The Brewer's Art
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 1,086
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A: Brewer's Art has three almost separate areas of atmosphere. When you walk in you are treated to a dimly lit lounge area that has a 1920's vibe. The next two rooms are restaurant seating; they are decorated with modern artwork, but they also have the old book shelves from when the building had other uses. The last area is the basement which is a cross between an abbey and an old wine cellar. It is in this room that the bar is located. There are some tables and a few booth rooms; the lighting is very dim.
Q: Very interesting building, great food, and good beer.
S: I have gone to eat at Brewer's Art (rather than going to drink and have bar food) a few times. The service has always been good, but not excellent. There have been times where I waited almost twenty minutes to order my food, and I have seen other people wait longer for a check.
S: They have some nice house brewed beers on tap that rotate. They also have a nice beer list; however, most of their beers are not available on tap. While they have a decent selection, they do not have anything that is rare (though they do have a nice amount of Belgian abbey beers).
F: Everything I have had at Brewer's Art (from bar food to main course) has been excellent. Their miso tuna tataki is amazing, and their 24 hour braised lamb shank is almost beyond words (their wasabi blackened salmon was excellent as well). They take food to a different level, and they add in (and make work) ingredients one would never think to try.
V: Their food can be expensive (entrees start around 25 dollars). I found that their bar food was more reasonable (as to be expected). Their house brewed beers are very well price as well; a very full glass of beer costs 4.50 each. Also, their wine list was very reasonable as well (for what that matters). However, some of their prices for larger 750ml bottles were stretching the wallet.
02-16-2011 22:21:08 | More by ianjsullivan
4.33/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went to Brewer's Art last night with my girlfriend for an early Valentine's Day dinner. Neither of us had been before and were both looking forward to the food and their home brews.
I liked the atmosphere very much. The bar/lounge is right as you walk in. This creates some traffic for those trying to get through to the dining room, but the crowd is polite enough to let you through if they can hear you say, "Excuse me " over the jazz music. The mood is swanky and hip in the bar, but the dining room is more of an old fashioned Victorian era. You can sense the differences between the bar crowd and the couples who are there to sit down and enjoy their dinner, but everyone was lively and seeming to have a good time.
My girlfriend and I tried the Zodiac ale and the Resurrection ale. Both brewed in-house. They have a pretty extensive list of both craft beers and wines to chose from. The food was great and so was the service. Our waitress was charismatic and helpful.
Overall, I was impressed with my first visit. I would suggest anyone in the Baltimore area to check this place out. I'm looking forward to coming back, whether it be for dinner or to hang out at the bar.
02-13-2011 21:31:16 | More by patreely12
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
I just moved to Baltimore with the wife and we took a cab from the hotel to Brewer's Art for a late dinner on Sunday night.
Beautiful old building, nice vibe inside, "upscale cozy", like a cool wine bar in Manhattan, but more laid back. We loved the ambience! Jazz playing on the radio enhanced this feeling.
Friendly service and excellent food! I wish more breweries offered this kind of fancy-but-rustic fare. We had a big plate of sausages and an incredible roasted pork belly. No nachos and mozzarella sticks here!
The beer... this was actually the weak point. Only five beers on tap, all brewed in house and all Belgian-style. I am not a big fan of Belgians and I like bigger selections, so I was a little disappointed. Lots of bottled beer, but whatever, I want draft!
We tried the Ozzy, Resurrection and Le Canard. All of them are good but not mind-blowing, just fine, well-crafted beers. They go really well with the food, though.
They close the lounge upstairs and sent us down to a quirky dungeon-like bar with lots of nooks and crannies. Nice vibe down there too!
I'm rating this place very high on all fronts except for the beer selection. We really enjoyed our time here and we'll be back soon!
10-25-2010 15:08:17 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to the Baltimore area about 8 times over the past 6 years and I've always wanted to make a stop here and have been shut out (they are not open for lunch).
Now that I work for a company based in Baltimore, I've made it my mission to make a stop which finally happened on a Tuesday evening after a company meeting.
We had a group of around 8. They have two equal sized rooms that are served "pub style" from the bar (means you have to order at the bar). We went from the front room which was louder because of solid floors to the second room which was cozier and quiter with carpeted floor. They also have a cellar which is a bit too dark and cozy for a mixed group of business people.
I was able to drink every one of their Belgians (and took a cab home). I enjoyed the saison which began the evening and doubled down on the Resurrection (which I understand they drop the fermentation temp and then raise it - not sure why). Both excellent beers. They also had a Belgian pale strong and a Belgian copper with sugar. Given I was with co-workers, I didn't take notes so I could be off on the second two.
You can order off the dinner menu or the pub menu in the bar. The dinner menu could be a bit much for the average person. I had the heirloom tomato salad and falaffal wrap - both were great.
The president of our company picked up the tab so I have no idea how much was spent.
I loved the old building and unisex restrooms. I'll be back!
09-25-2010 00:49:00 | More by Yetiman420
4.05/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
The place had a great feel. It use to be a house of some sort. The front has a grunge-bar feel. Lights are dim. There is second room with sofas and chairs. The back room seemed to be a more upscale dining area.
Downstairs was like a basement club with more taps. There were nooks and corners everywhere. The whole thing felt like a dimly-lit house party. I would have liked a little more light.
6 taps upstairs and 5 down. Only got to sample their belgian strong pale ale. I think a pint was 4.24 which is very reasonable. It seemed that everything was served in a chalice.
Service was very good. They weren't snobs. The bar was accessible and friendly. They took note of where we were sitting in the next-room lounge and delivered our dessert graciously.
Easy and fun. Not pretentious and not too scene or clique-y. You didn't have to be regular.
A good window into Baltimore.
08-07-2010 12:08:23 | More by esv
4.45/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited while I drove down to see my friend in the Fall of 2009.
When I walked in, I could tell that this was a unique place. It was my last night in town, and my friend said that they had saved the best for last. She wasn't kidding. Max's Taphouse in Fell's Point was a great place for a beer with its amazing amount of taps, but there was something different about Brewer's Art.
It was nice and dim, which any good bar should be. Cozy feeling, almost. The bartender was very knowledgeable about all the house beers they were serving. The place began to fill up after about a half hour, and it made it even more enjoyable I think. I didn't get a chance to visit the downstairs bar, but I hear it's even better.
The house beers I had were great. I had an Ozzy (a very good Belgian ale), a Proletary (a nice, dark-roasted stout), and a Cerberus (another, but stronger, Belgian ale).
Along with a plethora of bottled beers to offer (the menu seemed to be near 100-150), the Brewer's Art offers a great selection of great beers. If in Baltimore, make an effort to visit, because it truly is a unique place to grab a great brew.
05-20-2010 05:49:42 | More by babywhooper
3.93/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is larger than it first appears, as there's a downstairs bar + upstairs bar/waiting room + back room dining area. When you walk in you encounter the upstairs bar which can be packed. Pushing through it might be possible to get a table though, many of the people didn't seem to go beyond the front...
The food is very good, and is actually the main reason I came. After dinner I went downstairs for some beers, and the rest of the review is based on that.
Downstairs is dark and cool, like drinking in a Belgian basement. The house beers are Belgian-influenced which helps. They had 6 taps (I think), including OZZY, Resurrection, Sublimation, Cerberus Tripel, Proletary, and Zodiac. OZZY seems to be a Duvel clone, and is my recommendation from the list.
03-12-2010 09:51:09 | More by TurdFurgison
3.75/5 rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here to pick up some beer for a trade and decided to eat dinner there as well. I was a little shocked by the food menu but I'll get to that in a minute.
The place is kind of divided into 4 sections, one section is a fine dining section, another is a nice bar that looks over the street, another is a smaller room between the bar and the fine dining with an old disabled fireplace, the last is down stairs that screams divebar. We stayed in the center room of the place. We had to order at the bar but at least our food came out to us. Do not go here expecting to order something you typically can order from a pub or bar. Its all pretty exotic. We got the mussels and later some fries. Our fries came out after about 20 minutes, totally slow. The bar tender had too much energy and would frequent try and fail to finish my sentences, I guess to save time?
The food was expensive but the beer was pretty reasonable. They have several beers made on premises available on draft. Their bottle prices are a little unreasonable but overall its a nice place but I doubt I will frequent it.
02-23-2010 20:34:51 | More by drabmuh
3.7/5 rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
We were drawn here by the reviews regarding the high quality of their Belgian beers. I have to say, we tried Resurrection, Sublimation and Ozzy. Each of the beers to me had the right malt bill for Belgians, but all lacked the yeast characteristics that I expect in a Belgian beer. None had the esters or alcohol notes that I expect in Belgians. The fruitiness just wasn't there.
The architecture of the bar is amazing, very nice old world feel.
The food was very good, a bit pricey, but well worth it. We visited alot of other bars in Baltimore, this definitely was the best beer bar we visited. The beers just weren't the Belgian style we were expecting.
02-04-2010 16:50:31 | More by gtn80
4.5/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Went here on a Saturday night for a late dinner with some family.
The atmosphere lets you know right away that your not at your normal brewpub and should also probably be wearing better clothes. The place is dark they sat us in the back room with a view of the brewhouse which I thought was cool.
I didn't have any problems with the service at all. When we first got there it was a little busy at the bar but the bar tender got to us and delivered our beers in a decent time. Our waiter was very kind and attentive. He was able to answer all of our questions whether about the food or beer quickly.
At first it doesn't look like they have a big selection at all because all you can see is the five or six house beers on tap the rest are in bottles out of sight. They have a small book with all of the bottled beers listed and its full of good beers.
Like I said earlier this is not your normal brewpub and it shows in the food. This upscale dining at a decent price. I ordered the grilled tuna medium rare and it was perfectly cooked about a 1/4'' around the out side and another inch raw outstanding.
This is a brewpub with class that you can take anyone to for a nice dinner and drinks. If your ever in Baltimore this is a must stop beer place.
01-18-2010 22:00:14 | More by armock
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The Brewer's Art in Baltimore, MD
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