Saturday, March 11, 2017
Hopewell Brewing Company - Monday Dinner with St. Lou's Assembly
Hopewell Brewing (with Bang Bang Pie Shop) so I decided to do it again. Their last session was with St. Lou's Assembly which is a "Meat and Three" in the West Loop. I have not yet been to St. Lou's, but they have been at a few benefits that I have attended and I have really liked what they served. A "Meat and Three" is a casual counter service restaurant where you choose your main course (meat) which then comes with three sides of your choice. In the case of St. Lou's, the courses served are a step up from the standard meat and three. Hopewell's Tap Room is a big open area with high ceilings, a street side wall that is all windows (covered with shades), tile floors, and large communal tables. There is also a bar, but for dinner it wasn't used for seating. After we checked in, we were given our first drink, a cocktail that they named the Saison 75. It was a spin on the classic cocktail the French 75 containing Letherbee's Gin, Hopewell's Friends and Family Saison, Lemon, and Sugar. It was sweet, tart, and very complex, with the flavors of both the gin and the saison coming through. I wandered around and found a seat to my liking and sat, noticing the schwag we were given pre-dinner, a pin and a box of matches with St. Lou's logo. Our menu broke things down into seven courses of which, the cocktail was first. It appeared that most of the courses would be small, which is unsurprising considering most of the courses that a meat and three would make would be sides for their main course. After I sat, I was joined by a small group across the table that included my State Representative, which made for some interesting conversations.