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Best Brewpub

The Brewer's Art

1106 N. Charles St., (410) 547-6925, www.belgianbeer.com

Posted 9/18/2002

Checked the cultural pulse lately? With latte joints as ubiquitous as muffler shops and mattress barns, it's safe to say the swanky coffee revolution is here to stay. The cigar fad, however, has (mercifully) burned out. And microbrews? Well, they've gone down a middle road. Mergers and bankruptcies have claimed many small-batch breweries, yet local lagers and ales continue to have a place on the bar rail. The end result is that Baltimore's established brewpubs are thriving, but no new ones have opened in years. All of which plays into the hands of Mount Vernon's Brewer's Art, which was the town's coolest brewpub when it opened in 1996 and continues to carry that accolade in 2002. The house-brewed Belgian-style beers--including the malty rich Resurrection and the dry/sly Ozzy--are always tasty, and often augmented by seasonal specials (anybody for a Wit Trash Ale?). The joint's bi-level, split-personality atmosphere is another plus. There are chandeliers, sofas, and fireplaces in the airy upstairs, and bar stools and brick alcoves in the dark lower region. We've even known broken-up couples to divide the Brewers Art as they prepare to plunge back into singledom. This way they can both drown their lovelorn sorrows--or flirt with potential new flings--without stepping on each other's toes.

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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, 9/19/2001

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, 9/19/2001

Best Brewpub, 9/15/1999

Best Brewpub, 9/17/1997

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