Baltimore has been a beer-drinking town since Mary Pickersgill sewed the Stars and Stripes on the floor of a local brewery in 1812. From the first German immigrants setting up elaborate breweries and leafy beer gardens, Baltimore has embraced its proud history of local brewing. Today, the city’s beer scene is thriving with craft beer offered by breweries big and small, tap houses and sports bars.
Celebrate Baltimore Beer Week October 13-22
Baltimore is a drinking city, and Baltimore Beer Week celebrates that legacy with beer-focused events throughout the city and restaurants and bars offering Oktoberfest food pairings. Here are some top places to head this October. The massive Das Best Oktoberfest annual celebration at M&T Bank Stadium parking lot on October 14 kicks off the festivities with lederhosen and more than 150 international, domestic and local beers, plus wines and schnapps. Check out other events like tap takeovers, a beer legends hall of fame induction, battles of the brews and more at the Baltimore Beer Week site.
Take a Brew Tour
City Brew Tours Baltimore is the only beer tour company in Maryland that offers daily brewery tours to Baltimore’s top breweries, brewpubs and beer bars. The five-hour tours include tastings of up to 15 different craft beers, a beer pairing lunch or dinner, VIP visits to 3 to 4 breweries and round-trip transportation from downtown Baltimore.
Meet the Locals
Get to know Baltimore, one pint at a time at any of these beer destinations.
The Brewer’s Art is an upscale brew pub set in a grand Mount Vernon town house where you can try any of the six house-made Belgian-style beers on tap at the elegant upstairs lounge or the catacomb-like basement bar.
Pratt Street Ale House serves up beer from one of Baltimore’s oldest and longest-running breweries, Oliver Brewery. This English-style brewpub offers a range of beer styles, from blonde, to bitter, to brown ales and is a favorite spot for O’s fans to flock to before and after the game.
The pirate-themed beers by Heavy Seas have become a staple on taps around the city. The brewery gives free tours on Saturdays and Sundays with hefty samples and a glass available for $5.
While it doesn’t brew its own beer, Max’s Taphouse features 140 rotating drafts, five hand-pumped cask ales and an international collection of some 1,200 bottled beers in stock—so you can drink in the beer or the sports on any of the Taphouse’s 18 TVs.
Union Craft Brewing has quickly grown into one of Baltimore’s top beer darlings, not just for its delicious offerings, but for its community-mindedness. You can regularly attend concerts, festivals and themed events at the brewery in the Woodberry neighborhood—or you could wait until the brewery expands to a massive complex nearby.
Visit a Community-Minded Empire
Not only does Baltimore have a thriving craft beer scene, but the city has built entire civilizations around its breweries. And by civilizations, we mean the soon-to-open Union Collective, led by Union Craft Brewing. More than 10,000 square feet of warehouse space will be transformed into a community of independent, Baltimore-based manufacturing and creative businesses coming together to produce and sell their wares, share resources and join Union Craft’s growing community of locally-minded consumers. So far, its tenants include the Baltimore Whiskey Company, artisanal ice creamery The Charmery, hot sauce brand Huckle’s and Earth Treks Climbing and Fitness.