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The Brewer's Art
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 1,074
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1106 N. Charles Street
phone: (410) 547-6925
Set in a grand Mt. Vernon townhouse, The Brewer's Art offers many temptations for your palate. Our seasonally-influenced menu of European-style country fare features meats, fish, seafood, pasta, and vegetarian offerings. Dinner is served daily between 5:30pm - 9:00pm (later on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and light fare is available from 4:00pm - 11:00pm. Our creative pastry chef prepares our homemade desserts. In addition to brewing our fine beers on the premises, we offer a carefully picked selection of beers and fine wines from around the world, and one of Baltimore's best selections of scotches and spirits.
Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat 4:00pm - 2:00am
Sun 5:00pm - 2:00am
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 87 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
I think the mistake I made was to go to brewer's art on a Saturday night. On this Saturday night the place was more like a classy lounge on the top floor and then the basement was a loud music pumping dance club. So the place is packed which isn't a bad thing. But this brew pub is not so much trying to be a beer bar as it is a club / lounge. The staff is pretty busy serving mixed drinks rather then beer. Again, I would rather a happening place then an empty one; it was just not what I expected from a brew pub. Anyway the beer itself didn't help the situation. I tried 3 of their seasonal beers and they all were "home-brew-ish". Meaning they were rough around the edges examples of the style, not exactly perfected, nor particularly unique. I do enjoy some of their year-round beers that you can find at local bars, these examples seem more polished and perfected beers. The price was pretty good though, about $4 for Belgian style beers.
08-26-2008 14:18:52 |
More by danadeny
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I had heard many good things about this bar so I stopped in for a beer or two. The bottled selection was impressive considering I haven't found many bars with ANY micros in this town. My friend and I both wanted to try one of their brews so we tried their Ressurection, Proletary and Wit Trash. (The fact that we tried three shows we were really trying to give them a chance.)
I must say the beer was highly disappointing. You could tell that the beer itself might actually be good. But unfortunately it tasted just a shade more flavorful than flavored water, which I suspect is the result of poorly cleaned (or uncleaned?) tap lines.
Coming from Cleveland where there is a good selection of bars who are particular about ensuring the best beer quality, I was quite let down. Hopefully they bottle their beer so I can give it another shot, but never again out of those lines.
10-17-2006 19:10:05 |
More by indigalla
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 5 | $$$
The Brewer's Art is one of Baltimore's best known and most popular haunts, particularly for the urban sophisticate crowd. It's downtown location makes it an attractive "destination" bar. Upstairs is great for a date, while the downstairs--fashioned to look like the cellar of an abbey--varies from quiet and laid back to positively rowdy on weekends.
Service at the Brewer's Art leaves a great deal to be desired. Ordering a beer downstairs is difficult because the bar area is so cramped, while the bar upstairs is staffed by what appears to be a cadre of fellows too hip for most. They are the sorts of bartenders who wait for you to come to them, as though one should feel pleased by the opportunity to drink at such a highly regarded establishment.
The bottle selection at the Brewer's Art is outstanding. Their cellar contains Belgians so obscure I'd need BA with me to even begin sorting it out. But when I go to a bar, I'm usually more interested in what's on tap and, sadly, the Brewer's Art is extremely limited in this department. They serve drafts only of their own brews, which is understandable, but also disappointing. Why? Because, apart from Resurrection, their beer is uniformly horrific. The Proletary is a mess of off-flavors, the Ozzy is heavy at 10% with nothing more to show, and the rest are lousy enough that I don't even remember what they're called. A good batch of Resurrection is a superior drinking experience, however, and might be worth putting up with the other less ingratiating aspects of the place.
Brewer's Art really stands out as a restaurant. It is the only fine dining establishment in Baltimore that takes beer seriously, so it deserves recognition for that.
01-03-2008 14:50:51 |
More by ManofWax
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped by for a beer and a sampler with a bud from Baltimore. It is in a great old building and the downstairs is a very unique set-up. My only complaint about the atmosphere was that we were there at 4:30PM & the place still reeked of smoke due to a few smokers at the bar. I wanted to taste the beer, not some second hand smoke.
Service was spotty. The front bar was mostly empty but it still took a while to get our first beer. Our server then switched and the service afterwards was good. The beer selection is limited to 6 taps which were not overwhelming. The bottle selection was good but we stuck with the draft. It was a quick pass from our wives so we did not try the food. It was happy hour so two glasses of brew plus the sampler was $10 which was a great deal.
01-21-2007 18:28:52 |
More by SkinnyElvis
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
My girlfriend, my brother, and I went here at probably 10-11 pm on a Friday. You enter into a really nice bar area with minimal seating. There were probably 20-30 people here and there was nowhere to sit. But okay, we head downstairs. It's dark. There's a few small rooms to hang out in. It very much reminded me of a shitty frat house basement party with all the people bumping into you nonstop. The kids who made fun of us for smelling our beer was a nice touch too. We stayed til about 1-130 and it was a lot more enjoyable once it cleared out a bit.
I don't entirely understand the appeal of the place to be honest with you. The house beers were at best a little above average. They did have some good guest bottles though for reasonable prices. It was dark, loud, and very congested. However, with all this being said, I would visit again if in the area. It was a decent change of pace from my usual bars. I would say stay away from weekend nights and try to stay upstairs unless you like the frat party kinda vibe.
07-16-2013 14:54:04 |
More by mikeburd1128
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped by here to pick up some beer for a trade and decided to eat dinner there as well. I was a little shocked by the food menu but I'll get to that in a minute.
The place is kind of divided into 4 sections, one section is a fine dining section, another is a nice bar that looks over the street, another is a smaller room between the bar and the fine dining with an old disabled fireplace, the last is down stairs that screams divebar. We stayed in the center room of the place. We had to order at the bar but at least our food came out to us. Do not go here expecting to order something you typically can order from a pub or bar. Its all pretty exotic. We got the mussels and later some fries. Our fries came out after about 20 minutes, totally slow. The bar tender had too much energy and would frequent try and fail to finish my sentences, I guess to save time?
The food was expensive but the beer was pretty reasonable. They have several beers made on premises available on draft. Their bottle prices are a little unreasonable but overall its a nice place but I doubt I will frequent it.
02-23-2010 20:34:51 |
More by drabmuh
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Still no crab smashing but there's dinner to be had yet, so I'm holding out some hope. But first, one more brewpub, hooray!! Seemed closer than it actually was, so it's a good thing that we opted to drive, even though there were like only 3 parking places in all of Baltimore and we had secured one of them and were now giving it up. And as to securing another one, Ed doesn't have my Jedi parking spot skills, but I am in the car so things are promising...
Long, deep, collection of rooms. Up front, a 7 seat straight marble top bar, with a tower of 6 taps. 2 tiers of booze on the mantle of the marble fireplace barback, and booze and glassware to both sides over a center mirror there. A sprawling chandelier dangles from the ornate ceiling above and 3 framed paintings on the walls. 3 bar tables running the large front windows overlooking North Charles, plus a couch and giant guy seating. Through to a small room with pillars and leather couches around a side fireplace, and a few tables dotting the staircase down to the basement bar. And beyond, to a pair of rooms holding a dozen tables each with lavish ceilings, book shelves, psychedelic expansion prints (like you were looking through a kaleidoscope), and a brewroom behind glass to the rear. One of the rooms has a great Rodenbach print, and trophies, awards and books displayed. The lounges and dining rooms are nicely framed and arched, very polished and upscale.
Down-a-stairs, a "V" shaped basement bar seating a baker's dozen, with adjacent bar counters and a side cave nook through brick archways where lie benches and stools for a dozen plus, and 10 tables in a side room, and side side room. It's all brick and low lighting down there. 6 taps on a single tower, booze on the barback, and a large unit with glassware and wines off to one side.
Wall mounted lampage throughout, some beer signage here and there, a blackboard displaying tap selections, and 3 more with the bottled selections. Nearly 100 bottles listed, roughly 1/3 of them Belgian, another 1/3 of them Euro & UK, nearly 2 dozen US micro, including the Hammer & Lunacy (hooray!!), and the remainder being various beers of the world, ciders and N/A's.
6 house taps. The Ozzy, a Belgian Tripel, came in at 7.25%, a nice dry flavor, lightly carbonated and slightly hoppy; the Resurrection, an Abbey Dubbel at 7%, too damn sweet, but tasty though; the Beacon Ale, a session beer at 4.8%, a low hoppiness Pale Ale, nicely balanced; the Wein, their 9th Anniversary beer, ahhhh, dry, very nice; the Sluggo, a Summer session beer at 3.5%, was butterly awful; and the Wit Trash, 4%, with a good deal of orange peel, tasty, a very good Wit. I liked the Wein and the With Trash the best. I was kind of hoping for the Jeannie Trippelhorn Green Peppercorn Tripel but it was not to be.
Anyway, we did the sampler and it's beginning to get kind of crowded, plus there's crabs to be smashed one can hope, so...
12-30-2007 19:16:45 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
After a great visit to Mahaffey's Pub, we stopped in here for a nice dinner before heading home.
Brewer's Art is situated in a 100 year old townhouse on the north side of town. The space is beautiful architecturally and is very nicely maintained. There was a huge crowd at 5:30 on a Saturday, in part because of a Chris Rock concert a couple of blocks away.
There are some very nice craft brews. The standouts were the Proletary dark ale and a seasonal belgian pale ale brewed with coriander and other herbs. We also took a bottle of their Green Peppercorn Tripel to go. There was also a nice bottle selection.
The food was the best part of our visit. We had a terrific grouper with leeks and mashed potatoes and a very nice pork tenderloin.
Service was pleasant, if not overly warm. Worth a visit, especially for the food and the very pretty room.
02-10-2008 02:25:43 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I think Brewer's Art is a must-visit for beer lovers in Baltimore. The beers range from good to awesome, and they serve them in proper glassware, which I think speaks to their respect for beer. They offer a good variety of styles, too. Everything from a lighter Wit or Weizen to some strong Belgian-inspired beers. The beer menu is pretty cool, too; it's well designed and informative.
The food is tasty, especially those rosemary-garlic fries. Not too many choices for vegetarians, but something. My peach and chevre salad exceeded my expectations, as did my veggie sandwich. Classy-sounding meat dishes make up most of the menu.
The atmosphere of the old building is reminiscent of an old library. There's a dining room with tables and a couple of bars with more casual seating arrangements. The extremely dark, cavernous downstairs makes for a nice place to stay cool; though it also looks like a great place to interrogate someone. Overall, it's very reflective of Baltimore's character--for those not in the know, it's "The Charm City".
07-30-2009 20:26:38 |
More by jdoyle
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