Our trip to The Brew Kettle wasn’t an intentional stop, but near a place where we were visiting for the day. I couldn’t pass this up. It’s located in a little strip plaza. I wan’t sure what to expect but I was hungry. The inside had a rustic feel to it with the raw wood boards for walls. We went in around 6pm Sunday. It was fairly busy.
I did immediately notice that this place is very family friendly and they did a nice job separating the family eating area with the bar. I don’t think this was on purpose but due to the building constraints. – but it works.
The bar area leads back to the brewery. Unfortunately AGAIN, I show up when that area is closed. I couldn’t even see any part of the production brewery. See, that’s why I come to these places, to see the stuff…but I usually never can. Maybe only I care about this as I’m a brewer?
Anyways, I order a flight of five:
Though they have an extensive tap menu of others, I stuck with the Brew Kettle beers:
The Brew Kettle Imperial Red Eye – I really like this pale ale. At 8.5% it was very balanced with the alcohol and malty backbone with just enough hops to balance it all out. I could easily have a few pints of this.
The Brew Kettle Pumpkin Ale – Remarkably similar to the pumpkin I just made – which was great!
The Brew Kettle Big Woody – This was a Munich Lager. This wasn’t something I cared for. Paulaner has a good example of a Munich Lager, this fell short…perhaps not enough residual sweetness left which is what I remember Paulaner as having. *Though I have to admit, being the lightest beer amongst the five, my palate may have been off. Perhaps it’s a beer to evaluate on it’s own, or at least first (I wasn’t thinking, I had to try the pumpkin first!)
The Brew Kettle El Lupulo Libre – Primarily Mosaic hops in this Imperial IPA.
The Brew Kettle Old 21 – Another Imperial IPA but instead with Simcoe hops.
The last two beers were nearly identical in ‘body’. I ended up preferring the Mosaic Hopped beer. It had a better hop aroma and flavor. They were both good IPA’s regardless.
I ordered the pulled pork sandwich, my wife got the pulled pork nachos and the kids chicken fingers and fries. My wife’s and I’s choice admittedly had a little to do with research.
Overall, we had a good meal with some good beers. A flight of five 5oz samples was a perfect amount for me through dinner – so about two beers worth. The service was good too. I would go back to The Brew Kettle again with my family.