DuClaw Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

10 Reviews
DuClaw Brewing CompanyDuClaw Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

16A Bel Air South Pkwy
Bel Air, Maryland, 21015-6038
United States

(410) 515-3222 | map
duclaw.com

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Added by BillRoth on 11-28-2013

PLACE STATS
Score:
85
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
24
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
14.33%
 
 
Taps:
13
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 24
Reviews by dexterk1:
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3.3/5  rDev -5.4%

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Visited this past week. Owner has changed as the originator has decided to focus on brewing due to increased distribution and so has unloaded his restaurants/brewpubs. Atmosphere is pleasant and has not changed over the years. Good beer selection.

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Photo of Bachbeer
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Beers have changed over the years. Noticed recently more beers becoming less malty, more hoppy-either watered down or use of less malt. Particularly Sweet Baby Jesus & For Petes sake (both Peanut butter styles-2nd is Imperial version-was hop forward) , Serum the DIPA was good for years and recently came across more hop forward than over years..

Service is poor because it is understaffed - the waitresses are good people though and work hard.
Food is good with good menu. When DJ nights are there the sound in bar area is deafening-hard to talk sometimes

If I wasn't sure, I'd say things are setting up for a sell out.

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Photo of Lettsgo3
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Their food outweighs all other aspects here. Service is a nightmare. I live near the bar and have eaten and drank here many times and can probably count on one hand how many times I have had decent service. Their beer selection is good I would recommend their hop continuum series.

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Photo of Davelucas88
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of wanderluster11
4.48/5  rDev +28.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Visited in November 2015. Great service, even with the waitress having a trainer. The food was delicious. Decent price for "flights". Never felt rushed, was able to relax & enjoy the food & beer. Recommend if you're in the area.

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Photo of PuppyClawz
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I wish that Duclaw would take 5 of their main beers and make them great instead of continuing to brew a new mediocre beer what seems like every month. I usually go on Tuesdays because it's all day happy hour. I have been to a couple of their beer releases which is pretty fun but as you can expect extremely crowded. Mainly I continue to go here for the food which is probably the best part about this place. As someone else mentioned the blueberry BBQ wings are awesome.

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Photo of rjd722
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

I was here in the afternoon on a Friday when I had off from work, so the vibe was low-key at the time and I plan on going back in the evening at some point; maybe when they have a release or something. Good selection on tap and I was able to try their Mosaic Red IPA as well as their blood orange IPA, both proved to be solid brews. The service was fine, not sure where all the negative reviews are coming from but perhaps it came from times where they were super crowded or something. Only had the appetizers, which were fried mac and cheese balls, anything fried is usually good with me.

Overall, felt more like your typical restaurant than a real brewpub.

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Photo of JOldewurtel
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Food was actually pretty good. The service is a WHOLE different issue though. I've been to other DuClaws and haven't had this problem. Have loved the other DuClaws, I won't be back to this one.

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Photo of greyghost86
4.7/5  rDev +34.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Food was awesome, wings with blueberry bbq sauce super! Had a sampler of 21 brews that had a full range of what they had on tap. Great experience and at no point felt rushed!

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Photo of Budlum
2.15/5  rDev -38.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Next to pouring my own beer and cooking my own food, I can't imagine their service being worse. There have been plenty of times in the past 8 years that I would have loved to try a new beer, but that would have required the staff to respond. The beer can be interesting, but the service is awful and hasn't improved for years. Buy their beers at a store and skip the poor showing of their ability to carry a brewpub. It is truly a shame because the beers and menu would be incredible if they could hire someone that knows how to run a bar.

Edit - Returned tonight and found a mint stuck to the bottom of the inside of my glass. I explained the situation to the bartender who responded with an awestruck appearance, mention of sorrow, and a generally confused face. Rather than immediately comping the beer or meal for serving a clearly dirty glass, she asked if I wanted to speak to a manager. The manager had the same level of apprehension and lack of action. I don't know why I tried to bother with the piss-poor staff and service at this place.

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Photo of ConradKenney
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Top notch service, knowledgeable staff, excellent beers, clean and comfy place. Cheap flights too. Great location. Highly recommend if you are in the area+

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Photo of Boone757
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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4.24/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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DuClaw Brewing Company in Bel Air, MD
3.49 out of 5 based on 24 ratings.
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