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The Brewer's Art
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 1,077
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1106 N. Charles Street
phone: (410) 547-6925
Set in a grand Mt. Vernon townhouse, The Brewer's Art offers many temptations for your palate. Our seasonally-influenced menu of European-style country fare features meats, fish, seafood, pasta, and vegetarian offerings. Dinner is served daily between 5:30pm - 9:00pm (later on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and light fare is available from 4:00pm - 11:00pm. Our creative pastry chef prepares our homemade desserts. In addition to brewing our fine beers on the premises, we offer a carefully picked selection of beers and fine wines from around the world, and one of Baltimore's best selections of scotches and spirits.
Hours of Operation
Mon-Sat 4:00pm - 2:00am
Sun 5:00pm - 2:00am
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The front of the building is a completely nondescript facade with a couple of heavy doors that one must pass through to get to the stained blonde wood door that serves as the entrance to this establishment. As you pass through the doorway, if you look back, you will see that it is a faux-Grecian temple archway. The bar is directly in front of you, with the huge picture window overlooking the street to your right. The bar is marble and behind it is a bas-relief sculpture, mirrors, and an operable marble fireplace. Another Grecian doorway to your left leads you into a lounge with comfy sofas, yet another marble fireplace, marble columns for supports(!), and a combination of squash and sunshine-yellow paint on the walls. It all feels very warm and relaxing, like being at home, in one person's opinion. The next room is a dining room with eggshell-white and dark-brown walls in a home library-type setting. The brewhouse is all the way aft in this room, visible through a couple of glassed-in doors. From here, you can use a stairway into the basement, which has a laquered bar, brick arched doorways, a subterranean entrance, wood slat benches and even a hidden back room. This place bespeaks Belgium in America in a way rivalled only by New Belgium BC in Fort Collins, CO. I rave about this place every time that it comes up in conversation and I am overjoyed that it exists in Charm City. I had an opportunity to visit yesterday on a bus trip from Mount Joy, PA and my enthusiasm was enough to cause a couple of people to choose here over Fells Point.
03-20-2005 19:36:53 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
(Visited 01/2011 and again the following month): Brewer's Art is in the north side of downtown Baltimore on N. Charles street. Metered parking is pretty prevalent in all directions and there are garages here and there.
The brewpub is situated in a pretty row of houses that have to be a century old. There are different areas including a parlor and restaurant-style seating area, but my visits were in the bar downstairs. It is dark and has a stone wine cellar feel and features nooks and cozies and there is a small wraparound bar up at the front. There is a board listing what beers are on tap.
As for the beers available, the brewpub features 6 draught offerings, and has a sampler. The beers available on my visit were Ozzy, Resurrection, Capricorn, Cerberus, La Patroleuse, and Proletory Ale. All of the beers are well-executed. They also have a couple in bottles to take home (Peppercorn Tripel on one of my visits).
Bartender service on both my visits has been on point. One of the tenders was a wise-ass and asked me if I was ready for "a full beer" after my sampler, which got a laugh out of our group.
Food at Brewer's Art (at least the small plates and appetizers we tried) are good.
Overall this place is a must-visit in Baltimore.
09-04-2011 01:39:21 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Possibly my favorite brewpub in the Mid-Atlantic region. As you enter, there's a very modern looking bar that looks out onto the street. There are sofas, chairs and coffee tables (as well as bar seats) if you've got a group and want to chill. This area acts as a waiting area when the restaurant is busy, although I've hung out here during slow periods and had a great time. The atmosphere of the dining room has a more Baroque (?) look, with semi-antique tables & chairs. It's very nice, but also unpretentious. The food has a Belgian flare and is superb! I highly recommend you try something, even if you're just going to sit at the bar! But for beer and fun, the real action is at the tiny bar in the basement which used to be a wine cellar. It can get crowded, but it's also a very cool setting, and the service is great so you usually don't have any trouble getting another beer. And the beer! Wow! These guys are great brewers. They brew all Belgian-style ales, and do some really interesting seasonals. I recently enjoyed the "Charm City" sour cherry, but I think the Ressurection might be my favorite so let me fill you in on the name. It's a big beer, and one of the first batches didn't quite ferment out. Eventually, they pitched more yeast and got it going again. It was ressurected! Don't miss this excellent food and beer experience!
07-18-2002 10:43:09 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $$
I just moved to Baltimore with the wife and we took a cab from the hotel to Brewer's Art for a late dinner on Sunday night.
Beautiful old building, nice vibe inside, "upscale cozy", like a cool wine bar in Manhattan, but more laid back. We loved the ambience! Jazz playing on the radio enhanced this feeling.
Friendly service and excellent food! I wish more breweries offered this kind of fancy-but-rustic fare. We had a big plate of sausages and an incredible roasted pork belly. No nachos and mozzarella sticks here!
The beer... this was actually the weak point. Only five beers on tap, all brewed in house and all Belgian-style. I am not a big fan of Belgians and I like bigger selections, so I was a little disappointed. Lots of bottled beer, but whatever, I want draft!
We tried the Ozzy, Resurrection and Le Canard. All of them are good but not mind-blowing, just fine, well-crafted beers. They go really well with the food, though.
They close the lounge upstairs and sent us down to a quirky dungeon-like bar with lots of nooks and crannies. Nice vibe down there too!
I'm rating this place very high on all fronts except for the beer selection. We really enjoyed our time here and we'll be back soon!
10-25-2010 15:08:17 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Haven't been to BA in some years, but to no great surprise, it's every bit as excellent as it was when last I went there.
Unfortunately, I didn't have a chance to eat at BA, though I wish I could have. Took a look at the menu, and have little doubt that after trying out some of the offerings, I'll most likely rate that a 5 as well. The menu is very ambitious, with one outstanding looking dish after another. I'll concede that the dinner menu at the Calistoga Inn and brewery in Napa is probably better, but IMO it's the only other "brewpub" in the country that can compete with the menu at BA. I almost broke down and ordered the fois gras appetizer, but knew that would kill any interest I had in dinner. Suffice it to say that it looked excellent.
The atmosphere here is nothing less then awesome. When you first walk in you are confronted by a very comfortable bar area, complete with marble bar and mirror over the mantle. BA is located in a lovely old historic building that is nearly breathtaking. As you enter the restaurant, there is a wood buring fireplace to your right, with comfortable chairs to lounge in. The dining room is good size and looks very comfortable. There is also a cool looking pub area downstairs as well, where if memory serves, there is often music on the weekends. I've been to a few watering holes and brewpubs in my day, and at least in my opinion, no place has better atmosphere, decor and ambience then this place.
As for beer, the focus here is on Belgium beers. The standard line-up is first rate, consisting of the excellent pale ale (still, I assume, brewed under contract for them by Old Dominion), the ever popular Resurrection (a Belgium style dubbel), the fabulous Ozzy (for my money the best beer they make - an excellent Belgium style golden ale), and the almost as excellent Cerberus Triple. BA makes any number of seasonal beers (I have to admit to a particular fondness for the chili pepper infused triple - it tastes better then it sounds, and is nothing short of amazing), but by and large I prefer the regular line-up.
BA now has redone their beer by the bottle list, and it now comes in a much more up to date menu binder. The list of bottled beer is pretty good, if just a bit spendy. ($11 for the Rochefort 10 and 8? - come on guys, that's a bit steep and I'm thinking you know it) I would have rated this place a bit spendy, except their regular line-up beers are an absolute deal. Admittedly I was there during happy hour, but when the bar tender told me the cost for my glass of Ozzy and Cerberus was only $6.25, I thought for sure there had been some sort of accounting error, albeit very much in my favor.
This is an excellent place, one any beer lover or afficiado needs to stop by for a visit if they're in town. I literally can think of no other place just like it. This is an absolutely solid place, an absolute gem in Baltmore.
02-14-2007 00:22:57 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
A nice place just a short cab ride from the inner harbor. There is a nice artsy bar, with an adjacent sitting room with couches and chairs, and just beyond that the dining room. The dining room is like an old house library. The food was OK, I expected some better selections as this was my third visit and the menu became very fishy and loads of vegetable platters. Food wise it is lower rating than before, but the beer remains good. They had the usual house beers, the Pale Ale, Ozzy (Devil style beer), Resurrection (Abbey Dubbel) and Proletary Ale (Dark ale) along with a special 7 Year Itch (highly hopped Resurrection ) and a light ale.
The beers are good and definitley worth the trip. The happy hour from 4 - 7 has beers at $1.75 and at the tables for dinner they were $3.09. Overall the beers were slightly less impressive than their Belgian counterparts, but still worth while to try each style. This place should definitely be hit during any trip to Baltimore.
09-24-2003 01:59:08 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is larger than it first appears, as there's a downstairs bar + upstairs bar/waiting room + back room dining area. When you walk in you encounter the upstairs bar which can be packed. Pushing through it might be possible to get a table though, many of the people didn't seem to go beyond the front...
The food is very good, and is actually the main reason I came. After dinner I went downstairs for some beers, and the rest of the review is based on that.
Downstairs is dark and cool, like drinking in a Belgian basement. The house beers are Belgian-influenced which helps. They had 6 taps (I think), including OZZY, Resurrection, Sublimation, Cerberus Tripel, Proletary, and Zodiac. OZZY seems to be a Duvel clone, and is my recommendation from the list.
03-12-2010 09:51:09 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
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
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