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Baltimore Nightlife

Best Draft Beer

National Bohemian

Pabst Brewing Co. may be headquartered in the Chicago suburbs, but at least a piece of its heart is right here in Mobtown, the 19th-century birthplace of one of its many beer brands: National Bohemian. Long ago, Natty Boh was brewed on Lager Beer Hill—a locale near the intersection of O’Donnell and Conkling streets, where beer had been brewed since the 1850s—by National Brewing Co. Then, like so much of Baltimore, it moved to the suburbs in the 1970s, where it was brewed at a Halethorpe plant that has since been demolished. The pale lager hadn’t been offered in draft form since 1996, when Pabst came to own the brand, until this year, when the Natty Boh taps suddenly, joyously reopened. It’s been a boon to bars and beer drinkers alike—but especially beer drinkers, because it’s so damn cheap at most joints. While it’s nice to plop down $6 or $7 for a pint of truly tasty craft-brewed, high-octane brew, some of those finer drafts can knock you over pretty quick. With Natty Boh, though, for a buck-a-draft at many locations, you can drink all day and all night without emptying your wallet and, with its relatively low alcohol content, without it going too much to your head. We’re sure glad we can again hoist a frosty glassful at our local and mutter the simple slogan, “Oh boy—what a beer.”

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