Baltimore Beer Baron: Huck's American Craft coming to Brewers Hill

I'm a liquor lawyer, and that means I get to enjoy my clients as well as represent them before the Liquor Board. I will likely be a customer of the client I represented today. The Brewers Hill community currently doesn't enjoy anywhere near the dining options available in its neighbor Canton just across Conkling Street. But that's about to slightly change, as Huck's American Craft was approved by the Liquor Board today with outdoor dining to open in the space vacated by Elliott's Pour House at Hudson and Eaton streets last winter.

The restaurant, which must still build out a kitchen over the summer, will offer "a creative take on American classics and American-based craft drinks," according to Lori Gjerde, general manager of Huck's. "We kept going back to this love of the favorites we grew up with" when designing the menu, she said.

That menu is the brainchild of Huck's chef Faith Paulick, formerly of Brewer's Art, who has been with Papi's and Alexander's Tavern in Fells Point since 2009. Gjerde is married to Charlie Gjerde, who operates Alexander's and Papi's. The name itself is a nod to Americana. "It seemed like an all-American kind of name. We definitely love the Huckleberry Finn tie-in," Lori Gjerde said.

Once Huck's kitchen is operational, expect items such as short rib subs, Frito pies with local sausages, lobster sliders, rockfish fish and chips, and State Fair Twinkies. Gjerde says she'll focus the bar's offerings on American whiskeys and bourbon and is planning a trip to Kentucky soon to check out some new domestic imbibings. Gjerde also promises there won't be a single imported beer, wine, or liquor on offer at the establishment. "The brewing roots of Brewers Hill are one of the reasons we went with craft beer. We love being in a real, true Baltimore neighborhood and we're looking forward to being a part of it." Craft beer aside, the Brewers Hill location also means you can always expect neighborhood legend Natty Boh on tap.

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