stopped here on way back to BWI, about 18 taps on hand of various standards as well as several one offs, didnt try any food, easy to get to and plenty of parking within short walk, I would come back when in town. Also shares a courtyard with what looked to be a decent cigar store.
We came here 14.4.2017. Very centrally located, close to the harbor area. It felt as it was more a restaurant than a real brew pub. Interior is quite dark, which fits well to the pirates image. They have a few rooms behind the bar area. All of their 6 beers were quite good. Really liked the Cross Bones from the cask. The clam mussles were outstanding.
Great atmosphere with a cool open air beer garden. Friendly service and the beers are good. Menu looked good but slightly pricey...I just had some good oysters. I’d definitely pop back in again on another visit to baltimore.
Decided to check this place out on the way to Max’s. Kind of a strange layout with a bar area and a few dining rooms including an open air enclosed beer garden. Service was friendly. Selection included 7 or so drafts and 2 casks, all Heavy Seas offerings. Flights of 4 are available for $6 with casks an extra $2 each. Food was good but I just had a fried chicken sandwich with a side salad. Pretty empty just past lunch time on Saturday. An okay stop if you haven’t had many of Heavy Seas year-round beers, you can tick almost everything with 1-2 flights.
Stayed a couple of blocks from here for Max’s Belgian fest, so I figured I’d check it out. It’s in a characterful old building which at one stage in its life used to be a hospital. Although the current design is sleek and modern, there are enough bits of the old place preserved so that you can tell it’s a re-use. Lots of nooks and crannies keep it interesting. The beers are OK but nothing special. Service is generic but friendly enough. Food is tasty. Worth a stop.
Echo most of GT’s rating. Deceptively huge place, a walk to the bathroom reveals this. Yet still feels cramped. Extremely limited beers, mediocre quality. Oversauced ceviche. Vibe is upscale suburban family restaurant, self-promoting posters hang on the walls like propaganda. It’s Isolated in safe but run-down location, ten minute walk from anything. And I could walk here every day, but it’s likely I won’t ever be back.
I was actually very disappointed with my visit here. The decor is nice...reminds me of a seafood restaurant in north Florida/Fernandina Beach area. The menu had some interesting items like salmon ceviche, but they just were not up to par. Ceviche had mustard added, was served with only three small toasted bread slices, so we needed to order more of them. Served on a tacky clam shell over ice. The pirate decor in the restaurant is tacky and childish. The beer menu had literally nothing that you cannot easily find in six packs all over the east coast. There was only beer on tap that you could only get here, and that was a one-off cask of their Peg Leg on Ghost Chilis, which was awesome. Other than that, every beer was their normal stuff. Their website does not list what beers are on tap, it simply lists every single beer they make. And their bottle list has things like Amstel Light on it, but not a single bomber of special Heavy Seas beers like their bourbon barleywine or anything. It was a bit dumbfounding. I’m not even sure what to think. Upside was that the prices are very low, service was friendly. They do flights, but only of their grocery store beers. No samples allowed of their one-off cask beers, of which they had a whopping 1 on tap.
While in town to experience Sailabration, an event in which a flotilla of tall ships from around the world drop anchor in Baltimore, a city heavy with its own maritime tradition, I thought it necessary to adhere to a nautical motif and set my heading in the direction of Heavy Seas Alehouse.
Anyone familiar with the Baltimore’s craft beer scene will surely know of Heavy Seas Brewery, the brainchild of local beer hero Hugh Sisson. While the brewery itself is located in an industrial park outside of town, Heavy Seas Ale house is situated on the eastern edge of Little Italy in what was once the Holland Tack Factory. The building evokes the industrial days of yore with its sturdy walls, expansive façade and wrap-around loading deck (for outdoor dining, perhaps?) and seems to be ready to play another important role for the beer lovers of Baltimore.
You enter into a moderate sized room; there is a rather small bar and a comfortable array of booths along the windows, both divided by a line of high top tables. The décor is strictly wood and brick. This is a sprawling establishment, something one will soon notices as they wander to the head (the bathroom for you landlubbers): there is another dining room, the Captain’s Lounge and an intimate courtyard beer garden. Check out the original firedoor, which was manufactured right here in Baltimore.
Of course, Heavy Seas features their own beer – though it is not brewed on-site, offering 7 taps and two casks. During my visit, the majority was from the Clipper City era and there was nothing from the Mutiny Fleet. (Don’t be fooled by the expansive beer menu; most of those listed were seasonal.) Still, I’m not gonna mutiny over this. The beer was fresh and well poured. The service, Dan the Bartender, was exceptional, and the food, made from local ingredients, was savory and filling. The venue also offers great Happy Hour deals, specials and a weekly firkin tapping. (Yes, I said firkin, which is a beer cask of moderate size.)
There is limited parking; however, the Charm City Circulator (Orange Route) runs directly by it. Certainly, a port worthy of your anchor.