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DuClaw Brewing Company

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DuClaw Brewing CompanyDuClaw Brewing Company
BA SCORE
87
very good

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.55%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4000 Town Centre Blvd.
Bowie, Maryland, 20716
United States
phone: (301) 809-6943

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Reviews by tlazaroff:
Photo of tlazaroff
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

I've been to DuClaw Bowie a number of times and each time has been great.

The atmosphere is like a cross between a sports bar and an upscale beer bar. It's packed on game night, and on non-game nights, it's a lot more subtle (which I prefer). The customers are friendly, as are the servers and bartenders. The one strange thing (at least at the Bowie location) is the bar top, it's made of a kind of cobblestone with lacquer, which makes for a bumpy uneven surface.

The quality of the beer is outstanding, there is a reason DuClaw is my number one brewery. The risks they take with their beer are crazy, and when they pull it off, it's even better. Attending a beer brunch really opened my mind to beer and food pairings, and every time I visit DuClaw, I keep those pairings in mind looking to enhance my experience. DuClaw, to me, has no mediocre beer, they are all of the highest quality they can possibly brew - until the next one :)

Service is excellent, the bartenders are friendly and attentive, making sure the patrons have everything they need.

Selection is excellent, I haven't seen less than ten taps being run here, and at most, fourteen taps. When you order a sampler, you pay $14, or $18 and get a 5oz pour of EVERYTHING they have on tap. The price difference is dependent on how many taps they are running. Needless to say, they always have plenty to choose form, including their six year-rounds and a mix of four others including seasonal and experimental batches, and if you're lucky you'll see some cask ales too.

The food is quite good, and the only reason I gave it a lower grade is because most of the menu is standard Americana. There is very little experimentation with their food besides offering a variety of unique burgers - which are very good! I would like to see some more outside-the-box thinking in regards to their menu.

Prices are very reasonable here, DuClaw won't break the bank, and is completely worth a visit if you're in the area.

tlazaroff, Dec 29, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Boone757, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

I have been to this Duclaw on several occasions...and each time I like it more than the last.

Very casual atmosphere, and busy, especially during happy hour. Nice bartenders, and they really like the beer they pour, which is important. They like to share their knowledge and push samplers :)
They have most, if not all of their available beers on-tap, no bottles, and you can get a growler to go.

Food is pretty good...I wouldnt go for a dinner, but a sandy is really the way to go here.

The best deal is happy hour though. Cheaper drinks and cheaper food = happy customer.

Also, make sure you sign up for their emails. You get notified when beers are being brewed and released. They usually have release parties where free stuff like tee shirts and mugs are given out; but you can only get one if you print out a coupon.

Deff worth a visit.

DrinkSlurm, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

A bit of nostalgia on this one: I fondly remember eating/drinking here several years ago with a friend while waiting for my wife's engagement ring to be set and sized at a jewelry store in the Bowie Town Center prior to our engagement.

Atmosphere: Very contemporary (some might say sterile) on the inside, with a restaurant section and a bar section separated by a glass door. I totally dig the bar area in this place.

Service: The day I went, the bartender knew quite a bit about DuClaw's beers, but very little about the craft industry in general. No matter. He responded to my request for schwag for an upcoming beer trade and went above and beyond.

Selection and Quality: Personally, I think DuClaw has some of the best local beer in the DC area. They usually have about 8-10 taps that ran the whole spectum of beer styles. On the day I went, I was lucky to get to try Colossus.

Food: The grilled chicken salad I ordered was pretty lousy: very rubbery, dry, and not much to it. However, I've been here a couple of times before and thought the food was pretty decent. I particularly like the pretzels and the burgers.

Value: Typically bar fare and prices, with a nice happy hour to boot.

Overall, I like this place most because of its location. Hell, there's nothing like having a few beer and then shopping in the Town Center. Fun, fun, fun!

Chaney, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Popped in this place to get some Colossus, unfortunately they don't sell bottles of this stuff at this location, only at the Bowie location. OK, that is fine.

This place is huge on the inside, intimidating too. It has this overly industrial feel with huge booths that serve to keep you and your party completely separate from the other diners. That is fine but I found my wife and I sitting in a small room unto ourselves a little ridiculous.

I got a sampler tray, 9$ for any six beers on draft (not counting Colossus which I somehow got a free sample of). GREAT PRICE for 24 ounces of beer at a brew pub IMO. I got to try a bunch of their beers that I had always neglected due to proximity. Very excellent.

The beers were a variety of styles so I'm not sure DuClaw has a "theme" like Belgian ales or American ales, I think they cast a wide net with both their food and beer menus.

The food is decent and reasonably priced. Overall I enjoyed my visit and I would definitely return in the future.

drabmuh, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Located in a shopping plaza in Bowie Town Center, DuClaw Brewing Company offers a nice selection of locally brewed beer. Plenty of seating is available in the restaurant, as well as more tables and stools in the bar area.

Beers include their six regulars, as well as a varied selection of seasonal offerings. While their beers are not among my favorites, I do enjoy most of their selections, and the brews always taste fresh. DuClaw usually has a nitro-tap offering, as well, which is very cool.

Food is decent, and better than your average bar food. Service is prompt and friendly, though the vibe is more corporate than intimate.

Prices are reasonable, and DuClaw has happy hour specials.

Overall, this is worth a stop if you're in the area. If you're a native, you should definitely stop in, sample the beers, and support your local brewery.

Huhzubendah, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%

Rather large brewpub located in a shopping plaza area in Bowie. This place is divided into seperate bar and dining areas and also surprisingly the restaurant seems much larger. The ambiance is not as industrial as the Hanover location. 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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of tatoodkelt
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Met some friends at the Bowie location.

Been here a few times now but this is the first since I'm an official BA!

The atmosphere is pretty good. Very "modern urban" feel, off angles, corrigated metal partitions, etc. Most of the booths are high backed so even though you are right next to other people you feel pretty isolated. The bar area is pretty spacious with some bar stool tables as well as regular tables on the patio outside.

Our waitress was great and actually knew a fair amount about each of the beers. Made some recommendations that turned out pretty good.

The sample size option is pretty cool, especially if you do the sampler.

With 7-9 different brews available on tap they've got something for everybody.

Didnt have food this time but on previous occasions found that its decent for the price. Bar type appetizers are pretty good.

tatoodkelt, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Nice place. Stopped by and ordered the sampler while the wife and I were visiting a friend who lives in Bowie. A few notes:

1) Basic urban sprawl decor. Lots of glass, lots of TV's. Eh. Was quiet and clean, at least.

2) Nice, clean lines. Every beer tasted like I assume it was supposed to taste. Very nice; more than I can say for Brewer's Art the night before. And what's more, the beers were all pretty above average for the style. I mean, the hefe wasn't amazing, but decent, and Alchemy (Oatmeal Stout) and Venom (APA) were notably above average in my opinion.

3) Very nice server who managed to correctly identify every single beer on the sampler. 8 beers, all correctly pointed out. That's pretty good given my usual experiences. Prompt.

4) Selection is pretty good - fairly standard, sessionable styles (several beers under 5%) that were straight up the middle but well executed. APA, IPA, Amber, Blonde, Adjunct Lager, Hefe, Oatmeal Stout, Fruit Stout. Not a bad beer in the bunch.

5) Value wavers. Sampler is a steal at $8 and pints are reasonable enough, but the growlers at $21 each? Whoa. The growlers themselves are 2L fliptops which aren't even silk-screened; there's a damn sticker on the thing. THAT is a ripoff. So keep that in mind.

JohnQVegas, May 06, 2009
Photo of Tbn2
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

Went to this place for a going away party for a co-worker. Took full advantage of their Tuesday Happy Hour Specials.

The food was a bit better than the usual bar food type appetizers. If you order a full dinner, be ready to pay more than what it is worth in my opinion.

Lets get down to it....the beer wasn't bad. They had 9 on varying styles on tap. Nothing to extreme. I was happy drinking there and so were my co-workers. They are the same people who would have been happy with a bar that had only macro brews on tap. The beer is made to appeal to both crowds. If you are a fan of craft brewing, you will be happy but nothing will knock your socks off.

One very positive thing I should say is this is the place to take a few friends and give them an education about the various beer styles. They always have at least 7-8 beers on tap. You could get a sampler and show your fellow chaps there exist a world out there of tastey beer.

Enjoy...

Tbn2, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%

The inside has an industrial feel to it, lots of funky shapes, angles, and sections of tables. The bar area is not seen from the restaurant side, and is separated by a door. So, from where we sat, it was hard to even tell this was a brewpub at all. It is also a bit dark inside. I suppose with all of the sections this place has, it may be nice for a date. The 3 beers that I had were good, but I found 2 of the to be lacking somewhat. The Venom was the best in my opinion. Our server could not remember the beers, or the names of the beers that were on tap. Nor could she remember the specials, or the soup of the day. I would hope that at a brewpub, the servers would know what the beers are, in an attempt to sell them. Our food was good, but seemed a bit overpriced. I liked the Arundel Mills location better.

Bierguy5, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

We visited DuClaw Bowie for dinner on X-mas in July.

Atmosphere: The building is a decent size, but the layout is weird with odd angles and strange designs inside. Very industrial.

Quality: The food, service and ales were all good.

Service: Service was prompt and efficient.

Selection: We were there for X-mas in July, which featured 2004 vintages of both Black Jack Stout and Misery. After those, they feature anywhere from 5-10 of their own beers on tap.

Food: Food is good and has grown on me since my first visit to a DuClaw. The sandwich and pub grub selection is wide.

akorsak, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of dickroop
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

DuClaws has 4 outlets in the Baltimore area - Fells Point, (downtown Baltimore), Arundel Mills Mall, Bowie Town Center, and Belair, MD. The Bowie location is my closest brew pub, and we stop in after work sometimes. Good neighborhood bar atmosphere and good brew. Weekday happy hour 4-7 pm provides $2 pints, which is very nice. I find $4 pints at trendy places VERY tiresome. Their "Venom" American Pale Ale is good stuff, and there are lots of others to try. Plus regular seasonal and specialty offerings.

dickroop, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of halfpgl
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%

This is a brewpub that has been thrown at a shopping center to capitalize on the brewpub popularity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m right there with them. They have great beer release parties and it generates tremendous business. The location is very convenient but they seem to be missing something. I think it’s lost somewhere between the quality of the food and the service staff. The quality of the beer is OK but for the most part it’s not extraordinary. My favorite is the Pale ale called Venom and it’s the best thing they have going for them outside of the BBQ pork.

halfpgl, Feb 22, 2004
DuClaw Brewing Company in Bowie, MD
87 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.