Brewing began at Diamondback Brewing Company’s new 6,800 sq. ft. production facility and tap room at McHenry Row in Locust Point a few weeks ago and starting this weekend the public can now come by for a tour or tasting. Diamondback signed the deal with developer 28 Walker on the space in The Banner Building in January. The space is across the street from an under-construction, five-story, 224-unit apartment building
Diamondback has an outdoor patio where visitors can gather and play corn hole. This leads into the 2,000 sq. ft. tap room which features a concrete bar centered around the original smoke stack from the building’s original use as a Coca-Cola factory. The floors are concrete and reclaimed wood accents are highlighted on the walls and on the tables. There is also a bar top facing the outdoor patio. The taproom has two televisions for guests to watch sports and large windows so guests can look down at the lower level production brewery, where guests can participate in a tour of the facility. There is additionally an area to buy merchandise or six packs to go. The tap room can hold approximately 90 people.
The taproom has eight draft beer lines, which will feature Diamondback’s staples, seasonal beers, and experimental brews. Currently Diamondback is pouring the Azacca Blonde, Green Machine IPA, Omar’s Oatmeal Pale Ale (O.P.A), Oktoberfest, Luna Light Session IPA, 3:30 Amber, and Black Mamba IPA. Guest can get pints, half pours, flights, and growlers to go.
Diamondback will not serve food, but will partner with the under-construction Share Kitchen next door on meals for their patrons, and will bring in food trucks on the weekends. Diamondback will be open on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays in November and every day beginning in December.
The 4,800 sq. ft. brewery includes an 8.5 barrel system from Canadian company Ripley Stainless which will allow them to produce up to 8,000 barrels of beer each year.
Diamondback is owned by Loyola Blakefield graduates Tom Foster, Colin Marshall, and Francis Smith. The company’s name is a nod to the University of Maryland where Foster and Smith attended. The team also includes Head Brewer Tim Heath and Associate Brewer David Hooper.
Diamondback previously contract brewed its beers in Virginia and Baltimore and had a storage facility and office in the Curtis Bay area of South Baltimore.
Foster, Heath, Hooper, Marshall, and Smith