"Buying local" sparked visits to Bloomington Brewing Company
at 1795 E. 10th St., and New Albanian Brewing Company at 415 Bank St. in New
Albany. Executive chefs at Lennie's and Bank Street Brewhouse base their
cuisine on what's easily available from area farms, placing food and beer on
equal footing as the magnet for patrons. Yes, we go for the beer, and we'll go
back for the beer — but we're equally impressed by the food.
At BBC Lennie's, that day's special menu featured vegetable
plates created by executive chef Fred Manion with produce from Teresa Birtles
farm in Lawrence County. What particularly delighted was the exceptionally
delicious potato pierogies. And therein lies another aspect of utilizing what's
"in your own backyard."
"When we were looking for something special, server Melissa
Ganka mentioned her great grandmother made "good pierogies." Actually, they are
"great," so Great Grandma Ganka taught Fred, and everyone loves them,"
summarized owner Jeff Mease.
At NABC, executive chef Joshua Lehman features beef raised
in DePauw, Indiana and sausage made nearby in Kentucky, along with locally
grown produce. Yes, we can taste the freshness.
Upland Tasting Room in Indy, Brian Steuerwald's UpCup
winning beer, ALTered State German-style Altbier, newly on tap.
Also from Upland: "The July/August issue of The New Brewer,
the primary trade journal for the craft brewing industry, features an article
by head brewer Caleb Staton titled "Wild Brews: Exploring the Sour Niche."
Caleb tells why brewers delve into this select niche. More on
Aug. 11, 6:00 p.m: Happy Pils College Park Rock Bottom
Aug. 12, 6:00 p.m. Happy Pils Rock Bottom downtown
Aug. 18, 6:00 p.m., Aries American Wheat at The Ram Downtown
Beginning Brewing Class Aug. 15. Great Fermentations, 1:00
p.m. More at www.greatfremntations.com