Taps: 145 / Bottles: 1200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 178 | Reviews: 152 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by SheepNutz:
4.14/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5
I was very stoked about this place due to their over 100 draft selections (including 2 casks) and over 200 bottled beers. I called them a few days before I went to see what time they opened on Monday, and they told me noon. Well, I get there monday around 12:15 PM, still closed. I had the fun opportunity of sitting in the park outside watching drug deals go down and chasing off pigeons and beggars in the rain until they finally opened at 1:45. Once inside though, I forgot about it all. The large number of taps lined up along the never-ending bar. The huge refrigerators just full of bottled beers. The beer lists were awesome and they had almost every selection you could think of, except they were out of cask ale and my first selection (Magic Hat #9). Not a problem for me though, because there were still plenty of beers there that I've never tried or seen. The service was fair being that I was one of the 4 people that were inside the whole building. The staff were friendly and very knowledgeable about beer. The prices are fairly good too. If you stop by, don't forget about their large selection of cellared ales as well. This place is can't-miss if you are in downtown Baltimore.
03-09-2004 15:36:23 | More by SheepNutz
More User Reviews:
4.67/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Atmosphere: This place is rustic and filled with more beer paraphernalia than you can imagine. Signs, mirrors, quotes, tap handles, pictures, and displays. Just shy of cluttered, but brings a beer-orientated ambiance.
The layout is a high point with several different bars inside. The main bar when you walk in is the largest and probably the most generic. Plenty of light plays on the wooden interior. Towards the back of the downstairs theirs an area I’ll refer to as a ‘nook’, much more private with a much smaller bar. This area is low light and quite intimate. The upstairs houses yet another bar, but is split into two deck areas. The floor plan is slightly more open and seems more European than the main bar.
Atmosphere overall reminds me of Delirium Café in Brussels
Service: Bartenders seemed flustered, but that is to be expected during the festival. The ordering strategy was 3-4 oz samples ordered with flight cards. From what I could gather, everyone seemed friendly as they could be and knowledgeable as well.
Selection: My experience was during the Belgian Beer Festival. The quality was impeccable. The amount of beers on tap including the bottle selection was unbelievable. This is Max’s strong suit.
Value: The flight style samples were all $3.50 regardless of the beer, which afforded the ability to taste a lot of world-class beers. Overall, this place is at the pinnacle of the beer drinking experience. If you find yourself anywhere even remotely close, stop by.
02-21-2014 01:55:51 | More by ZagZagg
Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
98 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.