Breakroom Brewery, aims to add to that number with good beer and the opening chef from The Gage, Dirk Flanigan, a gastropub that I also really like. Built out of the front of a woodshop that specializes in building bars, Heineman Bar Company, the space really shows it with a beautiful wood bar, barrel high tops, communal tables, and wood booths. The space has high unfinished ceilings with a stair leading to a catwalk where you can overlook the bar and brewery. There are windows at the back of the dining area that look into the woodshop over which hang a couple of carved and stained wooden flags. The brewery is located on either side of the dining room and the kitchen is semi-open and located in the rear corner. Even the logo of the brewery emphasizes the wood shop, using a large circular saw blade. There is a chalkboard on the wall listing the beers that are on tap. Since this was a new brewery to me and they offer tasting portions, I decided to try several to try and get a feel about what they were about as a brewery. While they did have a couple of high gravity beers (high alcohol), it seems that they emphasize beers that are drinkable, most falling in the 5-6% ABV range. I ordered Alise, a farmhouse ale, Mo' Psyche, a rye IPA, and Galactic Dream, an American pale ale made with Galactic hops. They were all pretty good, but I preferred the Rye IPA. It was hoppy, as IPA's are supposed to be, but it was not a hop bomb and was very drinkable.
The Publican, I am willing to give them a shot when I see them on the menu. These pork rinds were served in a lunch bag and were pretty warm. They were curled up as you would expect from pork rinds and were of all different sizes, some pieces being pretty big. They were also crunchy and melted in your mouth. The salt and pepper added a little spice to the porky flavor and while it was good on its own, the malt vinegar added some tang.
I really liked my time here and I know that I will return, because I have already returned once while they were serving brunch since the first time I came. The space is beautiful, the staff is friendly and the food and beer are really good.