Brewers Alley Restaurant and Brewery | Frederick, Maryland
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Brewers Alley Restaurant and Brewery
Exceptional based on 49 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

124 North Market Street
Frederick, Maryland United States 21701 [ print map ]
301 631 0089 | facebook | twitter

Hours: M-Tu 11:30-11:30; W-Th 11:30-12;F-Sa 11:30-12:30

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Brewers Alley IPA 55, Brewers Alley Two Loves Chocolate Ale , Brewers Alley Humulus Lupulus Rex , Monocacy XB1 , Brewers Alley Best of Show Guardian Thistle , Brewers Alley Resinator 90, Brewers Alley 1634 Ale 48, Brewers Alley Four Score And Seven , Brewers Alley Scotch Ale 76, Brewers Alley Three Kings Spiced Ale , Brewers Alley Czech Mate Pilsner 24, Brewers Alley Opera House Pale Ale 31, Brewers Alley Gettysburg Wheat 45, Brewers Alley Oktoberfest , Brewers Alley New Moon Ale 78, Brewers Alley Hefeweizen 66, Monocacy Riot Rye 81, Brewers Alley First Draught , Brewers Alley Oatmeal Stout 84, Brewers Alley Kölsch 57
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49 reviews for Brewers Alley Restaurant and Brewery
 Ambiance  79%
 Service  74%
 Selection  68%
 Food  74%
 Value  70%
 Overall  74%
 Rating  81%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood  (102) Leesburg, Virginia | July 16, 2012
I’ve stopped by here many times over the years but for some reason never got around to rating it. The beer selection is limited to the six or so beers they have on tap with four flagships always on tap. In my opinion the beers range from decent to poor, with nothing that’s really outstanding. The food is good, but overpriced for what you get. On the plus side, the beer is reasonably priced at rough $3.50 a pint and they let you do tasters. Rather surprising considering this isn’t D.C. Service can range from superb to almost non-existant. In other words, there is a lack of consistency all the way around. All in all I would say this is more of a ticker’s place than a place I would come back to consistently.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Pivoyager  (83) Gaithersburg, Maryland | July 25, 2013
While visiting historic downtown Frederick during the July 4th holiday weekend, I paid another visit to Frederick County’s first brewpub. Brewers Alley is easy to find since it is located in a large brick building on the eastern side of North Market Street. According to the server, it once housed City Hall and a theater. Enter beneath the wrought iron archway and cross the patio into the entrance, where you come to the reception area. This is a large place with several dining rooms, but if the bar area is your goal, go through the door next to the reservation desk. This is a moderate-sized area with high-tops and tables spread about; the bar is in the middle of everything. While quaint and comfortable, this room could probably do with some more natural light – perhaps larger front windows, so patrons can get a better view of bustling Market Street. Although, advertised as a brewpub, Brewer’s Alley beer is made about 2 miles up the road at Monocracy Brewing. According to the server, they simply ran out of room for the brewing equipment – or did they just want more space for paying customers? Hmmmm. The draft selection during my visits – once for lunch and dinner – consisted of a fruity kolsch, a crisp pilsner, the requisite pale ale, the mandatory wheat, oatmeal stout and a cask porter. The ones I had were well-crafted, tasty and fresh. Yummmm. In addition, they were all of moderate alcohol, and made great sessional quaffs. Another plus was the price: $4.00 a pint - minus a buck during weekday Happy Hour. Include some very attentive service along with an eclectic menu, which included some superb fish tacos, and Brewers Alley is a worthy goal should you find yourself in search of history Frederick is a beautiful destination with plenty to see and do. Plus, the parking is plentiful ($1.00 on weekends). Will most certainly stop here again.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
sonnycheeba  (129) Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland | June 10, 2013
Good location in the middle of downtown Frederick. Layout and design of the place was pretty nice, but nothing great. Always a few house beers to try, but I’ve never found any of them to be particularly good. Food on the other hand is solid and I especially like the pizza. Overall a nice place, just wish the beers were better.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
devman171  (102) Annapolis , Maryland | May 12, 2013
Nice brewpub downtown Frederick, good selection of beers and samplers, good pizza and bar food.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie  (9) Adamstown, Maryland | May 10, 2013
Came in for a late lunch on a Tuesday afternoon maybe 3pm ish. Tom our waiter/bartender had some good recommendations, including the BBQ brisket sandwich with spicy slaw. Slaw was quite tasty. Had the wedding alt and kolsch biers. Preference for the alt over the kolsch. Quiet bar area with lots of windows for watching. Parking all on the street or in the public parking areas--good luck finding any street spaces on the weekends! Asked Tom about the MD growler laws, he says the growlers they fill have to have a flip top lid and silver handle--if it’s got that kind even with a different logo they’ll take it. If you don’t have one of those types, you can get one there for a $15 deposit and fill it for an extra fee (I think it was $10). On the plus side, if you bring it back you get back your $15, so you don’t have to keep collecting more growlers.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83  (148) Fairfax, Virginia | February 16, 2013
Stopped by here for a late lunch - was still super busy even after 2pm. Bar area up front looks nice and rustic. Waitress was quite nice, service was quick and food was pretty tasty.

I’ve tried to track down the growler laws of MD, but I couldn’t find anything specific regarding them. We were a bit taken aback that they would not fill our growlers - even more-so they would "exchange" our growlers with brand new growlers of their own. Couldn’t fill our twist-tops and we weren’t about to give up our specialty flip-top growlers and didn’t really feel like purchasing brand new bottles for a few pours. Quite disappointing in that respect and coming from an area where every local brewery and virtually every local brewpub fills outside growlers... feels like a huge step backward. I won’t knock them for this, especially since they’ve accepted the loss in growler sales.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
BMMillsy  (59) Florida | December 8, 2012
Fun atmosphere but very small and gets crowded a bit quick. Good choice brewed there, but the food sucks outside of the pizza. Get there early to get a seat at the bar.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
radio_nowhere  (48) Maryland | September 9, 2012| Updated March 3, 2013
Been here many times living in Frederick, heck, had my wedding rehearsal dinner here upstairs! Located in downtown Frederick in a older building adds a nice atmosphere. It can be dark and noisy at times but that’s because of busyness. Beer is always great, bring a growler! Food is good too, wood oven pizza recommended.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
bth122  (16) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | May 13, 2012
Located in what seemed to be in the heart of old historic Frederick on the main street. Beautiful area. It was lobster night and it was pretty crowded. Service was good. Large place. The beers exceeded my expectations. This is absolutely worth checking out if you are in Frederick.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr  (1374) Washington, Washington DC | January 3, 2012
Small friendly place with a large selection of pretty decent beers. Atmospheric interior with a view into the brewery where the brewer was busy pitching yeast. Wood fired pizza oven. Good stop while touring the area.

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