The Brewer's Art

The Brewer's ArtThe Brewer's Art
The Brewer's ArtThe Brewer's Art
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1106 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland, 21201
United States

(410) 547-6925 | map
thebrewersart.com

Notes: 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
Email: [email protected]
BEER STATS
Average:
3.92
Beers:
44
Reviews:
707
Ratings:
2,051
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.22
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
154
pDev:
8.29%
View: Beers | Place Reviews
Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 154 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of DanO1066
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

The place that introduced me to Belgian brewing. Nice setup in an historic building - bar upfront, lounge area beyond that, cosy dining area in back, and a seperate bar downstairs w/a VERY different feel. Draft beer selection is limited to a half-dozen of their beers (brewed onsite?) - a couple of favorites and several seasonals (w/liberal tasting). There's also an impressive selection of liquors which the staff is happy to help you with. The food is definitely a step above "pub grub", but there almost always seems to be one ingredient too many.

 551 characters

Photo of mpyle
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Going on fuzzy, 10+ year old memories of this place. Remember really enjoying the downstairs bar place, where between the two of us we had everything on the menu. By the time we walked upstairs for our dinner seating, I was a little tipsy. But remember everything being good in a surprisingly classy place.

 309 characters

Photo of bl00
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

The Brewer's Art is split into two spaces- a top restaurant with table service and a bar, and a bottom basement area with low lighting and a casual vibe. Service has always been solid in both sections. Beer is mostly Belgian styled, brewed by the establishment. Not a huge selection but satisfactory. Food is enjoyable, well prepared. Its a cool place for a bite and a few beers but certainly not a must stop for those from out of town.

 439 characters

Photo of socon67
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

A nice change up to a traditional craft beer bar. Very relaxed space with artsy vibe. About 5 Brewer's Art offerings on draft; all are quality beers. Food is a mix of charcuterie and light plates. Was glad to come here and I'd be back if the opportunity presents itself.

 274 characters

Photo of dbl_delta
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Visited for the first time as a Valentine's Day present. (Hey, I thought that was pretty clever.) No indication from the street that it's anything - no sign, no lights, no nothing. Once inside, you enter the bar first (always a good sign), then a nicely appointed Victorian sitting room, and last but not least the dark, walnut-paneled dining room. Lots of original woodwork - if you like atmosphere, this is the place for you. It's like reentering the 19th century. Service was outstanding, food was great, and the beer selection was great. What more can you ask for? Young crowd, but noise level was surprisingly low. We'll definitely return.

 653 characters

Photo of Jenebauer
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Everything was fantastic but it was strange there were only five taps. Relatively good selection of bottles but would have liked to see more than five beers on tap.

 164 characters

Photo of BillRoth
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

First time; didn't know what to expect. Went on a rainy Tuesday evening and happy:surprised to see place pretty busy.
Upstairs was a Victorian laid out old world high ceiling home converted into a small street side bar; followed by small lounge; followed by restaurant. Classy, linen and formal lay out seating. Seemed like turn of the century Baltimore met a first class French/Belgian brasserie/restaurant.
Having said that...bar was noisey, lively, young and fun. Bar itself was small but well appointed with top shelf liquor and cocktails to complement the house brews and solid very good bottle list of only top notch breweries and beers. Good bartenders who took time to talk beer despite busy night with more cocktails than beer pours.
Then you went downstairs...
Dark...I mean dungeon dark. Can't see beer; can't see people; can't see food. Very cool Alt Rockin; still busy and noisey.
In both cases...it was about the crowd; not about the beer.
Menu was great/very interesting.
Had veal pate with fennel and mustard. Outstanding. And went perfectly with the seasonal Charm City Sour Cherry.
Hey, all in all this is a great place. Beers, food, people and upstairs all were set to make a great experience. Downstairs is just fun.
But fill either/both with a night time young city crowd and you just get a fun bar. Dig it if that's what you're into. Come a little earlier ... or maybe much later... and you will probably get a beer place.
Recommended for either.

 1,470 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
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.

 1,187 characters

Photo of broadchillin
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.

 378 characters

Photo of Smakawhat
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.

 1,950 characters

Photo of qchic
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!

 669 characters

Photo of cyclonece09
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.

 1,031 characters

Photo of mikeburd1128
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.

 1,022 characters

Photo of Mantooth
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.

 330 characters

Photo of PhillyStyle
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.

 798 characters

Photo of Rickythejeweler
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!

 637 characters

Photo of clayrock81
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.

 909 characters

Photo of steebo777
4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Wow what a cool place! My wife and I were in town visiting family, and my brother-in-law wanted to take us here. The basement area is like a sweet wine/beer cellar. Old bricks with a classic feel. Very dark and dungeon like but with seating hidden all around.

I tried nearly all of their beers and liked each one respectively. They all have a unique Belgian quality (and yeast) to them. They also have some guest bottles if one wanted to try others.

Food was VERY tasty bar food, I was quite surprised. It was reasonably priced and damn tasty. Get the olive oil and rosemary fries, they are delcious.

All in all, a must to hit in Baltimore.

 643 characters

Photo of Heavenisbeer
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

While living in Baltimore for 2 months this past summer, I frequented this fine establishment, and partook many a time in its splendid fermented offerings. The beers speak for themselves and the cellar is an excellent place to hangout whether stag or on a date--the lady I was hanging out with at the time absolutely loved the place. Lot's of fun people, great service, excellent brews, and a very nice ambiance make for a wonderful suds-centric experience. A must-visit when in the Baltimore area; nothing against the city, but there isn't much else to do there, so why not spend an evening clutching the welcoming bar at Brewer's Art?

 636 characters

Photo of Dogbrick
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

 1,251 characters

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

 1,888 characters

Photo of patreely12
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

 1,182 characters

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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!

 1,217 characters

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

 1,459 characters

Photo of esv
4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

 884 characters

The Brewer's Art in Baltimore, MD
Brewery rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2051 ratings