Red House lighting, Brother's Beer Bistro Bottle List, trying something new, enjoying our table by the window, asparagus soup topped with toasted malts, Jay examining the colour of his beer before making notes, tasty wheat brew, trying Waupoos cider at Red House
On the weekend Jay and I headed to the market in Ottawa to check out the newly opened Brother's Beer Bistro. There are so many things I love about this place, starting with the concept. High end food paired with high caliber beers, a simple enough idea, but one that's rare around here. Most places that have an awesome beer selection have a not so awesome food selection. At Brothers, not only does the menu recommend a beer that compliments each dish, every item has some 'beer' element to it, whether it's topped with roasted hops or infused with malts. Don't worry though, the food doesn't actually taste like beer; it's like when a sauce is made with wine, the alcohol is boiled off and all you're left with is a subtle flavor.
There is a huge selection of craft beers, both on tap and in bottles, with a bunch of seasonals thrown in. I always try and mix things up a little, so although I had my usual St Ambroise apricot wheat ale, I tried Young's double chocolate stout (since I loooooovvvee stouts), which is actually the perfect "desert" for someone who isn't big on sweets
Brother's Beer Bistro has a very urban, industrial feel to it with exposed brick walls and visible metal piping overhead. The seating is genius, instead of using tables crammed so close together you're practically eating with strangers (something I REALLY hate), there is a row of spacious booth seating down the middle and along one wall. There are smaller tables lining the giant window that overlooks the street and the message conveyed is clear: get comfortable and stay awhile.
We had fun ordering different kinds of beer and sharing them between us while 'people watching' through the window. The lighting was perfect for Jay, the natural light let him gauge beer colours accurately. He's always making notes on new beers and then reviewing them online. I don't know a ton about craft beer other than what styles I like so I'm currently making my way through the humorous Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer