The Brewer's Art
Active Beers: 36
Beer Ratings: 1,179
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: 15 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 90 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by woodychandler:
5/5 rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The front of the building is a completely nondescript facade with a couple of heavy doors that one must pass through to get to the stained blonde wood door that serves as the entrance to this establishment. As you pass through the doorway, if you look back, you will see that it is a faux-Grecian temple archway. The bar is directly in front of you, with the huge picture window overlooking the street to your right. The bar is marble and behind it is a bas-relief sculpture, mirrors, and an operable marble fireplace. Another Grecian doorway to your left leads you into a lounge with comfy sofas, yet another marble fireplace, marble columns for supports(!), and a combination of squash and sunshine-yellow paint on the walls. It all feels very warm and relaxing, like being at home, in one person's opinion. The next room is a dining room with eggshell-white and dark-brown walls in a home library-type setting. The brewhouse is all the way aft in this room, visible through a couple of glassed-in doors. From here, you can use a stairway into the basement, which has a laquered bar, brick arched doorways, a subterranean entrance, wood slat benches and even a hidden back room. This place bespeaks Belgium in America in a way rivalled only by New Belgium BC in Fort Collins, CO. I rave about this place every time that it comes up in conversation and I am overjoyed that it exists in Charm City. I had an opportunity to visit yesterday on a bus trip from Mount Joy, PA and my enthusiasm was enough to cause a couple of people to choose here over Fells Point.
03-20-2005 19:36:53 | More by woodychandler
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$
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
The Brewer's Art in Baltimore, MD
94 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.