What better way to spend a cold winter Saturday in MN than with the family at the new North Loop brewpub, The Freehouse. Brought to you by the owners of Blue Plate, which includes such restaurants as Scusi and The Lowery along with several other local favorites; Freehouse is a venue comprised of great food and great beer. As their website proclaims, they brew it but also pour the competition thus the selection is diverse compared to nearby taprooms. Freehouse is large and inviting with a fantastic bar, multiple dining areas and a glass wall enclosed brewing area. The diversity and uniqueness of the menu, especially the app section, was much appreciated on this tour.
We started with a variety of Ponies and Pints of Freehouse Brews along with a dozen of the Oysters that were Classic/Raw – 6 west coast and 6 east coast accompanied with mignonette, oyster cracker, and horseradish. Then we sampled some items off the Beer Bites section of the menu, Oxtail Croquettes – blue cheese and pear, Korean Town Riblets – bulgogi marinated with scallion, and Blistered Green Beans – Thai basil, chili and crispy pork.
Entrees for the group (from the Greens and Handhelds side of the menu) consisted of a Tuna and White Bean Salad – poached tuna, cucumber, caper, Kalamata olives on grilled ciabatta, Baby Beet Salad – spring greens, crème fraiche, crispy garbanzo, the $1,000 Dollar Burger – short rib, brisket & sirloin meat, duck fat, No4 butter house English muffin, cheddar, Ensalada De Huevo – egg salad, dill, spring mix, tomato on toasted wheat, Grilled Cheese – three cheeses, tomato jam on parm-crusted sourdough, and as always when it’s available, bacon, 2 orders each of the thick cut and candied. All of this was followed by Dessert, a Strawberry Jalapeno Crisp – animal cracker, honey whip and balsamic cream cheese!!
Freehouse was a blast and did I mention the bacon?!
Bill’s Beverage of the Month
Notes from the brewers website: “You hold the marriage of wine and beer. Belgian Red is a tapestry of flavor. This beer is brewed with whole Montmorency Cherries, Wisconsin Farmed Wheat and Belgian Roasted Barleys, lagered in oak tanks and balanced by Hallertau hops we aged in our brewery one full year.
Over a pound of Door County Cherries in every bottle makes this beer uniquely “Wisconsin.” So unique, in fact, that we applied for a patent. Expect this beer to be ruby red, with a medium body that is highly carbonated and intense with cherry flavor and bouquet. Serve your friends Belgian Red in a brandy snifter or champagne flute and toast life with beer from the land of Wisconsin. .”