Jeff and I have been meaning to head north to visit the Auburn Ale House for forever, but never seem to find the time when we visit. I felt like we really didn’t have any time this visit either, but we knew we had to make it happen, no matter what it took! So last week, we took a break from the constant packing and busy-ness, and headed up there for a quick 2 hour trip.
And boy, was I ever happy we made the trip! We started with a sampler tray of all 12 beers they had on tap. Our waitress was more than knowledgable about every type of beer they had and carefully explained the specialities of all 12 beers–even in the nicest breweries I’ve been in, I’ve always had to read the labels to figure out the different beer qualities, so the service made a huge impression from the start.
The beer itself was way more polished and refined than I was expecting. Our favorite was the seasonal Independence Day Ale, an all-American Pale Ale brewed with US grown malted barley and hops! “IDA” is pale and crisp with a medium bodied malt profile. A star-spangled hop cast provides a rich piney and citrus notes and just enough bitterness to tame the malt sweetness. Yum!
Of course, we also had to have lunch at the brewery since we’d traveled all that way! Like their beer, their food was also beyond what I was expecting.
I had a Grilled Salmon BLT with wild salmon–not something you see on a bar menu too often!
We also had:
Hopefully we’ll be able to visit again when we’re home for Christmas–we’ll have to since we bought a growler to refill!
You can check out more about the Auburn Ale House on their website here.