DuClaw Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good

53 Ratings
DuClaw Brewing CompanyDuClaw Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

7000 Arundel Mills Cir
Ste R4
Hanover, Maryland, 21076-1296
United States

(410) 799-1166 | map
duclaw.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
85
Ratings:
53
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by mrasskicktastic:
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Atmosphere - This restaurant is right int he middle of the gigantic mall at Arundel Mills. I don't like malls, going to DuClaw was the trade for me going to the mall at all with girlfriend. So, I might be harsh here. The music was pretty awful. People are visible walking around outside The place is small. The decor is simple (in a modern sense), but it is fitting. The seats of the booth we were seated in moved to reveal smashed drywall and wires. I guess I didn't like the atmosphere much at all.

Quality - The offerings of DuClaw are varied and what I had, the Old Flame (an old ale) and Venom (APA) were both pretty good, particularly the latter.

Service - Our waiter was nice and helpful. My beers came filled almost to the brim off of the tap with only a tiny room for head. Food arrived promtly. No complaints here. Granted they were about as busy as a ski resort in Equador when we came, so I can't talk about how they fair when more crowded.

Selection - Well they don't seem to have much beer aside from their own offerings and macros. However, the variety of their offerings is diverse enough to create a decent variety. Besides, who would go to DuClaw to try a pint of Clipper City beer?

Food - What I had was great! I had a portebello sandwich and it was delicious. My girlfriend got nachoes and they were covered in that disgusting yellow goop that is passed off as cheese. They seemed to have done *something* to it, because it didn't taste that gross. The dessert, Vesuvius Cake I believe, was delicious.

Value - The pints seemed to be around the range of 3.50 - 4.00. Quite reasonable if you ask me. The food was not expensive either. Two meals, a dessert and two beers under $30 is reasonable.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Vibe is okay. Its in a mall, but it does have a nice outdoor area. Separate dining room and bar areas inside. Some tvs over the bar with sports. About a dozen Duclaw beers on tap plus another dozen guest taps. Decent varieties of styles represented. Good service at the bar. The food was pretty good - had a grilled "Arizona" chicken burger and fries. Fries were hand cut so were good and the chicken was juicy and flavorful.

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Photo of Budlum
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Ate here several times. Has all the atmosphere of a mall brewery. They recently redid their food menu and what I have had here is tasty--the jambalaya and the chorizo burger have both been tasty. Service was prompt and friendly. Half the beers are now guest taps and what is available from DuClaw are widely available brews, not that I am complaining because I like their beer. That said, I feel this is a solid must stop when I am in the area.

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Photo of BeanWolf
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This particular branch of DuClaw is very frustrating. They almost always have nothing outside of the regular DuClaw offerings that are in bottles. The last two times I went here my first draft choice was out, and last time my second choice was out despite all these being in six packs everywhere. Why does a Duclaw owned bar not have several of these kegs... are they just two lazy to put a new one on? Food is ok, at least compared to other options in the Arundel Mills mall. I wish Bobby's Burger Palace had taps (they must of had their heads up their asses when made that decision).

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Photo of WittyDragon
1.7/5  rDev -54.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 1

We ordered the Portobello Mushroom fries. The food arrived covered in maggots. You can see the maggots in the photo posted on Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, Instagram, Trip advisor, tomato, etc. The manager snatched the maggot infested food away before, I could take more photos. So, disgusting. Never going back to Duclaw!!! When I called back later and asked the kitchen staff if they threw away the maggot infested panto, the male staff member confirmed that the kitchen had indeed thrown away maggot infested panko. When I asked for the Manager and asked him, he denied it.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25

This place has a very typical sports bar feel and is located in a mall. If you like DuClaw beer, they serve lots of it here.

Nothing extra special to write home about, nothing crazy or rare on tap (like the Baby Jesus variants). Beer is fine, service is fine. Didn't eat anything. Not bad to grab a beer before a movie or while waiting for someone else but not a place I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
4.25/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

It's better than the one in Bel Air. The vibe and the service is much better. Nothing groundbreaking, but for the price, it's a great value for food and beer.

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Photo of jspaner
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Good vibe here. Always a decent crowd & welcoming staff. Pretty decent quality brews, plus a full service bar if you want more than beer. Service is pretty good. Staff are courteous & knowledgeable about their fare. Good beer selection, but of course, its only Duclaw beers. But I think they're pretty good. They will also mix a pint (half-n-half) if you ask them to. Food is pretty good too. Nothing spectacular, but better than many other bars.

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Photo of MorganMessersmith
5/5  rDev +33%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Moderately priced food that is delicious as well as a terrfic beer selection.

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Photo of Antoine
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Lots of different types of brews to try. My favorite is the Bad Moon Porter.

Recently had the Retribution Imperial Stout and it was absolutely fantastic.

Service is decent.

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Photo of mikerems
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Went on a Saturday morning so I can't say I had problems with seating or anything - we were the only people there.
Server was nice and prompt, food took a little while (I guess we woke the cooks up) but it was good.
Price wise, like most things in Maryland compared to Virginia, always a good deal.
Beer wise, not too great. Have a bunch of Duclaw on tap (natch) but it seemed like it was all of Duclaw's main brews (and rejects at that).
Not a case where the brewery takes advantage of owning the bar and offers one offs and experimental brews.
More of a corporate sports bar setting with Duclaw having a tap takeover.

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Photo of Klebe
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Service can be questionable at this location. Beware. Beer selection okay, to slightly better than.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.76/5  rDev 0%

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Situation- You are stuck near the BWI airport for a conference in Baltimore. You don't want to go to downtown Baltimore to try Heavy Seas-since you've had most of their beers anyway and you don't see any beer bar reviews nearby that you are impressed with. The traffic can be terrible so there is no way you are going to go all the way to DC. But ahh....there's a brewpub nearby- the reviews aren't raving-but decent enough to give it a try. I have been in thsi situation twice this year actually and therefore I have been here 4 times this year.

Location and Atmosphere- DuClaw is located inside the Arundel Mills Mall-along the outsie between Buffalo Wild Wings and some Mexican Restuarant-its along the far right side before the movie theatre. The Arundel Mills is the largest mall in Maryland-and probably the biggest in the Baltimore/DC metro area. 3 of the 4 times I was here the mall was hot mess crowded and parking was hard to come by. Despite the mall being ridiculous- we always got seated right away. The inside of the brewpub I would describe as typical suburban restaurant. They did a pretty good job putting booths and walls throughout so its nice to have a bit of privacy as you eat. Each booth also has a detailed large beer label at it-each with a different one of their beers-which is pretty interesting and cool.

Beer- I believe they have 12-13 beers on-tap. 9 are listed on the beer menu-but they always seem to have a few on-tap that are seasonals/specialty beers that aren't listed on the menu. They always have a nice variety of styles and a nice balance of big beers and lower alcohol beers as well as a nice balance of more typical and more experimental beers. I've all of their brews to be pretty nice/good- nothing overwhelmingly awesome, but definitely nothing terrible or not worthwhile. The only beer I though they could do A LOT MORE with was the misfit red. My favorite have probably been Hellrazer, Colussus, and Guilty Filthy Soul.

Food- The menu has some pretty unique dishes, and I've liked everything that I have had. I've Had the portobello fries, blueberry pecan salad, arrzo con pollo cocoa fuego, as well as wings and a flatbread.

Service- I was pretty impressed with the service 3 of the 4 times. The servers are happy to let you taste beers and tell you about speicials. The service is timely and the servers know about the food and beer. There was one of 4 servers that knew nothing about the beer and didn't tell me about the other beers not on the menu that were on-tap until I asked about it-then she had to go look and still couldn't describe the beers to me.

Overall- If you are stuck in Baltimore-which still doesn't seem to be much of a beer city-this is a great place to go. Awesome food, good service, and a nice variety of interesting beers.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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DuClaw Brewing Company in Hanover, MD
3.76 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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