DuClaw Brewing Company
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
4.14/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
For some reason, this place is not advertised in any of the touristy booklets (at least none I saw). I had read about it being in Fells Point while online...but saw nothing once in Baltimore. Stumbled upon it down the end of the main strip.
Place looks like a typical brewpub looking to be trendy. They had outside seating, but it was far too hot to do so. In a nice location for those outside, while not directly on the water, it was close by, off to the side of the building, not on the main street.
We were pleasantly surprised by the beers. I don't believe they brew directly on the premises, but rather offsite, similiar to the Heartland Brewpub chain in NYC.
Didn't see the food menu, so I can't comment on that.
The beers were good. A nice selection, ranging in different styles. Each has a unique name like Venom, Sawtooth, etc. The Sawtooth was actually pretty good, a seasonal white. A nice, lite taste...mellow with a orange coriander flavor, perfect for a warm day like this past weekend.
They do a nice job breaking down the beers...on the sampler mat and on large boards hanging across the establishment...listing each beer's flavor, hops, hoppiness ratings, added ingredients, etc..
From our seat at the bar, at the nearest booth, the manager was sitting with apparent new hires, with a sampler...testing them on the different beers. It was pretty interesting, not sure if all brewpubs do this or not...looks like the employees had to take an actual written quiz as well.
As noted in prior reviews, if in Baltmore and on a microbrew crawl, do Brewert's Art and Wharf Rat, but make an effort to try DuClaws too if possible. Not "great" or incredibly unique in anything, but decently tasty beers.
07-04-2006 19:16:24 | More by Nutleybeer
More User Reviews:
4.45/5 rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here on a hot humid afternoon with the wife and my parents before a Red Sox/O's game that evening. We were greeted with a nice blast of AC which was quite nice.
We took a seat at one of the tables in the bar area and ordered 2 samplers. Little did we know that there would be 7 beers on tap that day (including a cask of the Venom). All of them were fantastic.
For food, we ordered the Crab Pretzel (a bit small but a must have) Fried Green Tomatoes and the Buffalo Dip.
Being that we literally stumbled upon this place while wandering around the inner harbor area, we were all quite pleased.
08-08-2009 00:17:10 | More by pelle79
3.13/5 rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stop number five, day two on our Baltimore pub crawl. Very modern looking brewpub inside, but there are nice tables and umbrellas outside, which is where we sat. Service was very confusing. Our waitress seemed very friendly, but sorta seemed like a space cadet. We asked her about beer specials, and she said they ran out, but the other waitress told a nearby table about the two seasonals (I saw the taps as we left). So we only chose from the five beers on the menu. And the food seemed to take forever to be served, even though the place was pretty empty. When we did get served, my stout was not bad, and my turkey sandwich turned out to be good. Maybe if we had sat at the bar or had a different waitress, we would have had a better lunch. This place has potential, though.
08-07-2009 20:02:39 | More by morebeergood
2.8/5 rDev -24.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
As mentioned by a fellow BA below, the location is right near the water, but aside from a few tables outside, the building is not designed well to take in the view of the harbor, oh well.
This place was busy on a sunny Saturday evening. A lot of families here, some young professionals, and some well aged drinkers as well.
Small list, and their IPA was kicked when I went here, so I had to go with their blond, which was pretty good. They had 5 selections flowing for me, wish there had a been a few more.
The food was very satisfying however and laced my belly for the rest of the evening for a fair price. I would recommend it as a place to have a nice casual meal and a decent beer. But if you have are looking just for the best beer in Baltimore, review your other options on BA.
05-24-2009 23:50:13 | More by mltobin
2.4/5 rDev -35.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
Atmosphere: Okay, clean interior with a nice view of the water at one of the few outdoor dining spots in Fells
Quality: Never had a bad brew here, and they get the seasonals in frequently as well. I generally keep away from the standards, the seasonal brews are quite good.
Service: Awful service utilized on multiple occassions. Recently experienced incredibly bad hostess, followed by lukewarm inexperienced waiter, and inattentive useless bartender. They really have one of the worst collection of staff in the area and is the main reason why I only now go if it is a night when they are giving away free schwag for a brew that I might enjoy.
Food: Okay pub grub that never attempts to be anything more
04-28-2009 14:32:41 | More by Umbra
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
After having one of their beers via growler from a friend a few year ago, I stopped in here for myself while recently in Baltimore. The place was fairly empty, but it was still early on a Thursday night. Seemed to be two sections: a sit down dining area to the right, and the bar area to the left. The bar area had ample seating around the bar, plus some pub tables and booths along the wall.
A god mix of their beers were available. I always like it when a brewpub spans the styles with its offerings ad that was the case here. Signs on the wall made it easy to see what was currently available. I decided to go with a sampler to get an idea for their whole range of offerings.
Service was a bit slow (especially for being so empty). My sampler came back and was placed on the table without telling me what was what or any type of lableing. But it wasn't too hard to figure out and the person with whom I was there knew everything too.
Beer quality was quite good. Two of the sample beers were the same: one on nitro the other normal CO2. It served as a reminder how much I do not care for nitro. The IPA was nicely hopped and assertive upfront. A raspberry strong stout was well balanced and the light beers were crisp and a bit dry. All in all (notwithstanding the nitro) there was only one I did not care for.
Did not have a full meel, but rather just an appetizer: the crab pretzle. An off-putting name, but an excellent food. Everything was reasonable priced and lived up to what I expected.
04-28-2009 14:23:44 | More by Sycodrummer
3.14/5 rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I stopped into DuClaw to pick up a couple bottles and had a beer or two while I was at it. Everything was particularly clean but in no way the type of atmosphere I enjoy. The bar area had very high ceilings with a very modern feel. There was a lot of stone, steel, and concrete. The restaurant area was much of the same and unappealing but clean.
The service was acceptable, nothing to stand out in my mind or to detract from the enjoyment. There were 6-7 beers on tap all of which were standard releases as far as I could tell. The offerings ranged from a red ale to an IPA to an oatmeal stout and all the other usual suspects. The lack of special releases was a little disappointing.
I would give this place another try given the area it's in and the other good bars close by. It's worth stopping in for a drink if you're in the area. The IPA I had was underwhelming but the oatmeal stout was enjoyable. Thanks for the mini tour Dyan!
04-07-2009 01:21:43 | More by joe1510
3.58/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
A Friday night visit. At 7PM, the place was surprisingly not crowded and our party of three was seated immediately.
Atmosphere: Big and industrial, lots of metal and mood lighting defines this branch of the DuClaw empire. Not much to look at and not exactly warm and inviting.
Quality: Despite the tepid appearance, service and food were good (looks like DuClaw has turned the page on that one).
Service: We had a waitress and trainee. Both did a commendable job of checking up on us, refilling drinks, etc.
Selection: Apart from the normal house varieties, Hellrazer, 31 and Old Flame were on tap. I have an affinity for Old Flame, so I skiped ot to try the others. Both were okay with Hellrazer by far the better.
Food: The menu has drastically improved. We use to frequent the Arundel Mills restaurant (I still have my mug club card) and the food was always an afterthought. The new menu looks much better and promises a decent meal. Kudos for that.
02-15-2009 01:41:42 | More by akorsak
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Review from notes. Went here on a sunny summer day. Can't vouch for the dining area but plopped down at the bar, which had opened its windows to the street, really cool effect in warm weather. Very airy and light during the daytime and you can watch the foot traffic go by.
Odd location, as it faced basically the street even though its building is very near to the water, missed opportunity there.
Beers are alright, they didn't have any special releases available when I went and the standards are fairly pedestrian for the most part but its nice to drink from a place that makes their own and who usually offers a ton of varietal beers over the course of the year.
Service was a bit aloof, but there's a few TV's, the bar is comfy enough and lots of people watching to be had.
If you're just going to Fells Point for the beer, then places like Max's are where you need to be, if you're going for a clean, slightly chain-y place for food and space and company and a decent enough selection of house brews, DuClaw is a better starting point.
I won't grade the food as all I had was a BBQ pork sandwich (eh), can't vouch for anything else on the menu. The menu itself looks like your typical Maryland stuff with burgers and sandwiches, and crab themes for a small handful of dishes.
My grade of this place isn't the best, but I like the atmosphere when it's not crowded (and I've driven by before when its JAMMED), their beers can be fun and they usually have 5+ available of decent enough variety, it's just missing something by not facing the water and looking away from the main area of Fells Point (is a few blocks down from and faces away from Broadway).
Duda's is just across the street, so that's a good place to pair a visit to DuClaw with.
09-24-2008 15:40:38 | More by USCTrojanBrian
3.18/5 rDev -14.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I had sampled some of their beers at the Maryland Brewer's Springfest and thought they were pretty good, especially the Barley Wine. So, when we were in Baltimore we decided to stop by and have a few beers here. The atmosphere was to pretentious for its own good. The bartender had the personality of a pet rock. The beer I had, Naked Fish, a raspberry-chocolate stout, was pretty good. But, we only stayed for one drink because the service and atmosphere were lacking. Maybe I will give it another try one day.
02-16-2008 04:03:19 | More by Asher1982
DuClaw Brewing Company in Baltimore, MD
86 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.