Union Craft Brewing Company


Type: Brewery, Bar

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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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 64
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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 BillRoth
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -3.1%
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 -4.8%
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 JamLand
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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 jjboesen
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Union Craft has been a part of the Baltimore brewing scene for nearly three years; though, having enjoying their brews on tap from places like Max's and Alewife, I finally jumped on the light rail to the Woodberry station and made the very short walk to the far end of an industrial looking warehouse (the tanks can be seen through a pair of garage doors. (There is no signage, by the way - at least, I saw none.) The tasting room is adequate sized, with a small bar area and a larger area for communal sitting - there are also some picnic tables outside, where patrons can sip beer as they look at the parking lot.

There were several choices of beers, including Blackwing, Double Duckpin, Gose and several other decent brews. There is no food service. You can purchase beer-to-go, along with some swag. The hours are limited, but it is worthy of a trip.

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Photo of qchic
4/5  rDev -3.1%

As stated before, bare bones, but I like it that way. I've mostly been to Union on Saturdays when they do brief tours. Hopping with people and there's usually a food truck for sustenance. Samples and pints at the bar, and sometimes a special cask. I especially like picking up fresh 6ers (cans!), and it's a stone's throw from the Woodberry light rail stop. If you're visiting Bmore and staying downtown, it's super easy to get to, and a nice slice of our beer scene.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.09/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Visited the tasting room. Bar area seats about 10-12 people, with the rest of the room having seats and high-tops for another 15-20 more. Fairly small, with no bells and whistles, but you do not have to wait for more than a few seconds for a beer. Samples are free, pints are $4-$5. Really a fantastic deal if you wants to try several different beers, or have a few pints. They had 6 beers on tap, plus 1 cask beer that was fantastic. Besides small talk with other people, the only other entertainment I saw were some random board games in the corner (hungry hungry hippos, operation, connect 4, etc.). Only food was beef jerky, beer nuts and a local creamy that was selling scoops of ice cream (the gingerbread ice cream was awesome, especially when floated with the oatmeal stout). All and all, it was a cool place to visit and I would go back, especially if they rotate the taps frequently.

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Photo of pschafer
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This a new brewery and it is a bare bones operation. There are pallets sitting on kegs as tables and plastic folding chairs. there is also a food truck that serves up some pretty good grub.

The atmosphere is quaint, and perfect for a warm spring or autumn outing.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Went here on a Saturday afternoon, arrived around 1:30 or so (hours are 1-4 on Saturday). The brewery is located in an old historic factory building and is kind of tucked away and easy to miss but there's plenty of parking.

Very comfortable, wide open space; a tasting room with open doors and picnic tables set up adjacent to this area for hanging out. There were 6 beers on tap, and you were given FREE 2 to 4 oz. samples (depended who was filling them) of ALL the beers on tap, and full pints were $4 or $5 depending on the ABV. Growlers, cans, and t-shirts/swag were all available at pretty good prices.

The service was a bit slow (things started to get pretty crowded in the tasting room and when you have 40 people wanting free beer) so not always going to be the quickest pours but the employees seemed pretty upbeat and positive. There was a free tour by one of the brewers (I think usually the owners give it but they were both out of town at the GABF) and it lasted about 20 minutes and was kind of on the boring side.

Either way, it was a fun afternoon and can't beat free samples of great beer for an up and coming brewery. Also, they have a rotation of food trucks in the parking lot to grab a late lunch while you're sipping down some beers. As a note, when we left at 3 or so the place was starting to get pretty packed so I'd recommend getting there earlier in the day to avoid the crowds.

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Photo of PolhillS
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

The taproom at Union Craft Brewing is there a place to sample the beers and perhaps tour the brewing facilities. The brewing facilities are small and all fairly new. The company has been in operation for less than two years, celebrating its one year anniversary this past spring. My tour was given by one of the co-owners and lasted about twenty minutes, everything is located in a compact area.

The tap selection included six Union Craft beers. The bar area was full and there was a good crowd in the patio area. The brewery, itself, offered no food, but there was a food truck on location offering a variety of Brazilian foods (pastilles, feijoada (sp?), beans and rice, flan),

Beer samples were free and pints were very reasonably priced. Cans (six packs) and growler fillings were available. Bottles of the anniversary barley-wine were also for sale.

Overall a very good experience in terms of the beer tasting, the tour, and the hospitality.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Went here on a summer afternoon where they were hosting Baltimore School of Rock. These guys care about their community and it shows at their place, being in an area of Baltimore City that is being revitalized. Their beers are wonderful and well crafted. Service is great, never a dry glass. They have five beers when I went, all their own of course. All five were available to go in growlers (if you have another brewery's growler, they just put a sticker on the other logo) and their two flagships were available in six pack cans and cases. While they have no food of their own, there was a BBQ trailer there, and they are walking distance of many restaurants and bars. Prices are pretty normal, but definitely a place you should visit if you are in Baltimore on a Saturday afternoon.

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