Pilsners, Stouts, IPAs – Oh My! If your taste buds are tingling for local Maryland brews, look no further than the BWI and Arundel Mills Region.
The first stop is Guinness Open Gate Brewery and Barrel House. Opened in 2018, it’s the first Guinness brewery on American soil since 1954. Their outdoor space is filled with community tables, games and a lawn space shaped like a Guinness glass. During the summer months, a food truck and outdoor bar serve guests listening to local musicians performing on the patio. Inside, brewmasters take pride in their craft, and ambassadors for the Irish staple are happy to help you discover the perfect brew. The taproom serves pub fare, at least four brewed-in-Maryland beers, as well as classics imported from Dublin and some experimental brews. Guided tours are available. If you like, you can add a flight tasting to your tour. You can even bring the kids – since children of all ages are welcome throughout the grounds. Sláinte!
Travel southeast to the Crooked Crab Brewery in Odenton, Maryland. Three Maryland natives saw a need for the first local brewery with brewmasters from Anne Arundel County. Crooked Crab Brewery hosts 12 taps year-round, changing every few months to experiment with the seasons. The space provides activities for adults and kids, including a giant chalkboard wall and board games. Local musicians perform a few nights a week. Since opening in 2018, Crooked Crab has partnered with local food trucks to provide a fun dining option. Don’t miss trivia night every Wednesday! Tours are available. Just ask the brewmasters behind the bar! #getcrooked!
While you’re at it, you may want to check out two of the predominant breweries in Maryland. Towards Baltimore, the family-owned Heavy Seas Brewery has been brewing in Maryland since the 1980s. Taste their award-winning favorites – including Loose Cannon and Cutlass – in their taproom. Take a tour of the taproom and receive a souvenir pint glass and beer sampling!
Finally, don’t forget to check out Jailbreak Brewing Company in Laurel, Maryland. The microbrewery is known for producing great tasting ales. While enjoying your brew and some house-made pub favorites from their new kitchen, you’ll see the brew team hard at work creating the next batch of golden goodness!