Saturday, July 21, 2012

Award-winning Walldorff Brewpub has a lot to celebrate!

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Award-winning Walldorff Brewpub has a lot to celebrate!

With their 6th anniversary just around the corner, Walldorff Brewpub has a lot to celebrate. In addition to the many award-winning beers brewed here, the Hastings brewpub recently was voted the number 1 “Made in Michigan” brewery in the July/August 2012 edition of Michigan Travel & Vacation magazine. My friends and I figured it was due time to pay the pub another visit.
Walldorff has menu with a little bit of everything; pizzas, burgers, soups, appetizers, and salads just to name a few. Don’t expect a Waldorf salad, however. The brewpub takes its name from historic brick building built in 1868 where it makes its home. A variety of salads are offered, but we chose to start with the Gouda & Spinach Crab Dip while we sampled our first drinks. We also tried the Guacahummus; an interesting blend of guacamole and hummus served with pita and tortilla chips.

The beer menu includes a half dozen mainstays as well as several seasonal and specialty beers. I started with the double dry hopped American Brown ale which is sure to please fans of a hoppier brown beer. With our dinner, we enjoyed the seasonal Sundancer Summer Wheat. Popular dinner items included the Highway Robbery; a wood fire grilled pizza featuring chicken, beans, BBQ sauce, and jalapenos, and also the Monte Cristo; a deep-fried ham turkey and swiss sandwich on sourdough complete with side of raspberry dipping sauce. Beer is available in the to-go refigerator in 6-packs and even pre-filled growlers. We chose to end the evening with a sample of the Bee Sting Honey Rye which had just the right amount of sweetness for my tastes.

Walldorff is open 7 days a week with frequent live music on the weekends. The 6th annual Walldorff anniversary bash is scheduled to start at 6 PM on Saturday, July 28th. $5 will get you in the door with live music, BBQ, and 3 limited release anniversary ales. The entertainment includes The Twistin' Tarantulas, Big Willy, Freelance Brothers of the Revolution with host Dan Warlldorff. Sounds to me like a good reason to stop by If you are new to the brewpub or haven’t visited in awhile.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.