June 17, 2016

Don't Worry, Be Hoppy

S' a little song I wrote about some brew, you might want to drink it before I do. But hey, Don't worry if I do, just be hoppy now! If you're a die hard fan of  locally developed craft brews, especially anything that has a significant amount of hops added, this next place is just for you. If you're a fan of Bobby McFerrin, you get extra points!

I'm not a huge fan of overly hopped up brews, but I'll pretty much try anything you would call a beer and the Nutmeg Brewhouse has some tasty creations. The newest addition to the south metro culinary scene is located in Burnsville right of County Road 42 and not only are their brews pretty darn tasty, their food is top notch. 

The space itself upon walking in is pretty cool. Writings on the ceiling describing basically the inspiration of establishing the brewhouse. Open kitchen towards the back. Bar and it's backdrop is very rustic looking and right behind the bar is where the, magic-happens. Not the biggest space, but over the last few years all the new, excellent and creative culinary cuisine inspired restaurants that have opened are smaller, more intimate environments and I dig it. 

It's a brewhouse, so of course we started the evening with some ice cold adult beverages. My wife, like me, isn't a huge hope fan and thankfully they had Fargo Breweries Wheat Hefe as a visiting tap that she was able to order. I went for a flight of their current brews on tap and I unfortunately am unable to tell you exactly what their names are as they're still very new and no beer list was available. But, have no fear, I can describe the picture below from left to right. Belgian blonde with mild hints of hops and hints of apricot - not bad. Next is a stout brew with hints of hops and more chocolate tasting than coffee. After that is a little more bland and mild hop brew and finishing with an extremely hopped up EPA.
As for the food, we started with some delicious wings and you can head over to Flying Buffalo's? to see how they ranked against the competition. We then ordered the Atlantic Cod and Chips as well as the Avocado BLT. The wings of course came out first and we ordered the Blackened Dry Rub with a side of mild (house made) buffalo sauce and ranch. They come out laying on top of a bed of napa slaw which was basically an awesome blue cheese slaw.
I added some lemon to the slaw and that immediately made it an even better treat to enjoy whole throwing back my brew flight and some insanely tasting wings (wink wink Nutmeg). The dryrub on these wings was awesome and I would recommend you order them, as always, extra crispy. Next, grab a wing, keep singing some Bobby McFerrin, dip in the ranch, dip in the buffalo sauce and enjoy! awesomesauce! 

My wife went for the BLT which was actually pretty darn good - it was the aioli that dominated this dish. Made with a bakery square of ciabatta bread layered with fresh avocado slices, roma tomatoes, romaine lettuce and four thick slices of smoked applewood bacon finished with our homemade spicy aioli spread. Served with sidewinder fries. Worth ordering if you love bacon (why would you not?) and avocado.
I went for the fish and chips and you can see how they did against the competition as well in our Friday Fish Fry Challenge, Time For Me To Fish Fry. Fresh Atlantic cod battered with their seasonal house beer. Served with sidewinder fries, a blistered lemon and our house made curry tartar sauce. The curry tarter was awesome and the fish was also awesome. You get two large fillets and it's more than enough food to satisfy the belly.
I'm definitely looking forward to heading back to check out some dishes and I already have my eye on a couple to check out; their Roasted Chicken and what I think might turn out to be my favorite dish here, New Zealand Lamb Chops. I. Love. Lamb! I'm not going to give you my number, but when you're worried, stop by the Nutmeg Brewhouse and they can make you hoppy! 

1905 County Road 42W
Burnsville, MN 55306

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