The Brewer's Art
Active Beers: 37
Beer Ratings: 1,184
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 90 | Show All Ratings:
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
Lived in Baltimore for three years and somehow never managed to visit this place, but they just started offering tours and went on a Saturday afternoon.
While difficult to even find from the outside, the inside is absolutely beautiful. We got a few pints as we got in and were whisked away to the tour which we had made reservations to (they never really checked ID's though so I suppose anyone could have just come along). One of the owners gave a great tour of not only the brewing process, but of the building history and some cool Baltimore tidbits.
As for the beer, some great Belgian-styled stuff as they are known for. They had six offerings on tap, all only $3.75 per 16 oz. on draft (and only $5.50 on draft during regular hours) which is a steal compared to the $5 Blue Moons I was having across the street killing time before coming to this place. Also, a flight was only around $7-8 and gave you a great chance to try all of their beers.
Was voted the best bar in the country in 2008 and I can see why... fantastic environment, great beer, happy people, and affordable. Supposedly the food is very good but didn't get a chance to try but will definitely be back.
01-19-2014 05:05:26 | More by marlinsfan4
3.36/5 rDev -20.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
ive been coming here for a new years dinner for at least ten years. this last one left a lot to be desired. no Christmas beer menu? I love all the house beer, but there was no st festivus on tap. I ordered the tuna on the new years eve menu. dry and overpriced. I love this place and hated not enjoying myself here. I do this cause I love the brewers art and i'll be back again.
01-02-2014 23:20:45 | More by dankopp
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of the most gorgeous looking restaurants I have ever been in. I have been in some expensive, and real nice places, and this is just a simple brewery Belgian place and I love how this place looks. I actually found myself wandering around like I was in a museum! It used to be someones house actually, but the molding, wooden walls, and that gorgeous fireplace where the bar is with it's cameo is just one killer place to have a drink. The vibe here is stellar.
I've had much of the Brewer's Arts beers lineup which some are canned and bottled and they do Belgian styles extremely well here. I am absolutely in love with beers like Green Peppercorn Tripel and Ozzy. Also the special Zeke's coffee porter when in season is a joy. They are also served in chalices true to form here.
There is also a real great downstairs cozy bar area, which I didn't experience on my visit, but looks seriously inviting, it's one of those nooks I just feel I could nuzzle in all night and never leave. However, the main bar is just hard to leave once you sit. Situated in front of a gorgeous silver black and gray marble, ornate cameos everywhere in it, wine in the fire place, dark accents, it's like a trip back in time. Once you sit down you feel like you'll never want to leave.
Staff here are also incredibly nice, which is odd for a bar, often there's a couple surly characters or egos but I couldn't believe how incredibly inviting and cordial everyone was. As for the food, I stuck with the simple burger and bar menu, the garlic rosemary fries are unbelievably addictive. Burgers are nothing crazy impressive but solid, and side caesar though doesn't have enough dark greens, it's mostly just plain yellow crunchy romaine ribs, but still tasty.
Would love to come here and experience dinner. The dining area is really nice, and if the simple bar food items are as enjoyable as a plate of fries, this place requires a dinner in the future for me.
12-31-2013 14:33:19 | More by smakawhat
4.16/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Wha! I've not reviewed this place? It's one of the reasons I live so close. I love the dungeon basement bar with the various nooks and dim lighting, except when it's too crowded. Service from the bar remains efficient, even when packed. Beers are belgian-inspired, and while only a half dozen house brewed offerings on at a time, the seasonals change regularly, and are also tweaked if i'm not mistaken. They've also done some collaborations and offer casks sometimes. Nice selection of spirits, too. The food is amazing and creative, using local seasonal ingredients when possible. At least, get the fries. Prices are a bit high, but generally worth it. Check out out!
11-26-2013 02:34:08 | More by qchic
4.14/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
This place is a hidden gem in Baltimore. Went here on a Sunday evening to take advantage of their transit special (show a transit pass and get house beers for $3). This building and place is so cool, giving an older building a new lease on life. You won't find TVs anywhere here, just a nice place to relax with someone, have a few beers, and enjoy some good food. Beer was outstanding (had the Tripel and Resurrection) and served in proper glassware for Belgian beers. Their bartenders were great and took good care of us. This is a little different from most brewpubs, as they not only have their own beer (which is almost all Belgians) but they have other great beers available in bottles. Also, almost all their beers are available for purchase to go (all beers available in 750s while Ozzy and Resurrection are available in 6pk cans). The food is wonderful homemade European favorites, at least for the bar menu. This place is reasonably priced for the area and should be a stop if you are in the Mt. Vernon area of Baltimore.
11-02-2013 14:34:43 | More by cyclonece09
3.57/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | $$
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
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The pub is in the basement, the lighting is so low it's nearly pitch black, takes some time for your eyes to adjust. Great atmosphere to enjoy their well crafted Belgian beers. I believe there's a bar and more upscale dining upstairs but we just hung out in the dark and had some great conversations about beer. Super chill place.
05-28-2013 01:33:07 | More by Mantooth
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Visited November 2012:
Out of the gate, I have to say that if I lived in or around Baltimore, I would probably visit this place at least once a month. Upon entering, there is a bar area following by a dining room, with anther bar below. The upstairs bar/lounge had a great vibe, but had little room and since I was dining alone I ventured downstairs for a seat down there. It was dark and they were playing what appeared to be 70's/80's punk rock music, which I was digging. Took a seat, ordered a Resurrection and some scallops. The food was stellar and the beer was even better, possibly one of the best Dubbel's that I have had. Good friendly service, which was a little unexpected as I have the stereotypical waiter/waitress in my head back from my Philly days. Overall, a must hit for any BA.
11-26-2012 18:24:00 | More by PhillyStyle
4.75/5 rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I go to The Brewer's Art at least once a month. It has an outstanding ambience. The basement is a dark bar with many alcoves, the lounge upstairs is great for relaxing, and the dining room is great for a romantic evening. The food is world class and the chef has never once disappointed me. The staff is pretty attentive and knowledgeable. I once ordered a beer and my waiter took a little long to get it to me and without me mentioning it he said it was on the house. The house brews are very unique. They have a great guest beer selection and also a top notch Scotch selection. This is definately a place to seek out when in Baltimore!
11-25-2012 20:12:26 | More by Rickythejeweler
4/5 rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
My advice to anyone reading this review is to a) check this place if you reside in/visiting Baltimore and like craft beer and b) get there early. The first time I came here with my wife at 9 PM you couldn't find a seat upstairs or room to even stand in the downstairs bar. Our second trip we arrived before 5 and waited to go downstairs which opens at 5 (and sidenote to any who hates small or confined spaces - the downstairs is a "dingy" basement with sparse lighting and no windows). We found two seats at the bar and very soon were packed in like sardines. The crowd is a mix of older people there for the food, which is really good and better than typcial bar food, and young workers/college kids. The beers are top-notch, which is the most important thing, really, and the selections of non BA beers are not slouches either. Get there early, grab some grub, drink a couple of beers and have a good time.
07-08-2012 18:36:01 | More by clayrock81
The Brewer's Art in Baltimore, MD
94 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.