Baying Hound Aleworks in Rockville is a nanobrewery in every sense of the word: tiny facility (just 1,350 square feet), tiny selection (five beers on tap during a recent visit) and a tiny bar with a single television.
But the beagle-sized brewery just did something big. Bullmastiff big: As of March 20, it can serve pints. A new county license, lobbied for by the brewery, allows Baying Hound to serve beer without also having to serve food. It’s good news for the brewery that opened in July 2010 and could only allow visitors to tour the setup, sip samples and buy bottles to go.
Tucked into an industrial park surrounded by homes, the brewery may take a bloodhound to find, but it's worth it. Besides now offering full pours, owner and brewmaster Paul Rinehart also renovated the bar and seating earlier this month.
The real draw, of course, is the beer. And if you're (according to the sign behind the bar) older than 147 dog years, you can sit, stay and sip. The ever-changing assortment of concoctions from Rinehart and his staff includes everything from a Korean black-rice fruit beer, to a lingonberry-and-chocolate stout, to a more traditional brown ale. Your best bet is to get an $8 flight before settling on a pint ($6-$8).
Tours are offered to anyone who is interested, and there's no need to register in advance; Rinehart is happy to show anyone around anytime. There's also the tongue-in-cheek "bar stool tour," which consists of Rinehart simply pulling back the curtain separating the bar from the brewery.
Baying Hound Aleworks, 1108 Taft St., Rockville (Metro: Rockville). Open 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays. Open Sundays as of April 6.