Here’s what happens when your grown children develop a love of craft beers and wine: You start touring breweries and wineries with them! Our latest venture was at the lovely Burley Oak Brewery in Berlin, Maryland, a short 15-minute hop from Ocean City that’s well worth the drive!


Founded in 2011, the Burley Oak Brewing Company offers 20 different craft beers on tap as well as a selection of To-Go beers. From their website:

We have been hard at work building this brewery keeping in mind sustainable practices and using local materials and craftsmen. We love our town of Berlin, Maryland, and hope you join us in our taproom for a couple of pints and growlers. Our goal is to produce distinctive beers whose quality is unsurpassed using new and traditional brewing methods.

They also have a walk-up taqueria Uno Mas but at the time of our visit, it was closed for renovation. We’ll definitely be back when it reopens. Tacos and beer? Yes, please!

As for their decor … seriously cute!

But what you really want to know is …. how’s the beer?

Here’s the thing: I’m a light beer drinker who can’t handle liquor and doesn’t like wine, so I’m usually out of luck at breweries and wineries. The bartender recommended the Billsner IPL and … happy, happy, joy, joy … I really loved it!


My family has more eclectic tastes, so they tried a little bit of everything by filling out flight forms at the bar. Bob’s most questionable choice was the Carrot Cake with its souplike consistency and deep orange color. But you know what … it was pretty amazing as was the Apricot Blueberry Oreo Cream, which looked like a smoothie!

Bob got a full glass of the Carrot Cake!

So in short, those with adventurous palettes will love testing Burley Oak’s twenty different beers and even my fellow lightweights will also be happy. And since their menu is always changing, we’ll be back often! Especially when the taco bar opens.

Because … tacos.


Oh, and they also sell takeout at well!


Thanks for reading and if you’ve been to Burley Oak, what’s your favorite beer?

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