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25 Ratings
Ratings: 25
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rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.11%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

301 S Light St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202-1037
United States
phone: (410) 539-7468
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Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by sulldaddy:
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$

Visited this spot after an Orioles game during a bachelor party. There were 8 of us and we were seated quickly in a large booth right inside the door. There is a great view of the harbor from pretty much any seat in the house. Other than that the decor is exposed metal ductwork and industrial themed set up. There are several table chair setups and booths then a large rectangular bar with about 25 stools around. Also a pool table or two near the bathrooms. Fermenters are clearly visible so you know they brew their own.
Beer choices were pretty good with about 8 house beers. Didnt even ask about guest brews. I had a few glasses of the kolsch to go with my dinner of pulled pork sandwich, which was Very Good!
The food is pub grub with some seafood mixed in and everyone should be able to find something they like.
This is a solid stop if in town for a game or a visit to the national aquarium with the family.
This is a solid brewpub with good beers and tasty food check it out!

05-24-2006 19:37:03 | More by sulldaddy
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2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$$

We stopped in to cool off with a brew on a hot afternoon. Modern, Industrial decor with a good vier of the water. The bar was nearly empty as was the chalkboard of available beers. Onle 3 with 2 more to be offered "In about an hour". We both had a Pale Rider Ale ($5.25@). Based on the name and description, we were expecting a pale ale. It turned out to be a caramel colored IPA. Fortunately, we both like IPAs and found the beer to be OK. We lingered a bit because the Sox/O's game was on, but there wasn't much else tempting about the place.

08-05-2007 22:15:36 | More by cdmastro
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3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped for lunch on a weekend with the family. The Baltimore location is in the Light Street Pavillion on the inner harbor, on the second floor. It does feature outdoor seating, although given the heat this day we opted for indoors.

The inside is much like a converted warehouse, and seating is somewhat comfortable. Copper tanks dominate the inside and the bar goes around them.

The hostess made sure we were comfortable, and the waitress was excited to tell us all about the beers (expressing with excitement that she could actually "do her job" when we mentioned we hadn't been there before). Drinks and food were served promptly and well.

The quality of the service offset the relatively constrained selection. Offered that day were a Kolsch, an English style pale ale, an American-style amber/pale ale, and the Fuel imperial stout. The hefeweizen, the seasonal beer for the summer, was out that day. However, the Fuel was a very impressive imperial stout with little indication of its high alcohol content. All the beer was served at the appropriate temperature, and between this and the service I got the impression that the establishment knew its beer even though the selection was fairly concentrated.

Food was standard pub fare but again served very well. My pulled pork sandwich was enjoyable (although I would have done better to pair it with the American or English pale ale rather than the impy, my fault), and the crab cake sandwich represented Maryland well.

All in all an enjoyable experience.

07-14-2007 01:20:17 | More by joeysmokedporter
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4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Located right on the harbor (which is just south of downtown Baltimore) this slightly hidden brewpub is among small shops and diners. It's located in a miniature mall type building, with shops and restaurants. Outside seats give a view of the harbor.

I grabbed a seat at the bar and ordered the Pale Ale, which was pretty good. They also offer a beer called Fuel, which is an 11% imperial stout mixed with a bit of coffee. It's served in a 10oz goblet.

The area is set up like most bar/restaurants, however there are brewing tanks behind the bar. Also, there is a chalkboard which showcases which beers are available, when they were brewed, when they were first poured, and a bit of additional information.

I was glad I found this little brewpub. I was suprised to find one in this area. Don't be intimidated by its commercial location, its a brewpub like any other, with great and unique beers to go along with it.

07-13-2007 00:45:10 | More by BeerSox
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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

This brewpub is just one location of CCBC, which is based in Washington, DC. However, each site has its own brewer who is free to make whatever craft beer serves his or her whim. During my most recent visit, they had on tap an incredibly filling Imperial Stout called Fuel, which was served in a 10 ounce goblet.

One advantage of the Baltimore CCBC is that it is located in Harborplace’s Light Street Pavilion and overlooks the world-famous Inner Harbor. Even if you don’t appreciate the beer, there’s still the great view – with terrace seating in the warmer months. The interior is airy, yet rather industrial looking (after all, it is a beer factory), with a large horseshoe bar amid tables. Overlooking it all are the copper tanks where the beer comes to life.

I have been here on several occasions and the service has always been efficiently carried out by friendly and knowledgeable staff. Besides Baltimore, Capitol City Brewing has two locations in Washington DC, and one in suburban Arlington, Virginia. I understand that this location will be closing or relocating.

UPDATE (October 2007): It is closed!

04-09-2007 00:37:37 | More by jjboesen
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3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

"Move those chains!" was the chant that rung in my ears following the Steelers' loss down in Balto two weeks previously, so where was I? Right back in the saddle, at the bar.

My friend, Greg, and I had a disagreement regarding this place's construction. It is on the second floor of the Light Street Pavillion, but it does not have a public-accessible second floor. Up there were the FVs, but even I could not broach the guards.

The layout was a "U"-shaped fishbowl with a lot of glass windows overlooking BAL's Inner Harbor. The bar was an oval-shaped, copper-topped affair that put me in mind of a racetrack (Hello, Pimlico?), ringed by swivelling stools right out of Pops' Chocklit Shoppe. To the right of the bar were a short bank of booth seats. The windows were lined with standard table and chairs. The washrooms were aft of the bar, between a public phone and a cigarette machine.

The Serving Vessels were copper-jacketed and ran the length of the booths that I mentioned earlier. Above the SVs, on the dreaded second floor, was a board labelled ""Brewmaster's Production Schedule", and was broken down by "Name", "Brew Date", "1st Pour", "Taste" and "In" 'n' "Out". Behind the SVs was the kitchen and to the right (facing) of the kitchen was a series of flanking booths abbreviated on the left side (facing) by the stairs to the second floor.

Headed all of the way to the front, facing the Light Street Mall, the m.d.s. was just inside on the right (facing) and the brewhouse was fully visible on the left.

As to their beers: The Kolsch was a little weaker than usual; Pale Rider was fantastic; Amber Waves was OK; Maertzen was OK; St. Adrian's Alt was great; The Dubbel was a bit sour; and The Fuel was kick-ass, but I had to go to a party afterwards, so a sampler was it.

02-20-2007 10:13:36 | More by woodychandler
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

On my first visit about 5 years ago I was not impressed with the beer.

I visited again last week and the Amber was one of the best I have ever tasted. Happy Hour pints are $3. The food was good, had the crab cakes because appetizers are half off during happy hour. I was not able to try all the beers but I was very happy with the improved quality of the beer I tried. Service was fast and friendly.

Location is on the second level of a shopping mall in the Inner Harbor and gives a great view of the Chesapeake Bay

01-14-2007 21:45:06 | More by ejimhof
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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

The big selling point here is the location. “Hmm,” you might think, since it is a brewpub and I didn’t say beer. Best place downtown to have a beer and see fireworks as most of the seats directly face the beautiful Inner Harbor.

Their everyday stuff is pretty ho hum, but the seasonal brews are exceptional. If you enjoy big stouts, and haven't had the immense pleasure of a fuel, get yourself over there now.

Atmosphere is sterile, food okay pub grub, and service inconsistent. Worthwhile if you are looking for an easy triumvirate of brewpubs in downtown Bmore; hitting Oliver’s, here and then Brewer’s Art within a 2 miles of stumbling.

10-05-2006 19:21:12 | More by Umbra
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3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$

Another decent brewpub from the Charm City. The best thing about Capital City Brewing is the view from the outside deck overlooking the Inner Harbor. When I was there at dusk, it was just in time to see a sailboat coming into dock. The only problem is the bar can get overrun by tourists.

The beer itself is decent. The Capital Kolsh is a good example of the style, while the pale ale is decent.

Like most brewpubs, they have an Oatmeal Stout. Their's is decent, if not spectacular.

That's probably the best way to describe all of the bers available. The rye ale was probably the best available.

Capital City is in a good location, walking distance from the Wharf Rat, and in the same mall as several decent restaurants.

09-27-2006 17:41:14 | More by n0rmann
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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$

Atmosphere. Hmmm....
On one hand, it's in a fantastic part of the city and has a great view of the Inner Harbor. On the other hand, the interior decor seems cheap, cold, industrial and unwelcoming.
Service was friendly but slow on a rather slow afternoon.
Beer-wise, it looks like they try to shotgun the range of beers. I tried their pale ale, and my wife had a wheat, I believe. Neither of which were bad, but not spectacular either.
The food was tasty. I'll give them that. We had the crab cakes as appetizers (half off appetisers during happy hour) and they were extremely tasty. Not a bad place, but I probably won't be going back, either.

08-24-2006 19:33:43 | More by DaveFL1976
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Capitol City Brewing in Baltimore, MD
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