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September 17, 2009

The best beer deal in Baltimore

I don't know if I really want to give this one away, guys. I don't know if you deserve it. 

Oh snap!

I have discovered what is undoubtedly the best draft beer deal in Baltimore City. Wanna know what it is? All right, fine, I'll tell ya -- but only 'cause I love ya ...

The Locust Point bar Down the Hatch (1157 Haubert St.) pours drafts of Clipper City Gold and Magic Hat #9 for (drum roll please) $1.25.

Yes, you read that right: $1.25. This ain't some happy hour deal, either. It's all the time. Now that's a recession special I can get behind.

I first went to Down The Hatch a couple years ago at the suggestion of the dearly beloved Midnight Sunner jmgiordano. Down the Hatch is a cozy little corner bar with a cast of colorful regulars. The bar has had domestics like Coors Light and Miller on tap for $1.25 for a long time.

But when ace Baltimore Sun police writer Justin Fenton and I went there last night, we noticed a few new additions to Down the Hatch's draft selections. We asked the bartender how much it cost to get a Clipper City or a Magic Hat, and she told us it was the same as the others -- $1.25.

Now, this could be a case of a bartender not knowing the proper price. So be warned. But even if Clipper City and Magic Hat are twice as expensive, that's only a whopping $2.50. Goodness gracious.

So get there fast, before Down the Hatch's owner reads this blog post and decides to raise the prices.


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:52 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


While that's pretty good, especially the Clipper City part and it's not just Happy Hour, Mahaffey's has three, 10 ounce mugs of any beer (except a few extreme ones) everyday until 7 and all day on Mondays for only $4. We're talking Ressurection, Stone, Lagunitas, Clipper, all the good stuff. Down the Hatch is slightly less, but not even in the same league when it comes to quality.

Well, yes, that's a great special, but it's only a special. Down the Hatch has these prices all day every day. Whammo!

So what you're REALLY saying about Mahaffey's is that you can't get there before 7 PM, is that it, Sam?

Personally, I'll take variety (the 3 mug deal, also offered by Pratt Street Ale House and the Wharf Rat) over just cheap beer, no matter how good Clipper City or Magic Hat are.

ADMIV- I am also a big fan of the three draft deal. Racer's used to have it, not sure if they still do. And then there's a place that does 3 14oz glasses for $7 for happy hour til 7pm...mmmhh;)

Last time I was at Racers, the deal was two (larger) mugs for $5........

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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