Max’s Taphouse

Mayor: beastiefan2k (3) | Taps: 140 | Bottles: ~1200
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Beers At Max’s Taphouse

NameABVEntered
Urban Family Stellar8.5%6/27/2017
Allagash Avancé9.7%5/17/2017
Evil Twin Aún Más Café Jesús12%4/7/2017
Evil Twin Aún Más Chili Jesús12%4/7/2017
Marble / Odell / Stone Megawheat Double IPA8.4%4/7/2017
Le Trou du Diable Dulcis Succubus7%4/7/2017
Cascade Sang du Chêne9.6%4/7/2017
Right Proper White Bicycles4.3%4/7/2017
RAR Groove City5.2%4/7/2017
Wild Beer Smoke ’n’ Barrels - Summer4%4/7/2017
Arcadia Battle Kriek7.4%4/7/2017
Burley Oak Sorry Not Sorry Chicky4.4%4/7/2017
Urban Family Twilight Stone6.5%3/9/2017
Brewer’s Art Hard Eight and a Half8.5%3/9/2017
Urban Family Best of Both Worlds6.4%3/9/2017
3 Stars Pandemic Breakfast Porter9.6%2/8/2017
Burley Oak Sorry Chicky4.4%2/7/2017
Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils5.3%2/7/2017
Anderson Valley Rye Barrel Stout8.5%2/7/2017
Evil Twin / Amager From Amager With Love12%2/7/2017
Weyerbacher D’Tango Unchained10.6%2/7/2017
Against the Grain 70K13.1%2/7/2017
Oxbow Freestyle No. 32 (Blonde IPA)6%2/7/2017
Union Craft Duckpin Pale Ale5.3%2/7/2017
Against the Grain Mac FannyBaw8.5%2/7/2017
Birra del Borgo ReAle Extra6.4%2/7/2017
RAR Stunt Cock7.6%1/27/2017
Bridge Road B2 Bomber Mach 6.09.6%1/27/2017
Thisted / Mikkeller Beer Geek Limfjordsporter7.7%1/27/2017
Manor Hill Sixfold DIPA8.8%1/27/2017
Diamondback Hop Broth8.1%1/27/2017
Mikkeller Nelson Sauvignon Chardonnay Barrel Aged9%1/2/2017
Domaine Dupont Avrolles & Petite Jaune6%10/26/2016
Heavy Seas Below Decks - Sagamore Barrel12.2%10/10/2016
Bayerischer Bahnhof Rauch Pineus Gose 4.5%10/2/2016
Dogfish Head Fall on Me6.9%10/2/2016
Sweetwater Dank Tank Smokey and the Brett7.3%10/2/2016
Stillwater / Cigar City 21st Century Means8.5%10/2/2016
Brooklyn Tripel Burner 10.6%10/2/2016
Siren / Mikkeller / Hill Farmstead Barrel Aged Lemon Cello IPA 10.2%10/2/2016


84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Travlr  (2848) Charlotte , North Carolina | February 2, 2010| Updated February 18, 2013
Revised review. Huge place, unparalleled selection. 130 working taps, 1/3 rotated during festivals. The bottle list is easily the best I’ve 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 won’t/can’t fetch them if they’re 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 Max’s has in abundance. Great place overall.
80
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
3fourths  (1567) Boulder, Colorado | July 22, 2006| Updated November 20, 2012
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 you’re in Baltimore proper.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 3/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 15, 2013| Updated December 18, 2013
Visited July 2011.

I’ve heard some great things about this place so I was excited to check it out. It’s 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 I’ve 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, you’re 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 I’ll 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.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
nate2g  (1290) Boomtown!, Australia | March 26, 2015
Max’s has a comfortable ’lived-in’ feel to the pub. Staff were welcoming on my 2 visits. The tap selection as noted is pretty crazy and I’d be surprised if anyone couldn’t find a beer worth drinking on that list! Heaps of bottles that can be purchased to drink in, and takeway. I enjoyed some relaxing beers when it wasn’t too busy but I can imagine it could be very different during the madness of weekends and festivals here. Cool location on a bustling street down by the waterfront. One of the better beer bars Stateside for sure.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois  (1034) Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, England | August 27, 2012| Updated August 28, 2012
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!
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2  (1020) Escondido, California | January 18, 2014
Max’s 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 Max’s decorates nicely for the festivities. This is a must-stop if you are in Baltimore.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
DiarmaidBHK  (864) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | April 28, 2011| Updated November 24, 2011
I think Lew Bryson said something to the effect that experience of drinking a beer at Max’s 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, it’s 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 king’s ransom to sample.)They also have 5 different beers on cask. What a fantastic experience. I will definitely be back.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
Drake  (803) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | September 12, 2012
I FINALLY made it here. And I’m 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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
jackl  (740) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 8, 2015
Visited 04/02/15. Cool location near the water in downtown Baltimore. The bar itself really isn’t much to look at. It’s a busy wood-paneled place that prioritizes functionality over style or atmosphere. The bathrooms look like something you’d find in county lock-up. However, the beer selection more than makes up for the lack of ambiance. The tap list was as large as it was impressive. I was so consumed by the draft choices that I didn’t pay much attention to the expansive number of bottles available. I settled on a Mikkeller offering I had never seen before and was pleasantly surprised by the price. I also appreciated that all beers are available as tasters. Service was quick and professional. Overall, a really impressive spot that deserves the acclaim it receives.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
PRBeer  (677) Parsippany, New Jersey | July 9, 2013
Visited Fells Point over the 4th of July weekend & finally got a chance to vist this great establishment. Max’s has lot’s of character & is in a really fun neighborhood near the water. It really looked like everyone was having fun here...it’s that kind of place. The beer selection is excellent in bottles...the drafts were very good but they did not blow me away or anything. Nonetheless I realize that with a place rated this high by so many I need to visit again to see if I just hit the draft selection at an off time. We had some snack food & enjoyed it very much. This is a place I definitely want to come back to...& give it a longer visit. I highly recommend this Max’s.

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