Dawson's Liquors


589 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Severna Park, Maryland, 21146-3809
United States

(410) 544-6200 | map

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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.7/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

My first beer store. Or at least one that I called home. For a long time, the best selection of crafted beer was found at only a handful of places in Maryland; Dawson's of Severna Park is one of those from as far back as 2006-8. Now with the changing of the popularity of beer, ciders, NA beer, spirits, and seltzers Dawson's has kept up. The once dedication to bomber beers has shifted towards craft 6 packs, 4 pack cans, and there is still a wall of international goodies for the beer lover in you. The Belgian sour corner has gotten a bit slimmer, but the additional cold cases added on the left wall side (if you're walking into the beer showroom) has added a lot of domestic, singles, and NA beer's that are cold and go to go. You will find a large selection of Maryland brewed beers and a lot of great stuff you've never seen in between. For a while they were doing 12 packs can sell-offs of great named brand beers that are deals too good to pass on.

Many moons ago they had beer nights at a local restaurant where the novice drinkers could collaborate around the team and talk beer. Though this is gone, Matt and his team still are easily approachable, knowledgeable, and great fans of Maryland sports. I have seen the team talk to people about their wants and needs and discuss anything from wine notes to beer ideas for those who might not know what they want.

If they don't have it, they can get it for you and the pricing is average to a bit higher on some items (needlessly) but most is fair and competitive, esp. on single bombers or 330 mls. Kegs are offered as are spirits of all kinds, great wine selection, and growler fill-ups - still no crowler machine.

Jun 26, 2020
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spelingchampeon from Delaware

4/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Stopped in for the 3rd time over the last year.
Since this isn't a brewery, I didn't pick up any vibes. The store is clean, and as organized as a store can be these days. The selection is pretty good for craft beer, except there is not a lot of refrigerated space. Most of the IPA's are on shelves, warm. They have a growler station, and kegs as well. I had a couple people ask me if I needed any help.. which I appreciate.

It's hard to denigrate the store, with all the new breweries, new beers and the same space that was probably roomy 5+ years ago. I did knock a spot down for lack of refrigeration, because craft needs TLC over BMC.

Nov 22, 2019
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

This place is in my top 5 of "go to" bottle shops and I make it a point to stop in fairly regularly. They carry a large selection of local and national craft beer, cans, bottles and bombers, as well as a great variety of European brews.
The staff has always been helpful when I need it and is usually very friendly.The prices are a bit high but this is consistent and usually worth paying in my opinion. I've never had a problem finding something to buy even if they didn't have what I was originally looking for.

Apr 03, 2017
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%

Since I'm all the way in middle-of-nowhere St. Mary's County, coming up here takes a bit of effort. It's extremely worth it, though.

The guys working there - especially Danny - really know their shit about beer, as one can tell by the selection. I found such goodies as DuClaw Colossus (didn't buy, because $30), Imperial Biscotti Break, Ola Dubh 12, Beer Geek Breakfast, Black Albert, Caractere Rouge, and all other sorts of imported goodness. They're also very good at getting limited release stuff (like anything barrel-aged from Firestone Walker)

Prices, though, are consistently quite high, but at least there's no ridiculous gouging on certain beer. For example, IBB is normally around $17-$18 a bottle - here, it's $20. Another example, Victory 4 packs are $12 here ($10 in other places).

Really, I don't care. Anytime I want something rare, European, or both, this will be one of my go-to stores.

Sep 14, 2014
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KEB from Maryland

2.66/5  rDev -41.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3

I was in need of some suds and I have stopped in here before. My last visit did not have what I was looking for but I thought since I was in the neighborhood, stop in and check out the selection.
After navigating through the tight maze of displays I finally made it back to the beer department. I did several laps around here looking for a somewhat local craft brew(60 miles away). No help was offered and I was not about to go looking for it. I found only 2 of the brands product lines. Very bummed especially since I know Fishpaws a few miles down the roads stocks a bunch more. Stopping here on this day was not an option.
As I mentioned before I have been here several times when in a pinch. The majority of times I have left empty handed. Hopefully others will have a more fruitful experience.

Mar 23, 2014
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BMMillsy from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Place rating #50! Stopped in here right after heading to Fishpwas and glad I did. Variety of wine and beer and lots of liquor. Still have some BCBS and BCBW on the shelf but a little pricey at $8 per bottle. Utopias behind the counter, too. Grabbed some shelf turds like 2009 Pannepot Reserva, Mogli, Fifty Fifty Eclipse and a Perennial milk stout. Plenty more but my wife will be mad if I grabbed everything I wanted but a neat spot. Definitely worth checking out when in the area, but be on the hunt carefully as bottles are strewn about everywhere.

Dec 24, 2013
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eddibilderback from Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A few years back this would be your only option for Craft Beer in the area, they unfortunately still think they are and price their best beers that way. If something is relatively hard to find or sought after, you can expect them to jack the price up considerably over other stores. I guess they know it will sell so it's low hanging fruit to jack it up a few dollars more than everyone else. Something about that just doesn't sit right with me. The craft beer community is a loyal one, we're the guys always looking for the Nugget Nectar's, TIPA's, Sucks, etc....why gouge us? I see some of the prices and I just want to ask them if they think we are stupid?

Enough with the negative, the selection is top notch and the beer guys are as knowledgable as anyone and great to talk to. Beer lovers should always stop in and see what they have if they are in the area, no question about it. The only downside of being "the" craft beer place in an area is that sometimes the sought after stuff disappears quickly and you might have better luck finding it somewhere else where all the beer nerds aren't rushing to find it.

Oct 17, 2013
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Poucher86 from Virginia

4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Awesome place to search for craft brews. I have never seen a selection like that before, even from some of my favorite liquor stores. The whole crew is extremely knowledgeable and helped me choose between the so many great choices. I will forever be a customer there now.

One flaw I will point out, was the price. I have been other places where they have some of the same craft beer for lower prices but other than that, I have never been this excited about a liquor store before and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

Jul 29, 2012
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weller1js from West Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Went here with ianjsullivan on the morning of his wedding day. He told me about the place (see review below), so what better a relaxing trip to the liquor store prior to getting hitched.

I love when looks can be deceiving. From what looks like just a typical liquor store, once you enter and make your way past the front area where the liquor and wine are shelved, you discover the hoard that is their beer selection in their back area.

Limited warm shelving, most of the warm six pack selection are sitting on top of an island of sixers, 7-8 cold cases containing the expected mainstream and some special craft beers as well.

Their niche is in their larger bottles, with a more extensive and diverse craft beer selection in 750mL than what I have seen in some of the big-boy stores in Maryland or elsewhere for that matter.

Staff was quick to offer assistance, and was very helpful in assisting us with our selection. We went all-out and bought some Sink the Bismarck! by Brewdog, which they even told us that wasn't at a high mark-up simply because they like having it on hand.

Only downside was the cramped layout, but one can easily get past that once they get a load of the selection.

If you are ever in Anne Arundel, it is worth a slight detour.

Jun 09, 2011
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ianjsullivan from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I went to Dawson's Liquors for the first time today. It is a tiny place, and it is cluttered. I was not expecting what I found. The staff at Dawson's was very helpful. I was asked at least three times by three different people if I needed help, and one employee came and talked to me about a few of the beers he had recently had in order to give me a good recommendation (I had already had the beer he suggested). Dawson's has an excellent selection of both micro-brews and imports. In particular, the have real strength in 375, 500, and 750 ml bottles. They have vintage selections and hard to acquire beers from most of the major players. They also have things you may have never heard of before. Their prices are reasonable considering that it is a small establishment. The only knock against Dawson's would be that some of their beers are older and beyond their fresh date. Of course, they do put these beers on sale. Also, since they have such a large selection of more expensive beer, I am not surprised some things sit longer than their date. Honestly, it feels like a lot of the beers are their for beer fanatics, not to make a profit. There are too many rare beers the average beer drinker would not pick up. It is clear Dawson's takes on the cost to have some amazing beer.

May 21, 2011
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MrWinky from Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +6.2%

I grew up working next to this place and have been going there since I turned 21. They've always had a good selection of beer, wine, and spirits, but once The brothers Nick & Danny got more involved it's gotten better. The service has always been great but it's the selection and quality of the selection that improved so much. Basically anything thats good or new they have as well as plenty of other hard to find specialties. I know they do stuff with Lures in Crownsville...which is also a place beer interest. Check them both out if you haven't.

Feb 03, 2011
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dlmccabe1 from Maryland

5/5  rDev +10.6%

This place is great for both everyday drinking beers and all of your rare and limited release beers. The biggest thing going against this shop is that it's located in Maryland which has antiquated distribution laws. But the good news is that whenever anything good makes it into our lovely state you can find it here.

A few examples from my last trip:
Stone Vertical Epic
Every Stillwater release ever
The full line of Ommegang
Five beers from the Bruery
Mikkeller Mikkeller Mikkeller
Urthel Saisonnerre
LOTS of Belgians
Sam Adams/Weihenstephaner Collaboration
Brooklyn Local bombers

Etc, etc, etc, etc.

The selection is great, the staff is knowledgeable and helpful, and the prices are reasonable.

Dec 24, 2010
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mutmanns from Maryland

5/5  rDev +10.6%

I only live 15 minutes from this place and never knew it existed until joining BA. I have been driving to places that were 30 to 45 minutes away to get good beer when I had this little gem practically in my backyard. This place is awesome and the staff is very friendly. From the outside you would never realize that this place has such an inventory on all types of beer. Some of the prices area just a tad higher than what I have paid at some other places, but I make that up in the gas money I save. If you are in the area, and looking for a store with a lot of variety, you will not be disappointed with Dawsons.

Nov 09, 2010
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bpfishback from Maryland

5/5  rDev +10.6%

Dawson's, simply put, has the best selection of beer in Maryland. Not to mention an awesome and well priced American whiskey and other liquors selection. I've never really talked beer with any of the employees but they are always there patrolling the store and asking you if you need any help. You can tell whoever runs the beer section knows their beer, there are always awesome new releases to be found there. Recent examples are FF exit 16 and GI Night Stalker.

Dawson's has a mix of east coast and west coast craft and everything in between. They have some hard to find items too. For example I found some Firestone-Walker there the other week which I did'nt even know was distributed to Maryland.

Which leads me too the one thing I don't like about Dawson's. Some of the beer on their shelves is old. That Firestone-Walker I was so excited about was over a year old. I also managed to find some nearly two year old DFH Palo Santo there which was quite good though.

So if your're looking for something hard to find chances are you will find it at Dawson's. But, when you go, check the dates if you're after anything where freshness matters.

Edit: Just wanted to add that this is really the best beer store in MD. Blows Chevy Chase wine and spirits away.

Sep 21, 2010
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spratmi from Maryland

5/5  rDev +10.6%

Danny, Matt, Nick, and the whole staff have always been extremely helpful - willing to walk through the store with me and discuss beer styles. They are always willing to make recommendations - and I have always appreciated and agreed with their choices. The store selection is very good, as I like to stock up on bombers to allow more variety in my samplings. They also run a beer club in conjunction with a local restaurant and host dinners paired with beer selections several times a year at another local restaurant.

Aug 29, 2009
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pershan from Maryland

5/5  rDev +10.6%

I have lived in Severna Park for the past 20 years, and Dawson's is by far the best place to get good beer (and wine, for that matter). The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and don't hesitate to recommend beers to you, especially if you're a regular and they know the beer styles that you like (for me, it is high-gravity, hoppy ales). They have a huge selection of micro brews from across the nation (Stone, Lagunitas, Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Southern Tier, Blue Point, Oscar Blues, to name a few). They also host a monthly beer tasting at Lures restaurant in Crownsville, as well as some less frequent beer and/or wine tastings at Cafe Bretton restaurant in Severna Park. I attended the Stone beer tasting they hosted at Cafe Bretton last year, and it was fantastic. If you're in the area, be sure to check Dawson's out.

Feb 26, 2009
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

5/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Dawson's has by far the best selection of domestic and import beers in the area and a great staff as well. Floor-to-ceiling racks are filled with domestic 22-ouncers, and other racks feature large import singles and Belgians/lambics/etc. A wall is devoted to six-packs, and several coolers offer the same refrigerated. Stacked six-packs and cases fill the floor of the beer section. The selection changes regularly; they usually have the new seasonals. In addition, Danny and the beer staff are very knowledgable and passionate about beer. My only gripe is I spend too much money there.

Feb 20, 2009
Dawson's Liquors in Severna Park, MD
Place rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 31 ratings