The Ruddy Duck Brewery And Grill
Active Beers: 33
Beer Ratings: 92
Beer Avg: 3.38
Taps: 16 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DefenCorps:
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
After sailing from Annapolis to Solomons and sleeping on the deck of a Beneteau 44.7, there's nothing quite like finding out that there's a local brewpub, one that's been on my radar, up the street from. the marina. The Ruddy Duck is located right next to the Hilton Garden Inn in Solomons, right off Rt 4 (and 2). With a nice looking bar and a large dining area, this place had a nice vibe. Atmosphere? It's hard to judge in a non-touristy area at 11AM, but it did have a bit of a sports bar vibe.
As far as beers, they had 7 house beers on tap of which I tried 6. All were decent to good, with the IPA and Imperial Stout being quite good. Glasses were clean, and it seemed like the lines were clean as well. In addition, they had a couple of other guest beers including some stuff from Clipper City, so it was nice to see all that MD-brewed beer in one place. Quite clearly a young establishment, the beers do have rough edges on them. They also had the lite beer trifecta - BMC light/lite - in bottles, as well as Corona. Service was top notch and our waitress made sure to check on us quite often, dutifully refilling our glasses of water.
The food was quite excellent. I had the cream of spinach soup which was very, very flavorful and top notch, as well as the crab cake sandwich, which at $19 was pushing it, but it truly was one of the best I've had. Incredibly fresh and flavorful crab, no filler, not greasy, not overly seasoned, all of which really helped one appreciate the freshness of the ingredients. For the quality, the price is quite reasonable. And the beers are decently priced too, $4.50 -$5 for a pint (or 12oz glass of the high ABV stuff). If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping by.
07-18-2010 03:51:07 | More by DefenCorps
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3.61/5 rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
This place is about 5 minutes from my house, and right across the street from my volunteer occupation (firehouse). I haven't eaten there but a few times, but every time has been excellent. The last time I went I noticed they had an on tap sampler. I immediately ordered one, leaving out the light beer offered (I don't typically do light beer). All of the sampler was good, and I believe I ordered a few full pints of the best two. The food is always good (I second the fish and chips! Fantastic!)
Prices I'd say are between "reasonable" to "a bit pricey" depending on what you're ordering.
Their selection is pretty good, but almost feels like they're trying to be more gourmet than they really are (if that makes sense).
If you get a chance to come to the southern Calvert County region of Maryland, I suggest eating there at least once. We have a few good seafood type places, but its the only place in the area that brews its own beer. Definitely recommended.
07-18-2013 00:40:29 | More by Mumps
4.78/5 rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My local boozer, within staggering distance. Popular with us Ex-pats. They brew their own excellent craft brews and serve excellent food. Plus weekly live bands.
Regular craft beers on tap:
Rud Light - 4.8% low carb light ale
Helles - 5.0% - lightly hopped smooth blonde lager
Festbier 5.3% - Oktoberfest style lager with toasted malt flavor
I.P.A. - 7.2% Dry hopped Amber Ale, balanced malt to hops ratio
Biere Nouveau 4.8% - Gluten free organic tipple with Sorghum, Quinoa & Honey
They usually have another 4 varieties of craft beer on tap which are seasonal and short runs.
I can't recommend this place enough!!!
11-28-2012 00:44:58 | More by Lowin
3.75/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is pretty much the only place in the tri-county area that brews its own beer, and they offer a nice selection of food, so why not come here?
Coming here, it looked fairly clean overall. The layout was simple yet effective, and it was set up nicely. I do have to say, though, the waitress we got wasn't that good. She seemed a little inexperienced, and there were several instances she forgot about us.
I liked the food overall. I wasn't too impressed with the appetizer of potato skins (keep in mind, I omitted the bacon, 'cause I don't like it), but I really liked the fish and chips entree I ordered. The beers on the whole were pretty good; some were better than others, though I do think I should have ordered the Helles instead of the IPA to go alongside my dinner.
Would I come back? You bet.
12-29-2011 04:38:44 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.6/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visiting the fiance' in MD and we decided to stop here after touring the lighthouse that was in the area.
The atmosphere is typical sportsbar fare, but that's not a bad thing. This would actually be a really fun place to come and watch some football games. The server was nice and friendly, and recommended the stout as their best beer. The beer selection as a whole was mostly their own brews, with a couple of guest craft taps, but nothing that blew your socks off. The beers themselves were not bad, they showed some potential, but not world beaters. I could drink them and not have any complaints though. Food was outstanding, we ordered a couple of appetizers including the spinach dip, and it was great stuff. Pricing was exceptionally reasonable for the food, and I got a great flight of all the beers for only 5 bucks, which I thought was a steal.
If you're in the area, this isn't a bad place to swing by, as it seems they change their beers fairly regularly. I'd also really recommend giving it a try during football season.
10-05-2010 04:43:20 | More by AgentZero
4.9/5 rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
If you find yourself in southern Maryland and looking for a good beer, the Ruddy Duck is a diamond in the rough.
The waitstaff, bartenders, and owner, Carlos, do an outstanding job making you feel welcome and getting you what you want when you want it.
There is always a collection of 6 or so house brews on tap. New this week is an excellent Irish Stout in time for St. Patrick's Day in addition to the Helles, Pale Ale, and Barley Wine (running out...better hurry). The Irish Stout was as dark as a moonless midnight with a smooth finish and creamy head. I combined it with a Popeye's Pizza that was a tasty combination of spinach, goat cheese, and mozzerella over a tomato sauce and a really, really good thin crust, baked to perfection.
Since The Duck is on my way home every day, it is now a regular stop on Friday afternoon after working out to round out the work week.
Pull up a barstool sometime and join me.
03-13-2010 22:04:27 | More by Slowwhistle
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