What’s Brewing?

8 Jun

photo 1Ermano’s on Fourth Avenue is open and I was dying to check it out. I had hoped to stop in on a Monday night since I’m downtown walking anyway. They’re closed on Mondays as are several downtown eateries for the summer.

I noticed the big “West Coast late-1960s style poster” announcing Naim Amor performing on Thursday night. Sold. I had heard Naim and his band at a birthday party in April and decided it would be great to hear him again.

A friend joined me. Open rafters, reclaimed wood walls, metalwork and a long brick wall outline the space that was packed. There was not an empty seat. Lounge seating invites near the front where the band is playing, while tall dark booths line the brick wall. A tasting room and patio await in the back.

The place has 24 rotating beers on tap. Wine figures prominently as well. They offer 4 oz tasters and beer or wine flights. I checked out the Tieton Apricot Cider from Washington. Without a doubt, the best cider I’ve tasted yet. Crisp, delicately flavored and not too sweet.

The menu and logo uses the same typography as their music poster. The place smartly supports a sustainable food market, sourcing from Crooked Sky Farms, Chiva Risa goat cheese, Small Planet Bakery, Dos Manos Apiaries (honey) and Double Check Ranch, among others. I opted for the traditional burger and fries – both were great and ample. Ermano’s offers lunch, happy hour, dinner and late night. And don’t forget the Blues Brunch on Sundays.

Check out their website (ermanosbrew.com) for upcoming artists and special events. On Thursday nights, this is definitely the place to be!

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