Rockwell Brewing

Empty kegs wait to be filled with the many beers offered at Rockwell Brewery.

Frederick County has burst onto the craft beer scene in the last five years, becoming one of the top craft beer towns in the Mid-Atlantic region.

From downtown to the outskirts of Frederick County craft beer drinkers have more than a dozen options to visit to sip some suds.

Frederick City

Perhaps the most well known brewery in Frederick is Brewers' Alley, located in the former city hall building on North Market Street. Monocacy Brewing Company, at 1781 North Market Street, offers tours and a tasting room. Rockwell Brewery is at 880 North East Street, Suite 201, about a block away from Midnight Run Brewing, both of which offer several boozy beers with higher alcohol content.

Attaboy Beer operates out of 400 Sagner Avenue, Unit 400, a short walk from Idiom Brewing Company, along Carroll Creek. Olde Mother Brewing opened a location on Market Street about a year ago as well.

Frederick County

For those looking for a more scenic drive or farm views, Frey's Brewing Company, Red Shedman and Milkhouse Brewery are three farm breweries located near Mount Airy. Smoketown Brewing Station has brought some life to Brunswick’s downtown, and is opening a second location in Frederick right next to Attaboy.

Mad Science Brewing at Thanksgiving Farms is located in Adamstown and operates out of a nursery.

Flying Dog, the largest craft brewery in Maryland, is just outside of the city and offers several classes for beer nerds and newbies alike along with its traditional tasting room.

Steinhardt Brewing Co. offers an unofficial tasting room at the Braddock Inn and can be found in several restaurants and liquor stores in the county.

Restaurants with craft beer specialty

Not all breweries offer a ton of food options, so if you’re looking for some grub with your beer, Barley and Hops, a restaurant that brews in the facility, is at 5473 Urbana Pike. Also near Urbana Pike, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse operates next to Francis Scott Key Mall. Their selection includes about a dozen in-house beers and a draft system with about 30 others on tap.

Roasthouse Pub and Brewing House down the street offers a compelling rotating selection of about 20 craft beers on tap as well.

For more information on local breweries, check out the Frederick News-Post quarterly Uncapped Magazine or fredericknewspost.com/goto/breweries.

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