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 wasn’t easy but I didn’t mind walking a few blocks. There are two rooms inside and both were packed when I arrived. My first experience with their beer wasn’t 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 couldn’t 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 wasn’t 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 didn’t brew it wouldn’t 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 didn’t do flights so only settled for one pint of the Bishop’s 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 6’. 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 didn’t 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 "Oliver’s" 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.
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. Didn’t eat, but the food smelled and looked good. Beers were all nice, though I couldn’t 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.
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.
A few stouts and bitters that are drinkable, a decent outside downtown. Outside of that, an overated bar. Not too large inside with punk style music, and waitresses. A couple of nitro taps, no casks on today. Kind of marginal to the afficionado. Long bar, no real knowledge on the part of staff. Service was Ok, prices are competitive with the beer scene here, 3 half pints for $5 Baltimore working class.