Baltimore’s Local Breweries Are a Cut Above the Rest
Some of the best breweries in town are around the corner from your apartment in Downtown Baltimore.
Why local, you ask? In addition to the positive economic and environmental impact, the sense of community and the convenience…locally crafted beer just tastes good. If you’ve ever heard the phrase “made with love”, then you know what we’re talking about. Cast your mind back to FeBREWary and you’ll quickly remember how much Marylanders love to celebrate their favorite craft brews. Read on for the top eight breweries near your 2Hopkins apartment in Downtown Baltimore and discover your new neighborhood favorite.
Diamondback Brewing Company 10 min.
There are a few things about Diamondback that stick out to anyone who visits. The enthusiastic staff, knowledgeable brewers and especially a brewery cat named Inky, all make customers feel welcome. Additionally, the brewery offers branded merchandise, from athletic tees to tulip glasses and gift cards. You can visit Wednesday – Sunday and see what’s on tap here.
The Brewer’s Art 10 min.
This sophisticated eatery has everything you could want, from appetizers to entrées to desserts and even brunch. On Wednesdays, they host a three-course beer dinner. In addition to in-house brews, they offer a good wine, whiskey and cocktail selection. Located in the neighborhood of Mt. Vernon, the restaurant is just 10 minutes north of your 2Hopkins apartment in Downtown Baltimore.
Waverly Brewing Co. 15 min.
This taproom is colloquially known as “The Shed”, which should give you some insight into the laid back atmosphere it hosts. Their website is full of little jokes and sincerity shines through in everything they do. Enjoy Waverly craft beers in their taproom made of reclaimed materials or reserve the space for a private party.
Heavy Seas Alehouse 15 min.
This pirate-themed restaurant offers nine very different in-house brews, from the “bursting with floral and citrus notes” Cross Bones to the Peg Leg Imperial Stout with “aromas of roasted coffee, molasses and dark chocolate.” Yelp favorites include the Powder Monkey Pale Ale and the Loose Cannon, especially when they’re on tap. But beer isn’t the only delicious thing they have to offer. The crab cake, buffalo burgers and short ribs all get great reviews!
Suspended Brewing Company 7 min.
These young, ambitious brewers moved into Pigtown, Baltimore, just a year-and-a-half ago, making them the youngest brewery on our list. They had a successful grand opening on March 29 of this year and they’re already offering eight original beers on tap. The taproom is just a seven-minute drive from your 2Hopkins apartment in Downtown Baltimore and it’s open on the weekend from 1-8 p.m. What’s special about Suspended Brewing Company is their dedication to personal and social values over the bottom line, which earned them a spot in the Baltimore Sun.
Union Craft Brewing 20 min.
You’ll find a delightful array of brews in this taproom, each with their own pop art design. The Union Craft Brewing homepage will show you what’s currently on tap and you can make your way to the beers page to see their entire extensive collection.
Stop by on Saturday for a free tour of the brewery or come during regular taproom hours to buy cans and fill your growler.
Oliver Brewing Co. 20 min.
This company just released a whole line of freshly designed, graphic cans for their beers, which you can view in 3D using a stunning visual interface on their beer page. Check out Oliver Brewing Co.’s seasonal brews like the Cherry Blossom Ale and the Sour Cherry Blossom or try one of their starting line-up like Forearm Smash. The tasting room has select hours on Friday and Saturday, and the brewery offers tours as well.
Peabody Heights Brewery 15 min.
Although it’s relatively new – it opened in 2012 – this brewery has real character. In the early 1900’s, the location was home base for the minor-league Baltimore Orioles’ minor league. And it’s just across 29th Street from an earlier incarnation of Oriole Park, where Babe Ruth launched his career. Peabody offers 11 different homemade beers, including the Ritchie Vienna lager and the Sir Barton saison. It also partners with other local Maryland breweries like The Fin City Brewing Co. (Ocean City’s oldest brewery), Full Tilt Brewing and the Backshore Brewing Co. to bring you the best Maryland has to offer. Stop by a store that stocks their beer and bring home a variety that pairs perfectly with dinner.
Whether you love a dark porter or a pale lager, these breweries have fantastic, local beers to sip all spring long. Check out those closest to your apartment in Downtown Baltimore or make a beeline for your absolute favorite. At 2Hopkins, you’ll find yourself close to the best the city has to offer. Take a tour today and see for yourself.