DuClaw Brewing Company

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

8901 Yellow Brick Rd
Baltimore, Maryland, 21236
United States

(443) 559-9900 | map

We consider the art of beer making sacred. With more than 30 distinguished microbrews, ranging from Double IPAs to Barley Wines to Sours and beyond, we deliver on what we promise. If the label says Double IPA, then a Double IPA is what you’re drinking – and a damn good one, too!

We’ve come a long way since our start in 1996, and firmly believe got here by respecting each and every beer we make. And when you care about making really good beer, when you stay focused on what really matters, people respond. You can try (and re-try) our beers in 19 states in the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest. Enjoy!

Craft Be Cherished. Rules Be Damned.

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Photo of mgallegos90
1.28/5  rDev -66.8%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2

HUGE LETDOWN. Like others, we drove an hour to duclaw for the newest release which they advertised HEAVILY on social media. We got there at 12 when they opened and waited in line FOR AN HOUR and when we got to the front they had run out. They should have used some sort of ticketing system so people didn't wait in line for nothing if they knew they had limited numbers of beer.

Additionally, TERRIBLE customer service. The place was packed and I overheard a manager ask a bartender if he needed anything and he responded loudly "A FIST IN MY A$$?" Seriously, dude?

Obviously this brewery does NOT want people's business. I am never going to purchase Duclaw again. They created a huge hype and didn't have enough to supply their demand.

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Photo of Klebe
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Was a killer location right on the water, before being closed. DuClaw can make some decent to good beers IMO. Try them when possible. Styles vary so I will forgo adding any that I have tried in this review and will just add "pick up a six in the style/variety of your choosing if you see them in your local brew-store".

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Photo of alienlifeforcecube
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Maybe it was an off day for the bartender... at BWI location. Food was fair at best. Beer was not very good. The bartender was not friendly. She told me they were out of the bare ass blonde. I got a flight and she put 6 glasses in front of me without telling me what was what. I guessed as best i could. Then the one i liked i ordered again. I thought it was the morgazm. Turns out the tap head hadn't been changed and it was the neon gypsy. Wasn't what i wanted. I still don't know which one i actually liked.

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Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This place is very contemporary and attractive on the surface. Tucked into the side of a huge mall complex, lots of neon and classic nightlife lighting to draw you in. Inside there is a large and moderne dining area and through a glass doorway you enter the somewhat chic bar area which leads out to an adjoining outdoor seating area. There are lots of TVs surrounding the bar but oddly, when sitting at the bar, the majority of the screens are out of your view which leaves you with just two choices and you better hope you're a local that's content to watch the Orioles. With all these TVs you'd think they could work out a better arrangement for the barstool crowd. The published beer list shows just 7 available brews but upon one quick perusal of the tap handles it appears they actually have 12 options and nowhere do I see an accounting of these additional choices, not even a simple chalkboard. Another beef is that I see nothing that tells you what the prices of the beers are. All the specialty cocktails and wine choices are plainly priced on the menu. Not the beer. Isn't beer suppose to be the focus here? Well, the beer seems quite good thankfully but I would also mention that the variety on tap was oddly titled toward the more intense varieties. Barleywines, DIPAs, IPAs, chile stout , porter, brown ale. There is an amber and a blonde but I wish they had a hefe or pilsner to balance out this lineup. Not that I have an objection to some of my favorite styles, but you need more balance. Service is very good at the bar. You don't wait long and they are friendly enough considering the crowd this place attracts. The atmosphere is a bit generic for my tastes. Very trendy and the beer focus is well masked in my opinion. It's a trendy bar more than a brewpub. Loud pop music, sports tv. The usual. But good beer makes up for a lot so I wish them well.

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Photo of nbaradel443
4.76/5  rDev +23.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I absolutely love duclaw. I go their all the time they have great beer and not to mention the food. They have a pint club you can join you get a cup and discounts towards your billbits just a awesome place all around great for the everyday craft beer drinker or the person just adventuring out and trying new things I recommend du claw brewing to everyone out their

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Photo of ColterKoch22
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Took a trip to Maryland this past June and visited my wife's grandmother. Now being a beer geek that I am I research the closest brewery to where we are staying. I came across DuClaw! Not realizing it was part of a huge mall, and right next door to Buffalo wild wings. I walked in was unsure what to think. After looking at the beer list I tried the sampler of 8 different ones, all good but one stood out! their double IPA...called serum! it was fantastic! after two pints and dinner I was very satisfied. I bought a growler to take home! Food was off the hook too!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We get plenty of DuClaw's beer in SEPA, but on our trek down toward TN, this was as good a place as any for a first pit stop. The place is pretty big, mini-chain atmosphere--so think Rock Bottom or Iron Hill--contemporary design, lots of room and a huge wrap-around bar; plenty of TVs.

Beer selection was pretty good, with all the annuals and several seasonals. I'm not a huge fan of DuClaw's beer, but they make some undeniably solid stuff, with a few above average selections. Sweet Baby Jesus was on, as was Misery. I wish I had time to get a sampler, but since we were traveling with the dogs and the wife was waiting out in the car, I had to limit myself. But I digress.

Service was ok. The girl was young and a bit wifty, but she eventually got around to serving me (I was one out of two or three people at the bar), and the food service was pretty quick. The menu was mainly comfort food and pub grub, with some good flatbread-style pizza choices. Prices were decent all around.

I wouldn't say this is a "must" for visiting, and I wouldn't go out of my way to go here again, but it's definitely worth checking out if in the area.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

this place is a really cool find. I enjoyed myself very nicely over there I had there fish sliders and all were quite tasty. The beers were very tasty as well my favorite was the peanut butter beer sweet baby Jesus. The server was very helpful and very knowledgeable. They even have a pool table that is in very good condition. Overall I strongly suggest making your way to the Bell air location that I went to because it was very fun.will definitely be visiting next time I am in town.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I actually went to te Hanover MD location. Service was very good with the waiter and bartenders being fairly knowledgeable. They brought out some special bottles they sold us from the back after my friend and I ordered the 17 yes 17 beer 5oz sampler to share. For the number of beers available I was highly impressed by the quality across the board. A wide variety of styles some uncommon with unique twists to many. May be the best variety of any place of its kind I have ever visited. The food menu was decent for variety and what I had was good. There is a normal seating area with an outdoor and separate bar area. It's located in a very busy shopping mall/ plaza. A must go when you are in the area.

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Photo of Spfarner
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is a great place to enjoy some awesome beers, the food is good, i wouldn't say it is top of the line but it is far from the worst! Always a different selection of brews every time I am there! Big bar setting with separate dining area! Kids are welcome, ( at the dining room of course) which is good because i have 3 awesome kids! They sell growlers and other merchandise such as glassware and clothing and other items! Visit www.DuClaw.com to check out their online store! I think its cheaper if you buy your merchandise online and have it shipped to the Brewery and pick it up! They will ship to any location too!

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Took a road trip to Maryland to celebrate a friend getting a new job...this was our first stop, for dinner. Sat at the bar, and it was pretty crowded, but the bartenders were friendly and tried their best to get our drinks to us quickly. They had eight beers on tap, and I only tried too. My buddy had the brown ale and porter and enjoyed them both. I had the Sawtooth wit, and it was excellent, one of the best wits I've ever had. Great orange bite in that one. Also had the Serum DIPA, and it was OK...I've had better. As for the food, the buffalo dip was totally awesome and well worth the drive. The buffalo chicken panini was also very good, and loaded (two breasts!). Best part: during happy hour at the bar, all drinks are two bucks off...so I got two drinks for six bucks. Apps are also half price, so I paid I think 4.50 for my dip. Real great place, will definitely be back again

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Nice selection of house craft beers:

13 degrees (4.8%) - Hefe-Weizen

Nemesis (11%) Imperial Alt - A rich malty Alt balanced by a huge abv and a finish that leaves no doubt that your drinking a very big beer. It has a very interesting sweet cherry liquore flavor profile throughout, although it takes a half pint and some warming to fully appreciate.

Bare Ass Blond Ale (5%) - Blonde

Venom (5.6%) - APA

Serum (9%) - Double IPA

Misfit Red (5%) - Amber Ale

Bad Moon Porter (5.1%) - described as a robust porter.

Euphoria (4.8%) - Nut brown ale. A truly enjoyable beer w/ a big sweet toffee, caramel nose followed be an equally rich malty taste that is more like a dessert than a beer (think cremé brulé).

I ordered the crab pretzel - a Bavarian soft pretzel covered in crab dip and melted cheddar cheese. A local favorite that was as filling as it was unique. The only pretzel I've ever eaten with a knife and fork.

I had arrived at DuClaw's in Bel Air right before the rush on a Wednesday evening around 6pm. Sat at the bar, where most patrons were proofed prior to being served, and settled in to watch a few innings of the Yankees /Rays game. The music was good, the locals were friendly and the service was pleasant.

There's no doubt that this will be one of my favorite haunts when I eventually move to NE MD next year.

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Photo of bronco94
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This is a decent place to have locally. Growler fills are pretty cheap, the food is very tasty and pretty reasonably priced if you're just getting a sandwich or something. Entrees can be a bit pricy. The tap selection is exclusively Duclaw brews and prices average around 4-5$/pint. Happy hour specials are great and occasionally they'll have 1$ draft days where everything they offer is a dollar, not just select low ABV brews. Serum (DIPA) and Blackjack Stout (RIS) are two very good choices beer wise. They generally have something available that will appeal to craft and BMC drinkers.

There is generally an older crowd there, quite a few tvs with different sports on in the bar area, classic rock music is played. Quality of food and beer is good for a local brewpub. Service depends on when you go and how crowded it is, but the bartender is usually very attentive and quick. Selection would be better if they offered a guest tap or two, but then it would probably take away from their own sales. Food is very good and always hot/fresh

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Photo of StormKing47
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in this past Tuesday for the happy hour on the way back from Shawan's Liquor Store and Honey-Go Liquors with fellow beer advocate cmurren25. Not very busy on a Tuesday night which is very nice you can hear yourself think and actually enjoy and discuss your beers. Happy hour is all day Tuesday with $2 off of drafts, usually carry 7-8 drafts with one on nitrogen. Food is pretty solid, tasty and inexpensive. There beers are enjoyable especially the serum dipa and euphoria toffee brown ale. Pretty solid atmosphere and surroundings the only issue I can see is the service can e frustrating with the bartenders going back and forth because the bar is rather large and there were only two on for the night. Overall a great experience and pretty good value, worth stopping by if your in the area.

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Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Had not been here in a while, so thought I'd stop by on my way back from SEPA.

This particular DuClaw is located in a small strip mall, right off of Business hiway 1. The place has sort of a modernistic vibe, and is good size. There are two large dining areas to your immediate left as you walk in, with an almost as large wrap around bar off to your right in the back. There are also several flat screen TV's, and the bar area has a pretty relaxed atmosphere. As for selection, Duclaw had their 6 core beers on tap (venom, the brown ale, porter, etc.), as well as a few seasonals - serum, an exit series imperial wit, 13 degrees, etc.). Quality was decent, though I've never been a huge fan of the core beers. Otherwise, the limited release beers and seasonal ranged from good to very good.

Food was fine. Got the wings and had no complaints. They were good size, if otherwise not at all memorable.

Service was good. While I didn't get the impression the bartender knew a lot about the beers (just what she liked, which seemed to be pretty much everything), she was quick, friendly and very attentive.

Not sure I'd go out of my way to visit DuClaw, but if you happen to be in the area, I'd recommend a visit.

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Photo of slander
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A few months into this now, I have both run through everything I want to see along the straight line and grown tired of the scenery that is. So the something new is experimenting with the long way around to way western Maryland. Running down and around below Pennsylvania is not the shortest distance from here to there, but you get out early Sunday and make a day of it, stopping for drink and lunch and drink along the way...

Stand alone in a stripmall not where it's supposed to be. Festively pastel & earthy by design, a bar side and a dining side split, each with its own entrance. So there's no confusion, I put up on the bar side; a large spacious room with a loooong sickle shaped slatey topped bar, piping footrailed, and seating for about 30 or so. 3 pair of 4 tap towers along the bar, but few are complete with handles occupied. Long stretch of the bar holds barback space split into quadrants, the center two holding tiered booze below shelved logo glassware on mirrored back panels, the outer two with stacked glassware below shelved growlers on panels of the same. Tracing bar overhang wood unit all around holds flatscreens within & without, and TV's you can see in multitude everywhichway you turn your head.

The inside wall plays that peeled away cracking exposed look and holds a house name logo on it. Otherwise, it's pale yellow walls over red wood slat lowers. Arched forward windows in blue colorings atop and green draperage. Against the yellow & red walls, it's got a brightness of more than a splash of color about the place. Lofted rafter ceilings with exposed ducts, spinny fans & drop cylinder lamps overhead to the sunken spots around the bar. Big block marblesque lino tilings throughout. Large "now on tap", display above the bar on the up high for the look up and knowing.

5 hightops this side along the stretch of the bar along the logo'd wall, and at least a dozen more in front and around the far side of the bar. I see a billiards table and Phil's golf game (tournament play - Fore!) over that way, as well.

On to the dining side of things, 2 dozen booths down center split, tables along the outer perimeters, and a secret side room probably for events and overflow, done up with framed pics, holding another dozen tables. Decently sized "how it's done", logo piece for the read. And a small outside pen between the bar and restaurant side corner entrances with about a half dozen tables.

Meanwhile, back at the beer, I've settled on a sampler as usual. This one offers up the standard 5 house beers (Kangaroo Love, Australian Lager, um, really? golden, crisp, light, slight malt something; Misfit Red, Amber Ale, meh, lacks the maltiness I want in an amber; Alchemy, an Oatmeal Stout, slight licorice flavors but I just don't love, okay, oaty, yes, but it's strange; Bare Ass Blonde Ale, lightly hopped and a bit fruity, not bad; Hellrazer, an American IPA, comes in at 6.2% and is kicked), and seasonals (Venom, an American Pale Ale, done CO2 and also on nitro, tasty, with the nitro version being smoother but lacking the hop smack; Old Flame, an Old Ale packing at 7.5% but not overly alcohol bam, good malt & fruitiness; Serum, a Double IPA at 9%, sickly sweet and strangely malty, not a good double IPA, no, it was not, no). The Venom APA & Old Flame Old Ale were the best of the lot and the rest of them were fair to adequate.

Soup du jour is beer cheese, yeah, no, maybe some other jour. Try your pushing it on me as you like, I'm only want to know about a crock of French Onion, which was cheesy oniony goodness, and the dry rub wings, which were pretty all right albeit more than a hair underdone.

Erictender was friendly, polite, and having done time in (I'm too damn familiar with) Frostburg, Maryland, should be entitled to state sponsored counseling for chronic pain. The place is bright and colorful, and I must say, I've heard some good goddamn tunes today, but it's sterile and blah somehow. Food was okay, beer was okay, which reminds me... having done the round and around and not come across any equipment, the answer is "No, they brew here no more".

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Photo of scottyb88
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is for the Bel Air, Maryland location

A- nice bar atmosphere; a little more upscale than your typical bar from the Main Street area

Q-Duclaw beers are average, there is no way getting around that. I think its the water they use, it all has that same thin watery taste that can turn you off (Black Jack has been my favorite beer so far)

Ser-I've always had attentive and friendly bartenders during all my trips there

Sel-They usually have 4 to 6 taps, I can't remember. All the taps are reserved for their beers and guest beers I've seen in bottles (BMC products)

Every month it seems like they have a new beer and do a beer release party where you can get a free glass if you get there early. It gets really busy and glasses go fast. If you sign up for their email you get up to date info about the latest releases and other news.

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Photo of OldGreyBeerd
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I made my way to DuClaw after leaving Max's and was excited to have some fresh from the tap brew. I had some DuClaw earlier in the summer at a brewfest and thought everything they had was pretty good.

It was a Saturday afternoon and I found the place with no problem. Good location and nice outdoor patio.

I found a stool at the bar figuring I get a bartender with knowledge and some excitement to inform me of their selections.

The place is nice inside, open and blend of modern fixtures and brick industrial.

The bartender I found to be way less than I had expected. In fact she had little to offer other than "maybe try the sampler". I did and the beer was good. I got the stout and some kind of cream cheese dip appetizer. The app came out fast and hot - it was pretty good and the stout went with it nicely. It sat empty for a good five minutes until I actually waved at the bartender. Rather than get another I got the check and went back to Max's

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was stop #256 on my quest to visit every quality, independent brewery/brewpub in North America.

A fancy property located in an otherwise pedestrian strip mall surrounded by chains. Was traveling most of the day and pretty hungry. Something smelled really good on the walk in from the lot.

Large, high-ceiling dining room on the left as you enter. The bar was proportionally spacious with a ton of well-positioned HD TV's. If the game's on, you have a great view in the bar.

All the servers seemed to be young, thin females. We actually joked that it might be a hiring requirement. Ours provided a competent layout of the beers and actually expressed an interest in what she liked and what was popular. We began with the bartenders best friend - the sampler.

When presented with the sampler, my first reaction was underwhelming due to lack of interest in most of the styles. A "light," and blond which I had no use for, an amber which was well done but not a favorite style, and a seasonal Scottish and Octoberfest which were very well done examples of two beers thank rank as my two least favorite styles. It's worth mentioning that they were both done well enough that I found myself drinking more of those samples than I ever imagined. The other seasonal was a brown which was well done. In fact, that pretty much sums up the experience, all beers were well done and true to style. They had their IPA on nitro so the sampler included the regular IPA and IPA nitro. I doubled down and had a full pint of the nitro IPA. If you're an IPA fan, this should do it for you. Low malt backbone, plenty of bitterness, with a moderate amount of hop flavor/aroma. The sampler also included an oatmeal stout which was true to style but I was hoping for a bit more richness.

My friend had the steak and I had the crabcake entrée. My food was excellent. Mostly crabmeat and served over delicious friend green tomatoes and a tomato bisque which complimented both items.

The bottom line is it may seem like an upscale chain but the food is very good and there were no flaws in the beer.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I visited Duclaw for my birthday with my wife and another couple on a late Saturday evening (8:00).

I didn't see much of the bar side of the restaurant, but the seated side was a couple larger groups and a some smaller groups that were relatively quiet. The place is well lit and matches the atmosphere of most mid range restaurants.

The service was good with a knowledgeable server.

They were out of one of their beers, their "Australian Lager" called "Kangaroo Love." I am not sure what an "Australian" lager is but wasn't upset about them not having it.

I got a sampler which ended up being about $10 for 4 oz. of 8 different beers (everything they had on at that time), so not a bad value in my book. The beers were their five regulars, plus an Oktoberfest, a Scottish Ale, a nitro version of their oatmeal stout, and a brown ale. Their brown was a a lighter version and had a nutty quality. The Scottish Ale and the Oatmeal Stout were the better offerings. The IPA was alright but nothing crazy.

I ordered the Portobello and pepper pannini which was rather tasty. The tuna melt was a good portion of tuna served open face with fries.

Overall Duclaw is worth it for their good food and decent local beer.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This review is for the dining area. They have a fairly large bar side, but we opted for a booth in the quieter dining area.

First time here since they reopened after the fire...I just haven't been down this way in quite a while. Large dining area with high ceilings and large, comfy booths. Nice outdoor seating area, as well. Our server was very knowledgeable about the beers on-tap (all eleven of them) and the menu. We started with the crab pretzel, which was very good. We both had burgers and they were good, also. I got the sampler of all eleven beers. Ten different styles with the Oatmeal Stout being available on nitro as well as the standard tap. Most of the beers solid, some were almost unbearable. Kangaroo Love, anyone? Not from me. The Hellrazer and the new Mysterium were my favorites. The food and smapler prices were reasonable, but I got a growler to go of the Hellrazer and was a bit shocked of the $21 price for that. Most expensive growler I have ever gotten filled of a standard beer. Overall, it was a good experience and I am sure I will stop in again when in the area.

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Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Very bright, clean and spacious. A long winding bar - oddly shaped with an upstairs area. Ten beers on tap - nice variety. A couple video games and a pool table are off to the side of the bar.

Service was very friendly and attentive, though numbers were growing at the bar. Despite the growing crowd, the server (Shannon) was attentive and very friendly. She said that she was pretty new, and so if she didn't know an answer about a certain beer, asked the other bartender, who seemed very knowledgeable about the beers. (Even though she was "new", she still seemed pretty knowledgeable, herself.)

The prices included specials, such as a very long happy hour special price (of about half off)and $2.00 off Tuesdays. (Wine bottles of $30 or less half price on Sundays.)

There's a very good selection of rotating/seasonals included in the ten beers that were offered, with a wide variety of seasonals. The beers were generally good to very good, though a couple were a bit thin from low carbonation.

I only ate the Nachos appetizer, and it was good with a generous portion (though that's not enough to review the food.)

This place is certainly worth a visit, esp. if you're in the general area.

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Photo of jordoo
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Just had dinner here last night with my wife. Great atmosphere in the dinning rooom since the remodle after the fire. The bar is still more of a sports bar atmospher, but it is well designed with plenty of space and a nice amount of outdoor seating. Quality and selection of the food was really great we enjoyed verything we had to eat. Service was slightly above average. I went with the beer sampler to get a good idea on all there offerings. 11 4oz beers at a buck a peice. Very good value but 44oz is a lot to get down over diner and desert. LOL. Still I managed to do it and I found all of there stouts to be good or very good, the rasberry one in particular was excellent with desert if a little too sweet in general. Also they had a new Hopped up Nut Brown Ale that was very tasty and and IPA that was super fresh and my favorit eout off the bunch. The ligher brews were lacking a bit, the pilsner, imperial pilsner, blond and the Australian lager just didn't seem to have the same overall quality as the others and the award wining Red Ale was decent but not spectacular by an means. I did pick up a growler of the IPA so I'll reveiw that one later this weekend. Overall slightly on the pricey side for food, beer was a little pricey but barely.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Hit the pub for lunch at approx 2pm. A fair number of tables filled even at this odd time for lunch on a Friday. A short lineup of brews but very nice descriptions of the beer and plato numbers. Always enjoy a brewpub that offers info beyond it's beer --> buy it.

Food was great. Crab dip appetizer was good and the jambalaya actually had a kick to it. My friend enjoyed the grilled chicken salad.

lunch for 2 wound up being about 50 with tip which I thought was a bit pricey. That said, I don't know what normal is for the area, I'm only judging on my experiences of what's normal up here. It's cheaper than NY or NV but not as cheap as NH. Make of that what you will.

I'd definitely go back again if my travels take through that area.

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Photo of Deuane
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Hit the"new" risen from the ashes DuClaws in Bel Air for the release of Mad Bishop. Four of us hit the place around 430 and things were hoppng by then. They have a great happy "hour" really lasts from 3-7 and you get all regular drafts for $2 and a nice list of reasonable priced pub grub appetizers to choose. We all got some food to share (loaded nachos, calamari, mozzarella moons, wings and multiple orders of their homemade potato chips!!) and Dave treated us to our first round of nitro-poured Venom....not on the $2 list. The Venom on nitro was very nice.

Tried a few other beers....Euphoria (a toffee nut brown), CO2 poured Venom and their Bad Moon Porter...all were good or better.

The "new" place looks much like to old place...which is fine there wasnt anything wrong with the old place. I think they opened things up in the back area and now it has an airiness to the inside....nice.

At 7 PM the main event started and they had a 5 minute video presentation about various Bishop related things and a little skit from something by George Carlin portraying some Catholic Bishop...all very well done and fun, even had a promo for next months release of Dragon's Milk (barleywine). With all the hype though the Mad Bishop as a beer was a little disappointing....oh well we still had a very good time.

Our bartenders were very good and we rarely waited long to have a request taken care of or a drink refilled. The cheap standard taps and delicious happy hour food menu was great. All totaled the four of us got out of there for $20 each and that included a nice fat tip to the bar folk.

In addition if you are signed up to their email list you got a special coupon for a gift....a free Mad Bishop T-shirt....not a bad perk!

I will be back to DuClaws Bel Air for more special nights....even if the drive from I-83 to Bel Air is such a pain!

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DuClaw Brewing Company in Baltimore, MD
Brewery rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 11,232 ratings