Barley & Hops-file

Barley and Hops, which was on Urbana Pike, recently closed its doors after 20 years in business.

Hundreds of items from the defunct Barley and Hops restaurant and brewery are up for auction, including the restaurant’s well-known grain silo.

Rasmus Auctions is running an online auction until Jan. 15. Bidders can post bids on items ranging from brew tanks and fermenters to salt and pepper shakers.

Most notably, the restaurant’s grain tower, which stood outside of the front entrance to the restaurant is also up for auction.

The highest bid for the 24-foot tall structure with a ladder attached was $964.22 as of Thursday afternoon. Once the bidding closes Jan. 15, winners will make appointments in order to pick up their items.

Winners are scheduled to pick up their items for restaurant items on Jan. 20, while winners for brewery items can pick those up by appointment from Jan. 21 through Jan. 23.

Barley and Hops, one of the original leaders in the county’s craft beer boom, abruptly closed its doors in September with an announcement on social media saying it was restructuring its kitchen and management processes.

Less than three weeks later, it posted another announcement on social media indicating, but never explicitly saying, the restaurant and brewery had closed for good.

The closing ended a 20-year run for Barley and Hops and marked the second local craft brewery in Frederick County to close.

For more information on the Barley and Hops items up for auction, visit Rasmus Auctions’ Facebook page or website.

(18) comments


It’s really not accurate reporting to say the place is closing after 20 years since there was a change in ownership 3-4 years ago or so. Are the tacky banners out front taking cheap shots at Chik-fil-a on the auction block? Where’s the beef?


The B&H tank (repainted) would make a great "Welcome to "Booze Alley" sign.


Ilfornos Pizza. Always crowded. Adapted. Acclimated. Thriving.


Ba’lane has his own bar stool there. They’ll have to pay someone to take it.


The owners hurt themselves a few years ago when they got heavily involved in politics and hosted political events there. Promoting politics never works when you're a business. I'm sure I'm not the only one who decided against going there.


I was thinking the same. After I realize who owned the place, and that they support Ba’lane young - we never went there again






oh yeah, if you don't lean left, you will be destroyed in liberal America.


That was the original owner who did very well for himself during the time he owned it.

Greg F

Here with go with the right wing blather. The food went downhill, the beer wasn't far after...never paid attention to who owned the place, just what was on the menu, the service and the beer. Too much competition and too little capital to make changes.

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There are too many restaurants in Frederick already.

The Grape of Wrath

I wouldn't call them restaurants, since most of what they serve isn't food.

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more like too many competitors and sub par food/service will put any business out business


I put my bids in 😁

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