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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: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This is the original location, nestled in the rear of the BelAir South Complex, but it still recieves top billing on the roadside business listing signage. It is a clean, well-lighted place for beer (thx, Papa), with its centerpiece a now-defunct brewhouse. I like the corrogated metal roof, exposed I-beams, and air ducts, all painted a cobalt blue. To the left of the entryway are dining booths and square four-person tables. Off to the right are round four-person tables and the bar. The bar is a huge affair, long and made of wood, with three server stations, each with its own set of eight taps(!). There is also a patio, fenced in with wrought iron, and accessible from behind the tables by the bar. Our group was seated up a flight of stairs with glass under the rails, I suppose to be able to see who was going up or down. It was kind of intriguing that they did this. Both upstairs and down have lots of breweriana on display, so do trip around the place when you stop in. We had a really good bell pepper cream-based soup and huge panini sandwiches for lunch. The waitstaff was quite friendly and patient with us, even when everybody ordered the beer sampler. Hey, we were on a bus trip to sample beer ... Plus, I am a Pest and I was the first to order, so I will take the blame. Definitely worth stopping back, especially once Lew Bryson's Mid-Atlantic book comes out.
03-20-2005 20:03:27 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Although DuClaw may have had a bit of a college crowd early on, they've come a long way from there and now operate as a well-run family restaurant-brewpub. The menu is varied and accessible. Mesquite Chicken Rolls and Parmesan Shrimp & Crab Toast (both $5.99) make good appetizers; but I tend to go for the Mussels & Ale ($7.99). Cream of Crab Soup is just $5.29, and a Sweet Pecan Salad is $6.99 (add chix for 1.99). Sandwiches include a Portobello and Roasted Pepper Panini for $6.99, the interesting Turkey Melt on a Pretzel Roll at $7.99, and the Yet Un-named Crabcake Sandwich at market price. Entrees are reasonably priced and include Roasted Veggie Pasta for $9.99, Pepperjack Penne Pasta or Spicy Jambalaya at $11.99, and Sesame Crusted Tuna w/Tangy Orange Sauce for $13.99. The service is good, and the restuarant is well run. The beers have improved greatly over the years, along with their logo designs, and the basic look of the restaurant and bar as well. And they have great names like Bare Ass Blonde Ale, Misfit Red, Venom Pale Ale, Bad Moon Porter, Mad Bishop Oktoberfest and Devil's Milk Barleywine to name a few. All of them are basically very clean and quite good; maybe a little aggressive in some ways, but interesting and enjoyable. The Venom Pale really packs some hops (without going into IPA level) and might be their best beer. The Mad Bishop is definitely a little excessive but can do the trick on a cold fall night. They do new beer release parties which are really fun, and it might be a good time to check them out. Additionally, their growlers are quite reasonable and well worth checking into. And they're so easy to get to off of I-95 that stopping by is never a problem!
08-05-2002 09:36:12 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Had not been here in a while, so thought I'd stop by on my way back from SEPA.
This particular DuClaw is located in a small strip mall, right off of Business hiway 1. The place has sort of a modernistic vibe, and is good size. There are two large dining areas to your immediate left as you walk in, with an almost as large wrap around bar off to your right in the back. There are also several flat screen TV's, and the bar area has a pretty relaxed atmosphere. As for selection, Duclaw had their 6 core beers on tap (venom, the brown ale, porter, etc.), as well as a few seasonals - serum, an exit series imperial wit, 13 degrees, etc.). Quality was decent, though I've never been a huge fan of the core beers. Otherwise, the limited release beers and seasonal ranged from good to very good.
Food was fine. Got the wings and had no complaints. They were good size, if otherwise not at all memorable.
Service was good. While I didn't get the impression the bartender knew a lot about the beers (just what she liked, which seemed to be pretty much everything), she was quick, friendly and very attentive.
Not sure I'd go out of my way to visit DuClaw, but if you happen to be in the area, I'd recommend a visit.
07-05-2010 19:14:31 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I stopped in on the trip down to Baltimore. Easy to find and conveniently located about 2 miles from I-95 exit 77B. Located in a parking lot behind a Bob Evans, but still can be seen from the road. Upon entering the building you experience the warehouse feeling with the large ceilings and pipes, but there is plenty of glass to keep this place brightly lit. Hostess promptly seated us during a Friday lunchtime. The restaurant was nicely filled with a combo of families, suits, and construction workers enjoying lunch. Brewing kettles in the center of the place behind glass, and a large 30 seat bar, pool table and numerous TVs are located in the back. There was a second floor containing more tables.
There were 6 beers on tap - usual staples of Kangaroo Love, Bad Moon Porter, Venom Pale Ale, Bare Ass Blonde, and Misfit Red. The special beer was Naked Fish which was an exceptional raspberry stout nicely balanced and dessert-like. Also had a super fresh Venom Pale Ale and the Porter which were also very good.
The sandwiches we had were good, and the waitress service was very attentive during the crowded lunch hour.
This place is now on my list of must do's while doing any travelling down I-95 in Maryland area. This place is well worth the visit and deserves more attention than what it gets.
02-21-2006 13:12:57 |
More by Gavage
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: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
We get plenty of DuClaw's beer in SEPA, but on our trek down toward TN, this was as good a place as any for a first pit stop. The place is pretty big, mini-chain atmosphere--so think Rock Bottom or Iron Hill--contemporary design, lots of room and a huge wrap-around bar; plenty of TVs.
Beer selection was pretty good, with all the annuals and several seasonals. I'm not a huge fan of DuClaw's beer, but they make some undeniably solid stuff, with a few above average selections. Sweet Baby Jesus was on, as was Misery. I wish I had time to get a sampler, but since we were traveling with the dogs and the wife was waiting out in the car, I had to limit myself. But I digress.
Service was ok. The girl was young and a bit wifty, but she eventually got around to serving me (I was one out of two or three people at the bar), and the food service was pretty quick. The menu was mainly comfort food and pub grub, with some good flatbread-style pizza choices. Prices were decent all around.
I wouldn't say this is a "must" for visiting, and I wouldn't go out of my way to go here again, but it's definitely worth checking out if in the area.
06-20-2013 08:20:01 |
More by Rifugium
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 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Well, they don't do anything wrong at DuClaw in Bel Air, that's for sure. Everything is done with precision and talent. I just didn't find much flare or distinction, beyond the marketing pieces that advertise their brews (which are pretty darn cool looking.) I place this as a functional brewpub run by some very nice people without another for 45 minutes up or down the road...
All the styles brewed are represented well by the finished product, but nothing will make you jump off your chair. To be judgmental, I think it may play to what this area of MD needs: an outlet for better beer styles and people who enjoy them. The Misfit red was fine. The Venom pale was fine, although save "venom" for a style that could whip a horse's ass, fellas.
It's close enough to 95, and easy enough to find, to use it as a whistle wetter or dinner stop for the north/south traveler. The bar is in the center of a fairly enormous feeling room in new-feeling commercial building. Mostly empty of patrons midday midweek. Service was efficient, and definitely took the time to answer our questions. For that matter, they comped our sampler and the bartender took me over to talk to the head brewer when she found out why we were there. That's a 5 for service, right there.
04-14-2003 11:12:58 |
More by ecoboy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Nice selection of house craft beers:
13 degrees (4.8%) - Hefe-Weizen
Nemesis (11%) Imperial Alt - A rich malty Alt balanced by a huge abv and a finish that leaves no doubt that your drinking a very big beer. It has a very interesting sweet cherry liquore flavor profile throughout, although it takes a half pint and some warming to fully appreciate.
Bare Ass Blond Ale (5%) - Blonde
Venom (5.6%) - APA
Serum (9%) - Double IPA
Misfit Red (5%) - Amber Ale
Bad Moon Porter (5.1%) - described as a robust porter.
Euphoria (4.8%) - Nut brown ale. A truly enjoyable beer w/ a big sweet toffee, caramel nose followed be an equally rich malty taste that is more like a dessert than a beer (think cremé brulé).
I ordered the crab pretzel - a Bavarian soft pretzel covered in crab dip and melted cheddar cheese. A local favorite that was as filling as it was unique. The only pretzel I've ever eaten with a knife and fork.
I had arrived at DuClaw's in Bel Air right before the rush on a Wednesday evening around 6pm. Sat at the bar, where most patrons were proofed prior to being served, and settled in to watch a few innings of the Yankees /Rays game. The music was good, the locals were friendly and the service was pleasant.
There's no doubt that this will be one of my favorite haunts when I eventually move to NE MD next year.
09-23-2010 02:00:41 |
More by 86sportster883
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