We were greeted immediately as we walked in and were offered a seat right by the cast iron stove, we asked for a booth instead but we regretted it later when the resident cat Barley made his home right on the edge of the stove. He is a big black cat who is very independent but loves adult attention. (he avoids young children probably from some experience in his past). We tried without success to get him over to our booth.
We started our meal with a Shandy Gaff which is a pale ale mixed with ginger ale and lime juice. Very good, I can't wait to make my own at home. We split an order of sweet potato fries as an appetizer and they came hot and crisy without any grease.
I had a Brewhouse combo of chili and a salad, The chili was very good it was not over spiced and it had two types of beans, black and kidney. They offer both beef and vegetarian. My friend had a roast beef sandwich with horseradish sauce and fries. She raved about the kick of the horseradish sauce.
But the best was the desserts. I had strawberry shortcake on a biscuit with fresh strawberries and my friend had marble cheesecake that came as a huge slab with a chocolate crust and white and chocolate curls on top.
We ended with hot tea and we were so stuffed we had to shop for 4 more hours at the outlets to wear it off. This was a very popular place and there was a full spectrum of people there from elderly to young families. Our waitress Kim was excellent and full of knowledge both about the food and the brewhouse.
March 12, 2001
From journal Weekend in the Berkshires