Ellicott Mills Brewing Company

Ellicott Mills Brewing CompanyEllicott Mills Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

8308 Main Street
Ellicott City, Maryland, 21043-4601
United States

(410) 313-8141 | map

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Photo of Ctb6582
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

Took the wife to dinner here. Tried to get in for our 20th anniversary but reservations were full. When we walked in the door, brew kettles were behind glass in the next room. It was a Saturday night, so I didn't expect the lights to be on in the brew room, but still. Blue Moon sign behind the bar. Hmmm...We were seated quickly but had to scavenge a beer menu off the table nearby. Double hmmm...the waitress confirmed my fears, only 2 of the 7 beers on the menu are theirs and they're brewed by DuClaw. Sooo...clearly the brew kettles are just for show. Disappointing, very disappointing. Food was good, but for a place with "Brewing Company" in the name...just a thought, but this area suffered a horrific flood about 6 months ago that may have impacted brewery operations.

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Photo of stevoj
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Nice location just on the edge of downtown Ellicott City. Old pub vibe, nice space with cellar and second floor seating. Four standard taps, four seasonals. Well rounded menu with a few German specialties. Pleasant surprise while passing through town.

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Photo of wossle
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Tomkob11
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 4.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

The waitstaff was very friendly. My friend and I had the two bocks and mine was very true to type. Sesame ahi tuna was very tasty and enjoyable. I'd definitely stop back when in town.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Bob_Rhoades
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of TominGermany
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

My first impression was not favorable since they didn't open one time. However, the beer, the service once I got inside and the food made up for the late opening. I sampled four of the eight beers on tap and my favorite and their best selling was their Marzen. Plenty of room on the first floor where the bar is located with the main dining room upstairs. There is a free city parking lot close by and a stroll along Main Street is a great way to end the evening.

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Photo of jspaner
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Vibe is fine, friendly but nothing special, mostly a slightly older crowd. Bar downstairs, dining tables upstairs. Quality is good, but again, nothing outstanding. Service is pretty good. Wait staff come by frequently to ensure you are well-cared for. Beer selection is lacking a bit, especially for a place that brews their own suds. Its mostly German style (Dunkel, marzen, bock, alt, etc.), which is OK, but greater beer selection would be better. Food is pretty good. I have dined here several times and never had a bad meal.

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Photo of Klebe
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of MDHopster
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Historic site bar, low key atmosphere. Not a typical bar, it focuses upon Bavarian brews and dishes with varying degrees of success. Beer focus is solely upon the their own on site brewed beers. Few hopheads selections exist, at times a complete absence of the style is present. The Batskellar features Bourbons and a bartender who had a very comedic side. Reasonably family friendly, not the adult social scene found at many bars. Not all dishes focus upon Bavarian and these vary in quality as well. Off menu items exist for those who frequent enough to know. In historic district, parking can be difficult on occasion. A local favorite but the Germanic influence doesn't seem to create a draw outside of the annual Autumn Oktoberfest and Halloween season.

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3.24/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of briang01
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of yourefragile
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Vogt52
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JakeDebus
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Bill2809
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Whiskeyslinger
5/5  rDev +32.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I work in the area and have enjoyed a friendly relationship with Ellicott Mills Brewing Company for years. The employees enjoy visiting my establishment when they get off work and I enjoy visiting this establishment for a meal before work. The food is good, the staff is very friendly, and the service is also good. I recommend you stop in and give the establishment a try for yourself.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of nickthetick
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I love historic Ellicott Ctiy and this place fits in there well. Old looking wood, exposed brick and a glass wall that encloses the copper covered brewing equipment. The hostess was sweet and we were seated quickly. The bartender, who was also our waiter, however; was pushy, rude and aloof. I ordered a beer flight and the sausage mixed grill and my girlfriend ordered the coconut shrimp. The food was reasonable priced and pretty good and the beer was quite average but not at all bad. We left without a growler because we felt it would be easier than trying to bother the bartender for it(the only time he was plesent and personable was when the check came out). We wouldn't go back, but not all of the bartenders could be that bad; or maybe this guy was having a bad day and we all have those. So if my friends wanted to go out (most of whome live in EC) I wouldnt say no way. Try it and you might have a better experience!

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Beers on tap:

Standards: Kolsch (4.2%), Boomerang (Australian-style Lager, 4.8%), Märzen (5.1%), Dunkel (5.1%). - $3 pints for HH (5-7pm).
Seasonals: ESB (5.4%), Weizenbock (6.1%), Firecracker (Helles Bock, 7.7%), Pilsner (Czech-style, 5.1%).

Wednesday is kill the keg night, where 12 oz pours of one of their beers sells for $1 until the keg is kicked. On this night, it was the Pilsner - A very drinkable, clean crisp and flavorful beer - very good.

Tonight's HH food special was 10 wings for $5, which I couldn't pass up. The wings were great; crispy and just hot enough to leave your lips tingling long after they were gone. I followed up with a sausage sampler appetizer since I really wanted to try their venison.

The Ellicot Mills Brewing Co is housed in a grand old building with lots of character. The bartender was friendly, the beers were very good and the food did not disappoint. I would certainly come back again, as this was a friendly and relaxing place to grab a pint and a bite to eat.

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Photo of ocmpoma
2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

visited on 8 March 2010:

Stopped in here for a pint or two after eating and drinking at another bar up the street. We saw the place while waking along the road toward our original destination, and decided to check it out on the way back. After our experience there, I was hoping to finish off the evening well.

I wasn't let down by the brewpub's appearance: another old, stone building with a wonderful interior. High ceilings, exposed brickwork, and the brewing apparatus in full view through some windows along the wall opposite the bar greeted us as we walked in. And the bar itself -- awesome, with copper sheets covering the length of the bar's top and reflecting the light.

And when I saw that the taps were all German-style beers, I knew I was in for a treat. I ordered the winter bock, and figured I'd grab the dunkel or the strong ale before heading back to the hotel. Man, was i let down. The beer was weak. Watery. Boring. Bland.

So much potential. I didn't have any of the food, and the service was fine. But the two beers I tried -- the bock and the strong ale -- were completely lacking in any real flavor. I wished I had stayed up the street and had another brew there, and my disappointment was compounded by such a nice-looking place and the prospect of a brewpub that makes German beer. Oh, well, live and learn. If their brewmaster could kick it up a few notches, and make some beers with more character, then this place could be an awesome brewpub. As it is, it's not worth it; you're better off passing it by for other places in the area.

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Ellicott Mills Brewing Company in Ellicott City, MD
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