If you absolutey musy come to this place, turn right and entrr the bar area. Eight taps, nothing unusual. But better than the cavernous and characterless restaurant portion. In fact, better to pass this place and go to Baltimore if you’re heading north, or Franklins if you’re heading south.
t0rin0 (1516) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 15, 2013| Updated September 17, 2013
Visited July 2011 on the way to Baltimore.
Located in a large mall this place has a surprising amount of floor space. The place is clean and set up well. They show a dozen beers or so but they only had about 8 of them on tap at the time. The majority of them are the bottled ones and there were a few tap only beers as well. I was hungry so I asked what I should order. The crab they told me, you have to try the crab when you’re in Maryland. The freakin crab. Ugh. First off, I dont like crab or really any seafood but fine, it’s been 15 years since I’d been in MD so I figured what the hell. They bring me a large soft pretzel covered in some pink crab sauce. It’s alright even if overpriced. After finishing the sampler and heading to Baltimore I realize my mistake. I was fine at Brewers Art and Alewife but by the time I got to Pratt St and Max’s I wasn’t feeling too good. The week old effed up cask of Hanssens Kriek at Max’s didnt help matters. I dont think I made it out of Baltimore before I started throwing up. Pulled over on the interstate and puked right outside the car door. I then spent the next 4 days on the toilet and one of those days I was flying to Portland OR. I spent 4 hours shivering and sweating lying on the floor for a layover at Ohare. Never again, even if I dont eat and I only go for the ticks (of which there were a few).
Well, I am starting to really not like breweries in malls. The prices here are high, and so is the noise. The servers seem busy but still manage to not really do anything. While the food and beer are good, both are way overpriced.
Next door to the enormous Egyptian Cinemark movie theater inside the gargantuan suburban sprawl of Arundel mills mega mall complex. Interior is drab, undecorated, almost like temp space in the mall. Main dining room is sit down only. There is a sports bar attached with patio seating. Not a complete dinner menu if eating at the bar area. Still, everything for food from burgers to paninis to buffalo wings. Had the eggplant panini. It was pretty decent. Beers can all be ordered within a sampler flight. Can do 6 at a time or all of them at once for $18 or something. Beers are all house beers. Only 3-4 seasonals and then their year round stuff. The Bad Moon Porter was light years better than their other stuff. Most are sweet and very alcoholic. Interesting place to drop by if unfortunately stuck in the mega mall complex.
Drake (671) Free Union, Virginia | March 19, 2009| Updated December 6, 2009
Smallish place. They were packed when I went there but luckily I found a seat at the bar. Located in a massive upscale shopping mall. The ambience and the customers fit the setting. The customers seem to have never seen anyone taking beer notes before so I got lots of questions. The beer was overall very average, but there were lots of selections and nothing was particularly bad, with a few pleasant ones. There was a sampler available. I did not try the food. A little bit pricy. Miles and miles of parking. Overall fairly average and doesn’t really feel like a beer destination.
Nice enough craft beer restaurant offshoot of a pretty decent Maryland brewery. Of course good luck finding parking at Arundel Mills! They seem to have most of the regular as well as specialty beers you’d find at the brewery. The food is decent enough (only had the appy’s). Nice outside courtyard...for a mall of course...lol! Nice stop if at the mall or close by...but not for a special trip...save that for the brewery.
We decided to stop off at Arundel Mills, so clearly I was at least going to get some craft beer to go along with all the shopping...
This had a mall restaurant feel from the outside, and (what I recall as) a typical DuClaw feel on the inside. They were running all the standards plus 3 special pours and a nitro on my visit. The food I have had has always been pretty good. The service was kind of weak for a half empty lunch-time, but that’s not a huge concern.
They had seven brews on tap when i was there and each one was delicious. The sampler is a great way to go if you arent sure what to get and its reather cheap too. Service was good and the waitress had some good reccomendations. Im sure ill be going back.
Been here a few times to meet up with friends in the area. Decent sized bar area with a dining area separated in the next room. Service was friendly enough on my visits. Good selection of DuClaw’s beers on draft. Food is mostly pub fare, kind of hit or miss. Kinda pricey. Don’t know if I’d go out of my way fighting through mall traffic but an okay stop if you’re meeting friends or need something else in the mall.
I tried the location out at Arundel Mills mall. Next to the theatre, parking is a pain. The beers on tap are all very good, solid beers. I really enjoyed the Venom Pale Ale, the stout, and the belgian quad. I just missed the Devil’s Milk barleywine by two days. Darn! Decor is contemporary industrial, and the bar is separate from the restaurant...nice. Decent food and good happy hour specials. Happy hour all day and all night on tuesday, and it’s PACKED. Only three miles from BWI rental car return, so it’s easy to stop in before catching a flight.