers and you can make a six pack if you wish.

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                    1. re: BaltoPhilFood
                      kimeats Jun 10, 2008 08:02 AM

                      Thanks! Any idea what beers Red Star carries? I see no mention of brews on their site, sadly.

                      1. re: kimeats
                        BaltoPhilFood Jun 10, 2008 10:21 AM

                        they rotate selections I believe, but you'll find most of the clipper city brews there, belgians, etc. sorry I can't be of more help. max's is a short walk away so if you stop in one you can always head to the other and one will be sure to please!

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