Independent Brewing Company aims to please patrons of all ages at their taproom in Bel Air. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun video)

A great taproom is the heart and soul of a brewery — a place to enjoy the fruits of the craft company's labor while relaxing, chatting with neighbors and fostering a better-connected community. To these taprooms, we raise a pint.

Diamondback Brewing Company (1215 E. Fort Ave., Locust Point;


The 50-seat taproom at Diamondback's McHenry Row headquarters offers a chance to watch a game (or make your own on the foosball table) and sip on a limited-edition brew.

Heavy Seas Beer (4615 Hollins Ferry Road, Halethorpe;

Hang out in the same building Heavy Seas' signature beer, Loose Cannon, is produced. Weekly events include new cask beer releases, trivia and more.

Independent Brewing Company (418 N. Main St., Bel Air;

Beer fans from Harford County and beyond have made this microbrewery a family-friendly hangout with local live music, a rotating food truck lineup and the brand's wide range of beers.

Union Craft Brewing (1700 Union Ave., Woodberry;

Before Union packs up and moves to a much larger space in nearby Medfield, check out where it all started — the modest and homey facility that quickly became an important gathering space for the greater Hampden community.

Waverly Brewing Company (1625 Union Ave., Hampden;

One of the most comfortable taprooms in the area, Waverly's digs feel like the ideal neighborhood corner bar — with the added bonus of accessible craft beers on-site.