Taps: 40 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 24 | Show All Ratings:
4.46/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Not that one but the other one. Yes, Baltimore, for work at drink and now transitioning to at drink for play. Did the blind stumble about town but found my way, some way, anyway. Parked a sweet slander spot, fed the poser muni-meter wannabe, and assessed the shadybag factor (high)...
Old corner bank looking place in a not that great ‘hood. It is a beautiful fucking room though. Mad vaulted ceilings, tin pressed black with crown moldings, with a single center spiny, and squared drop hexagon paneled glass chandeliers. Blood red walls over black lowers with tall arched windows, some stained glass and an arched window forward where the door once was. White tiled floors with black diamond borders along the bar and slat wood floorings beyond. Framed wood balcony to the rear, the rails lined with garland & baby colored holiday lights and wreathes mounted below.
‘L’ dark wood bar with a framed panel base, and my feet left to dangle. Seating for 18 on hightop wood chairs. Row of 16 taps on the barback center and a pair of box towers along the bar with a dozen taps each. Tiered booze to both sides of the tower on the barback fronting horizontal mirrors, and glassware shelved countered and below, and more dangling from a slat rack lined with wrapping white. Large slanted horizontal mirrors above. Long drop baby spots in a row over the bar and fewer on the opposite wall, and lantern things along the bar.
Flats mounted in 3 corners, bright colorful art, and a blackboard listing tap selections on the far wall not even remotely updated or attempted. Neons in the front windows, and a Christmas tree where the door used to be. More art heavily packing the back room, and a baby faux fireplace there; it’s giving off some heat. I do not understander.
A pair of 8 stooled bar counter dividers off the bar and a baker’s dozen mix & match tables; highs and lows, singles and in rows, on the far side. Small back room with 10 tables and another small small small room with a single table there. And a handful of tables up there in the rear clock tower balcony.
40 taps, a mix of everything local (Full Tilt Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout & Baltimore Pale Ale), regional (Flying Dog Pumpkin IPA, DogFishHead Indian Brown Ale, 60 Minute IPA, & Sah’tea, Victory Golden Monkey, Prima Pils, & Headwaters Pale Ale, Yards Pynk, Troegs Perpetual IPA & Dreamweaver Wheat), New England regionals (Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, Allagash White, Black, Dubbel, & Tripel, Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale, Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale), Midwest regionals (Oskar Blues Old Chub, Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, New Belgium La Folie, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale), West coast regionals (Rogue Double Dead Guy, Ballast Point Sculpin, Stone Ruination & Double Bastard, Bear Republic Red Rocket, Grand Am, & Racer 5, Anderson Valley Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Stout, Green Flash Double Stout & Green Bullet Triple IPA, 21st Amendment Back In Black), a handful of imports (Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, Monchshof Schwarzbier, Kulmbacher Eisbock, Schlenkerla Rauchbier Oak Smoke Doppelbock), and ciders from near (Millstone Farmgate) and far (Original Sin). I drank the Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale, & New Belgium La Folie, You would have too.
And bottles, 64 of ‘em, by the look of things. They do a list, I looked it over. Priciest items are Firestone Walker Parabola, Bruery Tart of Darkness, & Oude Gueuze Tilquin a L’Ancienne, all at $45 a pop. Things look to be reasonably priced overall, although it’s hard to tell without my standardized price gauge (lovely) Orval.
Was looking for some din & done gave the menu a-lookin’ at. Something light me thinks; not too much, but enough. The blue catfish tacos (Potomac River blue cat, chimichurri, blistered corn salsa, chipotle cabbage slaw, sweet potato strings, one of those things makes some heat). They were perfect. I had been on the fence between them tacos and the smoke burger, airliner chicken breast, Maryland crab cake, & wild boar sliders, but I think I chose well.
We have been sucked into trivia night activities and we “guys at the bar” are not faring too well. Round 2, not much better. Caught a great meal, and would like to take in another. And the beer... Boulevard, New Belgium, & Oxford (fuckers!) Yeah, I’d do this again.
02-28-2014 16:59:38 | More by slander
4.09/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$$
For a beer destination bar in Baltimore Alewife is up there. Great decor in an old style bank. The bar itself is beautiful. Bartenders are always on point and know their product. Don't leave without sampling the food menu. Burgers are bangin'. Conversation is easy and the crowd is pretty diverse from theatre crowd to University of Maryland medical grad student happy hours. Alewife is only 5 blocks north of Camden Yards so if you're a beer snob and want something nice before you go buy $8 Miller Lites at the ball game than hit this place up for sure.
Bring your wallet though. Those beers add up. You get what you pay for though.
09-10-2013 03:13:28 | More by Gravitron
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
My wife and I (from Boston) were on a sports trip to see Camden Yards and Ravens Stadium. We found Alewife advertised on Beer Advocate and made it a MUST destination. It ended up being 4 blocks from our hotel. We stopped in for lunch and we had a BALL! Great selection of brews and we struck up conversations with three or so employees. I believe our server was named Joe, and he knew about all the beers. Talked hockey with another server (awesome), and someone from the kitchen talked to us about REAL Baltimore crab cakes.
Go to Alewife if you are in Baltimore. Sit at the bar and tell them you came from Beer Advocate. It's a really cool building too. It was originally a bank and some of the vaults are now rooms.
08-26-2013 01:47:01 | More by WreckingBrew
4.14/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Overall Alewife is fantastic, good beer, good food, interesting(but usually great) service. As a beer place alone its very good but the selection while expansive (40 or so taps) doesn't seem greatly balanced. also it seems like they are out of a lot of bottles on the menu. Don't get me wrong, I am stoked to have a bar like this around, but its just that sometimes the selection seems weighted too heavily towards one genre. The food is wonderful, great jazzed up versions of pub favorites. and they do a late night menu for stragglers.
Beautiful dark wood interior with lovely large windows, but you never know whether its going to be crowded with loud music or calm and quiet.
Honestly this is my go to bar, despite the fact I live moments from max's. Its got its warts but it rivals the brewers art as the best beer and meal place in town.
07-12-2013 23:32:52 | More by jmaharaj
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited on a Wednesday night (there was an Orioles Game down the street). Sat at the bar for dinner. It was not busy.
A - Good vibe. Clean and friendly. Your standard darkish pub. No real issues but I would probably not bring my kids. Seems more of an adult place. Looks as if lots of folks hit this bar on the way to an O's game, about four blocks straight down Eutaw.
Q - Beer in coolers or some down in the cellar. Served in proper beer glasses. No glass washing machine behind the bar (+).
S - Good attention from the bartender. Gave me tastes and talked beer with me. No compliants about the food timing.
S - Great but not overwhelming selection on tap and in bottle. Perfect. [Not 40 taps as per data above]. Common to rare. No BMC. Berliner weiss to RIS. Had three Catillions.
F - Food Menu is broad. Something for everyone. I had the catfish tacos - excellent, WOW!
V - Standard mark-up on bottles.
07-11-2013 02:33:00 | More by Sludgeman
4.54/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
An old bank converted to a kick ass bar, amazing atmosphere, feels more like an old church than bank. The draft list was damn good and the bartenders were absolutely on it, amazing service and beer discussion. Layla so hooked us up, my girlfriend couldn't stop talking about everthing Layla did to help us out. Check this place out, it's what I look for in a great pub. The exact opposite experience we had at Max's. Super chill awesome pub.
05-28-2013 01:52:04 | More by Mantooth
4.75/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went there a week ago on an overnight. Two blocks from my hotel in downtown BWI. It was about 1pm on Saturday afternoon so not very crowded. High ceiling in the main bar area. Got lucky with the table next to the big ass window next to the street. Awesome waitress. She was very good in recommending good beers for my non beer drinker friends. 40 beers on tap and about a 100 bottles. Great selection. Lot of the beers I wanted were understandably gone. But had the Stone Dayman Coffee IPA, Ballast Point Big Eye,and Green Flash West Coast IPA (They had the parabola but for 45$ not worth it for me). Had the fries made in duck fat(awesome and highly recommended). Did not have other food on this trip but had the burger on my last one and it was awesome. This place is on the pricey side but great selection. I will be back in BWI later on this month and I'm definitely gonna start at the alewife.
05-17-2013 02:57:28 | More by atpben
4.06/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by here while staying in Baltimore near the stadiums. I saw a handful of good reviews here on BA so I gave it a shot. From the outside it looks like an old Library or former Education building of sorts. I almost walked right into the glass covering the opening of the "front doors" (actual entrance is to the right). Cool vibe going on inside including a huge handwritten chalkboard draught list. They have high ceilings with a second floor deck overlooking the main bar and restaurant area.They had about 40 beers on tap when I went, and another 95 in bottles. The beer selection was nice and well packed with local brews which is cool. The food menu was short and sweet with a few small plates, artisanal sandwiches, mussels, calamari etc. I had a big tasty burger and some of the calamari. Both of the bartenders working that evening were helpful, personable and friendly. I'd recommend this place to anyone looking for good beer and a cool spot. I'll be returning here on my next visit.
01-28-2013 14:28:26 | More by BeerForMuscle
4.33/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A great stop in the Inner Harbor area, Alewife was about three blocks up the hill from our hotel right outside Camden Yards.
Cool vibe inside, one large room with extrmely high ceilings and a mezzanine with a good amount of seating. We got two seats at the corner of the old school bar.
Beer selection was really excellent, with a heavy emphasis on regional craft beers. We never see Evolution on tap in PA so that was a nice surprise. Also, Weyerbacher, Flying Dog, Heavy Seas, DFH all nicely represented.
Our heavily inked bartender was very friendly, always there when we needed something. Food was good as well.
A new favorite to add to our Ballmer rotation.
07-26-2012 18:55:09 | More by sholland119
4.6/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
A short walk up Eutaw street from the Inner Harbor area, you can easily see the Alewife sign from a distance. The building looks like an old bank building from the outside, but inside it has more of a dark wood and maroon colored walls. The bar is large and has an impressive lineup of about 40 drafts. There are also some other tables in the area where some people were eating while enjoying beers.
We pulled up some stools at the bar and had a hard time deciding which of the beers to have. The beer list covered numerous styles including some sours which is nice too see. Bear Republic, DFH, Heavy Seas, Allagash, New Belgium, and Weyebacher were a few of the breweries represented. The several pints we had were all very fresh which shows good turnover with the number of taps here.
Service was very good here - friendly and beer knowledgable - any question regarding the beer selections was answered quickly and accurately. We did not try any food here.
Defintely a must stop for any BA in the Inner Harbor area, especially if want a different mellower vibe to enjoy some great beers.
07-24-2012 19:43:09 | More by Gavage
Alewife in Baltimore, MD
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