Posted by BoaBeerBlog on January 4, 2012
Red Brick Station Beer Sampler
The summer of 2011 featured a lot of visits to local brewpubs, inspiring my 7-part series titled: MD Brewpub Summer Tour 2011. This blog post provides a summary listing and links to the posts in that series.
- Ruddy Duck Brewery, Solomons, Maryland
- Growlers of Gaithersburg, Gaithersburg, Maryland
- Pratt Street Ale House, Baltimore, Maryland
- Red Brick Station Restaurant & Brew Pub, White Marsh, Maryland
- DuClaw Brewing Company, Hanover, Maryland
- Dogfish Head Alehouse, Gaithersburg, Maryland
- Gordon Biersch Rockville, Rockville, Maryland
I hope these posts encourage you to support the awesome Maryland beer community and visit more Maryland brewpubs and breweries.
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Posted by BoaBeerBlog on August 16, 2011
Continuing my Maryland Brewpub Summer Tour 2011…
Part 3: Pratt Street Ale House, Baltimore, Maryland
When Visited: July 9, 2011
Occasion: Monster Jam at Ravens Stadium! My 10-year-old son Benjamin loves Monster Jam and I think that monster trucks are cool too so when we saw that Monster Jam was coming to the stadium in Baltimore with all of our favorite trucks and drivers, we bought tickets.
We arrived as soon as the Pit Party opened at 2:30 p.m. in one of the parking lots outside of the stadium. All of the trucks were on display and Benjamin had a great time meeting and talking to the drivers.
The show itself didn’t start inside the stadium until 7:30 p.m., so after the Pit Party, we had time for dinner in downtown Baltimore. We walked over to Pratt Street Ale House, my go-to spot for local craft beer when I’m in Baltimore to see either the Orioles or the Ravens. I miss it as the Wharf Rat, but they are still serving Oliver Ales! The beer was as excellent as I remember from my last visit, and after a fun dinner, we enjoyed an incredible Monster Jam at Ravens Stadium (see pics below).
Beers Sampled: Pratt Street offered two different four-beer flights, a light version and a dark version. I opted for the light version, which included:
- Ironman Pale Ale, my favorite Oliver beer is a drinkable English Pale Ale (6.2%)
- Blonde Ale, a smooth, refreshing ale (4.3%)
- Irish Red, a hoppy Red Ale with character (5.0%)
- Conventry Cream, an English-style Bitter (6.0%)
In addition, I tried the Strongman Pale Ale, a single-hopped beer made with Sorachi Ace hops (8.3%) and 3 Lions, a strong English-style Brown Ale (7.5%).
Best Beer: The Ironman Pale Ale. It’s been a tradition of mine to have a pint of Ironman before O’s games since the Wharf Rat days, and I love the nod to Baltimore’s favorite son, Cal Ripken.
I was most impressed with: The beer selection. I love a brewpub with a large selection of house made beers, and Pratt Street Ale House always has more beers on tap than I have time to try.
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Posted by BoaBeerBlog on July 15, 2009
I found my way to the Pratt Street Ale House during an overnight trip to Baltimore last weekend (July 11-12). Benjamin and I went to a pair of weekend Orioles games on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, staying at the new Hilton right across the street from Camden Yards. The former Wharf Rat was a block from the hotel and after we checked in and visited the Sports Legend Museum, we headed to the new Ale House for an early dinner before the baseball game.
What’s behind the name change from the Wharf Rat to the Pratt Street Ale House? New owners, who shut down the brewpub for a month to renovate into a more tourist-friendly destination.
The bad news: the renovation sanitized the place and took away a lot of the old Wharf Rat’s character and ambiance.
The good news: they are still serving Oliver Ales!
I only had time for three pints, and enjoyed them all:
- Old Habit, a classic English brown ale
- Cherry Blossom Ale, a delicious seasonal selection
- Rustic Red, a malty farmhouse ale
I liked the Cherry Blossom Ale the best. Overall, the beers are still great and I’ll definitely continue my pre-game tradition of having pints here before an O’s game. But I was a little disaapointed that the old Wharf Rat is gone.
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