Has the feel of a British pub, with mixed locals, ballgame fans and tourists. The beer here was terrible, from what I tried, which included the abbey dubbel, the porter and one other. Really terrible, like infection terrible. Otherwise it was somewhat of a normal pub, nothing too great about the style or the crowd to make me excited.
t0rin0 (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 15, 2013
Visited July 2011.
Very nice area. near the water. Parking wasnít easy but I didnít mind walking a few blocks. There are two rooms inside and both were packed when I arrived. My first experience with their beer wasnít stellar. Actually it was awful. It was a cask at Churchkey that was room temperature, during a heat wave in DC. I tried most of the beers they offer. Actually I left about half a dozen unticked because I couldnít work through any more of them. They were just so bad. I almost threw up from the taste of some of these beers. Seriously, what the hell are they doing here? I got to the point of getting angry with how bad the beer was. Combine that with the fact that I wasnít feeling great and that the server never came back and yeah, it sucked. I left cash on the table and left. What a crappy place. Actually, if they were serving beer that they didnít brew it wouldnít be so bad since the patio was nice and there was a good crowd, but that beer, never again. In several hundred breweries visited now this is in my bottom 5.
Convenient due to its central location and earlier opening hours. This was my first stop of the day in Baltimore. A small lunch time crowd so not overly busy. I see they didnít do flights so only settled for one pint of the Bishopís Breakfast Stout which was OK. Four guest taps available too. Friendly bartender who was doing a good job tending to the patrons. Overall, a stock standard brewpub but worth it if you find yourself desperate to tick some Olivers beers.
This is an old, historic building in Baltimore with loads of history. Steve and Derek still brew in a brick-walled kettle with ceiling beams well below 6í. The interior is fairly open with a large bar and many taps. There are usually 3 hand pump beers, a few nitro beers along with the typical CO2 delivered beers. The servers are helpful and friendly. The food was pretty good and well-priced.
(Visited 08/2009): Not an exceedlingly clever name, but at least you know where to look. The bar is right across the Convention Center and close to Camden Yards, not too far off 395. As for parking, it is pretty scarce, especially on a weekend game day. I found a free meter several blocks away, but otherwise would have had to pay out the nose. Stopped in here before the Orioles/Red Sox game on 8/2/09, and the place was packed (looked about 50/50).
After passing the patio, the interior is divided into a bar on the right and table seating everywhere else. There is a lot of brick and an ornate ceiling with tons of fans (the place didnít seem to have A/C).
The beer selection is pretty good, with around 15-20 beers on draught. Most veer more toward English styles (all under the "Oliverís" moniker), including some that are hand-pulled. They have beers and they are nearly all available in large samples at 3/$5. They range from English Pale to ESB to Porter, with a couple unique seasonals. All of the beers I tried were above average but none were outstanding.
Service was about what you would expect in a place packed with baseball fans on a hot afternoon. I would have dinged this score a bit because at first I was told "no samples" on "Event" days but whomever the server asked changed their mind. He also had a pretty good grasp of the beers available.
The food at Pratt Street is pretty good. My fish sandwich was large and tasty.
Overall this brewpub is a pretty obvious place to visit given the proximity to other Baltimore sights and their beer/food quality.
Looking at the exterior and the typical chain brewpub feel, I expected the beers to be mediocre and boring. I was pleasantly surprised with a solid seasonal selection and an above average IPA. I also really like the beer names. We sat outside for the first round and enjoyed some sunshine in December and a crazed homeless heckler. The second round was at the bar. Service was great at both.
Nice place. Lots of wood. Nice pub feel. Parking sucks... either get lucky finding street parking or park in a garage for exorbitant prices. Bartender was nice, but he was busy. Maybe they could have used more help. Didnít eat, but the food smelled and looked good. Beers were all nice, though I couldnít get seasonals in the sampler and they were out of one beer I wanted. Overall the prices for beer and food were decent. Nice place.
Stopped in here with a few ratebeer people for our guys night our pub crawl. Service was odd, we had three to four different servers. Decently knowledgable about the beer on tap. Big minus for the place was that you cannot order sample sizes/small pours of their seasonal and specialty beers, only of their preset "light" and "dark" 4x4oz tasting flights. Food was large plate, upgraded Chiliís style. Had a stuffed cheese bagel with cream cheese and lump crab meat. Filling, heavy. Beers on tap were aplenty, maybe 20+ different house beers. But the quality of said beers was extremely low. Nearly every one was undrinkable, very chemical and almost toxic tasting with a few that even tasted like super glue. Some of the worst beer Iíve ever had in my life...and 15 in a row at that. Needs to hire a new brewmaster. Ambiance is typical English/Irish pub. TV/sports bar almost. Biggest plus was that it was mad cheap, $25 for trying 11 beers or so.