1757 S. Eighth St., #100, 418-2936, smilingtoadbrewery.com
With Smiling Toad’s recent move to South Eighth Street, the brewery has injected some life into the drab, single-story warren of offices behind Little Nepal. The entrance is a little obscure, thus the “brewery” flags, but inside the place feels just like it should: a red-and-black concrete floor holds wide, comfortable picnic tables in front of a bar already full of regulars at 5:30 p.m.
The customary chalkboard advertises nine different brews, all $5 per pint or $3 for a half. The Wee Heavy is an 8.6 ABV beauty of a Scotch ale, dark and clean, while the vanilla porter combines a mellow approach (26 IBU) with a touch of bitter smoke over lots of vanilla sugar. (The aroma is pure maple syrup.) A lavender option poured golden yellow with a sparse white head, purple flowers in the nose and a gentle, distinct flavor in the body without tasting soapy. — Bryce Crawford
To Read More from this Article: Click Here