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BeerVenture: Franklin’s Restaurant and Brewery

Franklin’s Restaurant and Brewery is a bold neon landmark situated on Rt. 1 (5121 Baltimore Ave.) in the heart of Hyattsville, MD.   Back in the early 90’s I was a student resident in Hyattsville, but haven’t had reason to return until now.  I was happy to see the area is experiencing a facelift, and no doubt the 2002 opening of Franklin’s Restaurant and Brewery helped give the town the boost it needed.

Franklin's Restaurant and Brewery located on Rt 1 in the heart of Hyattsville, Maryland


The Brewpub. This colorful double decker building offers a fun casual hangout for families, friends, and individuals who just want a beer and a bite to eat.   The 1st floor dining area is large with tons of seating.  The upstairs bar area also offers seating for small and large parties, as well as individuals who want to belly up and enjoy a brew while watching the game on TV.  Franklin’s has a strong local following, and it’s far enough off campus that you don’t have to worry about a lot of wild student activity.

The Beer. The best way to acquaint yourself with any brewpub is to order a sampler.  With eleven beers on tap, Franklin’s flight demonstrates brewer Mike Roy’s undeniable talent and experience gained from a decade of working in NH and Boston brewpubs.  During that time, his beers have earned a host of medals and people’s choice awards – you’ll understand why once you’ve sampled the beers.   His styles include a pilsner, a red ale, a variety of pales, a golden belgian, an oatmeal stout, a scotch ale, a black IPA, and two seasonals – a dark malty winter ale and a spiced saison.  All were full flavored quality beers, but the stand outs for us were the Twisted Turtle English Pale, the Hop Zen Black IPA, the Old Miser Winter Ale, and (my personal best of show) the Highland Hugh Scotch Ale (so good that we brought home a growler).

Franklin's dining is open and casual, and the large menu combines traditional and unique selections.


The Food. Franklin’s Menu offers a nice mix of standard brewpub food and unique specialty items, like Nickel Curves (lamb sliders), Papusas, Vegetarian Cottage Pie, Muffuletta Pizza, and Fidel’s Favorite.  Their food is tasty, fun and interesting, and the menu caters to foodies of all types, including children and vegetarians.

Side Notes. Free parking in the side lot on weekends, and 1 hour meter parking on weekdays.  Franklin’s also features a huge General Store gift shop that sells pretty much everything from penny candy and toys, to Franklin’s t-shirts and an excellent selection of high end beer and wine.

If you’re in town visiting the University of Maryland at College Park, or if you’re a fan of brewpubs and want to venture out to someplace new, this one is worth the trip.  Great beer, fun vibe, and a crowd pleasing menu – you can’t go wrong with this popular Hyattsville destination.  In fact, I think I hear Highland Hugh calling us back right now!

Cheers beers!

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