18 June 2008
New Venue: Taps Baltimore
Yeah, horribly innovative, huh? At least it's not a bugle.
Taps Baltimore is the former Fort Charles Pub, which is located in the historic old Craftsmen Club building at the northeast corner of Fort Avenue and Charles St. in Federal Hill. (The Baltimore Craftsmen Club apparently does survive today as the Graphic Arts Professionals of Baltimore.)
The new place opened on Feb. 29th; its stated goal was to have 40 beer taps and a wine tap by mid-April, but by mid-June they had still mustered only 17. The line-up is not so bad, however: among the usual mass-market domestics and imports lurk a few standouts: Fordham Copperhead, Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA, Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard (!), and Ommegang Three Philosophers (!!).
Keep an eye on them. Depending on if/when they get more taps and what they put on, they may be an interesting option.
And while you're in Federal Hill, swing by The Dog Pub. Cross Street is ripped up for much-needed repaving (granted, a LOT of streets in Baltimore are being repaved under Mayor Dixon's "Operation Orange Cone," but far more need repaving critically), and no doubt The Dog Pub is taking a nasty hit in traffic.