Brewer’s Alley, a longtime dining and drinking establishment in downtown Frederick, is undergoing major renovations to expand outdoor seating and bring its brewing system back home.

The restaurant at 124 N. Market St. soon will have a new dining room in the back and a rooftop terrace, increasing the restaurant’s seating capacity 20 percent, according to owner Phil Bowers.

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Congratulation and hope for continued success. Our family celebrated college graduation and wedding reception here. Generally satisfied. Question. How in heck did you manage to get historic commission to sign off to the design in picture? Does no appear to fit in surroundings?


When I worked next door I was there when they opened. I retired in 2013 and had a retirement lunch there. My two favorites, Mac and cheese (no ham) and barbecue pork. The best ever! Don't know if it''s still on the menu. Congratulations Phil and your family for continuing the dream. You are great for Fredeeick.


All this and no taxpayer money? The Randall$ must not own the property and the Plamondin$ are not involved.

It's interesting that if a business project is truly viable, corporate welfare in the form of taxpayer funding is not necessary.

jill king

Have you ever looked at how the original structure took place? Yes, partially with tax dollars.

I knew someone would make this error. But didn't those tax dollars create a success story?


Taxpayer dollars were used to construct Brewers Alley? That's news to me. Can you please explain?

jill king

Reconstruct. This is the norm for many downtown properties, due to restrictions. Otherwise Market St and most of the historic district would be boarded up with little or no use. Frederick City and County has available funds for historical revitalization and in other neighborhoods, such as the Golden Mile. TIF's are used in extreme cases for buildings that have no potential use. Developers won't touch a lot of the historic preservation district without incentives. There are too many obstacles and a lot of money spent satisfying rules. This project is excellent, but they like others had money available to ease the HPD process. The Hotel Conference Center is only unique because it is a public private partnership.


no tax dollars were ever used to construct, or reconstruct this building. It has always and will remain in the private sector hands without tax dollars. I am not sure where you got your mis information from, but you are 100% wrong.


You are 200% Wrong wrong. Brewers Alley got a big loan from the state about 15 years ago. Your tax dollars spent so people can drink beer. Sweet.


There are also half a dozen private buildings being constructed or reconstructed right now in the City using your tax dollars. You apparently don't get Downtown much.


"There are also half a dozen private buildings being constructed or reconstructed right now in the City using your tax dollars" Can you provide details?


Best restaurant in Frederick! I don't care what Frederick Magazine says.


It is very good, no doubt about that.

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