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Active Beers: 69
Beer Ratings: 3,729
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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
8901 Yellow Brick Rd
phone: (443) 559-9900
(Place added by: NeroFiddled)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
A few months into this now, I have both run through everything I want to see along the straight line and grown tired of the scenery that is. So the something new is experimenting with the long way around to way western Maryland. Running down and around below Pennsylvania is not the shortest distance from here to there, but you get out early Sunday and make a day of it, stopping for drink and lunch and drink along the way...
Stand alone in a stripmall not where it's supposed to be. Festively pastel & earthy by design, a bar side and a dining side split, each with its own entrance. So there's no confusion, I put up on the bar side; a large spacious room with a loooong sickle shaped slatey topped bar, piping footrailed, and seating for about 30 or so. 3 pair of 4 tap towers along the bar, but few are complete with handles occupied. Long stretch of the bar holds barback space split into quadrants, the center two holding tiered booze below shelved logo glassware on mirrored back panels, the outer two with stacked glassware below shelved growlers on panels of the same. Tracing bar overhang wood unit all around holds flatscreens within & without, and TV's you can see in multitude everywhichway you turn your head.
The inside wall plays that peeled away cracking exposed look and holds a house name logo on it. Otherwise, it's pale yellow walls over red wood slat lowers. Arched forward windows in blue colorings atop and green draperage. Against the yellow & red walls, it's got a brightness of more than a splash of color about the place. Lofted rafter ceilings with exposed ducts, spinny fans & drop cylinder lamps overhead to the sunken spots around the bar. Big block marblesque lino tilings throughout. Large "now on tap", display above the bar on the up high for the look up and knowing.
5 hightops this side along the stretch of the bar along the logo'd wall, and at least a dozen more in front and around the far side of the bar. I see a billiards table and Phil's golf game (tournament play - Fore!) over that way, as well.
On to the dining side of things, 2 dozen booths down center split, tables along the outer perimeters, and a secret side room probably for events and overflow, done up with framed pics, holding another dozen tables. Decently sized "how it's done", logo piece for the read. And a small outside pen between the bar and restaurant side corner entrances with about a half dozen tables.
Meanwhile, back at the beer, I've settled on a sampler as usual. This one offers up the standard 5 house beers (Kangaroo Love, Australian Lager, um, really? golden, crisp, light, slight malt something; Misfit Red, Amber Ale, meh, lacks the maltiness I want in an amber; Alchemy, an Oatmeal Stout, slight licorice flavors but I just don't love, okay, oaty, yes, but it's strange; Bare Ass Blonde Ale, lightly hopped and a bit fruity, not bad; Hellrazer, an American IPA, comes in at 6.2% and is kicked), and seasonals (Venom, an American Pale Ale, done CO2 and also on nitro, tasty, with the nitro version being smoother but lacking the hop smack; Old Flame, an Old Ale packing at 7.5% but not overly alcohol bam, good malt & fruitiness; Serum, a Double IPA at 9%, sickly sweet and strangely malty, not a good double IPA, no, it was not, no). The Venom APA & Old Flame Old Ale were the best of the lot and the rest of them were fair to adequate.
Soup du jour is beer cheese, yeah, no, maybe some other jour. Try your pushing it on me as you like, I'm only want to know about a crock of French Onion, which was cheesy oniony goodness, and the dry rub wings, which were pretty all right albeit more than a hair underdone.
Erictender was friendly, polite, and having done time in (I'm too damn familiar with) Frostburg, Maryland, should be entitled to state sponsored counseling for chronic pain. The place is bright and colorful, and I must say, I've heard some good goddamn tunes today, but it's sterile and blah somehow. Food was okay, beer was okay, which reminds me... having done the round and around and not come across any equipment, the answer is "No, they brew here no more".
06-30-2010 20:23:42 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
This is for the Bel Air, Maryland location
A- nice bar atmosphere; a little more upscale than your typical bar from the Main Street area
Q-Duclaw beers are average, there is no way getting around that. I think its the water they use, it all has that same thin watery taste that can turn you off (Black Jack has been my favorite beer so far)
Ser-I've always had attentive and friendly bartenders during all my trips there
Sel-They usually have 4 to 6 taps, I can't remember. All the taps are reserved for their beers and guest beers I've seen in bottles (BMC products)
Every month it seems like they have a new beer and do a beer release party where you can get a free glass if you get there early. It gets really busy and glasses go fast. If you sign up for their email you get up to date info about the latest releases and other news.
05-14-2010 03:17:57 |
More by scottyb88
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I made my way to DuClaw after leaving Max's and was excited to have some fresh from the tap brew. I had some DuClaw earlier in the summer at a brewfest and thought everything they had was pretty good.
It was a Saturday afternoon and I found the place with no problem. Good location and nice outdoor patio.
I found a stool at the bar figuring I get a bartender with knowledge and some excitement to inform me of their selections.
The place is nice inside, open and blend of modern fixtures and brick industrial.
The bartender I found to be way less than I had expected. In fact she had little to offer other than "maybe try the sampler". I did and the beer was good. I got the stout and some kind of cream cheese dip appetizer. The app came out fast and hot - it was pretty good and the stout went with it nicely. It sat empty for a good five minutes until I actually waved at the bartender. Rather than get another I got the check and went back to Max's
11-21-2009 20:15:53 |
More by OldGreyBeerd
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was stop #256 on my quest to visit every quality, independent brewery/brewpub in North America.
A fancy property located in an otherwise pedestrian strip mall surrounded by chains. Was traveling most of the day and pretty hungry. Something smelled really good on the walk in from the lot.
Large, high-ceiling dining room on the left as you enter. The bar was proportionally spacious with a ton of well-positioned HD TV's. If the game's on, you have a great view in the bar.
All the servers seemed to be young, thin females. We actually joked that it might be a hiring requirement. Ours provided a competent layout of the beers and actually expressed an interest in what she liked and what was popular. We began with the bartenders best friend - the sampler.
When presented with the sampler, my first reaction was underwhelming due to lack of interest in most of the styles. A "light," and blond which I had no use for, an amber which was well done but not a favorite style, and a seasonal Scottish and Octoberfest which were very well done examples of two beers thank rank as my two least favorite styles. It's worth mentioning that they were both done well enough that I found myself drinking more of those samples than I ever imagined. The other seasonal was a brown which was well done. In fact, that pretty much sums up the experience, all beers were well done and true to style. They had their IPA on nitro so the sampler included the regular IPA and IPA nitro. I doubled down and had a full pint of the nitro IPA. If you're an IPA fan, this should do it for you. Low malt backbone, plenty of bitterness, with a moderate amount of hop flavor/aroma. The sampler also included an oatmeal stout which was true to style but I was hoping for a bit more richness.
My friend had the steak and I had the crabcake entrée. My food was excellent. Mostly crabmeat and served over delicious friend green tomatoes and a tomato bisque which complimented both items.
The bottom line is it may seem like an upscale chain but the food is very good and there were no flaws in the beer.
10-23-2008 01:22:39 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I visited Duclaw for my birthday with my wife and another couple on a late Saturday evening (8:00).
I didn't see much of the bar side of the restaurant, but the seated side was a couple larger groups and a some smaller groups that were relatively quiet. The place is well lit and matches the atmosphere of most mid range restaurants.
The service was good with a knowledgeable server.
They were out of one of their beers, their "Australian Lager" called "Kangaroo Love." I am not sure what an "Australian" lager is but wasn't upset about them not having it.
I got a sampler which ended up being about $10 for 4 oz. of 8 different beers (everything they had on at that time), so not a bad value in my book. The beers were their five regulars, plus an Oktoberfest, a Scottish Ale, a nitro version of their oatmeal stout, and a brown ale. Their brown was a a lighter version and had a nutty quality. The Scottish Ale and the Oatmeal Stout were the better offerings. The IPA was alright but nothing crazy.
I ordered the Portobello and pepper pannini which was rather tasty. The tuna melt was a good portion of tuna served open face with fries.
Overall Duclaw is worth it for their good food and decent local beer.
10-20-2008 13:32:41 |
More by rtratzlaff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This review is for the dining area. They have a fairly large bar side, but we opted for a booth in the quieter dining area.
First time here since they reopened after the fire...I just haven't been down this way in quite a while. Large dining area with high ceilings and large, comfy booths. Nice outdoor seating area, as well. Our server was very knowledgeable about the beers on-tap (all eleven of them) and the menu. We started with the crab pretzel, which was very good. We both had burgers and they were good, also. I got the sampler of all eleven beers. Ten different styles with the Oatmeal Stout being available on nitro as well as the standard tap. Most of the beers solid, some were almost unbearable. Kangaroo Love, anyone? Not from me. The Hellrazer and the new Mysterium were my favorites. The food and smapler prices were reasonable, but I got a growler to go of the Hellrazer and was a bit shocked of the $21 price for that. Most expensive growler I have ever gotten filled of a standard beer. Overall, it was a good experience and I am sure I will stop in again when in the area.
08-17-2008 17:02:56 |
More by Imstillthegman
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very bright, clean and spacious. A long winding bar - oddly shaped with an upstairs area. Ten beers on tap - nice variety. A couple video games and a pool table are off to the side of the bar.
Service was very friendly and attentive, though numbers were growing at the bar. Despite the growing crowd, the server (Shannon) was attentive and very friendly. She said that she was pretty new, and so if she didn't know an answer about a certain beer, asked the other bartender, who seemed very knowledgeable about the beers. (Even though she was "new", she still seemed pretty knowledgeable, herself.)
The prices included specials, such as a very long happy hour special price (of about half off)and $2.00 off Tuesdays. (Wine bottles of $30 or less half price on Sundays.)
There's a very good selection of rotating/seasonals included in the ten beers that were offered, with a wide variety of seasonals. The beers were generally good to very good, though a couple were a bit thin from low carbonation.
I only ate the Nachos appetizer, and it was good with a generous portion (though that's not enough to review the food.)
This place is certainly worth a visit, esp. if you're in the general area.
07-27-2008 08:30:42 |
More by jwc215
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Just had dinner here last night with my wife. Great atmosphere in the dinning rooom since the remodle after the fire. The bar is still more of a sports bar atmospher, but it is well designed with plenty of space and a nice amount of outdoor seating. Quality and selection of the food was really great we enjoyed verything we had to eat. Service was slightly above average. I went with the beer sampler to get a good idea on all there offerings. 11 4oz beers at a buck a peice. Very good value but 44oz is a lot to get down over diner and desert. LOL. Still I managed to do it and I found all of there stouts to be good or very good, the rasberry one in particular was excellent with desert if a little too sweet in general. Also they had a new Hopped up Nut Brown Ale that was very tasty and and IPA that was super fresh and my favorit eout off the bunch. The ligher brews were lacking a bit, the pilsner, imperial pilsner, blond and the Australian lager just didn't seem to have the same overall quality as the others and the award wining Red Ale was decent but not spectacular by an means. I did pick up a growler of the IPA so I'll reveiw that one later this weekend. Overall slightly on the pricey side for food, beer was a little pricey but barely.
06-28-2008 13:12:53 |
More by jordoo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Hit the pub for lunch at approx 2pm. A fair number of tables filled even at this odd time for lunch on a Friday. A short lineup of brews but very nice descriptions of the beer and plato numbers. Always enjoy a brewpub that offers info beyond it's beer --> buy it.
Food was great. Crab dip appetizer was good and the jambalaya actually had a kick to it. My friend enjoyed the grilled chicken salad.
lunch for 2 wound up being about 50 with tip which I thought was a bit pricey. That said, I don't know what normal is for the area, I'm only judging on my experiences of what's normal up here. It's cheaper than NY or NV but not as cheap as NH. Make of that what you will.
I'd definitely go back again if my travels take through that area.
10-29-2007 14:47:50 |
More by barleywinebrewer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Hit the"new" risen from the ashes DuClaws in Bel Air for the release of Mad Bishop. Four of us hit the place around 430 and things were hoppng by then. They have a great happy "hour" really lasts from 3-7 and you get all regular drafts for $2 and a nice list of reasonable priced pub grub appetizers to choose. We all got some food to share (loaded nachos, calamari, mozzarella moons, wings and multiple orders of their homemade potato chips!!) and Dave treated us to our first round of nitro-poured Venom....not on the $2 list. The Venom on nitro was very nice.
Tried a few other beers....Euphoria (a toffee nut brown), CO2 poured Venom and their Bad Moon Porter...all were good or better.
The "new" place looks much like to old place...which is fine there wasnt anything wrong with the old place. I think they opened things up in the back area and now it has an airiness to the inside....nice.
At 7 PM the main event started and they had a 5 minute video presentation about various Bishop related things and a little skit from something by George Carlin portraying some Catholic Bishop...all very well done and fun, even had a promo for next months release of Dragon's Milk (barleywine). With all the hype though the Mad Bishop as a beer was a little disappointing....oh well we still had a very good time.
Our bartenders were very good and we rarely waited long to have a request taken care of or a drink refilled. The cheap standard taps and delicious happy hour food menu was great. All totaled the four of us got out of there for $20 each and that included a nice fat tip to the bar folk.
In addition if you are signed up to their email list you got a special coupon for a gift....a free Mad Bishop T-shirt....not a bad perk!
I will be back to DuClaws Bel Air for more special nights....even if the drive from I-83 to Bel Air is such a pain!
10-19-2007 11:56:52 |
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