Saturday, January 9, 2016

Ferguson Brewing

A long time ago, in this very galaxy, I had put Cork Wine Bar on my "restaurants I must try" list. Then after meeting Patience, I also added Ferguson Brewing. After a slight delay of the political nature, our friend Julia finally moved it to the top of our list and set a date to make it happen.

Ferguson Brewing is definitely a neighborhood happy hour hot spot because the large restaurant was already packed when we walked in at 6pm. Since it's a brewery, we didn't mind waiting at the bar for a table, and we started off with house Pub Chips and fresh made onion dip. I could have eaten a whole bag of the chips and took the extra onion dip with me to our table. Luckily, I got some more chips with my entree later on too.

I played it safe and went with the Golden Blonde beer, which is their lightest brew at 4.5% ABV and 12 IBU.

Patience tried their bigger beers, the Oatmeal Stout, Khaldi's Coffee Brown Volume 2, and her favorite was the Pecan Brown Ale. Top choices from our friends include a Imperial Vanilla Bourbon Porter and the Irish Red. (This is only the second time I have seen a "red" beer made by a St. Louis brewery!)

You can also order a four-taste flight to try multiple beers.

Flight of Beers: Golden Blonde, Hefeweizen, Irish Red, Oatmeal Stout
We got to finish our first beers just in time to sit down at our table about 45 minutes later (due to have a party of five). We all were starving and ordered quite a lot to eat.

I couldn't resist the sliders (you can also order Pot Roast, Pulled Pork, BLT, or Brat versions!) and it came FOUR on a plate. Angus Beef topped with American cheese, pickles (hanging out the sides) and a chipotle mayo all on fresh baked dollar rolls. I also dipped them into my leftover onion dip!

Beef Sliders
Patience got a full-sized Brew House half-pound burger with swiss cheese and sauteed onions. Massive!

Brew House Burger
Julia and Leslie opted for the nine-inch flatbread pizzas...

Flatbread
Margherita Flatbread
...while Megan had an interesting mix of Bavarian Pretzel Bites to start with (served with cheese sauce and a spicy mustard, but I used my onion dip) and a sensible plate of Fish Tacos.

Bavarian Pretzel Bites
Fish Tacos, rice and carrots
No one goes away hungry here! That was probably a good thing since a lot more beers followed...

If you are a beer nerd, you definitely have to stop here. These are some of the best beers in the Lou!

Resources:

Ferguson Brewing = http://www.fergusonbrewing.com/

Photos by Patience Scanlon