Okay, I'm just gonna throw this out there.
What is the deal with DuClaw, anyway?
They produce great beer, they're a terrific asset to Maryland's beer scene......... and yet, they don't seem to catch a lot of beer geeks' attentions.
Why is that?
They do good seasonals, they do terrific marketing and promotion, yet I get a sense a lot of beer aficionados don't care for the places or beers. When I go to the one in Fells Point, I seldom, if ever, see any of the beer fans I know, and the DuClaw fans I see here and there seldom appear at any other beer events.
I believe a large reason for that, upon some thinking, is that DuClaw simply doesn't have any outside distribution. I can, if I look in the right places, find Oliver ales in places as far flung as Easton, or Brewers Art beers here and there. Baltimore Brewing Co./DeGroen's was about town and even central Maryland in its heyday. Clipper City/Heavy Seas. Flying Dog/Wild Goose. Victory. Dogfish. Fordham. Even the Dog Pub is doing outside accounts (see below). But no DuClaw unless you go to one of four places or certain festivals.
Come on, folks. Talk about DuClaw. Do you love them? Hate them? Love the beer, hate the bar crowds, as two fellow drinkers have said to me?