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The City Paper I-Team™ once again searches for the coldest beer in Baltimore

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Stay Frosty The City Paper I-Team™ once again searches for the coldest beer in Baltimore

Posted 5/20/2009

In these uncertain economic times, many of us here at Baltimore's Thirstiest Alternative Weekly are facing the reality of a week or two of summer vacation--"stay-cation," if you must--spent on the stoop or back porch, depending on time of day and position of the sun, and since we figure it will be hotter than a steamed crab inside the home we can no longer afford to air condition, the most alco-centric of us will seek the soothing shade of one of the many fine (or not so fine) taverns found here in The City That Belches, where we intend to numb the pain of a stalled economy, furloughs, and shattered vacation dreams with the cold comfort of cheap, frosty, beautiful, nutritious, educational, and habit-forming beer. To that end, after a year of inactivity, the City Paper I-Team™ has reconstituted itself and once again put our livers on the line in search of Baltimore's coldest beer on tap, "draft beer," if you will, and this year we invite you, Gentle Drinker, to head out and do some Cold Case investigating of your own (obeying all local laws and ordinances, of course), and report your findings on our exciting, interactive, brand-new and high-tech City Paper Cold as Ice Beer Map, found at citypaper.com/go/beertemps, and this time next year after we do some, ah, official verification of your findings, you may one day take pride in the knowledge you have helped contribute to whatever the hell it is we have accomplished here. For science, sure. Cheers.

All results based on the findings of totally unscientific CITY PAPER I-TEAM™ random samplings employing the COMARK 300NSF/B digital thermometer, which, according to the manufacturer, is "now 'ruggedized' to withstand a 10-foot drop," although usually it was just from the bar stool. Repeatedly. We know some beer supposedly tastes better at around 45 degrees, but what kind of beer would you rather drink when it's 99 in the shade?

RANK

VENUE

BEER

PRICE

TEMP

1

Bolero Lounge 3638 S. Hanover St.

Bud Ice

$1.25

30.2

2

Woodberry Kitchen 2010 Clipper Park Road, (410) 464-8000

Victory Lager

$5.25

31.7

3

Down the Hatch 1157 Haubert St., (410) 727-4707

Budweiser

$1.25

34.2

4

Whiskey River Tavern 6800 Rolling Mill Road, (410) 285-3600

Budweiser

$2

34.7

5

Mount Vernon Stable and Saloon 909 N. Charles St., (410) 685-7427

Yuengling

$3.50

34.9

6

Bill's Lighthouse Inn 1741 Light St., (410) 659-1635

Budweiser

$2

35.4

7

Bill's Cafe 6701 Holabird Ave., (410) 633-4707

Budweiser

$1

35.6

8

Sportsman's Spot 501 S. Lehigh St., (410) 276-9376

Budweiser

$1.75

35.6

9

Angle Inn 5805 O'Donnell St., (410) 633-6242

Miller Genuine Draft

$1.90

35.7

10

Grand Cru 527 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 464-1944

Bitburger Pils

$3

35.7

11

Borderline Bar and Restaurant 3306 Washington Blvd., (410) 247-5408

American Ale

$1.75

35.8

12

Explorer's Lounge 550 Light St., (410) 234-0550

Bud Light

$4.25

35.9

13

Giuseppe's 2709 Washington Blvd., (410) 646-0209

Budweiser

$1.36

35.9

14

M & S Grill 201 E. Pratt St., (410) 547-9333

Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA

$6.45

36.1

15

Dionysus Restaurant and Lounge 8 E. Preston St., (410) 244-1020

Yuengling

$3

36.2

16

Golden West Café 1105 W. 36th St., (410) 889-8891

Wolaver's IPA

$5

36.8

17

Hon Bar 1000 W. 36th St., (410) 243-1236

Yuengling

$3.99

37.3

18

Rusty Scupper 402 Key Hwy., (410) 727-3678

Miller Lite

$5.50

37.3

19

Juliana's Bar and Grill 1401 Bloomfield Ave., (410) 525-2225

Yuengling

$2

37.8

20

Blue Parrot 5680 Belair Road, (410) 254-3785

Coors Light

$1.75

38.2

21

Peter's Inn 504 S. Ann St., (410) 675-7313

Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA

$4

38.3

22

The Horse You Came in on Saloon 1626 Thames St., (410) 327-8111

Yuengling

$2

38.4

23

Canton Dockside 3301 Boston St., (410) 276-8900

Miller Lite

$3.50

38.5

24

Thumpers 4600 Curtis Ave., (410) 355-9715

Budweiser

$1.25

38.7

25

Rocket to Venus 3360 Chestnut Ave., (410) 235-7887

Yuengling

$3

38.8

26

Decades Sports Bar 4221 Curtis Ave.

Coors Light

$1.25

38.9

27

ESPN Zone, 601 E. Pratt St. (410) 685-3776

Paulaner Seasonal

$9

39.1

28

The Dizz, 300 W. 30th St. (443) 869-5864

Yuengling

$3.20

39.3

29

Hops Inn, 7002 Railway Ave. (410) 288-9644

Budweiser

$1.25

39.4

30

Waterfront Hotel, 1710 Thames St. (410) 537-5055

Miller Lite

$3

39.5

31

Henninger's Tavern, 1812 Bank St. (410) 342-2172

Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55

$3.50

39.6

32

Sooner's Tavern, 1600 Hazel St. (410) 355-7226

Budweiser

$1

39.9

33

Kibby's Restaurant and Lounge, 3450 Wilkens Ave. (410) 644-8716

Budweiser

$1.25

40.1

34

Midtown Yacht Club, 15 E. Centre St. (410) 837-1300

Yuengling

$4.50

40.2

35

Zen West Roadside Cantina, 5914 York Road (410) 323-3368

Yuengling

$3.50

40.2

36

Hippo, 1 W. Eager St. (410) 547-0069

Stella Artois

$4.50

40.5

37

Mount Royal Tavern , 1204 W. Mount Royal Ave.(410) 669-6686

Yuengling

$2.50

40.6

38

Owl Bar, 1 E. Chase St. (410) 347-0888

Yuengling

$4

40.6

39

Fan Fare, Camden Yards 333 W. Camden St.,

Budweiser

$5.75

40.7

40

Hamilton Tavern, 5517 Harford Road (410) 426-1930

Lagunitas Pale Ale

$4.50

40.7

41

Dimitri's Tavern, 3820 Falls Road (410) 889-9545

Miller Lite

$1.90

40.9

42

Dougherty's Pub, 223 W. Chase St. (410) 752-4059

Yuengling

$3.50

40.9

43

Starters Bar Inc., 3311 Annapolis Road (410) 355-8514

Budweiser

$1.25

41.0

44

Cat's Eye Pub, 1730 Thames St. (410) 276-9866

Bud Light

$3

41.3

45

Holy Frijoles!, 908 W. 36th St. (410) 235-2326

Stella Artois

$3.77

41.3

46

Club Zissimos, 1023 W. 36th St. (410) 467-4707

Yuengling

$1.75

41.5

47

Hooters, 301 Light St. (410) 244-0367

Budweiser

$3.75

41.7

48

Taylor's 5000 Tavern, 5000 Pennington Ave.

Pabst Blue Ribbon

$1

41.7

49

O'Brady's Crab House 3432 S. Hanover St., (410) 355-9040

Coors Light

$2

41.8

50

Club Reality 2625 Washington Blvd., (410) 644-9668

Budweiser

$3

42.1

51

Frazier's on the Avenue 919 W. 36th St., (410) 662-4914

Dogfish Head IPA

$5

42.2

52

Brannan's Pub 5516 Harford Road, (410) 426-7300

Budweiser

$1

42.3

53

Phillips Seafood 301 Light St., (410) 685-6600

Evolution ESB

$4.25

43.0

54

Griffith's Tavern 3631 Hickory Ave., (410) 366-9214

Miller Lite

$2

43.1

55

Gattus Bar 617 S. North Point Road, (410) 633-9613

Budweiser

$1.50

43.9

56

The Mount Washington Tavern 5700 Newbury St., (410) 367-6903

Bud Light

$3.75

43.9

57

Dead End Saloon 935 Fell St., (410) 732-3602

Harp

$3

44.5

58

DuClaw Brewing Co. 901 S. Bond St., (410) 563-3400

El Guapo

$4.10

44.6

59

Fish Head Cantina 4802 Benson Ave., (410) 247-2474

Budweiser

$2.50

44.9

60

Murphys Neighborhood Bar & Grill 5847 York Road, (410) 323-9049

Budweiser

$2.25

45.5

61

Dreams Inn 527 E. Patapsco Ave., (410) 355-0848

Bud Ice

$1

45.6

62

The Brewer's Art 1106 N. Charles St., (410) 547-6925

Ozzy

$4.50

46.2

63

Club Charles 1724 N. Charles St., (410) 727-8815

Yuengling

$3.70

46.5

64

Friends at Fells Point 1634 Aliceanna St., (410) 732-3885

Sierra Summerfest

$4.50

46.6

65

J.A. Murphy's Tavern 1703 Aliceanna St., (410) 753-4420

Miller Lite

$3

47.0

66

Mick O'Shea's Irish Pub. 328 N. Charles St., (410) 539-7504

Yuengling

$3

48.2

67

Swallow at the Hollow 5921 York Road, (410) 532-7542

Budweiser

$1.75

49.9

68

Max's Taphouse 735 S. Broadway, (410) 2675-6297

Star Hill Jomo Lager

$4.50

50.2

69

Jerry's Belvedere Tavern 5928 York Road, (410) 435-8600

Budweiser

$1.25

51.4

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