LBC Taproom for beer and snacks

By on January 25, 2017

Over the weekend I got a chance to visit the new Lancaster Brewing Company Taproom & Grill on Route 30.

Formerly the Olive & Jasmine Restaurant (what was that by the way? seems confused to me…), the taproom features 16 of the brewery’s beers on tap. The new location allows the brewery to offer beers on tap not usually found in the in-city location.

I started off with the Bull Ring Berliner weisse, a mellow, 4.8 percent ABV, 6 IBU brew. It is pretty standard and has all the characteristics this traditional German beer should have: slightly sour, minimal hoppiness, and no aftertaste. The bartender makes his own raspberry syrup, which infuses a subtle sweetness.

It was early, so we practically had the place to ourselves. Happy hour starts at 5 p.m. and runs for two hours, Monday through Friday, and reduces the price of drafts — English pints (20 ounces) are $3.25, and specialty English pints, like the new Bobbly Head apple ale, are $4.25.

We decided to sample a couple of the appetizers, and there was no way I was leaving this place without getting the Artisan Bacon Board. (I’m so done with the word artisan.) For $12 I got a generous helping of four different bacons you can’t find in regular grocery stores. There were two thick cut selections resembling pork belly; one was smokier than the other. One offering was thick with maple flavor. The last bacon was for those who love black pepper.

The menu at the Taproom is considerably smaller than the one at the brewery. Throughout the week the restaurant offers food specials on burgers, wings, and pizza. We also sampled the local cheese plate, the house-cut truffle fries, the hot wings, and the Rueben egg rolls.

Upton paired his dessert with tbarrel aged Underlord Cerberus. “It's not one of the best beers I've had in my life, but it's definitely worth talking about,” he noted.

Upton paired his dessert with tbarrel aged Underlord Cerberus. “It’s not one of the best beers I’ve had in my life, but it’s definitely worth talking about,” he noted.

While eating I’d been knocking back some water, saving myself for dessert. I paired a slice of caramel and pecan cheesecake with the barrel aged Underlord Cerberus. To concoct this devilish monstrosity, LBC starts with their Shoofly Pie Porter, which is brewed with eight different malts and grains and Lancaster County blackstrap molasses. For the devil dog version (Cerberus, a.k.a. the Hound of Hades, is the multi-headed dog guarding the gates of the underworld in Greek mythology) of this porter brewers added more malt, more molasses, and cacao nibs. After brewing, the beer is aged in Mt Gay Dark Rum barrels from Barbados for an unspecified amount of time.

Rum was the first thing to hit my palate. I snapped my head back and gave it a good shake, recovering from the initial, almost overwhelming, essence of alcohol. As I slowly drank this beer with my dessert the flavors of spice and vanilla became more prevalent and my taste buds eventually conformed to the 9.4 percent ABV beast. Underlord Cerberus is a good beer. It’s not one of the best beers I’ve had in my life, but it’s definitely worth talking about. I’m sure I’d order another of this limited release brew if I get the chance.

Cheers, and thanks for reading!

Michael C. Upton is a freelance writer specializing in arts and leisure. He welcomes comments at somepromcu@gmail.com and facebook.com/SomebodiesProductions.

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