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Pigtown Ale House opens quietly near Carroll Park

Pigtown Ale House, a new neighborhood watering hole and soon-to-be burger bar, opened its doors earlier this month.

The tavern at 1415 Washington Blvd. had been under construction more than three years before its soft opening the first week of August.

Owner Michael Felner said he hopes the ale house becomes a destination for people enjoying sports and activities at Carroll Park, which sits across the street. While he saw plenty of bars and restaurants in Pigtown where patrons could grab food or drinks separately, he said he wanted to provide a place that serves higher-end food and drinks under one roof.

“What I observed was Pigtown needed a classy modern bar and didn’t have that,” Felner said. “I’m trying to fill the need for a local watering hole, a local eating establishment that doesn’t exist.”

As business ramps up, the tavern is focusing on its bar program while Felner finishes building out the kitchen.

Pigtown Ale House has 12 taps that primarily highlight local beers — nine from Maryland, two from Delaware’s Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and one Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. draft line. The ale house also carries local spirits from Baltimore Whiskey Co., Lyon Distilling Co. and Gray Wolf Craft Distilling.

“There’s really a focus on the craft brew industry,” Felner said. “There’s great stuff coming out of Maryland.”

When the kitchen opens, Felner said Pigtown Ale House will serve creative gourmet burgers. Some of the topping options could include fig and brie, or jalapenos and pepperjack cheese, he said.

Pigtown Ale House is open Thursday through Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Felner said he plans to add Monday and Wednesday evenings and daytime hours Saturday and Sunday in the coming months.

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