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DuClaw Brewing Company

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Place Score: 87
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.86
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

8901 Yellow Brick Rd
Baltimore, Maryland, 21236
United States
phone: (443) 559-9900

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A few months into this now, I have both run through everything I want to see along the straight line and grown tired of the scenery that is. So the something new is experimenting with the long way around to way western Maryland. Running down and around below Pennsylvania is not the shortest distance from here to there, but you get out early Sunday and make a day of it, stopping for drink and lunch and drink along the way...

Stand alone in a stripmall not where it's supposed to be. Festively pastel & earthy by design, a bar side and a dining side split, each with its own entrance. So there's no confusion, I put up on the bar side; a large spacious room with a loooong sickle shaped slatey topped bar, piping footrailed, and seating for about 30 or so. 3 pair of 4 tap towers along the bar, but few are complete with handles occupied. Long stretch of the bar holds barback space split into quadrants, the center two holding tiered booze below shelved logo glassware on mirrored back panels, the outer two with stacked glassware below shelved growlers on panels of the same. Tracing bar overhang wood unit all around holds flatscreens within & without, and TV's you can see in multitude everywhichway you turn your head.

The inside wall plays that peeled away cracking exposed look and holds a house name logo on it. Otherwise, it's pale yellow walls over red wood slat lowers. Arched forward windows in blue colorings atop and green draperage. Against the yellow & red walls, it's got a brightness of more than a splash of color about the place. Lofted rafter ceilings with exposed ducts, spinny fans & drop cylinder lamps overhead to the sunken spots around the bar. Big block marblesque lino tilings throughout. Large "now on tap", display above the bar on the up high for the look up and knowing.

5 hightops this side along the stretch of the bar along the logo'd wall, and at least a dozen more in front and around the far side of the bar. I see a billiards table and Phil's golf game (tournament play - Fore!) over that way, as well.

On to the dining side of things, 2 dozen booths down center split, tables along the outer perimeters, and a secret side room probably for events and overflow, done up with framed pics, holding another dozen tables. Decently sized "how it's done", logo piece for the read. And a small outside pen between the bar and restaurant side corner entrances with about a half dozen tables.

Meanwhile, back at the beer, I've settled on a sampler as usual. This one offers up the standard 5 house beers (Kangaroo Love, Australian Lager, um, really? golden, crisp, light, slight malt something; Misfit Red, Amber Ale, meh, lacks the maltiness I want in an amber; Alchemy, an Oatmeal Stout, slight licorice flavors but I just don't love, okay, oaty, yes, but it's strange; Bare Ass Blonde Ale, lightly hopped and a bit fruity, not bad; Hellrazer, an American IPA, comes in at 6.2% and is kicked), and seasonals (Venom, an American Pale Ale, done CO2 and also on nitro, tasty, with the nitro version being smoother but lacking the hop smack; Old Flame, an Old Ale packing at 7.5% but not overly alcohol bam, good malt & fruitiness; Serum, a Double IPA at 9%, sickly sweet and strangely malty, not a good double IPA, no, it was not, no). The Venom APA & Old Flame Old Ale were the best of the lot and the rest of them were fair to adequate.

Soup du jour is beer cheese, yeah, no, maybe some other jour. Try your pushing it on me as you like, I'm only want to know about a crock of French Onion, which was cheesy oniony goodness, and the dry rub wings, which were pretty all right albeit more than a hair underdone.

Erictender was friendly, polite, and having done time in (I'm too damn familiar with) Frostburg, Maryland, should be entitled to state sponsored counseling for chronic pain. The place is bright and colorful, and I must say, I've heard some good goddamn tunes today, but it's sterile and blah somehow. Food was okay, beer was okay, which reminds me... having done the round and around and not come across any equipment, the answer is "No, they brew here no more".

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Was a killer location right on the water, before being closed. DuClaw can make some decent to good beers IMO. Try them when possible. Styles vary so I will forgo adding any that I have tried in this review and will just add "pick up a six in the style/variety of your choosing if you see them in your local brew-store".

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Maybe it was an off day for the bartender... at BWI location. Food was fair at best. Beer was not very good. The bartender was not friendly. She told me they were out of the bare ass blonde. I got a flight and she put 6 glasses in front of me without telling me what was what. I guessed as best i could. Then the one i liked i ordered again. I thought it was the morgazm. Turns out the tap head hadn't been changed and it was the neon gypsy. Wasn't what i wanted. I still don't know which one i actually liked.

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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.

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DuClaw Brewing Company in Baltimore, MD
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.