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A photograph of the Brewer's Art's upstairs bar from Oct. 19, 2000. Robert Kenlaw (front-left) and Niela Magwood enjoy drinks by the window. The Brewer's Art celebrates its 20th anniversary in October with a party.
A photograph of the Brewer's Art's upstairs bar from Oct. 19, 2000. Robert Kenlaw (front-left) and Niela Magwood enjoy drinks by the window. The Brewer's Art celebrates its 20th anniversary in October with a party. (Nanine Hartzenbusch / Baltimore Sun)

The Brewer's Art, the Mount Vernon bar and brewery synonymous with Baltimore beer, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a party on Oct. 6 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, according to co-owner Tom Creegan.

Early-bird tickets, available through MissionTix, went on sale today; you can buy them here. Those purchasing tickets now will receive early entry at 6 p.m., along with free appetizers and oysters until general admission begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is expected to end at 10:30 p.m.

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For $40, attendees will get unlimited samplings of 40 beers — 20 from the Brewer's Art and 20 guest beers. The beer list has not yet been finalized, but will be posted soon on thebrewersart.com, Creegan said via email.

When a longtime, respected restaurant brings on a new chef, people pay attention — or at least I do. Under chef Ray Kumm, the menu leaned toward a New American menu with European influences. When he decided to move out of state this year, Andrew Weinzirl took over the kitchen.

Food vendors include Black Sauce Kitchen, Ekiben, Choptank'd Sweets Oysters and the Brewer's Art. Music will be played by local DJs Scott Mullins (host of WTMD's Dirty Soul Dance Party), Save Your Soul's Rob Macy and Rezzy Ron.

In a November 1996 review, The Baltimore Sun's dining critic Elizabeth Large described the recently opened brewpub as "the most spectacular brewpub you've ever seen. The elegant rooms of a Charles Street townhouse have been transformed into a sophisticated bar, a lounge and several high-ceilinged dining rooms, with marvelous woodwork, comfortable furnishings and a pleasing edge of funkiness. It reminded me a bit of the now-defunct Vanguard Cafe, only it has more polish."

In April, current critic Suzanne Loudermilk returned to see how new chef Andrew Weinzirl was doing. Read the review here.

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