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Beer Available At Maxís Taphouse (arranged by most recent)
Milkhouse Farmhouse Stout , Evil Twin Biere Blanca 80, Sierra Nevada Ales Well That Ends Well , Millstone Cellars Thistle Mead , Flying Dog Brewhouse Rarities: Lemongrass Rice Ale , Burley Oak Margarita Sour Trip , Olivers The Sentinel , Omnipollo Hypnopompa Marshmallow Stout 93, Jolly Pumpkin / Anchorage Calabaza Boreal 99, Prairie Artisan Ales Puncheon 98, Charm City Wildflower Mead , Against the Grain Cutty Canít Hang! 46, Mikkeller Show Me Cuvťe 59, 18th Street / Against The Grain Killewitte 68, Off Color Fierce 53, Westbrook / Stillwater Big Tastyís Back Door 86, Elgoods Coolship Lambic 79, Evil Twin Even More Denmark 91, Wild Beer Somerset Wild 65, Firestone Walker 17 (XVII Seventeenth Anniversary Ale) 100
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Travlr (1516) Washington, Washington DC | February 2, 2010| Updated February 18, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 16/20
Revised review. Huge place, unparalleled selection. 130 working taps, 1/3 rotated during festivals. The bottle list is easily the best Iíve seen in the United States of America, and some staff have been known to pull out bottles that are not listed. Bottle list includes a lot that are stored at room temperature, so you can have them chilled to your taste, although some staff wonít/canít fetch them if theyíre busy. Friendly clientele was mostly locals, and a few beer travelers. Avoid Saturday nights unless you enjoy barely legal children doing shots and drinking the cheap macro stuff, which Maxís has in abundance. Great place overall.
t0rin0 (1345) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 15, 2013| Updated December 18, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited July 2011.
Iíve heard some great things about this place so I was excited to check it out. Itís definitely in a cool spot, right near the water and in a happening part of town, though parking was a pain. After hearing about all these great beer events and how all the beer nerds love being here I was a bit surprised by the college bar atmosphere. Extremely loud but it was still fun. Lots of good beers available both on tap and in the bottle. Actually the amount of bottles in the fridge was staggering. After scanning through most of them I decided to get a glass of Hanssens Kriek on cask. That was a mistake. I got a 20oz pint of what seemed to be a very old cask (as in it had been tapped a long time before). It was pure vinegar and bandaids. I know some people hate on Hanssens but Iíve never had a kriek like that. It was terrible. I mentioned to the bartender that I thought it was old and asked if he could give me something else. He said no, he wouldnt give me another beer for free. So I took a few sips, left it on the bar, and walked out. Yeah, I get it, youíre making money on the college kids but that cask was effed up. Dump it. I might return for beer events but if I ever go back on a regular day Iíll make sure to be more careful about what I order or at the very least scroll past the casks. Should have been a zero tip situation but I think I left the tip when I ordered the drink.
3fourths (1272) Boulder, Colorado | July 22, 2006| Updated November 20, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Solid beer bar, one of the best in the DC/Baltimore area. Solid regional taps, lengthy beer bottle list, a lot of local Maryland brewers, though the quality of their offerings is a different concern. Regardless, the people here were very welcoming, knew a lot about beer in general and what they stocked, and were friendly. Right down the street from DuClaw brewing. Worth walking to if youíre in Baltimore proper.
DiarmaidBHK (735) Pennsylvania | April 28, 2011| Updated November 24, 2011
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
I think Lew Bryson said something to the effect that experience of drinking a beer at Maxís is something close to perfection. Far be it from to disagree with the big fella. The place does feel perfect, entirely comfortable. it has a worn-in ambience. It could a lot of people without becoming oppressively loud. It feels entirely comfortable instantly. Like many great things, itís greatness is elusive but pronounced. they have over 100 taps all of them of great quality. they also have over 800 different bottles. The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and super-competent. And the prices are very reasonable for the quality. (I had a Mikeller that I would have paid a kingís ransom to sample.)They also have 5 different beers on cask. What a fantastic experience. I will definitely be back.
BeerandBlues2 (657) Hanover, Maryland | January 18, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Maxís is one of the best beer bars in the U.S., period. It took me a few visits to get used to the pub style service, but I now embrace it wholeheartedly. The taps are fresh and change often, and they rotate 4 - 6 cask beers through their hand pumps. The staff are super friendly and helpful as well as beer knowledgeable, though the place can get very crowded and make it hard to get prompt service. The food is standard pub fare or you can bring in your own food, from home or another establishment (and there are quite a few within a two-block radius. The atmosphere is super laid back though it can get really packed on the weekends or during Baltimore sporting events, special pub events; Halloween is crazy in Fells Point, and Maxís decorates nicely for the festivities. This is a must-stop if you are in Baltimore.
Theydon_Bois (620) The íSham, England | August 27, 2012| Updated August 28, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Dropped by on a Tuesday afternoon - 22/05/12. Pretty busy and free hot snacks available for an hour or so. Great selection, 100 + on tap. Service was good and the bar tenders both knowledgeable and happy to chat and give the odd sample. Right in the heart of the old harbour front tourist area so no excuse not to visit even if you are with your other half!
GT2 (598) San Diego County , California | December 8, 2010| Updated May 25, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
A massive dive bar in Baltimore Harbor in a semi sketchy but fun area. The tap list is world class and the bottle list is quite extensive ranging from things like 3F Hommage and Nogne O Dark Horizon 1 if you have the money to dish out. This is a great place to try lots and lots of odd, local, or small batch beers that will kick in a couple of days. It is the prime location for big beer events because it is a large place, has a lot of staff, and has quite possible the most amount of taps Iíve ever seen besides Alewife and Churchkey. There are always over 30 taps going, the 70 listed here might be an overstatement but I wouldnít be that surprised. Food is your typical bar food. Service Iíd say is good, but you really need to but your way into the front of the bar to order anything since this place is a legit nighttime spot and not some hole in the wall for beer nerds.
Drake (476) Free Union, Virginia | September 12, 2012
94 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
I FINALLY made it here. And Iím glad I did. Low key atmosphere with a long bar and lots of tables. The bartenders were very friendly and helpful. The draft list is impressive and the bottle list is simply intimidating. Prices are solid all around on food and beer. The food was tasty. Parking is a nightmare. Incredible bar.
Lubiere (450) Ottawa, Ontario | February 22, 2009
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I really loved this place. Most taps are top notch classics or rarities. Had 3 Italian beers of interest (Birrifico Trol, Grado Plato, Nora), as well as some heavy hitters (barley wines, strong ales). Bottle menu has some rare offerings too. The menu was typical pub fare. The place is big, with a local tavern look. Bartender was knowledgeable and friendly. If you take the Water taxi day pass, they will give you coupons, one of which will give you a 2 for 1 (applicable on most beers, including most of the imports).
jrallen34 (437) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
In Baltimore early for a flight so decided to hit up Maxís. Got there right at 11 when they opened but they didnít open the doors until about 11:15. Located right next to the water in what seemed a nice neighborhood with several bars and restaurants. The inside is decent, some nice tvs but to me just a regular football bar...The draft list currently stands at 102 with about 200 bottles, great selection but with so many beers a little tough to sort through and pick out something. The quality was good, mostly Eastern beers and Belgiums Iíve never heard of, made it a little tricky to navigate selections. Bottle list was ok, nothing exceedingly rare, but way to expensive. Service was ok, bartender seemed fairly knowledgable but wasnít in the mood to chat.
A great selection and a place well worth checking out. Probably too many taps, but if thatís the complaint youíre in for a good time.
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