On Friday night, my sweetie and I strolled over to Ossington to check out Bellwoods Brewery and are glad we did.
When we arrived around 6PM or 6:30, it was already pretty full. We were able to nab a tiny table upstairs. Although the place was full of hipsters, both staff and customers, we were made to feel quite welcome though we are middle-aged, un-tattooed, and were not in our most fashionable gear.
My sweetie had the Common (pale ale) and I had the Farmhouse Saison and the Witchshark IIPA. All were interesting and tasty introductions to the BB's wares. Our server was knowledgeable and helpful in explaining the different beers.
For snacks, with our first beer we shared 2 sticks (skewers) - Jerusalem artichokes with horseradish (yum) and chicken hearts (perfectly cooked, very tasty, the best I've had since I was a kid). Very impressive! My sweetie was apprehensive about the hearts, I don't think he'd eaten chicken hearts before, and he also liked them very much. Disappointing for me, since I had to share....
When we decided to stay for a second beer, we ordered a dish of chili peanuts that was also very tasty. It was a gentle chili which was good - I love heat and spice but it was good that the chili didn't overwhelm or take away from the beer.
The prices all seemed quite reasonable - $3 or $4 each for the snacks and the beer prices seemed just a smidge more than you'd pay for your basic mass brewed beers at a regular pub so it was all very good value.
All in all, very tasty and enjoyable. I guess we should have ordered more from the Bellwoods Brewery menu instead of heading out to Ossington and to Fishbar, which I've covered in another post.