With so many coffees and beers brewing in Baltimore, night owls and early birds alike will be able to find their new favorite drink. Whether you want to explore the city by day or by night, check out these places that are creating a buzz with their unique flavors and local ingredients.
Spro, located on the Avenue in Hampden offers beans roasted in house and coffee gear available for purchase, which owner Jay Caragay and his staff will happily help you navigate. Grab a croissant or other baked goodies from local bakery Patisserie Poupon, or homemade cakes by Jay's mom, plus your usual espresso drinks, pour overs and iced coffee brewed in huge drip towers.
Artifact Coffee, from the mind of James Beard award-winning chef Spike Gjerde, is located in a historic mill in the Woodberry neighborhood, near Hampden. Sourcing all ingredients from local producers, the focus here is on the highest quality coffee and organic, sustainable food offerings, bringing the farm-to-table mission to the world of coffee. Don’t miss the Spike-iatto, a macchiato and shot of espresso named for chef Gjerde.
Coffee shop by morning, Korean hot spot for lunch and dinner; Dooby's, in the heart of Mount Vernon, offers perfectly poured lattes, pastries made in-house and a relaxed city vibe. The Korean-inspired menu includes the popular pork buns, ramen and rice bowls. You can also get your Dooby's fix at the Baltimore Farmers Market on Sunday mornings under the Jones Falls Expressway, April-December.
A free brewery tour and a visit to the taproom at Union Craft Brewing are a must for beer lovers. The brewery offers a variety of brews that pay homage to Baltimore’s past including Anthem Golden Ale, Duckpin Pale Ale and Balt Altbier, plus a variety of seasonal ales and small-batch brews.
Consistently on the list of nationally recognized beer bars and brew pubs, The Brewer's Art features beers brewed in its beautiful Mount Vernon townhome. Choose from two unique experiences – a dark, intimate downstairs bar or the upstairs dining room overlooking historic Charles Street. Be sure to order a Resurrection, a brown Abbey Ale, Beazly (a Belgian beer which at 7.25% abv is deceptively light and fresh) or a Birdhouse Pale Ale.
Heavy Seas Alehouse expertly crafts beer into the menu and provides beer pairings for each entrée. Don’t miss the cask conditioned ales, Heavy Seas favorites like Peg Leg, Loose Cannon and Small Craft Warning or choose from among its list of beer cocktails Save time for a vist to the nearby Heavy Seas Brewery in Halethrope, MD. They offer free brewery tours and a calendar of beer-related events throughout the year.
If you're looking for an easy way to try all the great beer Baltimore has to offer, look no further than City Brew Tours, which offer 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 3-4 breweries and round-trip transportation from downtown Baltimore.