Burley Oak Brewery
Active Beers: 48
Beer Ratings: 441
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
3.73/5 rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $
Berlin is a most lovely town, and the addition of a quality brewery and tasting room is nothing but excellent news.
The wife and I arrived here as our plans to visit Assateague changed. Torrential rains forced us to spend the day in bars and breweries. Hard life... Burley Oak is beautiful and cozy, with an ample wooden bar, a nice big sofa, some tables and a log-cabin feel. I could spend hours here! They also feature local art for sale on the walls, and they have a ton of merchandise (their logo is beautiful and striking).
As for the beers... they sure have a good amount of them on tap. 12 taps, plus one nitro pour and a homemade root beer. Kolsch, Pils, porter, stout, Berliner Weisse... I had the Rude Boy barleywine (listed here on BA as an Imperial Red) and the Snow Job winter warmer. Both were sort of weak and unremarkable, almost interchangeable in flavor and looks.
Their hoppy brews tasted so much better. Pale Ryeder DIPA (pungent, dry, bitter) and Aboriginal Gangster IPA.
At six dollars for a pint or snifter, prices ain't bad. They do growlers as well, and also live music and events pretty much every day of the week. Nice to see a brewery that is not just pouring beer in the tasting room!
No food, be warned. Service is efficient but not terribly nice or engaging.
I would come back and hang out, but I am sad the beers were disappointing. Still, a lovely joint.
01-22-2014 17:20:06 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.92/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place has been on my list for a while, and I finally decided to vizit, deviating slightly from the path on my last trip to Dogfish Head.
It's a simple place with a simple setup, but very nice overall. There's a good sized bar with lots of room for standing or sitting, and brewery processes in view behind a window. Atmosphere was fun and extremely laid back. There was a good selection of brews on tap, with a nice variety of styles, and sampler flights of different quantities were available, as well as pints and growlers. The beers were solid for the most part, though there was really nothing I had that blew me away. Prices were reasonable. Service was fine. There seemed to be a local patron factor going on, but we still got attention without having to wait. I didn't notice any food service.
They had tons of merch, and with a cool logo like theirs, it's hard not to pick something up, whether it be glasses, shirts, hats, whatever. They also bottle their beer once in a while, so if you find something you really like, you might get lucky and be able to bring home a few bottles for future consumption.
Overall, a nice place with some potential. Again, the beer wasn't extraordinary, but I'd still go out of my way to return again, so I'd recommend a visit if you find yourself in the area.
12-31-2013 03:30:58 | More by Rifugium
4.04/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
The atmosphere here varies a lot. So, if you are picky, you are bound to fins a time you can enjoy. From laid back Sunday afternoons with sports, to Friday night's headlined with music. Their new beer garden also provides an enjoyable new social spot day or evening. Overall though, it is the more laid back kind of atmosphere you would expect in a small brewery.
They produce very high quality beers, even on the ones I do not particularly like the style of, their use of local and higher quality ingredients is quite present.
The bartenders never seem to be ones to just strike up q conversation. BUt, if you have a question, or are having trouble deciding, they will be more than happy to assist you.
Their actual range of their selection varies a lot. Some nights they may have around ten beers on tap, including nitro and cask offerings. Other nights, they may only have five beers tapped, and only standard CO2. Originally, they were specializing in big hippy beers. Then, I noticed a trend towards Belgian style beers. Most recently, they have been dabbling in the sour beer world. Last time I was their, I was able to try a Berliner weisse.
No food, no food trucks in the area. But, there are many local bakeries and carry out places that sell food you can bring right on in.
Most pints are $6. A lot are high gravity though, which makes the price more reasonable. And $12 growlers.
09-08-2013 21:34:54 | More by MrBoh
4.66/5 rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
A little brewery near Ocean City, Maryland. The people were friendly, the beers tasted great and the place had a very inviting atmosphere. I look forward to visiting the Burley Oak every time I'm here for vacation. I only wished that they bottled more beers but I'll drink what I can while I'm in town.
Cheers to Burley Oak!!
09-03-2013 15:52:26 | More by RWNay
4.16/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This small craft brewery is really what the industry is about - no large shiny tanks and warehouses with forklifts and endless cases of bottles ready to be shipped. This is small town, locally supported really good beer. I stopped in to fill a growler and found time to sit and enjoy a pint of their Aboriginal Gangster IPA - my youngest son got to enjoy their home brew root beer and he was quite happy.
This is no frills place with quality beer and friendly and informative staff. It is well worth a visit if you are in the OCM area.
07-07-2013 20:29:01 | More by jbridi
4.8/5 rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
If you're in Ocean City or nearby, you have to head here. They send out kegs to various bars on the Eastern Shore, but very few around Baltimore. So, if you are in MD you can usually try their "flagships" or year-round beers at Max's.
A: It is a very quaint place that has a small, gravel parking lot. They have a nice rectangular space complete with foosball table. I can't recall any tvs there, but that is not a bad thing. The bar is located against the wall with a glass window into the brewing area. Also, to the left of the bar they sell shirts, hats, glassware, stickers and glassware.
Q: The beers are all fresh and made right behind the bar with a lot of local ingredients. Their IPAs are top notch and they aren't afraid to experiment or try new styles. Their casks are always full of weird things.
S: It is a small place, so service is easy to get and very fast. Also, the head brewer (and helpers) are almost always on hand to talk and chit chat, but may be in the back brewing, which you can see through the glass behind the bar.
S: I got a full flight at $5.50 for 3 5 oz. pours (and $1.84 for single samples), with 9 beers on tap. All pints were $6 with one being $5 (the kolsch). There was room for 12 beers on the board and it looked like at least 1 had just kicked.
The tour is only on Saturdays and Sundays at 3. It is quite short and informal, but it is very informative and you can bring a pint with you. Bryan, the head brewer is very passionate about brewing and a very down to Earth guy that loves talking about his brews, especially the new and weird ones. Great guy.
p.s. I wish I had known about their homemade root beer. They don't serve food (outside of mini bags of pretzels you can buy), but you can bring your own.
05-17-2013 20:13:20 | More by gillagorilla
4.64/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
From Visit on 12/31/12
(copied from my blog post)
The owner of Burley Oak, Bryan, was at the brewery pouring beers and talking with whoever wanted to talk. He seems like a really nice guy and someone who is passionate about beer and the local community. We were also fortunate enough to have him give us a little tour (which is usually only on Saturdays but there were a lot of people there (including our group of 24). What a treat. We got to go into the back room and he explained their whole brewing process and a little bit about the brewery and its short history.
The building has a nice size bar in the front with enough room to sit and enjoy live music (which they have pretty often) and as your sitting at the bar you can look into the back and see the brew kettles and fermentors. Their production is small. Bryan told us that what they do in a year is something that Dogfish head can do in a day and a half. They make a handful of different beers and they even craft their own root beer (they were out of it this time around, unfortunately). I was also able to pick up their second bottled beer, Lower Class Barleywine.
Overall it was a great visit to Burley Oak, again. Excellent beer, with a lot of selection and a good time. During the week they seem to have a lot of different things going on like live music, vinyl record night, etc. It is a shame I don't live close to them anymore.
If you ever travel to OCMD, take a few minutes away from your tube at Seacrets and make it a point to get over to Burley Oak to have a few beers and chat with Bryan.
05-07-2013 14:21:18 | More by tommyguz
5/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is my favorite place in the world besides M&T Bank Stadium. It is such a relaxing place and it feels like you are just drinking over your buddies house. I definitely recommend stopping by and if you do feel free to buy me a beer on the pay it forward board!
02-15-2013 02:39:26 | More by Big_J22
4/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Last year, we left two days before Burley Oak opened; I'm not missing it this time around.
Atmosphere: Just outside OCMD, Berlin has a quaint small-town feel. Burley Oak is not in the historical district; rather, it is right beside the local paper (the Dispatch). Gravel driveway, restored beer barrel from Croppers out front. Inside, a long bar, a few scattered tables and foosball. A large glass window behind the bar reveals the brewing room.
Quality: Greeted immediately, even with two munchkins in tow, by Bill. We chatted with him and a few locals wetting their whistles on this Monday morning. Plusses all around. The foosball especially.
Service: As I said, Bill introduced himself straight away and our drinking companions were affable. Bill even ran back to ask the brewers a question about the Free Labor saison.
Selection: 8 or so beers on tap, the only one missing was the peach seasonal. I sampled through most all of them - the Assawoman Amber especially pungent with a rich cascade nose. I also had the Hugs & Nugs, Free Labor Saison, Rude Boy (an imperial red that seemed more barleywine than not), and Barreled (a brown ale that, in the future, will be barreled). The beers were all good and the root beer was fantastic. I plan to bring a growler of the soda back with me.
Food: Slices of pizza are advertised, beyond that nothing. I recommend bringing something in.
08-21-2012 01:53:56 | More by akorsak
4.61/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $
Visited this place on a trip to Ocean City, MD. Randomly found out about it from a post on the forums which I'm glad I read.
This is a very quaint place. Seating is available at a good sized bar and various tables and couches throughout. They had 12 taps plus 1 nitro when I was there offering pretty much all of their beers.
Prices are reasonable $5 or $6 for each pint but they have samplers which are $5 for 3 5oz pours. I went the sampler route and tried a number of beers.
Merchandise for sale includes shirts, hats, glassware, stickers, and growlers.
Make sure your try their craft root beer if it's available. It was so delicious.
Also they do not serve food, but you are welcome to bring you own. I will definitely be coming back.
04-29-2012 21:01:53 | More by duceswild
Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, MD
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