Max’s Taphouse in Fell’s Point is beer snob heaven sans the snobbery. This place is arguably the go-to beer destination for any beer lover visiting Baltimore. It was recommended to me by some of the commenters here as well as by a number of locals (including bartenders at other pubs!). And despite its reputation as a beer connoisseur paradise, Max’s has a very laid back feel.
The core of this place is its 102 beers on tap and the longest bottle list I have ever seen. The bartender, Mike, a living beer encyclopedia, could tell me anything I needed to know about all the choices. And for all you beer snobs out there, every President’s Day Weekend, Max’s hold a Belgian Beerfest that they take weeks to prep and stock for. They have 100 Belgians on tap and over 200 bottles. It is no joke. Oh if I could stay for 5 more days!
Federal Hill is one of the older neighborhoods of Baltimore and is a food and nightlife hotspot. It is undeniably Baltimorian. Once I got there, I headed to Ryleigh’s Oysters for some of that famous Maryland seafood. Obviously, I had to get some oysters, so I started with grilled oysters in tomato butter. I’ve never had a grilled oyster before, and I am sold on it now.
I also had to have a round of raw oysters, which were cold, briny oyster goodness. After the oyster preface, I dove into the pride of Baltimore, crab. Unfortunately, it is not crab season, but that didn’t stop Me. I had two Baltimore favorites, crab cakes and crab pretzels (yep, that’s no typo). They were both crab-tastic and must-gets when you visit the city.