Pherm Brewing
Pherm Brewing is the new kid on the block along the Craft Beer Trail near BWI. Image courtesy of the author.

Maryland is no stranger to the beer brewing scene. From large scale breweries such as Heavy Seas and Flying Dog to smaller microbreweries around the state, craft brewing is a booming industry and the taprooms make for a fun place to gather within our community. Recently, the BWI area has become home to several microbreweries/craft breweries that are quickly gaining popularity and drawing beer lovers from near and far. Let’s take a look at a few along the Craft Beer Trail in southern Baltimore, Gambrills, and Crofton.

Guiness Open Gate Brewery
Guiness open Gate Brewery is just across the county line, but shouldn’t be missed on the Craft Beer Trail. Image courtesy of the author.

Guinness Open Gate Brewing

The sister to the world-famous flagship brewery in Dublin, Guinness Open Gate Brewing brings Irish charm to our nook in Maryland. The Baltimore brewery is a vast establishment that provides plenty of outdoor, tented, and indoor seating year-round. During the pandemic restrictions, they’re taking extra precautions to ensure their customers safely enjoy their time at the brewery.

Guinness Open Gate Brewing
Guinness Open Gate Brewing is a popular destination along the Beer Trail in the BWI region. Image courtesy of the author.

In addition to a wide selection of classic and innovative Guinness beers, the food menu includes a Maryland twist on Irish classics, with the addition of crab and Old Bay seasoning where appropriate. Although guided tours and tastings have been paused to ensure the safety of their customers, the brewery is offering virtual tastings that you can participate in with curbside pickup of your beer selection. If you’re spending time at Open Gate, stop in the retail store to shop a wide variety of apparel, glassware, and beer for you to enjoy at home.

Crooked Crab wall of beer
You can find Crooked Crab Brewing Co. in Odenton, MD. Image courtesy of the author.

Crooked Crab Brewing

Next on the trail and known for its wide selection of craft beer, big-screen viewing, and top-notch food truck schedule is Crooked Crab Brewing. This Odenton brewery is perfect for safely gathering with friends for a cold one. Crooked Crab’s taproom provides seasonal specials and staple favorites on 12 taps throughout the year.

Crooked Crab carries a wide variety of brand apparel.
Crooked Crab Brewery offers a wide variety of branded apparel. Image courtesy of the author.

The wide selection, from IPAs to cream ales to sours, allows everyone to find the right brew for their mood and taste. If you’re unable to hang out at the taproom, order online for pick up within 30 minutes of placing your order. You can even place an order for apparel, glassware, and coffee through their quick and easy-to-use system.

Beer Specials on display at Pherm Brewing.
Beer specials on display at Pherm Brewing. Image courtesy of the author.

Pherm Brewing

From a love of art, live music, and quality beer, Pherm Brewing was born! The bright end-unit with large TVs and plenty of space for gatherings and events welcomes a local crowd in the heart of Crofton. Similar to the other breweries, high-quality beer is not the only offering Pherm Brewing provides.

Pherm Brewing Co. tap room.
Pherm Brewing is located in Crofton along the BWI Craft Beer Trail. Image courtesy of the author.

Their extensive swag collection allows you (and your dog) to sport your support for the neighborhood brewery. Pherm Brewing also offers unique club experiences that include specials on pints, growlers, apparel, and glassware. Plan your socially-distant hang out or a takeaway growler when Jimmy’s Famous Seafood is parked out front.

Chesepiooc real Ale Brewery
Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery is well-known for their outdoor seating, live music and Food Truck parties. Image courtesy of the author.

Chesepiooc Brewery

Chesepiooc Brewery, pronounced [Chess-uh-pe-auck], is a small brewery with a big impact. You’ll find this gem in a shopping center off Route 3 in Crofton. Known for its small-batch brews and ample, dog-friendly outdoor seating, Chesepiooc is the perfect neighborhood spot to congregate on a sunny afternoon. Regulars gather for their popular nightly/weekly event schedule. The taproom is rich with history and a cozy vibe that allows you to settle in for a fun time with friends and family. To get in on the brewing experience, check out their ‘Brewer for a Day’ program.  It makes a great gift for yourself or the beer-lover in your life.

Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery tap room.
Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery has plenty of seating, indoors and out! Image courtesy of the author.

Each of these establishments is taking great precautions to ensure customer safety during the pandemic. From well-known name brands to small-batch connoisseurs, the local brewery scene is taking it to the next level with innovation, experiences, and an all-around good time to be had by all.

Kristin Dyak

Kristin Dyak is the digital marketing director at a local ad agency where she specializes in social media marketing. She became an Annapolitan in 2015 when moving back east after a stint on the west coast. Growing up in Northern Virginia, Annapolis and the Eastern Shore were home to countless childhood, summer memories. Kristin is excited to be part of a vibrant neighborhood that prioritizes local artists, music and events that encourage a progressive community in this historic city.