DuClaw Brewing Company
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Active Beers: 79
Beer Ratings: 6,122
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
3.8/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
This place is very contemporary and attractive on the surface. Tucked into the side of a huge mall complex, lots of neon and classic nightlife lighting to draw you in. Inside there is a large and moderne dining area and through a glass doorway you enter the somewhat chic bar area which leads out to an adjoining outdoor seating area. There are lots of TVs surrounding the bar but oddly, when sitting at the bar, the majority of the screens are out of your view which leaves you with just two choices and you better hope you're a local that's content to watch the Orioles. With all these TVs you'd think they could work out a better arrangement for the barstool crowd. The published beer list shows just 7 available brews but upon one quick perusal of the tap handles it appears they actually have 12 options and nowhere do I see an accounting of these additional choices, not even a simple chalkboard. Another beef is that I see nothing that tells you what the prices of the beers are. All the specialty cocktails and wine choices are plainly priced on the menu. Not the beer. Isn't beer suppose to be the focus here? Well, the beer seems quite good thankfully but I would also mention that the variety on tap was oddly titled toward the more intense varieties. Barleywines, DIPAs, IPAs, chile stout , porter, brown ale. There is an amber and a blonde but I wish they had a hefe or pilsner to balance out this lineup. Not that I have an objection to some of my favorite styles, but you need more balance. Service is very good at the bar. You don't wait long and they are friendly enough considering the crowd this place attracts. The atmosphere is a bit generic for my tastes. Very trendy and the beer focus is well masked in my opinion. It's a trendy bar more than a brewpub. Loud pop music, sports tv. The usual. But good beer makes up for a lot so I wish them well.
06-25-2014 02:42:42 | More by Durge
DuClaw Brewing Company in Baltimore, MD
90 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.