Welcome to another installment of TBG’s blog segment. This time we are going to talk about something that is almost as important as the food when it comes to a restaurants identity, its beer program.
These days it is increasingly important for a restaurant to have a great beer selection. It is not just how many beers you carry, it is what beers and why. Places with large 100 beer selections do not have to be as picky or have a direct reason to carry a beer, other than to fill their large selection. Small to medium programs take a lot more into consideration. These considerations can be business based, “How is the distributor to work with?” “What are the customers demanding?” to menu driven questions “What compliments this dish” “What is the current brewing trend or the season?’
The things you need to have a successful beer program are…
- A good selection, spanning styles and tastes.
- Beers that compliment the food.
- An evolving program that adapts to needs and changes.
Most importantly what is needed is someone with passion and knowledge to run the program. At TBG we think we have all four of these elements in place.
Let me introduce you to Matt Owsley bar manager here at TBG.
Matt knows Kim and Mark from their days back in Colorado. Originally from Ohio, Matt headed to Vail, Colorado to work for one season: he ended up staying 8 ½ years. About a year after TBG opened Matt came out to help Kim and Mark by taking over the bar and running the beer program.
TBG has thirty varieties of beer, six on tap and twenty four available in bottles or cans. Two thirds of the overall selection comes from craft breweries. You will find many well known local brewers like Stone and Red Trolley but you will also find a few rarer choices like Abita Amber on draft, which hales from Louisiana and fits in perfectly with the southern theme. Then there are a few that show the influence of Matt’s time spent in Colorado like Dale’s Pale Ale and Ellie’s Brown Ale. Domestic staples like Bud, Miller, and Coors round out the selection.
I asked Matt to pick out a few of his favorites…
Dales Pale Ale –Oskar Brewery-Lyons, CO (6.5 ABV 65 IBUs)
A great pale ale that came in high on Matt’s list as one of his favorites it has the flavors of pale malts and crispy floral hops.
Pairing: Chicken or Catfish
(The can is fast becoming the favorite way for craft brewers to serve their beer as it preserves the integrity longer than bottles and modern canning technology stops the can from affecting a beers flavor.)
Mermaid Red Ale -Coronado Brewing- Coronado CA (ABV 5.7 IBUs 50)
Mid-range red ale with hints of cloves and hops.
Pairing: Pulled pork
A traditional style porter with a mild smokey flavor.
Pairing: Brisket or Ribs
We also have a great promotion called “build a mug” for $50 you get a 16oz mug you can decorate anyway you want. When you use it you get any beer on tap for $3 to $4, depending on the beer (this works out to a $1 to $2 savings.) In addition to that your 2nd beer is always free.
There you have it a little insight into the Beer program at TBG. The bar staff is very knowledgeable so if you come in and have any questions or want a recommendation just ask. Also we want this to be interactive so if you have a favorite pairing or beer let us know.
Happy Holidays the staff at TBG.