lister wrote:We went on Saturday afternoon through the evening. Sat at the bar. Nice space, the brewery smell was noticeable and quite nice. We noticed a familiar face working there, Jeremy who worked at Smokeless Joe a while back. The bartender was pleasant and mostly on top of our beers until the place started to get busy. For a while he was the only one filling beer orders for both the bar and the floor. So at a few points our glasses were empty for a while. Eventually a waitress came in to help and then Jeremy jumped in.
We tried all the beers other than the Cockpuncher and the Belgian RyePA. The blue chalk on the chalkboards was hard to read and I ordered the Pumpkin Abbey first (9.5%), oops! It was tasty but not how I wanted to start drinking. Ah well. The Street Wheat was a surprise as we were expecting a (416)-like beer but it had a light raspberry flavour to it. Quite tasty. The raspberry sour was nice, not too sour, I could actually drink it. The Breakfast Porter, Dark Wheat and Instigator IPA were all nice too. I only had a sip of the Broken Hipster wit, ugh, hate wits, but the girlfriend liked it.
The food overall was good. We ordered the fried mozzarella, chilli cheese fries, smoked wings (maple sauce) and the pork mac & cheese. The girlfriend really liked the wings. Really, really, really, really, really, really, really. The pork mac & cheese was good but small. I`d do away with the arugula salad and have a larger mac & cheese portion and I`d layer an extra squirt of the BBQ sauce in the middle. The chilli cheese fries were a letdown. The chilli itself was good, spicy, beanless (yay!) but the fries looked, tasted and had the texture of only being blanched. I think the fry guy lost track of which fries were done because the couple next to us had side orders of fries and they looked okay. Due to the small portion sizes I later order the shrimp po` boy which came with fries. The sandwich was a little on the small side. The fries were better but could have stayed in the fryer a bit longer.
It was interesting to see the non-craft beer people sitting around us at various times. Of course for whatever bizarre reason they feel the need to talk to me, ugh. My girlfriend is the friendly chatty one not me. I also have a hard time hearing people when there`s a lot of background noise. *sigh*
One guy, when asked by the bartender what he wanted, said ``The coldest and lightest thing you got.`` *facepalm* I think he was given the wit based off glass selection. He left after that glass, he may not have even finished it.
A pair of young guys were talking to this other couple who were recommending various places like Volo. I couldn`t quite hear all the places. We recommended Bar Hop, Cèst What and was asked about eastern Queen spots so suggested Celi Cottage and Castro`s. I put in a plug for Cask Days. They seemed to quite like the couple of beers they had.
One guy came up to my right squeezing in while standing trying to get the bartender`s attention. He reeked of cigarettes, gross and may have had a few drinks before that. He was rather exuberant asking us what to have. I asked what he likes and he said everything. Great, way to narrow it down for me! He yakked some more, eventually got his beers, introduced his friend, offered to buy our beers but they were on the bill already and left for a table.
Last group, had this guy who I yakked with a bit about beers, wine and whiskeys. Hard to hear him. There also was this Indian (I presume) couple from England. She had wine since she doesn`t like beer but tried the sour and thought it was good. He mentioned his favourite beers and in the same sentence, I kid you not, said he quite liked Flying Monkeys Hoptical Illusion, Kronenberg and Sapporo. Kronenberg apparently tastes very different over in Europe. Okay... Years ago my girlfriend`s cousin`s ex-boyfriend, who is German, came for a visit and we did Korean BBQ. I wanted a beer and the selection was terrible but I decided on a Kronenberg since I never had it on tap before. He asked me if I liked it. ``No!``He said it`s pretty much garbage whether here or in Europe likening it to our macro stuff. Anyways, I questioned the Indian fellow on Sapporo a bit but they left for a table with their group.
If we lived in the area we`d be fucking ecstatic with the opening of Indie Alehouse and would be there frequently. My girlfriend used to live in the area so we know what a hole the place is for good beer. We`d likely return if we happen to be in the area.
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