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Franklin's Restaurant, Brewery & General Store

Not Rated.
Franklin's Restaurant, Brewery & General StoreFranklin's Restaurant, Brewery & General Store
Based on:
85 Beers
351 Hads
Place Score: 89
Reviews: 25
Visits: 42
Avg: 3.92
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

5123 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, Maryland, 20781
United States
phone: (301) 927-2740

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @franklinsbrwry

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Reviews: 25 | Visits: 42
Reviews by harpus:
Photo of harpus
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place has good size parking lot and did not have to worry about looking for a parking space. I arrived about 15 minutes before they were going to close. I asked if they were serving food and the waitress said not. I asked if the bar was open upstairs and it was. There were a few people at the bar. I asked the bartender if I could get the sampler and he said OK without a hesitation. The people next to me ordered food, so I asked if I could still order and he said for the next 8 minutes. So I ordered the Cowboy Burger with BBQ sauce on the side, the burger was good, but the fries were really good, they some seasoning on them. The sampler included 10 beers; one of them was one of the 9 on Nitro. I liked all the beers, not bad beers in the bunch. If in the area I say it is worth the trip. The people at the beer were really friendly and I talked to several of them. The bartender was really nice and helpful even when they were about to close when arrived.

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4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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Photo of shahn
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

I've been going to Franklin's when they were just a deli. The bar has a great view of the brewery (glass) - I've done some neat photography here. The beers on tap are all tier own (if you want other breweries, downstairs cooler has an Excellent collection of micros & wines). The beer styles change seasonally with a few staples that are year-round. Beers are good but sometimes the tap lines aren't the cleanest. I have a super sensitive nose & have worked in the industry, to be able to tell.)) Try the VanDam if it's offered. Stouts and Porters were always tasty, especially the Imperial Stouts.
Atmosphere in the bar is locals, college student w/their families, etc.
Bar area also has tables.
Art on the walls and sculptures are "meh" but it's a pseudo-college area.

Do not leave without visiting the toy store & pick up some gourmet food items. (Hot sauce, wine & a 6-Pk)!

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dexterk1
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited not too long ago with my fiancee. This place brews there own beer(always good). Atmosphere is very nice. Good bar are to hang out and an upstairs area with more tables. Food was very good. We both had pizzas and they were delicious.
Beer selection was pretty good. I would love to see more beers to chose from, but they can only brew so many at one time. They seem to switch up some often. We tried several beers and they were all very good quality. My favorite was the twisted turtle pale ale. The IPA and the antilles stout were also very good.

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Photo of slander
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Happy New Year, ‘cause that’s when I gone gone there. Wake up and head home time from the hotel, and oh, Hyattsville is actually a DC burb, just a shorty drive away. This way, and up there I’m sure, and now we’ll turn around having just passed it. We can park right, what? It’s your own parking lot and you have to pay to play, ugh, but save, not today...

Stand alone building a century and some old with a large cartoon lettering vertical neon on the corner out front. In and up, to the mez over the back half of the place. It’s big, airy & open; I’m sure there’s lots of sun when it peeks its face, through the tall vertical windows in sets of 3 or 4 off the corner. The far wall is big brick, and the rest of the room is done in a deep yellow with orange trim, and burgundy I beams, rails & gatings about. The walls are adorned with local art for sale, and TV’s in the corners. Wide slat floors, corrugated ceiling, exposed ducts, drop quisp lamps & track baby spots.

“L” shaped copper topped bar to the right with a corrugated base, piping foot rail, and seating for a baker’s dozen. A pair of Stainless steel row towers with 6 taps each on the bar. Barback is framed wood boxings shelving booze, wine, glassware, mugs & growls around a center flatscreen over a brick wall. Tiered booze on a long shelf to the left over counter space, and more glassware shelved below, wine fridge & coolerings. Logo pieces displaying current tap selections on a large apparently not being used blackboard. Glass front brewrooms to the rear on both sides of the hallway loo, with fermenters and the like.

Slight bar counter space adjacent to the bar & 3 hightops, one of which I’m sitting at, and a dozen 2 seat hightops up front in the corner, pushed together as needed. On the other side of the room, a dozen and a half mix & match tables festively vinyl cloth covered. Also, at first I thought this was just a reflection, but yes it is so, there are 2 tables in one of those little rooms to the rear nosing up against a copper lauter tun.

Beer, maybe, definitely. The sampler is everything up, 9 of 10 beers listed. Bombshell Blonde, actually a Kolsch, light hoppiness, okay; Rubber Chicken Red, malty sweetness, but just misses; Twisted Turtle Pale Ale, grainy, English Pale Ale, East Kent Goldings; Sierra Madre, west coast pale ale, cascade, big hop nose; Private IPA, 7%, a whole lot of bitterness, I can deal; Golden Opportunity, Belgian golden, 6.5% and not sickly sweet, but meh; Black Dog (nitro), thinnish and too much so, a bit of the good licorice though; Highland Hugh, scotch ale, 8%, big malt sweety, without the alcohol burn; Old Miser, an old ale at 8.5%, rich, malty fruit bomb, sweet & deep. I’m thinking the Twisted Turtle Pale Ale & Highland Hugh were the best of ‘em.

And as we’re in the lunching hour, I had the catfish gumbo (okra, tasso ham, andouille sausage, crawfish & catfish in a deep dark rich stew). It was quite good and there was much rejoicing. She opted for the pomegranate and orange salad (good, but too much dressing), and a side of gorgonzola mashed potatoes (and dissed, received the garlic mashed instead). Disappointed, she, as garlic mashed potatoes could be had anytime. These contained full on garlic cloves and were good, although swimming in butter.

Downstairs, more deep yellow with blue trim, and some peach & purple, and walls of window front & side off the corner. Local art, some of it quite good, and a specials board just past the reception desk. Wish I’d known the soup of the day was turkey barley, I like everything about that there. The day could’ve played differently. Just shy of 3 dozen booths & tables in groups of 3 or 4 mostly; some are clothed like the ones upstairs but in a different color scheme, and a 5 seat bar to the rear looking right in on the kitchen. Up front, the reception area has a chair shaped like a giant hand. I am sitting in it. Looking up, I can see a trio of tin soldiers above the front vestibule. And just off there, a cut through to the side general store. Toys, candy and I mean lots of candy, like all sorts of candy (I heart candy), hot sauces, greeting cards, wines, chachki, stuff. Oh, and beer to the rear, both coolered and not (Stillwaters, hello).

We have decided that we like the use of space here. Yes. Comfortable house, good crowd, pleasant serving type people. Food was good (for me anyway) and the beer was okay, I suppose. Nothing fall of my chair wow, but decent for the most part. Should you find yourself in the DC burbs...

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Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Tussled away in an obscure DC area of Hyattsville Maryland just off historic Route 1, sits Franklins, a former hardware store in a sleepy side of town. The area is fairly quiet but there are lately atempts to turn it into an art district.

Franklins is truly a unique place. A brewer bought an old hardware store and turned it into a candy,joke and adult beverage business. On the other side sits the restaurant.

This place doesn't pass as a typical Cracker Barrel or other chain versions of those kinds of places Franklins is truly the real deal. Staff are incredibly nice and helpful, and genuine.

Now the food is quite good. Sandwiches though are massive, and you will be told often you're taking them home. That said though the place isn't a feeding trough either. Fresh ingredients, check out the specials often. Highlights were a grilled peach salad topped with prosciutto and a clam burger (Clamwich) made from just received and fresh clams. Delicious and plump.

Standards fit fine, an enormous turkey club, solid fish and chips that aren't soggy. Then there is the beer.

THere are usually about 8 offerings on tap, with some of the standards such as the IPAs, Hefeweizen, and Pale Ales being quite solid. The DIPA is quite good. Others miss the mark.

Then after you have fed yourself you can then go to general store and truly be a kid in a candy store. Besides all the trinkets, some of the brewed beer is for sale in the back in the cooler. How awesome is that, along with other beer and wine to be had.

This is truly and adults drinking and eating amusement park, it can't be beat.

Franklins is truly one of a kind.

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Photo of forpetes8
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I like IPA s . I had the pleasure of trying their "double IPA " - the actual beer name was a play on the name of the " beastie boys".
I enjoyed it very much .Nice hop character with a spicy after taste .
I was visiting in College Park and was surprised not to find more beer bars in the area. So we drove 4 miles and tried this brewery . The ribs and salad were both excellant . I did sample some of their other beers and was not impressed.
This area needs a good beer bar.

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Photo of alejandro
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I don't often review places, however I thought this placed deserved a quick review. The Atmosphere is relaxed family friendly with an attached toy store & gift shop,where you can purchase good beer to go. The beer quality has been questionable in the past but the new brewer Mike Roy has managed to take the PG county water and turn it into something not only enjoyable but pretty damn good. Generally there are more than enough styles of beer on tap to keep me happy and sampling with their half pint serving option. The food is good if you stick to the seasonal specials menu, if you venture off that you run the risk of having a pizza with too much cheese (I did not know this was possible before), or vegetarian cottage pie that is not as appetizing as the menu suggest. For a final though I would just like to say If you haven't been here with in the last 6 months, give it another chance and support your local brewery, the progress this establishment is making will encourage you to return.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I had high hopes for this place, seriously. I went in and read the menu, seemed like a cool place. Art hanging on the walls produced for sale by local artists, 10, count them 10 beers on draft. I got a sampler of 7 of them (one was out) and eagerly tasted them. The first few were pale ales, esb, ipa, standard fair but each had flat unappealing flavors, I will review the beers at a later date. They were cheap to order and the wait staff was helpful and responsive. We ordered food as well. The lamb sliders were amazing, should have just order a few more plates of them. The rest of the food was unremarkable, not bad, just plain. The beers unfortunately were not good at all. And I object to them calling their Kolsch a blonde. Wrong. Sorry Hyattsville, you still need a brewpub.

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Franklin's Restaurant, Brewery & General Store in Hyattsville, MD
89 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.