Ocean City Maryland vacation

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by Dukies222001, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (108) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    Hey all, I'm coming to Ocean City Maryland from New Hampshire for vacation 4th of July week. Was wondering if you all would be willing to help me find some good beer either in or very close to OC or on my transit.

    I already have Burley Oak pinpointed which is less than 5 miles from our rental. They have some nice stuff releasing on the 29th the day we get there. I don't want to go too much off the interstate as its a long drive but anything good in Deleware and NorthEast Maryland would be great. Mostly like Ipas, IIpas, Stouts, Porters.

    Thanks in advance.
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  2. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,734) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

    Dogfish Head has a brewpub in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and a Brewery in Milton, Delaware. They are both an easy drive to/from OC Maryland. If you are driving down, I would recommend stopping at the Brewery in Milton and having a flight and stocking up on some beers.

    When you’re in OC you’ll enjoy Burley Oak it is very close and easy to get to, and they have a wide variety of beers.

  3. drh88

    drh88 Zealot (556) Dec 21, 2005 Pennsylvania
    Society Trader

    rar Brewing is very good and about an hour west of OC, MD.
  4. ChittyChambers

    ChittyChambers Aspirant (265) Jan 12, 2016 Maryland

    Dewey is awesome in dewey beach. Not too far from OC. They have awesome food as well. Tiny brewery on the boardwalk called backshore is solid if you happen to be in the area.
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  5. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (108) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    Thanks everyone I do know about Dogfish head but I can get them where I live. When I Vacation I try to drink super local, small good breweries that I can't get back home.

    Burley Oaks and Dewey seem high on the list.

  6. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (417) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I made a recent post too, but for in Rehoboth. I too like local, but you need to go to DFH for their tour and the one offs. The tour is remarkable. We also sampled 3-4 barrel aged beers, 2 NEIPAs, Double Chicory Stout, Liquid Truth Serum on cask and a couple other brewery only beers. All in all, we had tried around 10 DFH beers that I am pretty sure I can't get here.
  7. RocketFrogDavid

    RocketFrogDavid Zealot (596) Apr 29, 2010 Virginia
    Society Industry

    On your drive down, look up State Line Liquors in Elkton, MD (it's 1/4 mile off 95 on the DE/MD State Line. One of the great liquor stores on the East Coast.

    All the suggestions are good above, but keep in mind driving anywhere 4th of July weekend is a shit show, especially on the 4th itself. You'll be fine getting to Burly Oak, but Rehoboth is a complete mess. If you are driving in on Rt. 1 on your way to Ocean City, two other great stores in Rehoboth to shop at would be Atlantic Liquors and Outlet Liquors, both huge, with slightly different selections.
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  8. therealJAYZ

    therealJAYZ Disciple (304) Jan 13, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Don’t write off DFH so quickly, they always have a scratch or “limited” series you can’t find in your local stores, last week they had a nice NEIPA that sold out rather quickly. Also the food, although typical bar fare is pretty phenomenal. I would agree taking a trip to the brewery in Milton. Not sure if this is still a thing, but on Friday afternoons they used to open up the bar at the brewery for employees, spin some vinyl and open up some of the old stuff. Not sure about their future, we’ll wait and see.
  9. VABA

    VABA Poo-Bah (3,734) Aug 8, 2015 Virginia

    Like all the above posters said Dogfish you may be able to get locally, and so can I, but, both the Brewery and the Brewpub have exclusive beers, i.e. only available at those party Lucular places. Don’t dismiss them off easily, you would be quite surprised by some of those exclusives.
  10. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poo-Bah (6,531) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania

    The actually brewery isn't close - but you might see cans in stores. Manor Hill Farm Brewing has a pretty good Porter - I've picked up a six pack when in MD.

    Union Craft also has some good canned beers you can probably find- Double Duckpin (DIPA) and Blackwing Lager (Schwarzbier) have been my favorites.
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  11. VTnerf

    VTnerf Initiate (52) Nov 2, 2015 Maryland

    You could make a day trip to go to Dewey. Food is top of the line!!!!! PAY ATTENTION to the parking... And maybe even hit it on the way home.

    Burley is a good jaunt. But DO NOT drive if you are going to be leaving after dark. Don't cross the 50 bridge after drinking after dark.

    Dofish is a cool spot in Rehoboth. Food is pretty solid as well.

    Out side of that, you're stretching to hit things on Delmarva. On the way down, maybe hit Hudson Valley or Equilibrium....to bring goodies with you.
  12. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (108) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    Actually we are staying in Berlin so we are like 5 minutes from Burley. Going to stop on the way in Saturday as they are having a big can release. Will 100% be having lunch or diner at Dewey.

    I think on the way home I am going to stop into Equalibrium to bring some beer home. Looks like it's not that far out of the way and we usually go around the city on the Tappan Zee bridge so I'm used to going that way. Can just jump on 84 East from Equalibrium it looks like. Thanks all
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  13. VTnerf

    VTnerf Initiate (52) Nov 2, 2015 Maryland

    Well, given that you are staying in Berlin, I'll expand a little. RAR is just about an hour west on Rt 50. If you can swing it (rainy day) well worth the trip.

    Burn is directly across the street from Burley. Solid wood fired pizza. Pizza Tugo's in West Ocean City has 50 taps. Really good selection.

    And for the release, be prepared. Prob wanna be in line by 6am to ensure allotments.......
  14. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (108) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    I'm assuming that's an exaggeration? I go to Tree House all the time and only get there 45 minutes before they open. Is it really that busy at Burley on a can release?
  15. VTnerf

    VTnerf Initiate (52) Nov 2, 2015 Maryland

    Yes. yes it is. Over the winter if you weren't in line at 3 am you weren't getting Jreams....dead serious. WAY different than Tree House. And about 1/50th the production of Tree House. If you just want to go to get "scraps" and not the Jreams, showing up at 930 is fine. And you'll get to hang and drink in the biergarten while waiting. Burley is serious business...
  16. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (108) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    Alright good to know lol. We aren't leaving our hotel in Jersey until 8 am so guess I wont be getting that triple IPA. Oh well
  17. PuppyClawz

    PuppyClawz Aspirant (237) Nov 22, 2014 Maryland

    @Dukies222001 Since you are staying in Berlin check out the Burley Cafe for breakfast or lunch. It’s owned by Burley Oak and they usually have some good drafts. Also the Blacksmith Restaurant in Berlin has a great happy hour and usually has something from Burley Oak, RAR and other locals on draft. The Globe usually has a good local tap list as well as good food.

    And yes as everyone else said if can hit up the Dogfish Brewery in Milton. You may even get to see and talk to Sam!
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  18. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (108) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    Thanks for all the info guys if your ever coming up to New England I'll pay it back on the New England Board.
  19. lackenhauser

    lackenhauser Poo-Bah (2,515) Dec 10, 2002 Maryland
    Society Trader

    Evo in Salisbury is always worth a stop. RAR is my favorite local now but a bit of a drive from Berlin. They had a can release last weekend and may still have some left or at least draft versions with crowlers available.
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  20. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,577) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland

    Burley, Evo, RAR, DFH are your best bets as others mentioned. I've thought Mispillion makes some decent stuff and doesn't get much hype. For DFH I recommend the brewpub in Rehobeth over the brewery in Milton. The brewery taproom was tiny and super-crowded. Didn't care for the vibe. The brewpub is great. That too will be extremely crowded during evenings, so I'd recommend going for lunch / mid afternoon to get some great food and sample the brew house only options before the dinner crowd kicks in.

    PS: If you are driving around Baltimore beltway, there is a new brewery called Sapwood Cellars near Ellicott City / Columbia that is really making some solid beers. Growlers only for carry out (they sell 32oz and 64oz on site for like $5 extra dollars I believe.
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  21. stairway2heavn

    stairway2heavn Initiate (49) Aug 17, 2017 New Jersey

  22. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (108) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    Got to Burley around 2pm yesterday was crowded but plenty of all the new can releases. Had the IIIPA last night was darn tasty. Will be going back for drinks tonight and hitting up Dewey for drinks Tuesday night. Cheers!!!
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  23. VTnerf

    VTnerf Initiate (52) Nov 2, 2015 Maryland

    Nice. Lucked out. It's always a crap shoot with how long they last. Enjoy. That triple is solid but will sneak up on you.

    And if you ever get your hands on some Foley brothers, drop me a line.
  24. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (417) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Told the poor guy he needed to be there by 6 AM. That's messed up.
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  25. ashellen

    ashellen Initiate (100) Mar 26, 2009 Virginia

    I think the $5 is for the empty glass, saw this on their FAQ regarding beer to go

    We sell 32 oz ($3) and 64 oz ($5) growlers that can be filled to order. Most beers are $11 for 32 oz and $21 for 64 oz (with an upcharge for beers that cost more by the glass). You are welcome to bring your own growler, as long as it conforms to legal requirements (has the government warning). Currently, we don’t do crowlers, but we have plans for canned hoppy beers and bottled sours in 2019!
  26. rightcoastn

    rightcoastn Initiate (23) Nov 6, 2010 Maryland

    Heading down Wednesday afternoon from DC and have a few questions:
    - Any chance of the Burley releases from this past weekend will still be available in cans?
    - Any chance of getting some of the RAR beers from the 6/22 release on Wednesday?
    - Any good stores along 50 between DC and OC that have things I wouldn't be able to get in DC? I don't recall any (and don't want to buy a bunch of $14+ crowlers) so may be leaning towards just hitting aslin or something before the trip.
  27. ChittyChambers

    ChittyChambers Aspirant (265) Jan 12, 2016 Maryland

    I would say a much better chance of getting RAR than burley. Also-Dewey is having a release Wednesday.
  28. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (2,577) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland

    If you like NEIPAs, hit Aslin before the trip.
    Cheers in Salisbury is a good beer store. Worth a 10 min. detour perhaps.
  29. BikeChef

    BikeChef Aspirant (263) Dec 27, 2007 District of Columbia

    Which of their tours was this? The “Grain to Glass” tour?
  30. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Devotee (417) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Whatever the $10 one was. You will get one sampling during the tour and 4 after. There were 4 of us and only 2 drink, so we had some of theirs.
  31. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (108) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    I have Foley all the time I live 5 minutes from Vermont. Good stuff probably in my lower top 10 Vermont breweries.
  32. Dukies222001

    Dukies222001 Initiate (108) Oct 21, 2016 New Hampshire

    So last night of vacation had a lot of local beer. Went to both Burley and Dewey and my personal opinion I liked Dewey's beer a good deal better than Burley. Elephant Shoes was by far the best beer I had. Dewey's IPAs could hold up very well in New England. Burley was very good as well. Also liked what I had from RAR. Thanks for the tips all.
  33. Delmarvabeer

    Delmarvabeer Initiate (131) Jul 14, 2015 Maryland

    Evolution Craft Brewery is in Salisbury, MD about 20 minutes away from Berlin. They have a great Porter (Lucky 7) a really good Stout (Rise up Stout - made with coffee) , some good IPAs and even a really good RIS (Rise Up RIS) in bottles
  34. Delmarvabeer

    Delmarvabeer Initiate (131) Jul 14, 2015 Maryland

    Pitt Stop in Berlin is a great shop, not on 50 but right off it. Ask for Dillon or Ryan, they know their beer and are pretty helpful.
  35. Crumps_Brother

    Crumps_Brother Initiate (66) Jun 24, 2017 Pennsylvania

    anyone have any issues w/ Dewey Secret Machine cans exploding?
  36. Zetachi

    Zetachi Initiate (77) Jan 25, 2011 New York

    We do OC every summer. Will be heading there 2nd week of August. One of my fav's in OC is Liquid Assets. Great food, pretty decent tap list and some good beer for sale. Haven't had the time to make it out to Burley Oak or Dogfish but this year we've got a whole week so will try. Would love to do RAR but its a real hike.
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  37. Crumps_Brother

    Crumps_Brother Initiate (66) Jun 24, 2017 Pennsylvania

    ^I'm there August 5-9

    not sure if Burley Oak will be an option to have drinks there or not but hopefully a trade coming through for the release tomorrow

    never checked out Liquid Assets...if you haven't, check out Anthony's Liquors for beer to go, they have a small bar they put in a few years ago (they do crowlers as well), and their deli/sandwiches are great as well

    If you use Untappd it can be pretty resourceful as for checking local places w/ decent stuff on tap...you can find Burley Oak beers like Jreams, good RAR beers, etc.

    Tugo's Pizza has decent stuff on tap...the one in west OC will have the biggest tap list

    I remember even a place like Brass Ball Saloon on the boardwalk having a Jream beer on tap last year

    never been to RAR either...it's out of my way but Dewey beer is closer and there's other things to do in that area as well...if they have a release on a Saturday you are there you can buy through a presale and pick up as late as COB Monday