Nearly 3 years later, I reply. Sorry, Mike!
Mt. Airy is about 20 minutes east of Frederick on I-70. My hubby works in Frederick in the pawn shop a mile west (not east, that’s another branch) of US 15 on the north side of West Patrick Street. He’s the English guy.
I took the kids to Barley & Hops on Sunday afternoon. We were in the midst of Christmas shopping and stopped for a bite. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to have hard cider any more, much to my dismay. It was, frankly, the reason I lobbied to go there rather than the Double T Diner across MD 355, where the kids wanted to go. I ordered "a hard cider" and the waitress said, "Weeeeell. I’ll have to check. We were out of it yesterday." I said, "Oh, I hope not!" Drinks came, and mine was in a steaming mug. I said, "What’s this?" She said, "That’s the hot cider." "Ah. Actually I asked for hard cider, which is cold and fizzy and alcoholic and made like beer but with apples." ". . . . Oh. Let me go ask." She came back a few minutes later and said, "Well, we used to carry that, like a couple years ago, but we don’t have it any more." I know this to be bullcrap since I had it there not six months ago. Either she and whomever she asked were both new, or they didn’t know what the heck they were talking about and if I’d written down the word, "Woodchuck" on a napkin and made her walk up to the bar I’d have got my drink. I had a soda. [:(]
Anyhow, the kids love the place because the children’s menu includes an option to make your own pizza. The little crust and cups of pizza sauce, shredded cheddar/mozz mixed cheese, and pepperoni come on a tray shaped like an artist’s palette, with holes for the topping cups. Very cute. They create the pizza, and then the kitchen bakes it for them. They loved it. I had a baked potato with bacon and the same shredded cheese mix, and a bowl of chili. The chili came with nice chips that weren’t the ordinary Tostitos out of the bag. Nice and crispy, too. The chili was a little runnier than I like it, but was topped with enough of that same shredded cheese mix to make it look nearly like an orange French Onion soup. Tasty, but if you’re offering chips for dipping, it might be good to thicken that which is to be dipped.
I must also mention the tables. They’re covered with paper and the waitress wrote her name on it in crayon. The kids got crayons with their menus, as well, so they could doodle on the paper. My daughter (8 1/2) slid her menu under the paper and traced the picture on it, which is a dragon holding an artist’s pallete and brush (for some reason), and is named The Snallygaster. Now, if you’re from Frederick you might know to what this refers. Frederick County was largely settled by German immigrants from the mid 18th to early 19th centuries. They brought with them their own myths and legends, one of which was of the Schnell Geiste or "quick spirit". This was corrupted into "Snallygaster" over the centuries. There were "sightings" in the early 20th century that actually made the papers.
The 2 dollar beer sampler was perfect for me. I’m a lite drinker now, especially when I’m out. The sampler was enough to get a decent taste but not overkill. I’m looking to get back there soon.
Jennie, is MtAiry close to Frederick?
Thanks for the excellent review. Richmond has a similar microbrewery/restaurant called "Legends."
Will be in Frederick on Sunday, might have to check out that burger. Thanks for the heads up Mike.
Hubby and I go up from time to time, mainly for the beer. He’s English, and it’s far closer to something "from home" than most anything else in the region. However, they typically have hard cider, as well. So I’ll have that while he samples their most recent brews.
The food is pretty good, but as you say, a little on the pricey side. It’s nothing particularly fancy, but a nice meal.
(We’re in Mt. Airy. ::waves::)
I had the chance to eat at a microbrewery in Frederick, Md. last week and so I thought I’d share with ya’all my opinions. Lucky you [:)]
The name of the place is Barley&Hops and I’ve been hearing them advertise on the local radio stations for awhile now. I took PP and ther oldest to the FSK mall there for some shopping and had some time to kill. The rest. is just across the street from the mall.
Out front is the copper vats for the beer and the brewing area. When you go in the front door the bar is off to the left side. I got there right about 4PM and there wasn’t a hostess or anyone to seat me right away. Took 4 or 5 minutes for someone to come up from the kitchen. Once seated though the service picked up.
I asked the server if they had a beer sampler and they did. I ordered it and a bowl of chili to start with. They brought me 6 large shots of beer made right there and they ranged from very pale to very dark. I preferred the darker brews.
The chili was brought out with cheese on top and corn chips on the side. It was billed as a bowl but I’d say it was more like a cup. Which was OK because it was good and filling. Of course, not being in Texas it had beans in it.[:(] It was slightly spicy and had good flavor. They used whole beef, not ground. The beef was nice and tender.
I ordered the house special burger which consited of a half pound in-house ground beef, 2 kinds of cheese, 4 strips of bacon and lettuce, tomato and grilled onions. Plus in-house made french fries. They also offered fresh made beer battered onion rings. I had an order of them too…
I asked for and got my burger medium. It was huge, came on a seeded Kaiser roll. The "salad" was fresh and the tomato slice was thick. I had asked for my onions grilled extra well and they were. The fries were crisp and golden, they were really done well. The onion rings were past golden, almost overdone, but still good.
They brought me mayo and yellow mustard as requested for the burger. They also brought me chipotle ketchup. This was really good. It had just enough kick to really perk up the burger and the fries.
The burger and fries was 8.99. The onion rings were 3.99 and the chili bowl was 4.99. The burger was a great bargain for the price, the rings were fair but the chili was a bit high for what you got. The best deal was the beer sampler for 2.00 bucks!
I brought half the burger home it was so big.
They also offered steaks, seafood and a bit of pasta. Looking at the menu these dishes all ran close to 20 bucks per. Somewhat higher priced then I like. Closer to 15 in my book. They also offered several other sandwiches in the 7 – 9 dollar range. If they are as good as my burger then they are well worth it. They actually had several choices that I would have liked to try. Get the fries, they are great.
Will I go again? You Bet! Next time PP wants to go shopping we’ll head for Frederick. I know where I’m going.
Oh yeah, they are not a chain, one of a kind.
Restaurant review, Frederick, Md.
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