Drink Cask Ale at Baltimore's Pratt Street Ale House
Craft brew lovers headed to Baltimore will want to visit Pratt Street Ale House, which features the local brews from Oliver Brewing Company. Fermenting in Baltimore since the early 1990s, the brewery began in the basement of the current ale house.
Order the cask-conditioned ale, an Oliver's Brewing specialty
Oliver's English pedigree is thanks to British brewer Steve Jones. His heritage shows in the unique English-style cask ales he creates. The menu at Pratt Street includes four cask ales, known in the U.K. as "real ale." Never bottled, they're stored in casks and served at cellar temperature of 55 degrees. Living yeast within the cask creates a more gentle and natural fermentation.
A flight of Oliver's beers is a good bet
I asked the friendly bartender to put together a good sample of Oliver's for a flight and was not disappointed. The beers varied greatly in style, bitterness, sourness, and weight, but were universally good.
Staring at the sun - This Belgian style wheat ale is brewed with bitter & sweet orange peel, lemon peel & grains of paradise. It has a fruity mild hoppiness and nice finish - a delicious take on Heffeweiss.
206 IPA - An Englishman's interpretation of American IPA, not as "over the top" - densely flavored but smooth.
Summer Babe Cask - One of the four cask ales, this fresh beer is served "room temperature." Definitely unique for its less aggressive carbonation, this has a creamy texture, medium weight, sour notes, and is excellent.
3 Lions - Strong brown ale that's rich and full bodied. It shows a good balance of coffee and caramel, and is very smooth like toffee melting on your tongue.
Pratt Street Ale house is located near many Baltimore destinations
Pratt Street Ale House is steps away from the Convention Center and close to Camden Yards and the popular Inner Harbor. Whether you're in town for a convention, an Oriole's game, or just for fun, it's definitely a worthwhile spot for craft beer lovers to try some fantastic Baltimore brews.