RAR Brewing (Real Ale Revival)

RAR Brewing (Real Ale Revival)RAR Brewing (Real Ale Revival)
RAR Brewing (Real Ale Revival)RAR Brewing (Real Ale Revival)
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

504 Poplar St
Cambridge, Maryland, 21613-1834
United States

(443) 225-5664 | map

Based in Cambridge, MD on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, local boys brewing local beers.

We built our brewery in an 80-year-old former pool hall and bowling alley with the goal of maintaining the building’s history while producing well-balanced American brews 10 barrels at a time. Proudly brewing since the summer of 2013 with no intentions of slowing down, striving to continuously produce products that our community can take pride in. Drink Fresh.

Our 46 seat taproom sports a handcrafted Cedar bar top along with multiple Red Oak tables supported with artwork from several artists including our house "RARtist" Bj Wheatley. We also offer a pub style menu that goes perfectly with our 12 tap draft system with a constantly rotating lineup. As well as various private and public events weekly, RAR also offers live music every Friday and Saturday evenings featuring various local artists and some out of towners.

Monday 12pm - 9pm
Tuesday 12pm - 10pm
Wednesday 12pm - 10pm
Thursday 12pm - 10pm
Friday 11am - 12am
Saturday 11am - 12am
Sunday 11am - 9pm
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Ratings by Reemer686:
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Reviewed by Reemer686 from Maryland

4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75
This brewery is rising quickly as one of the better breweries in Maryland. Between this brewery, Evolution and Burley Oak, the Eastern Shore is turning into a craft beer powerhouse.
Aug 28, 2015
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Reviewed by edthehead from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75
One of my favorite things about moving near Cambridge. Cool leather furnished taproom with open air garage doors for the nice weather and big screen for games. Great adjoining wood furnished taproom with open air affect and lots of seating. And really cool attached RAR burger restaurant also serving beer. Great selection of so many RAR and guest beers, and a cooler to buy from for takeout. Unbelievable selection and quality.
Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by oldmankoch from Tennessee

3.94/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Very cool location right downtown in heart of the "old city" district. Easy on street parking. Really appreciate the look and feel inside too; its urban/industrial/hipster if I had to label.

Quality - Their burgers are to die for. Definitely a top 3-5 burger I've ever had. If you've ever had the burger from Holeman & Finch in ATL this is kinda along the same lines. Their shoe-string fries are hand cut and killer too. Seasonal salad was solid too. I started this section with the food for a reason...their beer was good but didn't blow me away. Surprised that the their avg is above a 4. Guess its for their smoothie-sour beers. I ordered Pulp pale ale, Nanticoke IPA and Out of Order Doomsday (I think it was). Pulp was solid but not amazing, Nanti was very subtle and underwhelming, finally OoO was good but I now know I'm not a smoothie beer guy...way to slush-like and overly sweet with no sour notes at all even though its technically a sour(?!).

I rate my breweries on an easy scale...if I really dig my experience I purchase a sticker to add to my suitcase...and RAR did not receive a sticker purchase from me. We'll see about Burley Oak tomorrow.

In summation, I'd definitely be back for another burger if in the area...it's just that the beer would be an afterthought.
Jul 27, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by JonB25 from Delaware

Oct 21, 2018
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Rated by BillBabbitt from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Great vibe, open air, great decor, good beers
Sep 28, 2018
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Reviewed by nickfl from Florida

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Right downtown in the heart of Cambridge (such as it is), its not a architecturally inspiring space but they've really gone to great pains to breathe life into it with a seemingly endless wealth of quirky decor. It was really crowded the day we were there as they were having can releases and their anniversary celebration, but service was still reasonably good, got to give them credit for being prepared for the crowd. The beer selection is exactly what you'd expect from their reputation and the beer is consistently excellent. Obviously a must if you are for some reason in the area and well worth going out of your way for even if you have to drive a bit.
Sep 07, 2018
Rated: 4.52 by GoatmanBrewsMD from Maryland

Jul 18, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by Boone757 from Virginia

Apr 28, 2018
Rated: 5 by Fistr from Maryland

Nov 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Love the video game artwork, shuffleboard and overall vibe of this place. Beers are great and so is the food....cant beat how it goes with the beer too.
Nov 11, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by TominGermany from Germany

Oct 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
I've been to RAR a couple of times on release days. They do a good job handling crowds and managing beer lines. The beer is always solid and while the taproom can get pretty loud when crowded, it's a friendly vibe.
Sep 25, 2017
Rated: 4.23 by Nightmare1972 from Maryland

Aug 05, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by Budlum from Maryland

Jul 03, 2017
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Reviewed by seanchai from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
Really cool taproom vibe. Service was very friendly and we managed to get a taste of the delicious Ice Cream Seas on draft. Aside from the odd bottles and cans of their Nanticoke Nectar IPA, they also do crowlers and growlers of the non-limited beers.
Jun 29, 2017
Rated: 3.89 by MICAMD from Maryland

Feb 19, 2017
Rated: 3.86 by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

Jan 25, 2017
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Rated by k3lso from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
cool vibe, great beers
Jan 19, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by schroeder1200 from New Jersey

Jan 02, 2017
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Reviewed by stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
Cool spot in the heart of Cambridge. Basically an open room with 2 open garage doors to let in some fresh air. Bar up front with one big screen tv. Not all that kid friendly, but we made it work through a whole Ravens game with a 1 year old and a 6 year old. Staff was very friendly and the shuffleboard and foosball were cool touches. About 9 beers on tap with growlers and Crowlers to go and flights, half-pints and pints on site.
Oct 02, 2016
Rated: 4.38 by JCarson410 from Maryland

Sep 26, 2016
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Reviewed by djkman from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
OK, on vacation with the the family.
Stopped by the brewery to get my stash.
With the the open air blowing in from where a wall should be (LOL..)
It's got that "blue collar", "stop by and have a few, vibe before you go home"
Orioles and Ravens on the TV's (it is Cambridge !)

Beer right there next to you fermenting . MMMMMMm fresh.
Even took a pic of the brewmaster. (I don't think her likes his pic taken)
Good menu, fresh beer.
Waking past the place...it's like you have to walk back and stop in, no matter what you are doing.

And that my review
Aug 27, 2016
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
I visited this brewery on my way to the beach, I had a flight and all the beer was good. I wish I could visit this again but it is a little out of my way on the way to the beach.
Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 4.36 by svensaison from Maryland

Jul 25, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut

Jul 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Rammed96 from Maryland

4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25
Picked up some oil cans on the way to the beach. Olil cans are much better then growlers. The place was quite in the middle of the day. So they were cool with me bringing in my kids. They are located on a pretty cool old town style street.
Jun 30, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Jun 22, 2016
Rated: 4 by weezarc from Maryland

Jun 07, 2016
Rated: 5 by Woods08 from Maryland

Jun 07, 2016
Rated: 4.29 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

May 24, 2016
Rated: 4.71 by JCAMPBELL from Maryland

Apr 27, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by TedStrosser from Pennsylvania

Apr 17, 2016
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Reviewed by BayRanger from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25
Dope ass spot to chill and drink some top quality brews. RAR is putting out fantastic ipa/dipa's right now. Hyde is world class, track it down and go out of your way to find it. Tasting room food is pretty damn tasty as well. Definitely worth the trip.
Apr 09, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by Cook82 from Maryland

Mar 14, 2016
Rated: 4.45 by Shawnwaskey from Maryland

Mar 11, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by TheBlueJerzzzz from Virginia

Feb 15, 2016
Rated: 4.75 by Mpontiakos from Virginia

Feb 15, 2016
Rated: 5 by Nlawrence301 from Maryland

Feb 03, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by ConradKenney from Maryland

Jan 25, 2016
RAR Brewing (Real Ale Revival) in Cambridge, MD
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