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Union Craft Brewing Company

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2,406 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1700 Union Ave
Unit D
Baltimore, Maryland, 21211-1499
United States

(410) 467-0290 | map

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Added by beandip on 07-02-2012

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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of mynie
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I don't know if this place is in Hampden or adjacent to Hampden. It's right across a little wooden bridge from Nepenthe, and right around the corner from Blue Pit, and then maybe a 5 minute walk to all the places on 36th street--you can have a really nice beer weekend without ever leaving the area.

Union is friendly and almost always bustling. Their beers are probably the most consistent of any Baltimore brewers. Their older school, maltier options are usually okay, and their IPAs shine.

They have about a dozen taps going at all times, with most options available for takeout either in can or growler.

Like the rest of Hampden, the clientele skew white, upper middle class, and usually between mid-20s to mid-40s. It's a friendly vibe, though: if the weather's not bad, they open up the front patio and you can sit out there and drink and play bags.

My biggest complaint is that the hours kind of suck (5-10 Thursday-Friday; 12-5 Sat-Sun), but that's understandable since this is a full-scale production brewery. The prices are also a little steep for house beers--their flagship Duckpin cost more here than it does in most bars miles away. But this is still a nice place.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of TominGermany
3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

The place was packed due to the Bikes & Beers event so I should probably go back to see if I have a better experience. There were four of us in the group and no one was really impressed with our beers.

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Photo of mzrebiec
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What a great place to visit. Comfortable, blue collar and industrial vibe throughout the building. Large selection of Union beers with options on how to get them home (Crowlers are the way to go).

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Photo of spacewolf
5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The wife and I drove over to the Hampden/Woodberry area of Bawlmer to check out Union Brewing.

The place is by the light-rail tracks and it was mighty hopping on a Saturday afternoon. Beautiful people and hipsters spilling out of the brewery on picnic tables outside and crowding the small bar area.

11 taps + 1 cask at the bar. I got a Double Duckpin for the wife and a most excellent barrel-aged Chessie barleywine for myself.

They have a good variety of styles here, including a rauchbier and a winter IPA. Prices struck me as slightly high for Bawlmer- I paid $20 for a bottle of BA Chessie. But the beers are excellent and are well worth the crowds and the prices (some other times we've visited and the place is almost empty)

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Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of qcbrewer
4.22/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BillRoth
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Top notch brewery situated in the old Union Mills/Falls Road area of Baltimore. A little tough to find first time...even with gps. Once there...decent space and parking with plenty of beer on tap waiting for you inside. Various mainlines and special releases/one offs; one cask. Small tasting room/bar area with side room and a few tables/chairs. Also with outside table area. Good people and a fun place. No food, but food trucks serve the tap room at times. Plenty of glasses and stuff to buy. Only real downside is that tap room is only open Saturday and after 5pm on Thursdays and Fridays. Things can get busy fast, and thoughts about sipping a beer and discussing with the UC crew disappear pretty fast. Place ends up being a fun local stop with a bunch of tasty beers. Worth a visit if in area at the right time.

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Photo of cjgiant
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

A small place that gets crowded (though I was there on a release day). It also got warm with the crowds in summer. Seemed to be a mix of get-together it the small table area and individuals at the bar.

They had about 20 beers on tap, including their core beers and a fair amount of newer and brewery only selections (including one cask). Their beers hit a variety of styles but leaned towards pale ales and sours (Old Pro off-shoots).

It was busy, but getting a beer wasn't hard and didn't take very long. Service was friendly but methodical, which can be expected given the volume of business that day. Unfortunately it seemed to suffer a tad later in the day with bigger surges.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.93/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Visited on a Friday night where it was fairly busy and seemingly understaffed. Only one guy behind the bar and several people at all times waiting to order. The brick is pretty and the outside tables and lights are nice, but not much to comment on besides that vibe-wise. Great beer and lots of good options available when I was there. I'd go back if I'm in the neighborhood. I do wish there had been a food truck or something around though. Enough people were there on a Friday night to make it worth it.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of Capsfan90
4.22/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Mohawkhitchhiker
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Photo of wossle
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of TedStrosser
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Tomkob11
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of k3lso
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JamLand
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

In a surprising turn of events, this brewery is located in an industrial park. Plenty of parking on weekends, but if the other businesses in the park aren't as generous during the week, then parking might be more challenging.

Good vibe, more space inside than you'd expect and several tables outside. A few board games to spur conversation, if you're interested.

Service could've been better, but they had a steady flow of customers.

Selection was solid. They had their traditional lineup with a few one-offs, which I think is what you hope for out of most breweries. Overall, their beers are solid with Double Duckpin and 3rd Stone being the standouts.

If you're in Baltimore, I'd recommend checking this place out. However, unless they have Double Duckpin or 3rd Stone on, you won't be blown away.

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Photo of DoovisMG
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of John_Beeryman
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of PuppyClawz
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of DerekE4750
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

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Union Craft Brewing Company in Baltimore, MD
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 2,406 ratings
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