DuClaw Brewing Company
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 6
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 30
Reviews by mltobin:
2.8/5 rDev -24.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
As mentioned by a fellow BA below, the location is right near the water, but aside from a few tables outside, the building is not designed well to take in the view of the harbor, oh well.
This place was busy on a sunny Saturday evening. A lot of families here, some young professionals, and some well aged drinkers as well.
Small list, and their IPA was kicked when I went here, so I had to go with their blond, which was pretty good. They had 5 selections flowing for me, wish there had a been a few more.
The food was very satisfying however and laced my belly for the rest of the evening for a fair price. I would recommend it as a place to have a nice casual meal and a decent beer. But if you have are looking just for the best beer in Baltimore, review your other options on BA.
05-24-2009 23:50:13 | More by mltobin
More User Reviews:
4.45/5 rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | $$
Stop number five, day two on our Baltimore pub crawl. Very modern looking brewpub inside, but there are nice tables and umbrellas outside, which is where we sat. Service was very confusing. Our waitress seemed very friendly, but sorta seemed like a space cadet. We asked her about beer specials, and she said they ran out, but the other waitress told a nearby table about the two seasonals (I saw the taps as we left). So we only chose from the five beers on the menu. And the food seemed to take forever to be served, even though the place was pretty empty. When we did get served, my stout was not bad, and my turkey sandwich turned out to be good. Maybe if we had sat at the bar or had a different waitress, we would have had a better lunch. This place has potential, though.
08-07-2009 20:02:39 | More by morebeergood
2.4/5 rDev -35.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
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 | $$
I had sampled some of their beers at the Maryland Brewer's Springfest and thought they were pretty good, especially the Barley Wine. So, when we were in Baltimore we decided to stop by and have a few beers here. The atmosphere was to pretentious for its own good. The bartender had the personality of a pet rock. The beer I had, Naked Fish, a raspberry-chocolate stout, was pretty good. But, we only stayed for one drink because the service and atmosphere were lacking. Maybe I will give it another try one day.
02-16-2008 04:03:19 | More by Asher1982
3.8/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
On Handsome Ed's watch, we took a break from the beer tour and did a shitty lunch at a place with not really good beer and so-so food, which included zero crabs. I'd been carrying around this mallet all day for crab smashing and it wasn't one of them hand held jobbies. Rather it was one of them giant ones like you use for hitting the strong man thing at the carnival. I feel pretty stupid now, I coulda left it in the car and not been bothered trying to keep it out the way so the wait staff didn't trip over it. It left me kind of grumpy (yes, I can get that way), and it's difficult for me to recover save a few beers. But first I'm unloading this mallet in the car and damned if Ed ain't carrying it there...
In the big modernish brick building on the bay, DuClaw. You come in from the far side and hook back towards the front. It's a large open space gently holding a big egg shaped bar on an angle in the middle of the room, with 2 towers of 6 each side by side on both ends. The center bar island holds two tiered booze and a shelf above with growlers & pint glasses, and flatscreens at both ends with more glassware below. The forward walls are done in pale yellow & green, the rear wall in pastel blue with cutways showing prints describing each of the beer selections. Exposed ducts and spots overhead, and angled semi circular wing pieces above each side of the bar. Seating for 30 around the black cement topped egg plus 10 raised roundy bar tables "L" along the large front windows over S. Bond Street and side along the park, and 8 booths "L" the inner walls.
And down around back, a side dining room with a dozen tables, and then a bit further down, a split room with 6 tables along the windows and 4 booths & 4 tables in a slightly raised area lying adjacent. Additionally, a secret rear room behind sliding colored glass doors on the back wall, and a seasonal outdoor seating area off the side holding 20 tables.
Meanwhile, 9 beers on tap, all of which are served on the sampler. The Funk was a lightly golden American Wheat, not much to it; the Bad Moon Porter, some chocolate, coffee, a little light for a porter; the Misfit Red, deep copper colored, malty; the Venom Pale Ale, assertively hoppy, Columbus & Cascade; the Venom Pale Ale on nitro, not as good as the other; the Celtic Fury, an Irish Stout with a nice bitterness and a dry finish, tasty, some good licorice flavors; the 13 Degrees, their Hefe, good banana & cloviness, albeit somewhat slightly lemony; the Bare Ass Blonde Ale, slightly hoppy, pleasant; and the Euphoria, a toffee Nut Brown, with a strange Heath Bar toffee nose, and something vanilla, maybe. The Celtic Fury Stout and the 13 Degrees Hefe were the best of the lot, me thinks, although the beers were pretty good overall.
Not a bad house, but it's dawned on me that I haven't seen any brewing equipment, I don't think they make beer here. Still, it's definitely worth looking in on when in town working up a thirst crab smashing.
12-19-2007 23:35:21 | More by slander
DuClaw Brewing Company in Baltimore, MD
86 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.