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Ellicott Mills Brewing Company

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Ellicott Mills Brewing CompanyEllicott Mills Brewing Company
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16 Beers
75 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: n/a
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Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

8308 Main Street
Ellicott City, Maryland, 21043-4601
United States
phone: (410) 313-8141

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Reviews by Hobbz:
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Tried out this place with GusterFan and Dave on a Tuesday evening, 01/03/06, before heading into DC.

Neat brick building and stone-faced exterior with large arched windows and doorway. The interior provides three floors: there is a small underground Batskeller; the main floor with bar to the left and a number of tables to the right looking into windows displaying some fermenters and a beer menu board directly in front with a refrigerator just to its left (at the end of the bar) housing take-out bottles; upstairs is a larger dining room.

Was not busy on this Tues. evening and the main floor had the majority of patrons (around a dozen or so).

Really enjoyed the visit and especially the beers. Had a Märzen followed by very delicious, admirable Doppelbock and Trippelbock beers. The food and service were ok. Nothing special, and they were out of my first choice appetizer. The chili-in-(small)breadbowl was edible and filling enough for my purposes. I am not usually too particular with food when my senses abound with good beer at hand!

Would definitely return here, particularly for the atmosphere (even at a busier time) and beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Klebe
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of MDHopster
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Historic site bar, low key atmosphere. Not a typical bar, it focuses upon Bavarian brews and dishes with varying degrees of success. Beer focus is solely upon the their own on site brewed beers. Few hopheads selections exist, at times a complete absence of the style is present. The Batskellar features Bourbons and a bartender who had a very comedic side. Reasonably family friendly, not the adult social scene found at many bars. Not all dishes focus upon Bavarian and these vary in quality as well. Off menu items exist for those who frequent enough to know. In historic district, parking can be difficult on occasion. A local favorite but the Germanic influence doesn't seem to create a draw outside of the annual Autumn Oktoberfest and Halloween season.

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3.24/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Whiskeyslinger
5/5  rDev +35.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I work in the area and have enjoyed a friendly relationship with Ellicott Mills Brewing Company for years. The employees enjoy visiting my establishment when they get off work and I enjoy visiting this establishment for a meal before work. The food is good, the staff is very friendly, and the service is also good. I recommend you stop in and give the establishment a try for yourself.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of nickthetick
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I love historic Ellicott Ctiy and this place fits in there well. Old looking wood, exposed brick and a glass wall that encloses the copper covered brewing equipment. The hostess was sweet and we were seated quickly. The bartender, who was also our waiter, however; was pushy, rude and aloof. I ordered a beer flight and the sausage mixed grill and my girlfriend ordered the coconut shrimp. The food was reasonable priced and pretty good and the beer was quite average but not at all bad. We left without a growler because we felt it would be easier than trying to bother the bartender for it(the only time he was plesent and personable was when the check came out). We wouldn't go back, but not all of the bartenders could be that bad; or maybe this guy was having a bad day and we all have those. So if my friends wanted to go out (most of whome live in EC) I wouldnt say no way. Try it and you might have a better experience!

Photo of 86sportster883
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Beers on tap:

Standards: Kolsch (4.2%), Boomerang (Australian-style Lager, 4.8%), Märzen (5.1%), Dunkel (5.1%). - $3 pints for HH (5-7pm).
Seasonals: ESB (5.4%), Weizenbock (6.1%), Firecracker (Helles Bock, 7.7%), Pilsner (Czech-style, 5.1%).

Wednesday is kill the keg night, where 12 oz pours of one of their beers sells for $1 until the keg is kicked. On this night, it was the Pilsner - A very drinkable, clean crisp and flavorful beer - very good.

Tonight's HH food special was 10 wings for $5, which I couldn't pass up. The wings were great; crispy and just hot enough to leave your lips tingling long after they were gone. I followed up with a sausage sampler appetizer since I really wanted to try their venison.

The Ellicot Mills Brewing Co is housed in a grand old building with lots of character. The bartender was friendly, the beers were very good and the food did not disappoint. I would certainly come back again, as this was a friendly and relaxing place to grab a pint and a bite to eat.

Photo of ocmpoma
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

visited on 8 March 2010:

Stopped in here for a pint or two after eating and drinking at another bar up the street. We saw the place while waking along the road toward our original destination, and decided to check it out on the way back. After our experience there, I was hoping to finish off the evening well.

I wasn't let down by the brewpub's appearance: another old, stone building with a wonderful interior. High ceilings, exposed brickwork, and the brewing apparatus in full view through some windows along the wall opposite the bar greeted us as we walked in. And the bar itself -- awesome, with copper sheets covering the length of the bar's top and reflecting the light.

And when I saw that the taps were all German-style beers, I knew I was in for a treat. I ordered the winter bock, and figured I'd grab the dunkel or the strong ale before heading back to the hotel. Man, was i let down. The beer was weak. Watery. Boring. Bland.

So much potential. I didn't have any of the food, and the service was fine. But the two beers I tried -- the bock and the strong ale -- were completely lacking in any real flavor. I wished I had stayed up the street and had another brew there, and my disappointment was compounded by such a nice-looking place and the prospect of a brewpub that makes German beer. Oh, well, live and learn. If their brewmaster could kick it up a few notches, and make some beers with more character, then this place could be an awesome brewpub. As it is, it's not worth it; you're better off passing it by for other places in the area.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Me and my fellas used to call it "the brew pub." I spent many a night in the "basement" of this joint in years past.

The beers are pretty decent and they always have a good selection current brews. My favorite of theirs was the Dopplebock which was always available around Christmas.

The food in the upstairs is actually above par. The "bar menu" downstairs is way less inclusive, but they offer burgers and various sammies.

Service is okay. Nothing special there.

The atmosphere overall is a little college-frat-boyish. Sometimes you'll see someone puking in the bathroom when you go to take a piss. But they don't play the music too loud, you can chat and relax and it's always nice to support a place that brews their own beers.

Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I was wandering up and down the streets of historic Ellicott City and stumbled on Ellicott Mills Brewing Company.

The building is brick which matches almost every other building in the city and I really like that...it made the town look like and feel like it was historic. Walked in and was greeted promptly by the hostess and we chose to sit upstairs. The main bar is downstairs with ample bar seating and a few tables. The hostess ran up the stairs leaving us behind.

Upstairs is decorated nicely and has high ceilings. There are older pictures hanging on the wall and malt and barley bags hanging from the ceiling. Lots of tables up stairs and nice bathrooms.

Our waitress was very friendly and she offered her suggestions on both beer and food...my only complaint was she didn't check in on us after we received our food.

The food menu is filled with lots of choices from authentic German food to alligator tail! We had the tail and a sandwhich and they were very very good (as are the home made old bay chips).

The beer menu features four regulars and four seasonals. I opted for the Alt beer and an Oatmeal Stout for dessert. They were almost similar in taste...but the Oatmeal Stout stood out with a nice roastiness. Their selections were very good and I wish I could have sampled all of them.

When I'm back in town I will be making a stop in again to Ellicott Mills Brewing. Great food and good beer...what's not to like!

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

As a long time resident of this area, I have spent many hours drinking beer and eating the fare here. German themed menu with German style beers, bocks, and some seasonals on tap. The Marzen is particularly good. Great differing atmosphere depending on what level you are on (3 levels). Upper level is finer dining and the basement is more a drinking cave. The food is very good, not great but a nice variety and done well. A good value for the price. Lots of other nice bars and restaurants in the same historic area as well. Very cool atmosphere in my opinion and a good way to spend and afternoon or an evening.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place can be a bit busy or completely dead, it's the make-or-break nature of Ellicott City.

there are three levels, the first floor (entrance) and Rathskeller (basement) featuring bars. The first two are particularly crowded when it's busy but are more bar-like. The upstairs is more of an open, airy dining area although they'll serve beer there as well.

They brew beers in the German Alpenhof style, very basic but end up with a lot of bocks, lagers, the signature marzen (pretty good) and other variants including winter style beers and Australian style beers.

Its authentic beer, but nothing spectacular although the marzen is fairly enjoyable. Decent variety given the style/discipline constraints.

Very Maryland, very East Coast, with brick, wood, an old dusty place.

They offer growler fills and a fridge with ready-filled growlers on the main floor/bar area. Food is decent, usual seafood/steak/sandwiches, the boiled shrimp are delicious.

Beer samplers are offered, five smaller glasses, usually available in two separate flights of either the standard beers or seasonal offerings. That's sort of fun to get to know what they have before settling for a particular pint.

UPDATE: Wanted to update my review. Came in here recently, had a good time after several ok visits. There were some new offerings on tap and I was told of more interesting offerings on the way. Usually they stick to the main brews but it seems they've branched out style-wise a bit of late and I had a few decent pours and look forward to what else arrives soon.

The style limitations are still there, but they're trying harder or so it seems and especially in the fall it's a great time to be drinking beers at a place like Ellicott Mills.

Photo of MattChaos
2.17/5  rDev -41.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Quaint and rustic, as to be expected in a town like Ellicott City. They achieve the aesthetic they shoot for, but it's nothing original. The entire downtown of Ellicott exudes the same atmosphere, so this particular bar is really nothing special. It blends into the rest of the scenery of the city, but I get the sense that this is the atmosphere they WANT to generate. And they accomplish it well, if that is in fact, their goal.

Quality: The beer is kept at a bit warm, for my taste. I'm not entirely sure how long this pub has been around, but it could use a little tweaking, and perhaps a more experienced brewmaster calling the shots. I will say, it was nice to visit a pub in Ellicott City that knew better than to serve good beer in frosted mugs, so they earn points for that.

Service: Lousy. Like so many other "locals" bars, they seemed to spend more time servicing their friends than regulars and paying customers. It took me a good 10 minutes to finally get my beer after ordering, and another 10 minutes to pay! The service was deplorable.

Selection: When I asked for a menu, I recieved a photo-copied sheet of paper listing 6 beers on daught. Nevermind the bottled beers, because they obviously didn't seem to care enough to even mention (muchless recommend!) any. Most of them were German lagers (4 out of the 6, as I recall), as well as a Hefe and a German bock. I was duly unimpressed with the selection, and eventually settled for a reasonably priced Dunkel. Most of the beers run under 7.0%, so if you're looking for something a little more high-octane (in the Samiclaus, Old Stock realm), I would advise against this pub.

Food: Here is where Ellicott Mills makes its redeeming factor. The food is excellently prepared, and priced very reasonably. True, honest Maryland cuisine. Not the faniciest in the world, by a long shot, but if you're looking for a good example of what Maryland cuisine is about, here's a pretty decent example. The burgers are nothing special, but the seafood is well worth the trip. I only wish the beer had been as good as the food.

Value: Reasonable. My taste in beer certainly won't speak for everyone's. I happen to think a banana-brewed Hefe is an abortion of a beer, but there are those who might think otherwise. Subsequently, it was priced as such. I honestly have no complaints on the value. This is absolutely one of those "you get what you pay for" places.

Final review: A better restaraunt than a bar. Much to be desired in the way of selection, but credit is due for being a tiny little micro-brew, in a tiny little town.

Photo of ralree
4/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place has a wonderful atmosphere. High ceilings, lots of wood furniture - very rustic. The outside is a really old stone building - totally awesome. There is a full bar downstairs that has all the beer you can get upstairs as well, and on the top floor there is a fancy dining room - the fanciness goes up with the floor numbering in this place...

The beers are of good quality, but the growlers I've gotten have been lacking carbonation like crazy - totally flat a couple times. The beer on tap is very good, and the food is decent, but the food selection is a little lacking. There are burgers and lots of fried food, but not much else. This isn't really meant to be a food place - much more of a pub.

The pricing for beer is pretty reasonable, but the food is a little steep.

Photo of Nutleybeer
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

This place is only about 30 minutes or so outside of Baltimore. A good stop if you are in the area. Downtown Ellicott is very cool. Lots of shops, especially antique places as well as restaurants. All of the buildings have stone mill-like appearances, making the area rather charming.

At the top of the main street, up the hill, is the brew pub. They specialize in German-style beers. You can order 1 of 2 different samplers (4 varieties in each), their normal rotation (incl a marzen, Australian lager and dunkel) or their speciality offerings, which on my visit included an oatmeal stout, big red bock and a winter bock.

The beers were fresh and quite good. The red bock and the winter bock were excellent. Wish I could have taken a growler home.

Not a large menu, mostly seafood. They had a pulled pork sandwich as a special that day, which I ate. Pretty good with a side of seasoned fries.

For collectors, they do sell pint glasses with their logo.

Photo of cichief
2.35/5  rDev -36.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I visited this place for a second time. I didn't want to let one bad visit ruin my experience. There will not be a third! The service seemed distracted, although there weren't many customers in the place. I sat at the bar, and asked for a menu. The barmaid took my order for a drink, I ordered the Maerzen, not impressed. I had a burger (I had a BBQ pork sandwich the last time). The food was slow to come out, but wasn't bad, but not great either. I decided not to press my luck and left after one beer. I had two beers on my first visit. I did like that you can get a growler without purchasing the jug, you could just put a $12 deposit on it, but I wouldn't want to drink an entire growler of this stuff!

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Ellicott Mills Brewing Company in Ellicott City, MD
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.