The Mack House Brews Up Creativity and a Loyal Following
With a three-barrel (93-gallon) system in place right now and plans to grow, beers come off the line at a fairly quick pace. Downpour IPA is a crowd favorite, for example, and uses some of the beer world's favorite hops -- Centennial, Chinook, and Simcoe -- giving a multifaceted layer of bitterness and citrus aroma. A recent hefeweizen showcased the lighter side of brewing with a mild 5 percent alcohol-by-volume, wheat-oriented springtime refresher. Anything in-house, in the Holy Mackerel portfolio, or, in fact, anything on draft will set you back $6.
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The most interesting featured brews are the culinary ones, like an andouille sausage beer or a superpopular maple chipotle brown ale.
Unfortunately for those looking to make a night at the Mack, food is limited. Try the ale-glazed meatballs ($8) that come embraced with a Mack in Black-infused, barbecue-like sauce that packs a hit of heat with the sweetness. Pair it with a glass of Mack in Black (a dark and roasty Belgian strong ale) to balance the spiciness.
Or if carbs are your thing, order the large hot pretzel with an IPA cheese spread ($6) or the tropical mango and pineapple salsa served with a tray of tortilla chips ($5).
"I'd say 90 percent of our patrons live within ten miles," Kyle Hatfield told us. "People have embraced us as a true craft beer bar."
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