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City Paper’s Third Annual Search For the Coldest Beer in Baltimore

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For What Ales Ya City Paper’s Third Annual Search For the Coldest Beer in Baltimore

Posted 5/25/2005

It’s that time of year again—humidity is rising, people are dusting off their barbecues, and City Paper’s intrepid I-Team has gone in search of a draft so cold it’ll turn your sweat to icicles. We scoured the town, from Pimlico to Bayview and from Lauraville to Morrell Park. And everywhere we went, we heard the same thing: “That’s a pretty sweet job you got there.”

Sure, taking the temperature of beer is better than digging ditches, but it isn’t all glamour. We had to fight the crowds in Fells Point and watch college students dry-hump each other in Govans. People asked us to take their temperatures, unfazed by our food thermometers, sharp enough to pierce their uvulas. We hung out in places that smelled like vomit, feet, and despair, and neighborhood bars where old men drink 9 to 5. We drank warm Pabst Blue Ribbon in dirty glasses, people tried to fence us stolen goods (including diabetes testers), and we drank more bath-water-warm Bud Lights than we care to recall.

But it was all worth it, because after weeks of testing so questionably scientific that it would bring a Johns Hopkins researcher to tears, we have found the coldest beer in Baltimore. Congratulations to Butts and Betty’s Tavern. After placing dead last in 2003 and climbing to third place in 2004, the Butchers Hill bar took the prize with a frigid 30.4-degree Bud Light. Now that’s what we call a comeback. The Talking Head also made an amazing turnaround, from a last-place finish in 2004 with a frightfully tepid 58.9-degree PBR to coming in 22.9 degrees cooler at No. 21 this year. But our Mover of the Year award goes to Peter’s Pour House, which leapt up the list 89 spots from 95 in 2004 to No. 6 in 2005. Still, not all of the changes were for the better: Nick’s Fish House, despite a gorgeous view, dropped 73 rungs from 8 to 81. And after a long and close battle for last place, Golden West Café’s new bar served us a balmy 59.2-degree Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

The list below tells you which local bars serve beer so cold your tongue will stick to the glass and which ones are more likely to give you heatstroke. Happy drinking, and if anyone offers you a hot diabetes tester, tell ’em you’ll pass, thanks.

1 Butts and Betty’s Tavern, 2200 Gough St., (410) 276-9186 Bud Light chilled pint glass $1.50 30.4
2 Joe’s Bar, 6200 Reisterstown Road, (410) 358-5833 Coors Light chilled 12 oz. glass $2.00 32.3
3 Sportman’s Spot, 501 S. Lehigh St., (410) 276-9376 Budweiser chilled pint glass $1.75* 32.6
4 Down the Hatch, 1157 Haubert St., (410) 727-4707 Coors Light chilled mug $.80* 32.7
5 Molly’s Public House, 400 W. 23rd St., (410) 889-0091 Miller Lite pint glass $2.00 32.9
6 Peter’s Pour House, 111 Mercer St., (410) 539-5818 Miller Lite extra large plastic cup $4.00 32.9
7 Super Star Inn, 5603 Pulaski Highway, (410) 483-2575 Budweiser chilled 10 oz. glass $1.25 33.2
8 Camden Pub, 647 W. Pratt St., (410) 547-1280 Yuengling chilled pint glass $3.25 33.4
9 Davey Jones’ Locker, 800 S. Dean St. Budweiser pint glass $1.00 33.6
10 Alonso’s Restaurant, 415 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 235-3433 Yuengling chilled pint glass $3.50 33.7
11 I’Con Inn, 45 N. Kresson St. Budweiser pint glass $1.00* 33.7
12 Backstretch Saloon, 1301 W. Old Cold Spring Lane, (410) 889-3003 Budweiser chilled mug $1.25 33.9
13 Rendezvous Lounge, 134 W. 25th St., (410) 46738-60 Budweiser plastic cup $1.25* 34.0
14 Enrico’s Sports Bar, 200 S. Haven St., (410) 327-6752 Budweiser chilled mug $1.10 34.5
15 Showalter’s Saloon, 3360 Chestnut Ave., (410) 889-0968 Budweiser pint glass $2.25 34.6
16 O’Brady’s Crab House, 3432 S. Hanover St., (410) 355-9040 Budweiser plastic cup $1.50 34.9
17 Backstreets Pub, 1901 Bank St., (410) 563-1612 Yuengling chilled pint glass $2.25 35.0
18 Irish Pub, 418 S. Clinton St., (410) 276-1164 Bud Light chilled mug $1.15 35.2
19 Lithuanian Hall, 851 Hollins St., (410) 685-5787 Coors Light 12 oz. plastic cup $1.00 35.8
20 Pisces, Hyatt Regency, 300 Light St., (410) 605-2835 Bud Light pint glass $6.00 35.9
21 Talking Head, 203 Davis St., (410) 962-5588 Pabst Blue Ribbon chilled pint glass $2.25 36.0
22 Gallagher’s Bar and Grill, 940 S. Conkling St., (410) 327-3966 Budweiser pint glass $1.00* 36.1
23 Slainte, 1700 Thames St., (410) 563-6600 Clipper City Gold Ale pint glass $3.15 36.2
24 Dionysus Restaurant and Lounge, 8 E. Preston St., (410) 244-1020 Yuengling pint glass $1.50* 36.5
25 Chuck’s Place, 3137 Eastern Ave., (410) 675-3191 Yuengling pint glass $1.50 36.9
26 Little Havana Restaurante y Cantina, 1325 Key Highway, (410) 837-9903 Miller Lite chilled pint glass $1.50* 36.9
27 Larry’s Hideaway, 300 S. Oldham St., (410) 675-8383 Budweiser mug $1.50 37.4
28 Curb Shop, 5736 Falls Road, (410) 433-8299 Budweiser pint glass $2.85 37.5
29 Nick’s Seafood, Cross Street Market, 1065 S. Charles St., (410) 685-2020 Bud Light plastic half-pint cup $2.00* 37.5
30 Whistling Oyster, 807 S. Broadway, (410) 342-7282 Miller Lite pint glass $2.00** 37.5
31 Quest, 3607 Fleet St., (410) 563-2617 Coors Light 16 oz. glass $1.75 37.8
32 PJ’s Pub, 3333 N. Charles St., (410) 243-8844 Coors Light pint glass $3.15 37.9
33 Holy Frijoles!, 908 W. 36th St., (410) 235-2326 Yuengling pint glass, $2.89 38.0
34 Pol’s Café, 2619-21 Foster Ave., (410) 732-2555 Coors Light pint glass $1.25 38.0
35 Sooner’s Tavern, 1600 Hazel St., (410) 355-7226 Budweiser plastic 12 oz. cup $.90 38.1
36 Rams Head Live!, Power Plant Live!, 20 Market Place, (410) 244-8854 Coors Light pint glass $4.19 38.2
37 Swallow at the Hollow, 5921 York Road, (410) 532-7542 Budweiser pint glass $1.90 38.2
38 Hard Rock Café, Power Plant, 601 E. Pratt St., (410) 347-7625 Budweiser pint glass $4.50 38.3
39 Hippo, 1 W. Eager St., (410) 547-0069 Yuengling, 12 oz. mug $3.00 38.4
40 Horse You Came In On, 1626 Thames St., (410) 327-8111 Miller Lite, plastic cup $2.75 38.4
41 Mojo Room and Lounge, 4825 Belair Road, (410) 325-7427 Pabst Blue Ribbon plastic cup $2.00 38.4
42 Ryan’s Daughter, 600 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 464-1000 Amstel Lite pint glass $4.50 38.4
43 Jimmy O’Donnell’s, 4528-30 Harford Road Coors Light half-pint glass $1.00 38.7
44 Lulu’s Off Broadway, 1703 Aliceanna St., (410)537 5858 Anchor Steam half-pint glass $2.00 38.8
45 Angle Inn, 5805 O’Donnell St., (410) 633-6242 Miller Lite pint glass $1.50 39.3
46 Fletcher’s, 701 S. Bond St., (410) 558-1889 Bud Light chilled pint glass $2.75 39.3
47 Joe’s Tavern, 2709 Washington Blvd., (410) 646-0209 Budweiser mug $1.35 39.3
48 Faidley’s, Lexington Market, 203 N. Paca St., (410) 727-4898 Budweiser plastic cup $2.00 39.8
49 Terrace Dining Room, Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., (410) 542-9400 Budweiser plastic cup $3.80 40.0
50 Depot, 1728 N. Charles St., (410) 528-0174 Coors Light pint glass $3.00 40.2
51 John Steven Ltd., 1800 Thames St., (410) 327-5561 Yuengling pint glass $3.50 40.2
52 Red Fish, 845 S. Montford Ave., (443) 524-1454 Miller Lite pint glass $3.00 40.2
53 Charles Village Pub, 3107 St. Paul St. (410) 243-1611 Yuengling pint glass $3:25* 40.3
54 DuClaw Brewing Co., 901 S. Bond St(410) 563-3400 Kangaroo Love pint glass $3.75 40.3
55 Dead Freddies, 7209 Harford Road, (410) 254-8373 Budweiser pint glass $1.75 40.5
56 Long John’s Pub, 398 W. 29th St., (410) 235-2426 Yuengling chilled pint glass $1.70* 40.5
57 Canton Station, 1028 S. Conkling St., (410) 327-2004 Miller Lite pint glass $2.25 40.6
58 Coconuts Café, 311 W. Madison St., (410) 383-6064 Miller Lite pint glass $2.50 40.6
59 Downtown Sports Exchange, 200 W Pratt St, (410) 659-5844 Yuengling plastic half-pint cup $3.75 40.6
60 Hull Street Blues Café, 1222 Hull St., (410) 727-7476 McHenry pint glass $2.50* 40.6
61 Dreams Inn, 527 E. Patapsco Ave., (410) 355-0848 Budweiser half-pint glass $.60* 41.2
62 Mother’s Federal Hill Grille, 1113 S. Charles St., (410) 244-8686 Yuengling pint glass $2.00* 41.2
63 Mount Washington Tavern, 5700 Newbury St., (410) 367-6903 Yuengling 12 oz. glass $3.25 41.3
64 Mike McGovern’s Pub, 1129 S. Clinton St., (410) 534-2200 Bass pint glass $3.75 41.5
65 Red Star, 906 S. Wolfe St., (410) 675-0212 Pabst Blue Ribbon pint glass $2.00 41.5
66 Gardel’s, 29 S. Front St., (410) 837-3737 Yuengling pint glass $4.00 41.7
67 Club Charles, 1724 N. Charles St., (410) 727-8815 Yuengling pint glass $1.60* 41.9
68 Dego Dame’s Bar and Grill, 1018 Eastern Ave., (410) 685-8649 Yuengling pint glass $3.50 41.9
69 Club Zissimos, 1023 W. 36th St., (410) 467-4707 Budweiser 12 oz. glass $1.50 42.1
70 Duda’s Tavern, 1600 Thames St., (410) 276-9719 Miller Lite pint glass $2.50 42.1
71 Geckos, 2318 Fleet St., (410) 732-1961 Bass pint glass $4.25 42.4
72 Koco’s Pub, 4301 Harford Road, (410) 426-3519 Miller Lite chilled pint glass $2.50 42.4
73 Patrick’s of Pratt Street, 131 S. Schroeder St., (410) 576-8899 Coors Light pint glass $3.00 42.4
74 One World Café, 100 W. University Parkway, (410) 235-5777 Yuengling pint glass $3.00 42.5
75 Edgar’s Billiards Club, 1 E. Pratt St., (410) 752-8080 Budweiser pint glass $3.15 43.0
76 Sean Bolan’s Irish Pub, 1236 Light St., (410) 837-4440 Yuengling pint glass $3.50 43.3
77 O’Hara’s Irish Pub, 6505 Belair Road, (410) 444-7400 Budweiser plastic cup $2.00 43.4
78 Jerry’s Belvedere Tavern, 5928 York Road, (410) 435-8600 Budweiser pint glass $1.75 43.5
79 Mick O’Shea’s, 328 N. Charles St., (410) 539-7504 Miller Lite pint glass $2.00* 43.7
80 Wharf Rat, 801 S. Ann St., (410) 276-9034 Olivers Ironman Pale Ale pint glass $3.75 44.1
81 Nick’s Fish House, 2600 Insulator Drive, (410) 347-4123 Budweiser pint glass $3.00 44.4
82 Islander Bar, 1928 Fleet St., (410) 342-8718 Coors Light pint glass $1.25* 44.6
83 Ropewalk Tavern, 1209 S. Charles St., (410) 727-1298 Yuengling pint glass $2.00* 44.6
84 Friends, 1634 Aliceanna St., (410) 732-3885 Yuengling pint glass $3.75 44.7
85 Sidebar Tavern, 218 E. Lexington St., (410) 659-4130 Pabst Blue Ribbon pint glass $2.00 44.8
86 Grand Central, 1001 N. Charles St., (410) 752-7133 Yuengling pint glass $3.75 45.6
87 Midtown Yacht Club, 15 E. Centre St., (410) 837-1300 Miller Lite pint glass $3.25 45.6
88 Speakeasy, 2840 O’Donnell St., (410) 276-2977 Yuengling pint glass $4.00 45.6
89 Kisling’s Tavern, 2100 Fleet St., (410) 327-5477 Miller Lite pint glass $2.75 45.9
90 Tugboat Ann’s, 529 S. Bond St., (410) 276-9592 Budweiser pint glass $1.50 45.9
91 Brewer’s Art, 1106 N. Charles St., (410) 547-6925 House Pale Ale pint glass $3.25 46.0
92 Truman’s of Locust Point, 1230 E. Fort Ave., (410) 539-6183 Coors Light mug $1.00 46.4
93 Magerk’s Pub, 1061 S. Charles St., (410) 576-9230 Miller Lite pint glass $3.00 46.5
94 Looney’s Pub, 2900 O’Donnell St., (410) 675-9235 Budweiser pint glass $2.25 46.8
95 J. Patrick’s Irish Pub, 1371 Andre St., (410) 244-8613 Miller Lite pint glass $2.00 48.2
96 Fields Old Trail Tavern, 5723 York Road, (410) 433-1220 Miller Lite pint glass $1.75 49.4
97 Idle Hour, 201 E. Fort Ave., (410) 468-0357 Resurrection pint glass 2 for $5* 49.9
98 Tug’s Bar and Grille, 222 St. Paul Place, (410) 244-7300 Budweiser pint glass $3.50 55.5
99 Mount Royal Tavern, 1204 W. Mount Royal Ave., (410) 669-6686 Pabst Blue Ribbon pint glass $1.50 56.2
100 Golden West Café, 1105 W. 36th St., (410) 889-8891 Sierra Nevada pint glass $3.57 59.2

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