Baltimore recommendations

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  1. AdamF625

    AdamF625 (0) Nov 25, 2010 Massachusetts

    I'm heading to Baltimore for a few days and looking for recommendations on bars, bottle shops, and breweries to visit. A few I plan on hitting are Of love and regret, union, Max's, and Brewers art. Thanks for the help!
     
  2. alexk307

    alexk307 (0) Nov 7, 2013 Maryland

    Wine Source, Lighthouse liquors are the best in the city as far as bottle shops go. There are tons of other Baltimore threads that you could reference with everything you could imagine
     
  3. AdamF625

    AdamF625 (0) Nov 25, 2010 Massachusetts

    Yeah I have been reading through a lot of threads but fresh posts are always good. Thanks! I'll check those places out.
     
  4. JimBrody

    JimBrody (0) Apr 12, 2015 Maryland

    When are you coming to Baltimore? Max's has several good events coming up over the next month or so.
     
  5. ConradKenney

    ConradKenney (0) Nov 14, 2013 Maryland

    Just as an FYI, OLAR is closed til the 22nd. But if you are headed here after that, it is a must! And so is Max's and Union. The ones you have listed are definitely the best places
     
  6. AdamF625

    AdamF625 (0) Nov 25, 2010 Massachusetts

    Tomorrow through Friday. Then driving back up to mass and hitting places along the way. Like Carton, Kane, and Other Half.
     
  7. AdamF625

    AdamF625 (0) Nov 25, 2010 Massachusetts

    Looks like I'm going to miss out then. I'll be in the city over the next couple of days. Thanks for the heads up.
     
  8. JimBrody

    JimBrody (0) Apr 12, 2015 Maryland

    Nice! Max's has a Ballast Point event going on tonight with the following beers on tap:

    Victory at Sea
    Victory at Sea Peanut Butter
    Victory at Sea Peppermint
    Victory at Sea Coconut
    Dorado
    Grapefruit Sculpin
    Habanero Sculpin
    Even Keel

    It's likely that most if not all of those will still be on tap tomorrow. Union is also releasing a new sour this week:

    #1: Bolo - Session Sour Ale in collaboration with Will Golden, former brewer at Frederick Brewing Company, Head Brewer & Co-founder of Austin Beerworks, Austin, TX.

    Bolo is a 4.4% ABV session-style, kettle soured ale, utilizing Mosaic & Amarillo hops in the boil and dry-hopped in the fermentor. Wheat and Pilsner malts lend light biscuit & hay notes to this beer, laying the foundation for the balanced hop flavors of Mosaic & Amarillo. Notes of white peach, citrusy lemon, and dry earthy funk round out this perfectly delicate little sour ale. Bolo is a perfect compliment to smoky Texas BBQ on a hot Austin night or a dozen raw Oysters by the Chesapeake, and looks just as good with a three piece suit or your favorite pair of jeans.

    Draft-only. Available this week.

    While you're at Union, there's a new brewery called Waverly brewing about a block or two away. Only been there once - I wasn't overly impressed with the beer but the atmosphere was nice. I would also add Alewife to your list of bars to hit. Good food and always a good tap list that is updated frequently on beermenus.
     
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  9. Beav42

    Beav42 (0) Sep 13, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Big fan of Union Craft here. Open Thur and Fri during your visit from 5-10 PM. If you're near the Light Rail, it's super easy to get there. Go north, get off at Woodberry stop, continue by walking north and to the right onto Union Ave. Through the open gated entrance to back of parking area. About 3 min walk. All beers there are solid, but Double Duckpin is top notch. Flights and shorter pours are available, as are cans of several of their offerings. No food, but taking your own or ordering in (carryout menus available) is kosher.
     
  10. RocketFrogDavid

    RocketFrogDavid (0) Apr 29, 2010 Virginia

    If driving make sure t hit State Line Liquors on the way down, in MD on the DE border. Excellent selection and growlers.
     
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  11. BFF21231

    BFF21231 (0) Aug 12, 2013 Maryland

    Wings and beers at Mahaffey's in Canton.
     
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  12. ChittyChambers

    ChittyChambers (0) Jan 12, 2016 Maryland
    Trader

    Mahaffey's definitely for the 3 for 7 happy hour drafts(all craft) as well as Smaltimore. 50 beers on tap and only 2.50 for a 5 oz pour of anything they have.
     
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  13. Beav42

    Beav42 (0) Sep 13, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Get someone local to explain the Charm City Circulator to you. Basically, It's a free bus that goes to a variety of sections in Baltimore on what I suppose is a regular schedule. As I understand, it takes you to Fells Point, Federal Hill and many other b-more points. Between that, Uber, cabs and the Light Rail, you should be able to get around easily without any worries of "over imbibing". Have a great time!
     
  14. bubseymour

    bubseymour (1,264) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Heavy Seas I hear is a enjoyable brewery experience to visit. Their beers are mixed in reviews but some are quite solid. They've been around a few years so the "hip" factor has wained a little compared to newer acts like Brewer's Art and Union. I still think H.S. makes some solid beers for what its worth.
     
  15. Darrink520

    Darrink520 (0) May 25, 2015 Maryland

    Someone already said wine source. Can't recommend this place enough. Also Max's has by far the most extensive Bottle and tap list in Baltimore.

    Le garage: on the same street as the wine source. Great food and tap list.

    Some other places:
    Pinehurst wine shoppe: small shop great inventory. Staff will talk your ear off about everything.

    Canton crossing wine&liquors: you can find a lot of rarities here. A little expensive but worth it.

    Grand cru: inside belvedere square. A great tap list and bottle shop. You could also get food from inside belvedere square and eat there.
     
  16. gillagorilla

    gillagorilla (0) Feb 27, 2013 Maryland

    Grand Cru: Cleaned up their space since being bought by Foodshed. They are a wine bar, but have beers in the fridge to go. Their selection used to be quite spectacular, but seems to have diminished in favor of focusing ever more on spirits and wine.
    Pinehurst: Run by beer people. You can tell by the bottles they keep around their open office.
    Canton Crossing: Almost no different inventory than Lighthouse Liquors, but at least everything is $1-5 more expensive.
     
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  17. Darrink520

    Darrink520 (0) May 25, 2015 Maryland

    I have yet to go to lighthouse maybe I should.
     
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