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Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery

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Brewer's Alley Restaurant & BreweryBrewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.8/5
Based on:
28 Beers
404 Ratings
Place Score: 89
Ratings: 63
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 7.85%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

124 N Market St
Frederick, Maryland, 21701-5422
United States
phone: (301) 631-0089

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @brewersalley

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Reviews by bonbini26:
Photo of bonbini26
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Came in for dinner 01-02-08

Atmosphere- Bar & Restaurant area were both pretty crowded, pretty mixed crowd from college kids to families with kids.
Service- Food and drinks came out quickly, staff was friendly
Selection- Pretty good selection, something for every taste and a lot of seasonal offerings along with a cask line. Everything from Oatmeal Stout, DIPA, ESB cask, Winter Ale, IPA, Weizen, Brown, Kolsch
Food- All the food was very good, no complaints here, esp. for a brewpub
Valve- Dinner was around $60 for apps./entree/beer for two. The flight 6 beers (8oz pours) was only $7!

Overall worth checking out if your in the area a lot of seasonal/limited beers is always nice to see to try something different.

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3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Fun atmosphere but very small and gets crowded a bit quick. Good choice of beers brewed there, but the food sucks outside of the pizza. Get there early to get a seat at the bar. They have regulars like their Oatmeal Stout and Kolsch pretty much always on tap. Go for the oatmeal stout. Neat giant beer tube taps for the table. Overall this is definitely worth stopping at if you are driving down Route 70.

Photo of jjboesen
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

While visiting historic downtown Frederick during the July 4th holiday weekend, I paid another visit to Frederick County’s first brewpub. Brewers Alley is easy to find since it is located in a large brick building on the eastern side of North Market Street. According to the server, it once housed City Hall and a theater. Enter beneath the wrought iron archway and cross the patio into the entrance, where you come to the reception area. This is a large place with several dining rooms, but if the bar area is your goal, go through the door next to the reservation desk.

This is a moderate-sized area with high-tops and tables spread about; the bar is in the middle of everything. While quaint and comfortable, this room could probably do with some more natural light – perhaps larger front windows, so patrons can get a better view of bustling Market Street.

Although, advertised as a brewpub, Brewer’s Alley beer is made about 2 miles up the road at Monocracy Brewing. According to the server, they simply ran out of room for the brewing equipment – or did they just want more space for paying customers? Hmmmm.

The draft selection during my visits – once for lunch and dinner – consisted of a fruity kolsch, a crisp pilsner, the requisite pale ale, the mandatory wheat, oatmeal stout and a cask porter. The ones I had were well-crafted, tasty and fresh. Yummmm. In addition, they were all of moderate alcohol, and made great sessional quaffs. Another plus was the price: $4.00 a pint - minus a buck during weekday Happy Hour. Include some very attentive service along with an eclectic menu, which included some superb fish tacos, and Brewers Alley is a worthy goal should you find yourself in search of history

Frederick is a beautiful destination with plenty to see and do. Plus, the parking is plentiful ($1.00 on weekends). Will most certainly stop here again.

Photo of Rushalt
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had the scotch ale first time for that style so wont review that other than i liked it. Had the calamari which was very good lightly breaded and well cooked the spicy aoli was my wifes favorite to dip it in while i prefered the marinara. For main course had lobster and steak, the lobster was cooked well as was the steak however the steak was under seasoned for my tastes. Finished with a root beer float the root beer was above average and the ice cream was delicious. Our waitress heather was the best that ive had in a restaurant to date, was attentative and knew a lot about the beer and food which She seemed to be giving opinions on and not just saying what they were told 2. Overall it was a very good night out with the wife and we are planning to return once the barleywine is in season.

Photo of Jimmys
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

this brewpub is located in a very pretty building right on the main drag of historic fredericksburg. the restaurant had many different sections to sit in, some seemed way too crowded (the rear dining room in particular). we sat by the brewhouse in the bar section which was significantly more empty. service was attentive but not overbearing. there was about 10 beers on tap and a cask line as well as bud, corona, and miller light bottles (which, for the record, i dislike when brewpubs offer these). the beers i sampled were good with diverse styles on tap such as hefe, mild, nut brown, EIPA, and a scottish. the food was good brewpub food. had a good pulled pork sandwich and especially enjoyed the shoe-string frenchfries. definitely worth a visit if strolling around fredericksburg.

Photo of bum732
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My go-to place when i lived up in Frederick for a month in addition to visiting my gf who lived there for 2 years. Great location, smack dab in historic Frederick right on main street. They have a nice outdoor patio area that faces main street, about 7-8 tables. Inside is a bar area with bar tables and a central bar. The other side of the building is the restaurant area which has normal seating and beer paraphernalia on the walls.

Hardwood floors and low lighting set the scene for the bar area. Beers on tap are written on the chalk board. They have i think 4 year round beers (IPA, Kolsch, Weizen, stout) in addition to a couple seasonals. I find all their beer very solid, the IPA is a great English IPA (and award winning) and the stout is also very solid. Kolsch is ok, from what i remember, refreshing. They have a couple flatscreen tvs in the bar area, usually always people in there, and has a very diverse crowd, well, for Frederick at least.

Food is pretty solid, they create a lot of meals revolving around the beers themselves. So you have your traditional pub fare as well as nicer, upscale dishes featuring beer as an ingredient.

All in all, a great place to visit, i love coming in the summer to drink and eat lunch outside. Parking on the street or the parking garage behind the brewery makes access easy. They also actually use the beer equipment on display in the bar area, so if you go during a weekday, you'll be able to smell the sweet aromas of spent grain and boiling wort.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Nice looking brick building with a little outside seating area that seemed very cozy, especially on as nice as it was. The outside seating area was packed and had a few people waiting to be seated out there, so it must have been worth it. We sat in the bar area at a high top table by a window looking at a few large beer tanks with a bunch of growlers sitting on the floor waiting to be filled. A Beer Advocate magazine sat in the window. That's how I knew this was a decent establishment!

The pizza I ordered was fantastic and the other dishes on the fairly expansive menu all sounded pretty good. My friend's mac and cheese was pretty tasty as well and the carrot soup was quality. The service could have been better, but the waitress was busy as she was the only one working in the bar area.

And as for the beer, I ordered their IPA and their Amber Fields Best Bitter, both being pretty good, especially the Bitter. It was unique but definitely very good. The IPA was a little on the plain side, but no real complaints. My friend ordered their Kolsch, and my taste of that was good, a very clean and refreshing drink. The kicker was the prices. $3.74 for a pint each. The food was on the pricier side but the whole experience was certainly worth it.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A close friend of mine had his rehearsal dinner here and I come down here whenever I hit up Frederick. This is a nice and historical place to be full of character. This brewery/grill is located in a tall brick historical building off main street lined up with shopping/restaurants. This place gives off an industrial and rustic feeling. Two stories with the top floor usually reserved for private parties. They have the usual suspects on tap and they offer other local brews as well as the mainstream ones. Service is average and it's usually a hit or miss with the wait staff just like with any restaurant. Good food here - I recommend the pizza. Enjoy the patio outside when it is nice out!

Photo of patreely12
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I came here awhile back to celebrate a friend of mine opening an exhibit at one of the locate art galleries. The place is very nice inside, both at the bar and in the restaurant. All of the pipe work for there brewery is exposed which gives it a cool vibe and reminds everyone that they aren't messing around when it comes to beer.

They had a great food and beer selection. I had a couple of their Kolsch, which when very well with my dinner. The service was a bit slow, but then again we were in a pretty big group and the place was rather crowded for a Saturday night.

Overall the experience was pleasant. I'd like to come back to this place again, next time with a smaller group. I'd like to have more time to sample all the fine brews they've created.

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Brewer's Alley Restaurant & Brewery in Frederick, MD
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