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Diamondback Brewing Co. tap room opens in McHenry Row

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Posted at 10:25 PM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 23:33:43-04

Locust Point is now home to Baltimore's newest craft brewery.

Founded by three Loyola Blakefield grads, Colin Marshall, Tom Foster and Francis Smith, Diamondback Beer is now open to the public.

The trio got their start home-brewing from their dorm at the University of Maryland. Now, they've staked a permanent residence in McHenry Row at the site of the former Phillips Seafood plant. 

Friday, the brewery celebrated their grand opening with tours, flights, pints and growlers.

"The atmosphere is great. I think it's real eclectic-looking and fits in well with the neighborhood," patron Bob Galiszewski said. 

David Hooper learned how to home-brew from his dad and fell in love with beer. He met Colin, Tom and Francis at a festival and they started brainstorming an IPA.

"We got together, home-brewed a whole bunch, tested out a bunch of batches and finally came up with what's now the Green Machine IPA," Hooper said. 

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Since then, they've been working together, coming up with new and small batch brews. The tap house features seven beers on tap, with an eighth tap devoted to small batches. 

Diamondback is one of the first breweries to open in South Baltimore and judging by Friday's turnout, the community was more than ready for it..

"I think it's really the neighborhoods that drive these local breweries," Hooper said. "It's really great to see the neighborhood rally around the local beer scene."

Galiszewski said the guys picked a great location. 

"I think they've done a good job and I think it'll be popular," he said.

The brewery is open all weekend and when you go, be sure to use the Snapchat geofilter. 

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