Independent Brewing Co.

Independent Brewing Co.Independent Brewing Co.
Independent Brewing Co.Independent Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

418 N Main St
Bel Air, Maryland, 21014-3509
United States

(410) 836-8313 | map

Notes: Independent Brewing Company is Harford County’s premiere production brewery established in 2015, featuring a large taproom and patio located in the heart of historic downtown Bel Air, MD. Independent Brewing Company is conveniently located at the top of the popular Ma and Pa Trail and is family friendly, bicycle friendly, and well behaved dogs are welcomed.

Independent features 26 rotating taps of small batch artisanal ales and cider, many are brewed with locally grown ingredients from Harford County and brewed to be gluten free. We have a daily rotating calendar of local food trucks on premises offering a variety of fresh, seasonal, and local cuisine. We fill growlers and 32 oz. cans on site, and offer a variety of six-packs to go. IBCo offers an array of bottled craft sodas with cane sugar, organic juices, and other non-alcoholic beverages as well - including Nitro Cold Brew Coffee, Homemade Root Beer, and Kombucha on Tap.
Hope to see you in the taproom!
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Ratings by coldriver:
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Reviewed by coldriver from Texas

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25
Visited around 4:30 on a Friday afternoon and the place was already pretty well full. Fifteen taps were being utilized with a nice representation of styles. Beers were quite good - it's one of the those places where you know right away that the owner's know beer and are focused on producing beers to please beer geeks. Friendly and noisy (but not obnoxious) crowd, service was good considering how busy they were. This was a great stop!
Mar 07, 2016
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.47 by mdterps2013 from Maryland

Mar 12, 2022
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Reviewed by JRybacki from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
I stopped here while traveling in MD on business. Located in beautiful BelAir, this turned out to be a cool place to stop and try new craft beers. Open air and roomy inside with an inviting large front porch. Went there at happy hour and there was a good lively crowd. They had around 20 beers on tap and I drank a couple of flights. I liked every beer I tried- very impressive. Friendly neighborhood atmosphere made a good impression- when I bought two signature beer glasses from them, they wrapped them in tissue paper and gave me a monogrammed bag to boot. They pay attention to detail here and the beer is really good.
Sep 16, 2020
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Good selection of in-house brews. Frequent food trucks for food. Friendly service.

Beer itself is solid without significant flaws, but they definitely lean toward hoppy offerings, and have some stylistic interpretations that I find curious. Not a bad spot to visit in town.
Jan 31, 2020
Rated: 4.47 by Beer4Baltimore from Maryland

Dec 31, 2019
Rated: 3.88 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Mar 03, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by Aewachiw from Maryland

Oct 22, 2017
Rated: 4.81 by cji1065 from Maryland

Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by Boone757 from Virginia

Aug 25, 2017
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Reviewed by Vigoro from Maryland

4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
A beer focused, per friendly establishment serving only 23 of their own brews. Only 2 tv's which are rarely on promoting socialization. No kitchen, only a rotating line up of food trucks out back - place your order and they bring the food to you. Occasional live music. Indoor and outdoor seating. Great line up of beers and comfortable vibe.
Jun 03, 2017
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Rated by compostkid from Maryland

5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
20 Gluten free beers
May 22, 2016
Rated: 4.22 by csnyder83 from Maryland

May 01, 2016
Rated: 4.36 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Mar 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Pukstopper from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75
In town visiting and friend recommended we go. Good choice for sure only been open for 5 weeks and the beer is excellent. They have 22 taps buy only 6 are currently used. The Brewer does have a few taps with "private reserves " and I was lucky enough to get a nice special pint on a slower night. There are about 30 bar stools 2 long tables with about 10 chairs each. Also several 4 seat bar top tables.
They only have Bar snacks and nut and home made Jerkey for sale as food. However every day they have a local food truck show up from 5-8 or so. And the 2x I was there it was good food. With Brick Oven Pizza the 2nd time.
If you are in the area or even a short 30 min drive or so away it is well worth the trip.
Dec 17, 2015
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Reviewed by Budlum from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
Independent Brewing is finding its place after about the eighth week in operation. The brewer Phil has upped his staff with table service and/or three people behind the bars on busy days. This has immensely helped service. The vibe is all you could ask for with incredible woodwork at the bar and tables, great community atmosphere, and still family friendly. It is just a cool place to be and something Bel Air really needed. The brews have been solid and 10 were offered as of this visit, along with two guest beers from a neighboring farm brewery. Phil has done a fantastic job of putting Independent together and it continues to improve each week; both the beer and the atmosphere. The future looks strong with a crowler machine on the bar as of 12-26-15! It is definitely worth visiting.
Nov 30, 2015
Independent Brewing Co. in Bel Air, MD
Brewery rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 173 ratings