Fri, Sep 21 2012 11:33 AM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The Brew House at Eastlake will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in December. It remains more than just a neighborhood pub.
Partners Doug Chase and Jim Shirey have done a remarkable job in maintaining the establishment’s community-friendly ambiance. With 16 plasma television screens, two indoor banquet areas and an outside patio, the Brew House is a welcome respite for youth sports teams as well as business meetings and high school reunions.
There’s always something to watch — from college and pro football to mixed martial arts.
Located in the EastLake Design District at 871 Showroom Place, the Brew House offers an extensive menu, seven house beers brewed in Chula Vista, seasonal beers, guest beers, a selection of wines and a full bar. The establishment has built up a loyal clientele.
Good food and good brews are on tap every day of the week.
“It’s been great,” Shirey said. “Everyone who comes in loves it.”
“We’ve been involved in a lot of charitable functions,” Chase said. “We’ve supported the community from the start.”
The Brew House has a couple of winners to its credit. Its Wolf Canyon wheat beer took first place at the 2012 San Diego International Beer Competition and Festival while its popular Rolling Hills Irish Red won silver in 2010.
The competition is open to licensed microbreweries from around the world, thus making the awards quite impressive.
The Brew House continues to offer its popular taster flights of five-ounce samples from five of its beers for $10.
The Wolf Canyon wheat beer is an American-style wheat beer with a subtle addition of hops for a dry, crisp finish; the Rolling Hills Irish Red is a modern interpretation of ale brewed by monks in the 14th century.
As for the menu, we haven’t found anything we don’t like.
The signature burgers (half-pound Angus beef) are a mainstay with their 15-percent fat content for optimum flavor.
But the Cubano sandwich impressed our review staff on a recent visit. Served on Cuban-style bread, the tasty sandwich features pulled pork (without the barbecue sauce), ham, Swiss cheese and mustard aioli. Even though pressed flat, it’s still a delicious mouthful and seems to get better with each bite.
The sandwich is served with fries or cole slaw.
Wings (along with calamari) continue to top the appetizer menu. The Brew House offers the traditional Buffalo-style wings (mild or spicy) as well as Carolina barbecue wings.
The Buffalo-style wings are coated with sauce while shaken, making them refreshingly dry to the touch. The Carolina wings, meanwhile, have an interesting honey flavor (this is a good thing).
At $8.95, both orders are served with the traditional bleu cheese or ranch dipping sauces.
Popular additions to the menu are the roasted garlic flatbread ($8.95) and the Asian chopped chicken entrée salad ($12.95).
Chef Todd Nash has done a very good job of matching tastes and textures.
If you’re a fan of garlic, the flatbread appetizer should reward. It features garlic puree, caramelized onion, mozzarella and Gorgonzola cheeses and a roasted garlic bulb (in the center). Best of all, it’s shaped (and eats) like a pizza.
The entrée salad features grilled chicken, fresh romaine lettuce, frisee, radicchio, almonds, Mandarin oranges, mint, cilantro, carrots, crispy wontons and a lime-hoisin dressing. There’s a lot of contrasts here that make for some rather tasty eating.
The entrée salad is large enough to easily serve multiple diners.
As far as items no longer on the current menu, the staff will be happy to prepare a past favorite providing the ingredients are still on hand.
During the week there are a number of drink and food specials.
The weekends get even more festive with live music on Friday and Saturday, starting at 9:30 p.m. (21 and older). Reggae on the patio continues the fun Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Business hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information, visit the website at www.brewhouseeastlake.com or call 656-2739.
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