One of the most popular and fastest growing breweries on the Maryland Eastern Shore is RAR Brewing. They have been brewing in downtown Cambridge, Maryland since 2013 and are continuing to grow. The owners and brewers are all native to Cambridge, Maryland who have boosted the community tourism majorly since they opened. With their multiple monthly releases of new brews they always have a line around their building waiting to try the new and limited releases!
Right on Poplar Street RAR Brewing sits in an 80-year old building now turned into a 10 barrel brewhouse and popular hangout area for locals and out-of-state craft beer lovers! These local guys have created a brewing theme that always keeps craft beer lovers on their toes.
The experimentation of hops and fruits have really made them stand out along with their creative pop art which is all over their brewery and their cans. Take the popular items that Millennials have grown up with then mix it in with new technology 3D art of the 21st century and BAM you totally get RAR Brewing.
When visiting there are multiple niche type restaurants within walking distance of the brewery. Cambridge is definitely a town you can make a day time destination spot with the brewery, local niche restaurants, shopping, wine bars, and water views.
Walking in you will see artwork everywhere of all their can logos, colors everywhere! They have a 12 tap system with flights and pints to try. In the center background, they have the brewhouse where you might be able to see the brewers at work earlier in the day during the week.
If you want to try all of their brews or have more than two pints, don’t worry they have a small pub menu they make right there on site. We actually had some great panini’s with our pints while hanging out. There is a huge local vibe to the brewery but they receive many out-of-towners. Those who did not bring their growlers and want something to take home, they have a fridge where you can buy six packs and crowlers to go.
Nanticoke Nectar IPA is by the far the top-selling local beer I have seen going steady for years. I know this not only as a consumer and keeping up the local beer trends but also my last four years in the craft brewing business. I have been a craft beer distribution salesperson, a local craft beer supplier salesperson and now run the largest tap house in the county so I know what beers are best-sellers, on and off-premise.
I am not a fan of IPA’s at all but I will continue to try them because every brewery’s mainstream IPA is their taste profile and know what to expect from the rest of their lines. Nanticoke Nectar is not my favorite of course but it is consistent and I can see why IPA drinkers love it because they drink more than 2 at a time which is what every brewery wants.
They are also known for the limited release sours they put out every month such as Out of Order and their Inspired By, producing a new fruited flavor every time. Sours are huge right now but finding the right one is challenging, even for the craft beer lover.
So I normally do not like IPA’s or real hoppy beers but Pulp is my absolute favorite! Pulp is a pale ale that is super juicy and tastes fresher than I ever expected a pale ale to taste. I also enjoy their 10 layer stouts which are stouts based on different flavors of the local legend Smith Island 16 layer cakes. Smith Island cakes are just as popular as Maryland Blue crabs and is always the dessert to try when coming to the Eastern Shore. This beer got so popular that RAR and Smith Island Cakes were both featured on an episode of “The Booze Traveler” which totally depicted how Eastern Shore of Maryland is portrayed.
JR’s favorite is the Nanticoke Nectar but also enjoys their juicy IPA’s and pale ales like Pulp. Like Dogfish Head JR will try every IPA that RAR puts out due to their creative consistency and their use of hops. We are both not the ones to stand in any lines for any beer no matter how much we show our passion for craft beer but we have been fortunate to know a lot of people in the local craft beer world to give us a sample of very limited release!
Whether you are taking a trip to Ocean City, Maryland or Rehoboth, Delaware RAR Brewing is definitely a good mid-day stop to either or a nice day trip from the many metropolitan cities that surround Cambridge area.