It was a welcome Saturday evening that led us down the road and into Mr. Brews Taphouse in Bellevue. We knew we wanted to go out, but we didn’t know what we wanted exactly. I’ve still got a bit of an aversion to taking much of a drive before or after dinner with the way my stomach has been lately, but I remembered a little burger joint that I’ve seen on my way to and from work the last few weeks. We decided on Mr. Brews Taphouse, and off we went.
The most striking feature of the actual restaurant is the massive tap that they have behind the bar, hence the name. There’s something for everyone back there, even if the bar list appears to favor hoppier beers. We took more time choosing our beer than deciding on what we wanted to eat since there was so much to choose from-- fifty-nine different choices according to their website. I appreciated the options when I’m normally the person that orders a Spotted Cow without even looking at the beer list.
They rotate out their beers as the seasons go on, and you can look forward to what they will have available by viewing the back of their beer menus. Most exciting to me was that a company from my college town, Destihl, would have a beer on the menu soon. The actual selection only changes by a handful of beers each time a rotation comes by the looks of it, but that’s okay. If they have customer favorites, they obviously have to keep those on the menu.
It wouldn’t be a visit to a Wisconsin bar without an order of fried cheese curds. The crust on what they brought out to us was right on the line of crunchy and soft, which is frankly perfect around a melty piece of cheese curd. It broke to the melted cheese on the inside with little pressure. Paired with a little cup of ranch, it was a great appetizer to keep us thirsty for more beer while we waited for our entrees.
I was not adventurous at all and chose the safe option of chicken tenders. I knew that I could get myself to eat them without much preparation beforehand, so when the well breaded chicken arrived on my table, I was pleasantly surprised. The Taphouse does an interesting bourbon mayonnaise sauce that I chose to accompany my chicken, and holy crap. It had just the right amount of sweetness to compliment the salty, crunchy crust. It was just as good on the fries.
Most exciting for my husband about this location is that they do a peanut butter burger, one of his favorite flavor combinations from our time back in Iowa. I did not have a bite, but he cleared his entire plate without a second of complaint. With that on the menu, I imagine he and I will be out there again in the future.
Mr. Brews Taphouse has more than one location, so if you’re in the eastern portion of Wisconsin, you might be able to find one on a corner near you. Check out their website or their facebook page for information about their locations and their loyalty programs.
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