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Burley Oak Brewery

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Burley Oak BreweryBurley Oak Brewery
Based on:
87 Beers
1,156 Hads
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 23
Visits: 86
Avg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

10016 Old Ocean City Rd
Berlin, Maryland, 21811
United States
phone: (443) 513-4647

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @burleyoak

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Reviews: 23 | Visits: 86
Photo of Chuckletheturtle
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The place makes you want to stay for a while, a very long while! Great comfort and homey feel to the place like a tavern. Sully was my bartender and he knew his stuff. I think I got a smile out of him too. I considered ordering Thai for delivery just to stay a while longer.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Dropped in for my first visit during their 4th Anniversary party while vacationing at the shore. I dig their style and had been hoping to see the brewery in person for some time - just so happened it was a special event. Major kudos for a super friendly and welcoming staff. Solid selection. Very impressed with the newer stuff - I'd say it keeps getting better and better. Cool merch as well. Would have liked to take a tour, but perhaps another time.

If I had to cite something negative, I thought the clientele was hit-or-miss; but, overall I highly recommend.


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Photo of Buck89
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Visited while on vacation close by. Met by friendly, outgoing staff. Sat at the bar and sampled 7-8 of their beers, which were all either very good or outstanding. Fun, comfortable atmosphere for all ages. Will definitely return when back in town.

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Photo of DarthXavius
3.12/5  rDev -29.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5

Awesome beers, overpriced samples but cheap pints. Don't expect to get any of the best beers to go at all. 6 beers in growlers or 32 burley cans, 2 beers in 22zers, and 1 beer in 12 oz 6 packs. None of the these were the really good beers they had on tap. If you've had all their beer before and paid the $28 they ask to do a full flight, then cheap pints on premises, otherwise way too expensive to justify

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Nice, down-home craft brewery that's trying to do things right. Buy local, support sustainable business practices and brew good beer. What more could you ask for?? Their Vlad the Inhaler is outstanding; Rude Boy isn't half bad either. A little off the beaten track in Berlin, MD but well worth the trip.

Oh, and Berlin is a really artsy little town. Actually, it was judged the "coolest small town in America" in 2014, so it was fairly easy to convince the wife to visit Berlin for the shops, and "Oh BTW there's this really good brewpub just down the street...I'll go there while you browse the antiques".

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Photo of Pukstopper
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Was visiting a friend in Ocean City and he suggested this place. Excellent choice thay serve no food but you can bring your own or have something delivered. We had a pizza delivered and a few beers. Good selection and I had the Local which is a APA at 6% with 40ibu. A nice all around brew pub with nice people.

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Photo of RichKent
4.75/5  rDev +8%

A great location and really comfortable tasting room. They pour flights and pints and had excellent availability when I was there. Maybe a dozen beers including several one-offs. A really nice place to hang out for an afternoon or evening, and they even have live music. Definitely worth a stop if you're in Ocean City or visiting the northern part of Assateague island.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

First impression was the place is in the process of 'maturing'. It doesn't seem quite the finished product, and reminds me of a 'work in progress'. Nice setup, with friendly staff, but does lack any offering of food to pair with the very nice beer selections offered.

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Photo of seanchai
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Update July 2015. I finally got to sit and sample nearly all the beers on tap and I am very impressed. These guys are killing it across a variety of different styles. I got there early and the vibe was very laid back as opposed to the first time I was here. Service was very friendly and timely. Gotta say, don't know if I've sampled a more impressive taplist in VA, MD, and DC thus far. They're killing it with sours, stouts, IPAs. Oddly enough, the only miss for me was one of their flagships, the DIPA Secret Sauce, where I got some unpleasant (to me) funk on the finish. That was the only miss for me on a truly impressive lineup and taproom experience.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1

Stopped by for a visit over the 4th of July weekend after a morning dawn patrol surfing down at Assateague. What a great day, surfing, then a pitstop at a brewery afterwards for a liquid lunch.

Well it was ok inside. I didn't feel very welcome though. A bunch of 20 something hipsters mostly at the bar and a few scattered older (50's) couples in some side tables. Bartender was attentive and pleasant but busy. Service was solid, good selection and they give 4oz pours as well as pints. No food at all but pretzels. That really stunk as I was very hungry after surfing all morning. Pints are reasonably priced but bombers to take home were way overpriced IMO.

Overall, the brewery puts out some solid brews, but I think its a bit overhyped.

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Photo of Hop-o-saurus
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I really enjoyed this brewery. They have a great selection of different styles of ales. This isn't one of your "we have 30 different IPA's" type brewpub. They have so many styles, I had my first sour beer here and it changed my beer drinking life forever! They had two sours when I was there and each different one had options to add flavor. I added lemongrass into my sour and it was a treat.

This is a good down-home and very friendly place to enjoy a beer and a bite with a friend or to go out with the guys or girls to get stupid!!

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Photo of JohnnyWS6
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Burley is always on point. Atmosphere is relaxed. Always treated well. Selection is excellent. They are constantly pulling something new and experimental. They really care about their fans, new ones and regulars.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.09/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

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), Aboriginal Gangster and Secret Sauce. Also Vlad, their Imperial Stout, damn well crafted.

At six dollars for a pint or snifter, prices ain't bad. They do growlers as well (reasonable prices), 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. This is truly a lovely joint.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of MrBoh
4.75/5  rDev +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 hoppy 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 there, 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.

Update: Burleys individual beers as well as draft lists have been improving so much, I had to update the rating. They're now canning. Come in for a 32 oz can, or find in your local craft beer shops soon.

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Photo of RWNay
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
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!!

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Photo of jbridi
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of tommyguz
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Big_J22
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of duceswild
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Naugled
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I found this place while golfing in Ocean City. It's located in a quaint old town of Berlin. It was a welcome find because the area doesn't really have any brewpubs around. They don't serve food but the beers were impressive. They had quite a variety on tap, I believe there was 10 when I was there. Sometimes that is not a good thing, but these guys have it together. I sampled all available and the only one that struck me as poor quality was an English PA that tasted like it might be getting old. To my surprise, the next day when we returned to give it second chance, the English PA had kicked. They also had a dry stout on nitro and and IPA in cask I believe.

It was a friendly little place with many locals visiting. Many customers brought their dogs with them as well.

I'll be going back next time I'm down there. For a beer drinker it's a must visit place IMO.

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Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, MD
95 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.