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Best Brewpub

The Brewer's Art

1106 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9310,

Posted 9/19/2001

Face it, beer geeks--the microbrew revolution is over. Not that the mid-'90s explosion in craft brewing wasn't a fine thing, opening up new vistas in quaffing and freeing discerning thirsts from the tyranny of Coors and Bud. We can get Sierra Nevada Pale Ale almost anywhere, and for that we are truly grateful. But not all microbrews are created equal, and the same goes for their increasingly ubiquitous cousins, the brewpubs. When the floodgates opened, a lot of uninspired, same-tasting IPAs and brown ales sloshed through.

We love the Brewer's Art because it follows the brewpub road less traveled. Instead of the usual sudsy suspects, it produces a small coterie of unique Belgian-style beers, led by the luxurious Resurrection Ale and the loop-knocking Ozzy. Instead of the usual burgers-and-ESPN ambiance, the BA offers an eclectic, ever-changing menu and a choice of atmospheric options: hip/loud/smoky in the shadowy basement, plush/conversational in the upstairs foyer, or hey-look-at-me in the main bar, with its wall-length window overlooking Charles Street. The Brewer's Art is Baltimore's best brewpub because it has the best brew and the best pub.

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Other Awards for Best Brewpub:

The Brewer’s Art, 9/22/2004

Wharf Rat, 9/17/2003

The Brewer's Art, 9/18/2002

Baltimore Brewing Co., 9/13/2000

The Brewer's Art, 9/15/1999

The Brewer's Art, 9/17/1997

The Wharf Rat, 9/18/1996

All Awards for The Brewer''s Art:

Best First-Date Bar, 9/16/2009

Best Gay Bar That's Not a Gay Bar, 9/19/2007

Best Local Beer, 9/20/2006

Best Restaurant to Bring Big-City Visitors To, 9/17/2003

Best French Fries, 9/16/2003

Best French Fries, 9/18/2002

Best Brewpub, 9/18/2002

Best Brewpub, 9/15/1999

Best Brewpub, 9/17/1997

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