The taps are flowing at the Granary.
Two days, two new restaurants in the lineup at the Pearl Brewery.
That's all it took.
A Granary flight
The Granary 'Cue and Brew opened Tuesday at 604 Avenue A in an area that is still a bit under construction. But who cares what the drive is like when the beer's fine? And the Granary, under the attention of brewmaster Alex Rattray, has some fine initial offerings on tap including the in-house Blonde, Rye Saison (which will make you yearn for a Reuben), and India Pale Ale, with a Brown Ale due any day now.
Other local taps include Live Oak's Pils and Hefeweizen, Ranger Creek's Lucky 'Ol Sun, and Rogness Rattler Pale Ale and Beardy Garde. Ask what's available on cask or try a flight in order to sample the house offerings.
A view of the Granary kitchen.
There's 'cue to go with the brew, and the Granary menu includes a rasher of interesting apps: Texas Toast with barbecue butter, Grit Fritters with country ham "salt" and red-eye mayonnaise, Smoked Tofu with curried pumpkin, and Smoked Beef Tongue with a caper-raisin vinaigrette.
Main course offerings include Pork Belly with a salsa negra and masa spoon bread, Szechuan Duck Leg with a poached egg, Beef Clod (the shoulder) with coffee quinoa crunch, Moroccan Lamb Shoulder with cous cous; and Jerk Chicken with red beans. And there's Old School 'Cue, served family style, while supplies last.
Texas cheeses, buttermilk chess pie, and Chocolate Blackout Cake are among the desserts, though the Soft Serve Twist with beer and pretzels flavor sounds the most intriguing.
The restaurant is situated in the former cooper's house for the former Pearl Brewery and features some intriguing features, from the obviously antique glass windows to a board near the entrance to the restrooms that proudly declares "There's a reason." For what? You figure it out. Another beer can help such heady contemplation.
For more on the Granary 'Cue and Brew, click here
Nearby, at 312 Pearl Parkway, the Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden opens today with chef James Moore in the kitchen overseeing the flame-cooked meals and vegetables.
The restaurant, from the owners of Max's Wine Dive, is indeed in the brewery's old boiler house, which makes for a rustic, eclectic setting that's comfortable, whether you're seated at the bar so you can watch the kitchen staff at work or outside at one of the picnic tables.
Pork belly with soy-pineapple glaze.
Moore has said that Texas flavors, made with the best Texas ingredients, would be the focus on his menu."When we began talking about Boiler House, we knew we wanted to honor the history at Pearl and the unique aspect of the building," he said. "We started with the concept of grilling, something that plays a huge role in Texas cuisine. Pair that with flavors that reflect Texas and the concept just grew."
Items that are attracting attention include starters of grilled breads with bone marrow, shrimp bacon brochettes, lamb polpettes (or meatballs), and tender Texas quail. Entrees include antelope, steaks, seafood and pork belly, the latter was served with a soy-pineapple glaze at a preview, but signs show that the sauces may change. There will be vegetarian options, too.
Texas quail at Boiler House.
There are also plenty of wines and a selection of Texas beers, from Ranger Creek Mission Trail Ale to South Austin Brewery Belgian Saison, to slake your thirst. Plus, the wines are also available to go, if you sample something that really speaks to you.
Desserts include Texas Pear Crumble as well as a big old brownie with a bourbon bacon anglaise that will thrill any dark chocolate fan.
For more information on Boiler House, click here
Though both restaurants are open to the public, their hours or dining space are limited at the moment. Lunch at the Granary won't start this week, for example, while live music at the Boiler House will come in the future.
The Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden opens Friday.