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.
A lovely brewpub in a cute district of the city. Beautiful building with lots of outdoor seating. Nice menu with excellent food. Beer was at least ok and a couple were good and prices were reasonable. Staff was reasonably knowledgeable and attentive. I would definitely come back when in the area.
Nice place in a scenic small town in Maryland. Great patio when it’s warm and there was live music when I was there. The beers are OK. Flights of six are great value at $8. I had pizza and it was decent. Good service.
A busy bar serving a number of the Brewers Alley house brews but these are actually brewed off site now so don’t expect to see any shiny stainless. Beers are solid and brewed in classic English and German styles. Food menu is extensive with the typical brewpub style fare. Service was fine. There’s more TV’s showing sports than you can throw a fastball at.
Decent sized brewpub in downtown Frederick, street parking and a few parking garages available. Visited with Travlr and nate2g on a Sunday, free street parking on Sunday and after 5 PM on other days. Friendly service. Solid selection of 8 or so beers on draft and one on cask. Didn’t try the food but it sounded pretty good, maybe next time. Okay prices, $8 for a flight of six beers. Could see this place getting crazy during busier hours. Worth a stop.
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. (Jan 2012).
Re-rate: seems larger, counting the back hall. Beers have improved since last visit, all were very solid. One extra point for selection.
Went on a Saturday late night and it was packed with college kids and young stuff which was fine by me but just crowded, drunk and sticky. Will come back to sit down and have a meal on a non rediculous night and re-rate.
Interesting place... On a trendy street in town. Nice-looking inside, but a bit too busy and loud and trendy for me, you know? I found a corner in the bar where I could do my work in peace, though. I got a sampler of their 6 flagships, which came in tall fancy tasters in this nifty wooden holder thing. Bartender was happy to give me samples of the rest of the beers on tap, too. I thought they were solid. I had the fried pickles, which were some of the best I’ve ever had. A little on the expensive side, but it’s a trendy-looking place in a trendy area... Easy free WIFI, just ask the staff for the password. Neat place.
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.
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.