Pratt Street Ale House
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Active Beers: 86
Beer Ratings: 670
Beer Avg: 3.75
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 64 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jwc215:
3.83/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Old English pub-style bar/brewpub. Dim, but not dark - an old/quaint feeling about it. Bar and small tables (with bottle-cap) decor on right and tables to left.
My friends and I stopped in at lunch time (and I returned after walking around Baltimore a few hours). They had a great special going on - three beers (12 oz.) for five bucks. Normally they are 4.25 each - even that is great). Great variety - all in British tradition. Fourteen offerings of their beers, with several of them on nitro and three casks. There were several guest taps, but most were standard micros and imports. Standard macros and bigger crafts (MH 9, for instance) available in bottles. Their own beer had a (Ringwood yeast?) "house" character to them for the most part, and were good to very good overall.
The menu offers an array of pub grub. A little pricier than I would have expected, but still reasonable considering low cost of beers.
The service was nothing special. The bartender at lunch, while being friendly and minimally attentive enough, seemed more concerned about goofing around with the radio and didn't really know about beers. We asked to see the brewer, just to meet him. He said he would get to it, but didn't get back to us - He seemed "distracted" though it wasn't busy. When returning in the evening, another bartender was there. He wasted quite a bit on the pours, and didn't know that nitro wouldn't hold up in growlers. He didn't seem to know "nitro" anyway. (They called them "soft pours", which is fine, but since it is the same thing, I'm surprised he didn't seem like he knew the alternative name...whatever...) He wasn't undfriendly, but, he just wanted to "do his job" and that's all...rather mechanically. All-in-all, service wasn't "bad", but could use improvement.
Brewer obviously proud of English heritage, as British flag was clearly displayed, old English pub character throughout, and all beers of solid British tradition.
Food was standard Brirish pub-grub. Good enough, though nothing special.
A nice place to stop in if you like English-style brews (which I do, so will be sure to stop in again on my next trip to Baltimore.
07-24-2008 16:53:11 | More by jwc215
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