The Five Most Maryland Craft Beers That Every Marylander Needs To Try

Pubs and Grub — August 18, 2014 at 8:39 pm by

I decided that two of the best things in this world are beer and the state of Maryland. A couple local breweries also seem to share the same opinion as me, and made some awesome craft beers. I ranked the top five of these beers, not necessarily by taste, but by how “Maryland” the beer is. And no folks, Natty Boh is not a craft brew.

5. Heavy Seas: Loose Cannon (7.25% ABV)– When I think of Maryland craft beers, this is the first one that comes to mind. Loose Cannon is by far the most popular of the Heavy Seas brews, and is just a damn good IPA. Beer snobs can’t even find a problem with this micro brew. It has a strong malt taste to balance out the triple hops. If you live in Maryland and haven’t tried Loose Cannon, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Head on over to Halethorpe, MD and take a tour of one of MD’s most popular brewery.


4. BW Beer Works USA: The Raven Lager (5.25% ABV)– Just like our Baltimore Ravens, this beer was named after Edgar Allen Poe’s most famous poem. This beer is a very smooth Southern German lager that is perfect to drink with spicy foods, or just when you’re kicking your feet up and throwing a few cold ones back. This beer has a rich golden color, and a great balance of hops and malt. Enjoy at your own risk, cause these bad boys go down smooth, and it’s not an easy task to stop once you’ve started.
3. Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant: The ’83 Golden Ale (4.8% ABV)– Before an O’s game, head on in to Dempsey’s and kick back with a brew celebrating the most recent World Series Championship of our Baltimore Orioles.  Fitting that this is a golden ale, seeing that 1983 represents one of the golden years of the O’s, and a year in which Rick Dempsey himself won World Series MVP. Cheers, Rick.


2. Full Tilt: Berger Cookie Chocolate Stout (6.0% ABV)– A great and unique sweet stout, Full Tilt actually brews this beer using Baltimore’s favorite cookie. Located in downtown B-more, Full Tilt is a young brewing company that shows great promise, and consistently makes great beers that all show tribute to different aspects of the city. Other brews include Fleet Street Raspberry Wheat, Patterson Pumpkin, and Camden Cream. I strongly recommend trying all of them.
1. Flying Dog: Dead Rise (5.6% ABV)– The ultimate tribute to Maryland’s favorite past time: eating crabs. Dead Rise beer debuted in 2014, and is brewed by Flying Dog to celebrate Old Bay’s 75th anniversary. A summer ale with hints of citrus and Old Bay, Dead Rise is meant to be enjoyed with shrimp, corn, and crabs. The hint of Old Bay is mild, so my recommendation is to enjoy the beer with the delicious spice blend around the rim. Put the O’s game on, get a bushel of steamed Blue Crabs, and crack open a cold Flying Dog Dead Rise, and life doesn’t get any more Maryland than this.



  1. A) This list is too goddamned cliched
    B) This list is fucking boring. Dempsys? Really? You know who cares about that beer? No one.

  2. Dead rise sucks!
    Crabs,chips,eggs,corn,potato salad…..YES…..BEER……NO!

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