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Pratt Street Ale House

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BA SCORE
89
very good

90 Ratings
Ratings: 90
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Active Beers: 108
Beer Ratings: 695
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 25
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

206 W Pratt St
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201
United States
phone: (410) 244-8900

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Notes:
Formerly The Wharf Rat / Oliver Breweries Ltd.

Serves Oliver Ales (brewed on-premise) and guest beers.

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Reviews by slander:
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

So I've got my much needed bottle of water and when I finally get to the front of the line, I hold out my $2, but she doesn't take it, she doesn't even look at me; she looks past me. And then she just walks away without saying anything, to me at least, but by the time she gets around to my side of the counter, she's muttering "I ain't takin' any of this shit, not tonight", and she's swinging an aluminum baseball bat. It takes her just a moment to shoo the gang kids out of the candy aisle and then she's back around behind the counter, I pay and try to leave, but now they've got me locked inside. "Um, I'd like to leave please", and now they look annoyed at having to come unlock the door so I can leave the 7-11. I just wanted a bottle of water, is all...

The next morning brings clarity and perspective. Not only did I not get killed by Bloods last night, but we just escaped the creepiest hotel ever, and I feel that we should celebrate by visiting just one more place before heading north. This Wharf Rat is the original although the one we hit yesterday seems considerably more weathered. Pushing through the outdoor seating pen to get in, we find the "L" shaped wood bar seating 16 in the room off to the right. The barback is a large long wood unit, with mirrored backing most of the way, carved wood inserts & pieces, pillars, tiered booze, glassware, growlers and ceramic mug club mugs, and more in a cupboard to the right of the bar. A paneled glass piece to the rear displaying old bottles, and coasters & mugs lined above, and then various pieces, a bobby hat, trophies, statues, etc. Nearly a dozen 2 seat tables adjacent to the bar sharing common church pew benches against the inside brick wall, the tables with a sunken crosshatching inlay for bottle caps and stamps under a plexi top. Shelving above the seating holds books, plates, baskets, tap handles, bottles, pitchers, a lantern, a model cannon and other pieces. Pressed tin ceiling, drop lamps above the bar and seating, hanging, dangling plants reaching over the tall front windows, and steins displayed above. English flag over the door, and another shelf holding model ships & hooks, a French horn, guitar, tambourine, a birdcage and more. TV's above the bar and a big flatscreen to the rear.

Through an arch doorway to the rear, a small pen in a side room with bench seating and stools around low tables up against a fireplace, and an adjacent brewpub schwag stand. And continuing through, a far dining room with a dozen tables round & square. Large front windows, a rear glass wall looking over a sunken brewroom with a copper kettle and a wood lined mash tun, and the outside wall of brick, with a wonderful old bottle collection above on shelving, including vintage Grant's Scottish Ale, Celtic Ale & Imperial Stout bottles (sooo sad). Around the bend and up the stairs, an additional seating area and the General Mott room. And out front, curbside, a seating pen holds a dozen and a half plastic roundies under umbrellas.

Back at the bar; 4 towers of 7 taps each at different points along the bar, and a 5 handle handpump system set dead center. All in all, 14 house taps, 3 house casks and 8 guest taps (Hoegaarden, Pilsner Urquell, Stella, Guinness, Bass, Yuengling, Bud Light, Woodchuck Cider). Samplers are 3 mugs for $4, so we mixed and matched again. The (Cask) Oliver ESB, a dark amber, was buttery and off; the Oliver Blackfriar Stout was rich and roasty; the Bishop's Breakfast, an oatmeal stout, was all licorice and chocolatey; the (Cask) Oliver Best Bitter was just blah; the Oliver Ironman Pale Ale was not terribly floral, but nicely hoppy; the Oliver Blonde Ale was Saaz spicy; the Old Habit, an English Brown was somewhat weak; the Oliver Golden Wheat had a nice light hoppiness and slight ginger flavor; and the Oliver Irish Red was another buttery mess. They also had a cream ale, English amber, Summer light, brown porter, black porter, English strong ale, a dark mild and a cask dark mild.

Also 2 dozen plus bottles, a handful of which are US micros (Anchor Steam, Rogue Dead Guy, Sam Adams Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Magic Hat #9), a dozen or so imports, some of them decent (Chimay, Duvel, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout & Lager), the rest of them blah blah, and the rest macros, maltos and N/A's.

Really cool house. Like the Fell's Point location, many of the beers here were similar but different, but there was a good range nonetheless, for what you can do with English style beers, although the quality here was not as good as there, which is strange because they do all the brewing at this location.

slander, Dec 30, 2007
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Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore, MD
89 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.