DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing CompanyDuClaw Brewing Company
BA SCORE
86
very good

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, Maryland, 21076
United States
phone: (410) 799-1166

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Reviews by mrasskicktastic:
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere - This restaurant is right int he middle of the gigantic mall at Arundel Mills. I don't like malls, going to DuClaw was the trade for me going to the mall at all with girlfriend. So, I might be harsh here. The music was pretty awful. People are visible walking around outside The place is small. The decor is simple (in a modern sense), but it is fitting. The seats of the booth we were seated in moved to reveal smashed drywall and wires. I guess I didn't like the atmosphere much at all.

Quality - The offerings of DuClaw are varied and what I had, the Old Flame (an old ale) and Venom (APA) were both pretty good, particularly the latter.

Service - Our waiter was nice and helpful. My beers came filled almost to the brim off of the tap with only a tiny room for head. Food arrived promtly. No complaints here. Granted they were about as busy as a ski resort in Equador when we came, so I can't talk about how they fair when more crowded.

Selection - Well they don't seem to have much beer aside from their own offerings and macros. However, the variety of their offerings is diverse enough to create a decent variety. Besides, who would go to DuClaw to try a pint of Clipper City beer?

Food - What I had was great! I had a portebello sandwich and it was delicious. My girlfriend got nachoes and they were covered in that disgusting yellow goop that is passed off as cheese. They seemed to have done *something* to it, because it didn't taste that gross. The dessert, Vesuvius Cake I believe, was delicious.

Value - The pints seemed to be around the range of 3.50 - 4.00. Quite reasonable if you ask me. The food was not expensive either. Two meals, a dessert and two beers under $30 is reasonable.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Antoine
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Lots of different types of brews to try. My favorite is the Bad Moon Porter.

Recently had the Retribution Imperial Stout and it was absolutely fantastic.

Service is decent.

Photo of mikerems
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Went on a Saturday morning so I can't say I had problems with seating or anything - we were the only people there.
Server was nice and prompt, food took a little while (I guess we woke the cooks up) but it was good.
Price wise, like most things in Maryland compared to Virginia, always a good deal.
Beer wise, not too great. Have a bunch of Duclaw on tap (natch) but it seemed like it was all of Duclaw's main brews (and rejects at that).
Not a case where the brewery takes advantage of owning the bar and offers one offs and experimental brews.
More of a corporate sports bar setting with Duclaw having a tap takeover.

Photo of Klebe
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Service can be questionable at this location. Beware. Beer selection okay, to slightly better than.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.76/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Situation- You are stuck near the BWI airport for a conference in Baltimore. You don't want to go to downtown Baltimore to try Heavy Seas-since you've had most of their beers anyway and you don't see any beer bar reviews nearby that you are impressed with. The traffic can be terrible so there is no way you are going to go all the way to DC. But ahh....there's a brewpub nearby- the reviews aren't raving-but decent enough to give it a try. I have been in thsi situation twice this year actually and therefore I have been here 4 times this year.

Location and Atmosphere- DuClaw is located inside the Arundel Mills Mall-along the outsie between Buffalo Wild Wings and some Mexican Restuarant-its along the far right side before the movie theatre. The Arundel Mills is the largest mall in Maryland-and probably the biggest in the Baltimore/DC metro area. 3 of the 4 times I was here the mall was hot mess crowded and parking was hard to come by. Despite the mall being ridiculous- we always got seated right away. The inside of the brewpub I would describe as typical suburban restaurant. They did a pretty good job putting booths and walls throughout so its nice to have a bit of privacy as you eat. Each booth also has a detailed large beer label at it-each with a different one of their beers-which is pretty interesting and cool.

Beer- I believe they have 12-13 beers on-tap. 9 are listed on the beer menu-but they always seem to have a few on-tap that are seasonals/specialty beers that aren't listed on the menu. They always have a nice variety of styles and a nice balance of big beers and lower alcohol beers as well as a nice balance of more typical and more experimental beers. I've all of their brews to be pretty nice/good- nothing overwhelmingly awesome, but definitely nothing terrible or not worthwhile. The only beer I though they could do A LOT MORE with was the misfit red. My favorite have probably been Hellrazer, Colussus, and Guilty Filthy Soul.

Food- The menu has some pretty unique dishes, and I've liked everything that I have had. I've Had the portobello fries, blueberry pecan salad, arrzo con pollo cocoa fuego, as well as wings and a flatbread.

Service- I was pretty impressed with the service 3 of the 4 times. The servers are happy to let you taste beers and tell you about speicials. The service is timely and the servers know about the food and beer. There was one of 4 servers that knew nothing about the beer and didn't tell me about the other beers not on the menu that were on-tap until I asked about it-then she had to go look and still couldn't describe the beers to me.

Overall- If you are stuck in Baltimore-which still doesn't seem to be much of a beer city-this is a great place to go. Awesome food, good service, and a nice variety of interesting beers.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of monique
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A - For a "Mall Bar" it's better than most. The restaurant area is nice with the high walled booths that let you have a nice lunch or dinner without being disturbed by the other diners (with kids). The bar & patio areas nice though the bar music is a little loud for normal conversation (especially during happy hour).

S - Even on Release Nights, the service in the both bar & the restaurant is good. Even outside on the patio, the servers are always about, making sure no one goes hungry or thirsty.

S - Tap selection is limited to their own brews but what a selection! And every month, there's a new beer release with firking day releases throughout the month.

F - Better than most bar foods & far better than the other restautant selections in the mall. The Buffalo Chicken Dip & Chili are excellent and the Misfit Chips are great to munch with your beer.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere? It is in a mall what more can you say. I have sat in the bar area the 4 times or so I have been. Somewhat industrial feel to it. Nice selection-I think there were at least 10 if not 12 DuClaw beers available on my last visit. Everything from a pale amber to BOTH a RIS and barleywine. I had a really good caramel nut brown ale and a cascadian dark ale on nitro among others. While DuClaw beers are good, they always seem right on the edge of being great to me.

Service has always been really good at the bar. On my last trip the bartender and his fill in could not have been any more attentive. Very liberal with tasting samples if I was curious about a specific beer.

Food has been very good the 3 times I have eaten here. Had a great Kobe beef burger last time though the spicy sauce on it was tasteless, which actually allowed the beef to come thru!

While I would not make it a destination it sure beats shopping with the wife. Does Burlington Coat Factory sell beer? I think not.

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by the other day in order to sample the new colossus on tap.

For starters, this particular DuClaw is located in the Arundel Mills Mall, which means on a weekend, parking may be a bit difficult to come by. Once inside, DuClaw has your typical TGIF/Applebee's vibe, with something of a sterile, cafeteria like look to it. They did have 5 or 6 flat screen TV's over the bar, which makes this a pretty good place to hang out and watch a sporting event. One thing that's kind of interesting, is that there is a completely separate bar area set apart from the dining room area (with a wall and separate door). I can only assume that DuClaw does this to make sure they adhere to some local ordinance that doesn't permit minors in an establishment selling alcohol.

As for quality and selection, in addition to the colossus, there were 10 other DuClaw beers on tap this day. This included the usual core beers, as well as the mayhem weizenbock and the exile 5 on tap. I think they also have bottles of the usual BMC products for those who find DuClaw beers too flavorful.

Quality was decent, as it pretty much always is at DuClaw. I wasn't all that thrilled with the Mayhem or Serum (DIPA), but the wit was enjoyable, and the colossus was pretty interesting.

As for food, I got the wings. They were OK, but no better than that. A lot of places in and around Baltimore do wings pretty well, and IMHO, much better than what I got at DuClaw. Otherwise, the menu is pretty good size with some interesting options (you can make your own slider plate, with 9 different variaties to choose from).

Prices for food were fairly reasonable (my plate of 8 wings came to $8), but I thought beer prices were a bit on the high side. I expected the Colussus to be fairly expensive (my 6 ounce glass was $6), but I was kind of puzzled by the price for my pint of Sawtooth wit. It's one of their core beers; they make it themselves; so $5 just struck me as a bit high.

I'm not a huge mall fan to begin with, and certainly there's nothing about this DuClaw location that is a draw. Their beers are OK, and if I happened to be at the mall for some reason I could see stopping by here again. As I can't imagine driving over to Arundel Mills Mall any time soon, that's probably not going to happen.

Photo of alleykatking
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here this past week as my wife and friends were shopping in the mall.

A- A classy looking eating place in the resturant section. The bar section which I sat in was a nice and stylish looking. Swishy looking bar top with what I saw 2 different sections of handles. T.V.'s were all over the place in the bar area.

Q- The quality I saw from the place was good. The bartender knew what he was talking about and poured nice healthy samples and beers themselves. Flavorful and looked good.

S- Service was pretty good. The bartender at times answered my questions but still seemed to not really know at times what I was talking about. Never really had to wait to get another beer when I needed one. Although at times it seemed like he wanted to rather talk to all his co-workers.

S- A nice selection of DuClaw beer's which I was grateful to try. It looked like there was 4 seasonal taps there that seemed to be rotating.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Surprisingly large brewpub located in an equally large shopping mall outside of Baltimore. This place is divided into seperate bar and dining areas and also surprisingly the restaurant seems much larger. The ambiance is kind of spare/modern/industrial - tall exposed ceilings, dark, metal etc. The beer theme seems kind of medieval or gothic and kind of gimmicky. Lots of someone's time must be spent thinking up the slightly over the top beer names and writing up the corresponding long descriptions (which again are a bit gimmicky). Unfortunately none of their more highly rated beers were on and the highlighted beer (Mysterium - a Belgian spiced) was rather unimpressively served in a shaker and looked kind of glum. Service was OK if not a bit slow and distracted. My impression was that it's not a particularly great beer destination. Food was just okay - traditional pub fare but my wife and I just found it mediocore at best. Although, my best memories with DuClaw brews lie at the Oktoberfest beer festival with some good launches that go out very quickly every hour.

Photo of Wilson27
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The atmosphere wasn't bad, nice building.
Certainly wasn't a beer lovers paradise though.
Most of the other people I saw dining weren't even drinking beer. So swap out DuClaw with a Ruby Tuesday and all these people would have never noticed. The restaurant was clean, and had a nice porch area outside.

Tried the sampler. It includes everything on tap (10 beers when I was there). Each beer is served in a 4oz glass. 40oz of beer for $16.99 isn't terrible. Only two beers stood out, their Euphoria (toffee nut brown ale) and their 13 Degrees (DIPA). Had a pint of each after the sampler.

I had their crab pretzel, it was good but not as good as the crab pretzel I'm used to at a local restaurant here in York.

Overall, ok beers, ok food. If you're in the Arundel Mills mall area it's worth stopping in.

Wish they offered 750mL bottles though.

Photo of jgasparine
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Atmosphere- Generally not the type of atmosphere I would go out of my way for... but taken into context (this DuClaw location is situated in a mall), the atmosphere is above average; largely due to DuClaw's good marketing and architecture. I wouldn't say you're surrounded by beer geeks on your average visit, but this is certainly an oasis if your significant other is busy shopping...

Quality- Good, fresh beer; clean draft lines; samples and pints available. Overall the quality is a substantial mark above average.

Service- Good service from reasonably knowledgeable barstaff.

Selection- Like atmosphere, this is a tough category... DuClaw only serves their own brand of beer. Within that vacuum, the selection is quite nice; but in comparison to other beer bars, the selection is quite limited. An average mark is suitable to compromise.

Food- Good bar/mall food. Definitely gets the job done whilst your lady is busy looking at shoes and handbags...

Photo of jzeilinger
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I have been here a few times while traveling through on business. They have a few decent beers, but I lean more towards the extreme stuff that is higher in ABV and taste. DuClaw caters to (and well justified), the middle of the road beer crowd, that's where their bread and butter is. If I were a business owner, I would too. The food is always good and the bartenders are very cool. My only gripe is that they grow some b*lls and brew something a little more extreme and tastey. To me, the beers are way too mundane for my liking. I will go here as a last resort. (No offense DuClaw.)

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DuClaw Brewing Company in Hanover, MD
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.