Small, traditional and independent are the words that describe the craft beer havens in the Baltimore area. They produce less than two million barrels of beer. This beer is said to taste much better because the brewers are able to spend more time on quality rather than quantity, unlike their corporate counterparts. Their processes lead to satisfying the various acquired tastes people have come to know. Here is a list of some of the best craft beers Baltimore has to offer.

Shacksburry Cider
Of Love and Regret
1028 S. Conkling St.
Baltimore, MD 21224
(410) 327-0760
www.ofloveandregret.com

Of Love and Regret features almost 30 different kinds of craft beers, along with wines. The pub also serves provisions in the form of eclectic foods, which are sure to satisfy your hunger urges, whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner for your 4th of July celebrations.The Shacksburry Cider is a Vermont ale which is described as nice and clean. Of Love and Regret is open: Sundays from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Mondays – Thursdays from 4 – 10 pm, Fridays from 4 p.m. -1 a.m. and Saturdays from 11 – 1 am.

Staring At The Sun
Pratt Street Ale House
206 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 244-8900
www.prattstreetalehouse.com

If it’s salads, quesadillas, burgers or entrees you want, then Pratt Street Ale House is where you want to be. With its varied selections of colorful dark or pale brews, you are sure to find something to your liking, including the house ale. A great ale for the summer weather is the Staring At The Sun Belgian style wheat ale, brewed with orange peel, lemon peel and grains of paradise. Pratt Street Ale House is well-known for brewing 16 of its 24 ale offerings. Hours are daily from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Founders Curmudgeon
Brewer’s Cask
1236 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 273-9377
www.brewerscask.com

Located in Federal Hill, Brewer’s Cask offers craft beers with percentages of 5 percent or more alcohol by volume. Dark, light, fruity, new or old, American or otherwise, there is an ale for you at Brewer’s Cask. The beers here are sure to provide a balance of decadence to your taste, especially the Founders Curmudgeon, which is made with molasses. Indulge yourself. Hours are Mondays – Thursdays from 4 p.m. – 1 a.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. – 1 a.m.

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Duckpin Pale Ale
Union Craft Brewery
1700 Union Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21211
(410) 467-0290
www.unioncraftbrewing.com

No one in Baltimore brews craft beer quite like Union Craft Brewery. Located in the Woodberry neighborhood of Baltimore, Union offers a great atmosphere to enjoy food and beer with family and friends. The brewery also has several excellent options to take and enjoy at home. The Duckpin Pale Ale is a great brew for your 4th of July BBQ. With New Zealand and Pacific Northwest hops, combined with citrus and tropical fruit flavor, this ale will pair wonderfully with all your BBQ favorites.

Powder Monkey
Heavy Seas Alehouse
1300 Bank St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410) 753-1403
www.heavyseasalehouse.com

Amber, gold, citrus-flavored and more are the aromas of the hops offered by Heavy Seas Alehouse. Its signature ales, each one unique in flavor, will satisfy the most finicky of tastes. The Powder Monkey pale ale will definitely pair well with burgers and all your other grilled favorites. According to the website, patrons can “experience Baltimore’s best and locally owned craft brewery in its own ship.” Pair your brew with your choice of mussels, burgers or oysters and you have a wonderful combination for the 4th of July and beyond.

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Vickie Lawson is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.