Who remembers Dibbo’s Bar and Nightclub in Hudson, WI and Tuesday Banana Night, come on be honest??? It’s gone now and what remains is much better, the fully restored 140 year old building with its limestone walls and brick façade is now home to Stone Tap. Located on Hudson’s main drag (2nd Street), Stone Tap adds a new interest to this already full featured restaurant town. The food and beer menu has been evolving since Stone’s opening and with each visit I am more thrilled.
I have been to Stone on my own, with family and with large groups. I typically place an immediate order for the Stone Tap Fries their house cut fries served with Castle Rock blue cheese sauce. The fries are delicious and pair perfectly with one of their 24 tap beer offerings.
Stone Tap is a craft beer bar that begs the question how about some great food too?
The menu includes Small Plates, Sandwiches, Dinner Entrees, Desserts and includes a Kids Menu. Some highlights in the Small Plates section are the Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Klasen Apairies cumin honey, apricot Colman English mustard and Smoked Chicken Legs that are grilled with a chili-garlic sauce. Under Sandwiches, items of interest are the Stone Tap Burger with a 1/2 lb of The Thousand Hills Farms all natural, grass fed beef and the Beef Brisket which is slow roasted with horseradish crème fraiche on Grateful Bread Bun, both spectacular, but what is truly outstanding is the Turkey Club with Ferndale Farms herb roasted turkey, Louie’s Finer Meats, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, Dijon mustard on house-made focaccia bun. Rounding out the menu, Dinner Entrée options hit all the hot spots, Amish Chicken, Pork Chop, NY Striploin, Rabbit Ballotine, Wild Boar, Duck, Salmon, Lamb Shank, Shrimp, and a Vegetarian option.
While there are many reasons to visit Hudson, Stone Tap is near the top of an impressive list of venues.
Time to start the holiday season with a fresh hop holiday IPA from Sierra Nevada.
Notes from the brewers website: “The start of Celebration season is a festive event. We can’t start brewing until the first fresh hops have arrived, but once they have the season is officially under way! First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops—honoring everything we have at Sierra Nevada.”