Food & Drink

25 Best Bars: 10 Craft Beer Havens

Where to get the best craft beer

Of Love and Regret

The founder of Baltimore’s Stillwater
Artisanal Ales, Brian Strumke, is behind this beer-lover’s bar. For the
beer nerds, this is your go-to for rare imports and unique
collaborations. 1028 S. Conkling Street, 410-327-0760,

Mahaffey’s Pub

a cask, 20 drafts, and more than 90 domestic and imported bottles,
there’s plenty to choose from. The menu’s rundown on what to expect from
each brew makes choosing a little easier. 2706 Dillon Street,

Pratt Street Ale House

to Oliver Ales, its own beer is brewed with a system imported from the
UK. Twenty drafts, including hand-pump selections (try the Best Bitter),
will make you feel as if you’re across the pond. 206 W. Pratt Street,

Heavy Seas Alehouse

the taps here are the brewery’s own, making this an ideal place to
imbibe a Baltimore-brewed beer. Beer enthusiasts flock for the draft and
growler specials every week and the tapping of a special firkin. 1300
Bank Street, 410-522-0850,

Racers Cafe

you’re looking for a casual dive bar with exceptional beer, look no
further. The 13 rotating drafts and even longer bottle list include a
variety of domestic craft breweries and some hard-to-find imports. 7732
Harford Road, Parkville, 410-882-5212

Brewer’s Cask

may look like your typical Federal Hill bar, but on the draft list,
you’ll find a respectable variety of domestic craft beers. A bottle list
with more than 50 options and nightly specials will keep you coming
back. 1236 Light Street, 410-BREWERS,

Frisco Taphouse & Brewery

suburban beer destination, Frisco is home to weekly brewery events. An
electronic screen provides to-the-minute updates on more than 50
drafts, and the bottle list goes beyond your standard imports. 6695
Dobbin Road, Columbia, 410-312-4907,

Metropolitan Coffeehouse and Wine Bar

Thursday you’ll find beer geeks huddled around this gem’s upstairs bar
for a cask night. There’s also an extensive bottle list and modest but
diverse draft selection. 902 S. Charles Street, 410-234-0235,

Max’s Taphouse

to Maryland’s largest beer selection, Max’s boasts 102 drafts, five
hand-pumped cask ales, and a mind-boggling 1,200 bottles. If you aren’t
sure what you want (we don’t blame you), expert bartenders are happy to
help. 737 S. Broadway, 410-675-6297,


chalkboard listing Alewife’s 40 rotating drafts includes a selection of
local craft breweries and West Coast standouts. A 90-plus bottle list
features gypsy-brewers, international imports, and rare finds. 21 N.
Eutaw Street, 410-545-5112,