Brewery Facts

  • Dave Benfield was expected to go into his family business, but followed his passion for beer and brewing, starting the first DuClaw Brewing Co. as Bel Air, MD brewpub in 1996
  • Bond acquired the rights to distribute DuClaw from another wholesaler back in 2011, making them one of the longest tenured local brands at Bond
  • DuClaw experienced explosive growth during its early years at Bond, from 15,000 CE in 2012 to 32,000 CE by 2014, thanks to an innovative beer called Sweet Baby Jesus
  • After a few years of decline, DuClaw decided to close its remaining brewpubs in 2017 and worked with Bond to reinvent the brand, adding new styles and series
  • Driven by boundary-pushing innovation, clever marketing and excellent liquid, DuClaw has become the sixth largest craft supplier at Bond Distributing

Top Products

Sweet Baby Jesus

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter
  • 6.2%ABV
  • Jet black with sweet malt accented by chocolate and peanut butter and a dry finish
  • Originally inspired by a homebrew contest winner
  • Untappd: 3.84/5 BeerAdvocate: 86 points

Haze of Glory

  • New England-style IPA
  • 6.3% ABV I 30 IBU
  • Medium-bodied, unfiltered IPA bursting with citrus flavors from Citra and Amarillo hops
  • Hazy IPA is trendy among younger consumers
  • Untappd: 3.68/5 BeerAdvocate: 88 points

Regular Beer

  • Just a Regular Beer
  • 4.9% ABV
  • An American craft lager for the times you want a beer that tastes like beer
  • The most “normal” beer in a portfolio of weird ones
  • Untappd: 3.4/5 BeerAdvocate: N/A

Gose O’s

  • Seasonal Cantaloupe Sour Ale
  • 5.5% ABV
  • Cantaloupe puree and black lava sea salt make for a light, thirst-quenching brew
  • The choice of orange and black ingredients is no coincidence
  • Untappd: 3.74/5 BeerAdvocate: 87 points

Strawberry Letter 23

  • Tart Strawberry IPA
  • 7.1%ABV
  • This ultra-unique brew blurs the line between IPA, Sour Ale and Fruited Ale
  • Named after the hit song by the Brothers Johnson
  • Untappd: 3.82/5 BeerAdvocate: 86 points


  • Citrus Berry Wheat Ale
  • 6%ABV
  • Light and refreshing wheat ale made with blueberries and Meyer lemon
  • Always available performs especially well in summer
  • Untappd: 3.59/5 BeerAdvocate: 81 points

Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops

  • Seasonal Tart Yuzu IPA
  • 7.1% ABV
  • Lemon Drop & Mosaic hops combine with lactose and fresh Yuzu in this brew
  • The seasonal in the tart IPA series, May – July
  • Untappd: 3.8/5 BeerAdvocate: 90 points

Sweet Baby Java

  • Coffee Chocolate PB Porter
  • 6.5%ABV
  • A variation of best-seller Sweet Baby Jesus infused with whole bean espresso
  • Cold infusion adds coffee notes without additional bitterness.
  • Untappd: 3.87 /5 BeerAdvocate: 88 points

Variety Packs

  • Don’t forget Variety Packs!
  • DuClaw offers 12-pack cans that contain a rotation of products throughout the year
  • The pack has 3 each of 4 different beers, visible through cut-outs on the package
  • Possibilities include core beers (Haze of Glory, Regular Beer, Funk, Strawberry Letter 23) and seasonals (Gose O’s, Troubles Melt Like Lemon Drops)