When planning your next romantic seduction in Baltimore, make a reservation at Brewer’s Art. The name the Brewer’s Art might give you pause, particularly if you’re a man thinking about where to take a woman for a romantic date. A brew pub, after all, dredges up images of baseball fans hanging out after a game or twenty-somethings gathering after work with the expectation of inebriation. Rest assured, the Brewer’s Art is not that kind of place.
Located in a Mount Vernon Town House, the Brewer’s Art is a European-style restaurant that happens to brew fine beers on the premises as well as import quality wines and beers from around the world to complement its sophisticated menu. It also purports to offer one of the best selections of scotches and spirits in Baltimore, though not being a drinker of those, I will refrain from offering my ignorant opinion.
The romance begins with the setting. This old town house with the charm of yesteryear has pillars and pocket doors, wooden beamed ceilings and wainscoting. In the first floor lounge, you can sink into a stuffed chair or sofa by the fire and leisurely sip a glass of wine. The dining areas are spacious with ample distance between tables to allow seductive conversation- no nosy neighbors adding their two cents worth or grinning luridly at what they couldn’t help but overhear. The lighting is appropriately subtle. The fireplaces throughout add warmth both literally and figuratively. Candlelight and book-lined walls that give the upstairs dining room the feel of a private library create a cozy atmosphere. Jazz music enhances the dining experience.
The chef, John Tip Carter, is superb. Some of his entrees include the Belgian specialty Waterzooi, a glazed boneless quail stuffed with cornbread and figs, and a Beggar’s Purse of candied root vegetables served with a pumpkin tartlet and sage cream. Appetizers include such tantalizing bites as a bourride of clams, black bass, and shrimp with wine, garlic, orange peel and saffron and black mission fig and goat cheese crepinette. Several salads are offered as well as a cheese board. A vast selection of wines is available by the glass or the bottle.
But do remember that this is a brewery if you enjoy beer. The beer brewed on site has attained a regional reputation; it is distributed throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania. Resurrection ale is a particular favorite. For beer drinkers overwhelmed by the variety, a sampler is available. With both beers and wines, Brewer’s Art has managed to successfully integrate its menu with New World and Old World tastes.
The pastry chef is an artist in his own right. Do not miss dessert here. The options change but you can count on chocolate offerings and fruit concoctions as staples of the dessert menu.
Brewer’s Art is also a good public citizen so you can feel good about choosing it for your romantic interlude. If your partner’s a social do-gooder, maybe you’ll get some brownie points for supporting a restaurant that displays the work of a different local artist each month and hosts special events to raise money for community organizations.
Brewer’s Art is located at:
1106 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Brewer’s Art hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. and Sunday 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. Dinner service starts at 5:30 p.m. Brewer’s Art is closed on Mondays. This restaurant accepts all major credit cards- American Express, VISA, Mastercard and Discover- and traveler’s checks.