Brewer's Cask to replace Muggsy's in Federal Hill

The Baltimore Sun

Federal Hill will get another beer bar before the end of the year. Called the Brewer's Cask, it will take up Muggsys' old space on Light Street.

With 20 beers on tap, the bar is unapologetically going after a specific crowd: "Beer snobbies!" as it says on its website. Its motto is "Love Thy Beer."

Cask's owner Jason Stevens said he started leasing the business after another beer haven, Muggsys's, closed in June. He and a partner "have touched just about every inch of the interior by refinishing floors, bar, kitchen, tables, chairs and just about everything else you can think of," he said in an e-mail.

Stevens said a 20-line draft system has already been installed and it will carry European and regional craft beers. He made sure to point out the bar will not carry light beers on draft. Like several recent bars - Liam Flynn's Ale House, Frisco Tap House, the upcoming Heavy Seas joint - it will also carry cask-conditioned ales.

The bar will also have a casual dinner menu.

Stevens and his partner are leasing from Ken Krucenski, who ran Sean Bolan's out of that building until 2005 and whose LLC, KM Investments, still owns the property.

Stevens anticipates the new bar will open sometime in December.

When it does, it will face some competition from several other beer bars in the area, including Metropolitan, The Abbey, and Bluegrass. Even Don't Know Tavern has 30 drafts.

Muggsys's owner, Danny Young, partly blamed that competition for his bar's failure.

The bar had already been struggling financially when he decided in June not to renew his lease, which had a year and a half left.

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