There’s something to be said about the changing of the plan. Occasionally it favors one in a way most pleasing….so food and beer and the distant hope of trout streams blossomed into an oft-thought-of-never-executed opportunity for rainy road trip happiness…..ROAD TRIP TO SHORT’S BREWERY!!!
We have friends who live near this prolific beer magic and they have proclaimed the wonderfulness of the food here, too. Even though I’ve completely enjoyed the Huma Lupas and the Soft Parades by the bottle at home, i didn’t think it could live up to the pre-game hype of a direct pour from the tap…at the source. I’m happy to admit that I was WRONG!! Huma is even more fragrant and crisp coming straight out of the fresh batch unleashed that very morning and poured into my tasting flight and ultimately into my new Short’s growler…WOO HOO!.
The Tampenade is good, nice mix of olives and generous with the garlic, which I love. It wasn’t as salty as i was expecting, and I really enjoyed it’s subtle flavors. The hummus is really good (I wanted to say superlative, but my wife remotely persuaded me to change the wording.) It tastes a bit like some of the local brew was tipped in. Simple yet deep in flavors…you’ll be happy to get some of this. Our order came with a LOT of pita points…perfect balance of points to dips. Four different dips with really good bread to dip in at that price point is a huge draw. Like you needed a good draw outside of the amazing beer.
The Feta Cheese dip made a big hit at our table. And I quote “I could take a bath in that….” I guess you either get that or your don’t….passionate is an understatement, I am sure of that! The feta garlic and other spices make this one a “dive in” favorite.
The red stuff is a cherry/berry jam with a nice jolt of cayenne/pepper so the sweet gets set back with a spicy finish. It’s unique and goes well with a bit of the stronger cheeses like sharp cheddar or a real Bleu….
Trying the beer was fun for us because we’re still new at the “beer tasting” thing. We know enough to order a flight of whatever they’re offering, but have trouble figuring out which beers sound/look the best when looking at the long list of options on the menu. . Hoppy Pale Indian American Belgian Ale Ale. Let your head out of the way and let your palate and your heart guide you. If you know what you like in a beer, just ask your server and they’ll be happy to guide you to a great choice.
We seem to have really good luck getting the best server when we visit a place for the first time. Short’s Brewery was no exception. We got set up with Nate. He was there at the appropriate times with subtle yet complimentary answers to my obviously loaded questions (how can you not have an opinion about this place and the service before you go in after reading all the reviews and judging for your self how great the beer is)…he put us right at ease and made the whole experience perfect.
Can’t wait to go back and try a samitch or three….
I was told they may start carrying the Growler Koozies at the Merchandise Store next door someday….stay tuned and hopefully you’ll be able to order them right here!
My recommendation? Stay the hell away from here, so you don’t take up my parking space….. ;-)