UPDATED: read below.
Maryland's original post-Prohibition brewpub was Sisson's of Baltimore, Maryland. It ceased operations a few years ago.
Maryland's second brewpub is still alive and thriving: The Wharf Rat in downtown Baltimore, Md.
Beer Advocate, a website of consumer beer reviews, had recently been erroneously listing the Wharf Rat Brewpub as closed. The confusion may have arisen because founder Bill Oliver had sold the brewpub to new owners on 21 October 2008.
But things went on uninterrupted. The brewing and the restaurant operations did not cease. (The Beer Advocate page has been corrected.)
Alexander D. Mitchell IV of Beer in Baltimore reports that the brewpub will be closed temporarily for renovations beginning the week of 25 January 2009 and continuing possibly the length of February. The original non-brewing Wharf Rat pub (still owned by Bill Oliver) in the Fells Point area of Baltimore will remain open, says Mitchell.
UPDATE 2009.01.26 from the The Baltimore Sun:
The Wharf Rat (206 W. Pratt St.) will close this Thursday for renovations, according to new owner Justin Dvorkin.UPDATE 2009.01.30:
Dvorkin and general manager Justin Damadio took over the downtown brewpub last fall. They plan to reopen the place with a new name and slightly different look March 10.
A flyer posted last night at the brewpub stated the following:
Tonight is out last night until we reopen as the Pratt Street Ale House. Same great beers, same pub feel, same awesome food, but a much better look featuring: a bar on the second floor, a whole new draft system, many more high-def televisions, and parking arrangements.Look for our Grand Opening the second week of March. Come back and get housed at the Pratt Street Ale House!!
- Thanks to Joe Gold of the Society for the Preservation of Beer from the Wood (SPBW) for this tip.
- Updated and reposted.