DuClaw Brewing Company

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3.78/5
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PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

8901 Yellow Brick Rd
Baltimore, Maryland, 21236
United States

(443) 559-9900 | map
duclaw.com

Notes:
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.

BEER STATS
Beers:
96
Reviews:
2,456
Ratings:
11,204
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
3.85/5
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
90
pDev:
19.48%
 
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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 90
Photo of barondebourgogne
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Hit the DuClaw in Arundel Mills for the first time. A "sports bar" atmosphere, not too noisy, but definitely more a bar than a brewpub. A bit disapointed by the slim selection. Only four beers on tap! Their menu boasted more than double that. Happy Hour is a steal, with pints going for just $2. I was in the mood for hops that night, so I stuck with VENOM Pale Ale. Very well rounded American Pale Ale, well balanced between hops and malt.

The BEST part of the visit was the food. I stuck to standard pub fare and ordered the burger with a side salad. Excellent choice! One of the best pub burgers I have ever had.

The bartender was chatty and knowledgeable. He apologized for the slim selection and encouraged me to come back for a better sampling of what they offer. I will be back, hopefully to see a better selection on tap and to down another one of those fine burgers.

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

Another great brewpub in Baltimore. I went to the Fell's Point location. This place was pretty jam-packed when I was there, as there was a Fall Festival going on. The were serving beer outside, and also at the bar, in plastic cups, so I chose not to sit at the bar for a pint. I ordered the sampler since I couldn't decide on just one, and it was actually served in glasses!!

This sampler is the biggest one I've ever had, not in terms of sample size, but in terms of the amount they give you. When the waitress brought it out, she just kept unloading the glasses on my table. In all, my sampler consisted of 9 glasses. I got all of their regular beers including a second sample of Venon from the nitro tap, as well as all the seasonals that were currently on offer. I was pretty full by the end of this journey, but I took my time so that I could taste them all. The sample in my opinion was a deal at only $8.

Overall the beers are fantastic. Many different styles are represented, some just ok, some very tasty. Their Porter really stood out to me, it was one of the better American Porters that I've had at a brewpub.

I didn't eat anything while I was there, but they seemed to have the standard pub fare. I picked up a shirt and a glass on the way out...they had a "clearance" table on the way out, where they were selling t-shirts and glasses for $5.

Definitely a place you have to check out while in the area.

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Photo of ITK4ever
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I'm native to the area, so I hit DuClaw alot. Great pub menu...go for the Misfit Chips. Sandwiches and burgers are quite good. If you're around on a Sunday, they have a Brunch Buffet that's relatively inexpensive and there's always good stuff. The kids love it.

On to the beer selection. Growlers if you want, but this is not a great beer crowd for a brew-pub. Even on weekends, there are many still drinking Coors and Bud...which I really don't get if you're going to a brew-pub. Losta mixed-drinkers there too. The selection has something for everyone except for an IPA. However, the Venom Pale-Ale is hoppy enough to satisfy a hop-head. For me, if they're offering up Venom on the nitrous tap, I'm drinking it. It's so dang smooth when drawn like that...YUMMY!!! Stouts, reds, blondes, porters....it's all on the menu at different seasons. There's also a very nice barleywine called Devil's Milk that's just downright tasty. These guys did the brew-pub idea justice. I love this place other than seeing homers downing the Coors Light and Bud at the bar.

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Photo of roan22
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Decided to drive to DuClaw from Philly last Saturday and arrived about 7:30pm. It was pouring rain the whole time we were there, which probably kept some people away; I'd say business was steady all night, but not packed. At least Maryland still allows smokers at the bar, there were a lot of us too.

The beer types I tried were the Venom Pale Ale, Naked Fish Chocolate Raspberry Stout, and the Misfit Red. The Venom was right up my alley, a California citrus aggressively hopped ale. It featured 40 IBU's. It was great, I drank 5 pints of it total. The Naked Fish was very different, tasted sort of like a raspberry iced mocha but of course more like roasted barley malts than mocha. The chocolate and raspberry were definitely noticable without being overly sweet. The Naked Fish featured 30 IBU's. The Misfit Red won some beer award in the late 90's but I thought it was very bland. Tasted like nothing to me.

Their other beers were forgettable to me, although Sean liked his triple pils style beer (I forget the name). The Bare Ass Blonde ale and the typical pukey lager offering got major pans from me. I rated the selection down because DuClaw could do better than their typical-type offerings. There was no IPA!

The food was slightly better than most brewpubs; the menu was more creative than the beer selection! I had the nachos and pretzel sticks with Sean. Nachos good, pretzel sticks average.

What I liked the most about the look of the place was a large, almost hidden mural of a mid-19th century industrial mill town, which looked like it could have been one of Philly's numerous mill neighborhoods back in the day. It was full of character, yet so high up I bet almost everyone misses it. Also there are framed, anonymous, black and white photos interspersed throughout the brewery, making me wonder who the people in the photos were.

Also DuClaw features a "trivia mc" on Saturday nights; at first I thought it was a DJ or karoake guy setting up but it ended up being a trivia guy! Nice, I love quizzo so I joined up. Sean and I ended up calling ourselves "The Bud Dwyers" which gave someone in the bar a chuckle when trivia guy read our name. We started late so we missed most of the first round, ending in 5th place. By the end of the last round we were in 2nd place, but ultimately crashed and burned on the final question. Their version of quizzo is different and lets you pick the point value of each answer, out of three possible choices. You can sweep rounds too if all three questions are answered correctly for more bonus points.

The staff were very friendly and service was great. I'd definitely visit again, especially if the beer selection improved.

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Photo of Gavage
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

My wife and I stopped in on the trip down to Baltimore. Easy to find and conveniently located about 2 miles from I-95 exit 77B. Located in a parking lot behind a Bob Evans, but still can be seen from the road. Upon entering the building you experience the warehouse feeling with the large ceilings and pipes, but there is plenty of glass to keep this place brightly lit. Hostess promptly seated us during a Friday lunchtime. The restaurant was nicely filled with a combo of families, suits, and construction workers enjoying lunch. Brewing kettles in the center of the place behind glass, and a large 30 seat bar, pool table and numerous TVs are located in the back. There was a second floor containing more tables.

There were 6 beers on tap - usual staples of Kangaroo Love, Bad Moon Porter, Venom Pale Ale, Bare Ass Blonde, and Misfit Red. The special beer was Naked Fish which was an exceptional raspberry stout nicely balanced and dessert-like. Also had a super fresh Venom Pale Ale and the Porter which were also very good.

The sandwiches we had were good, and the waitress service was very attentive during the crowded lunch hour.

This place is now on my list of must do's while doing any travelling down I-95 in Maryland area. This place is well worth the visit and deserves more attention than what it gets.

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

Writing this upon my first visit to the BelAir location.

Nice industrial atmosphere. The brewing equipment is centered in the restaurant. The layout is pretty cool, although I didn't make it up to check out the 2nd floor. Nice bar area, plenty of seating available.

Beers ranged from decent to downright good. No stinkers.

Service was generally fast and the bar staff was knowledgable about the beers.

Nice array of beers, with quite a variety of seasonals. More than you could try in one night, at least if you wanted to remeber all of them. I was suprised to see an 11.5 ABV barleywine and a 12% belgian on the tap list.

Nice variety of pub-style foods, with some nice entrees as well. A good selection of some tasty dishes. Everything we had was good.

Totally reasonable for a nice evening out. Beers were $3 or $3.50 depending on the beer, and a growler of the barleyine was only $7. I am already looking forward to my next visit.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is the original location, nestled in the rear of the BelAir South Complex, but it still recieves top billing on the roadside business listing signage. It is a clean, well-lighted place for beer (thx, Papa), with its centerpiece a now-defunct brewhouse. I like the corrogated metal roof, exposed I-beams, and air ducts, all painted a cobalt blue. To the left of the entryway are dining booths and square four-person tables. Off to the right are round four-person tables and the bar. The bar is a huge affair, long and made of wood, with three server stations, each with its own set of eight taps(!). There is also a patio, fenced in with wrought iron, and accessible from behind the tables by the bar. Our group was seated up a flight of stairs with glass under the rails, I suppose to be able to see who was going up or down. It was kind of intriguing that they did this. Both upstairs and down have lots of breweriana on display, so do trip around the place when you stop in. We had a really good bell pepper cream-based soup and huge panini sandwiches for lunch. The waitstaff was quite friendly and patient with us, even when everybody ordered the beer sampler. Hey, we were on a bus trip to sample beer ... Plus, I am a Pest and I was the first to order, so I will take the blame. Definitely worth stopping back, especially once Lew Bryson's Mid-Atlantic book comes out.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This was located in a shopping center in the back corner. From the outside it looks like a nice fairly upscale place. When you first walk in it is very spacious and there is a dining area to the left, a bar with plenty of seating to your right and more seating upstairs. The décor is pretty modern and it has a relaxing feel about it. We chose to sit at the bar were several patrons were drinking out of mugs from their mug club I am assuming. Service was spot on and we got our food and drinks without much of a wait. Refills were fairly prompt. We came their Saturday after noon and price were cheap as hell for 3 beers and an appetizer it ran a little under 9 bucks, I can’t complain about that. Beer selection was thin with only 4 or the 6 standard brews available and they were out of all seasonals. This was 2 weeks after their last one had come out. Big bummer indeed, while they seem to have an overall wide variety of beers I question how often most of them are available. I have the Kolsch, Venom Pale Ale and their Porter. All of which were decent solid beers but nothing outstanding. I will probably try another location in the future closer to the release of a seasonal and see how it fairs then.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.85/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Well, they don't do anything wrong at DuClaw in Bel Air, that's for sure. Everything is done with precision and talent. I just didn't find much flare or distinction, beyond the marketing pieces that advertise their brews (which are pretty darn cool looking.) I place this as a functional brewpub run by some very nice people without another for 45 minutes up or down the road...

All the styles brewed are represented well by the finished product, but nothing will make you jump off your chair. To be judgmental, I think it may play to what this area of MD needs: an outlet for better beer styles and people who enjoy them. The Misfit red was fine. The Venom pale was fine, although save "venom" for a style that could whip a horse's ass, fellas.

It's close enough to 95, and easy enough to find, to use it as a whistle wetter or dinner stop for the north/south traveler. The bar is in the center of a fairly enormous feeling room in new-feeling commercial building. Mostly empty of patrons midday midweek. Service was efficient, and definitely took the time to answer our questions. For that matter, they comped our sampler and the bartender took me over to talk to the head brewer when she found out why we were there. That's a 5 for service, right there.

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

Although DuClaw may have had a bit of a college crowd early on, they've come a long way from there and now operate as a well-run family restaurant-brewpub. The menu is varied and accessible. Mesquite Chicken Rolls and Parmesan Shrimp & Crab Toast (both $5.99) make good appetizers; but I tend to go for the Mussels & Ale ($7.99). Cream of Crab Soup is just $5.29, and a Sweet Pecan Salad is $6.99 (add chix for 1.99). Sandwiches include a Portobello and Roasted Pepper Panini for $6.99, the interesting Turkey Melt on a Pretzel Roll at $7.99, and the Yet Un-named Crabcake Sandwich at market price. Entrees are reasonably priced and include Roasted Veggie Pasta for $9.99, Pepperjack Penne Pasta or Spicy Jambalaya at $11.99, and Sesame Crusted Tuna w/Tangy Orange Sauce for $13.99. The service is good, and the restuarant is well run. The beers have improved greatly over the years, along with their logo designs, and the basic look of the restaurant and bar as well. And they have great names like Bare Ass Blonde Ale, Misfit Red, Venom Pale Ale, Bad Moon Porter, Mad Bishop Oktoberfest and Devil's Milk Barleywine to name a few. All of them are basically very clean and quite good; maybe a little aggressive in some ways, but interesting and enjoyable. The Venom Pale really packs some hops (without going into IPA level) and might be their best beer. The Mad Bishop is definitely a little excessive but can do the trick on a cold fall night. They do new beer release parties which are really fun, and it might be a good time to check them out. Additionally, their growlers are quite reasonable and well worth checking into. And they're so easy to get to off of I-95 that stopping by is never a problem!

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DuClaw Brewing Company in Baltimore, MD
Brewery rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 11,204 ratings