While we intended to get some wings at Shallos on the southside last night, instead we ended up at Fireside Brewhouse, a locally-owned independent restaurant that just opened a little over a month ago (they also own Blu and The Pub). Getting off I-65 at County Line Rd., my wife pointed across the road and said, "what's that place?" The name immediately jogged my memory of a post Matt put up a while back and we decided to pull in and give it a whirl.
Their beer list is pretty safe, if you can call 16 taps and over 100 different bottled beers safe. The hard-core craft beer fan is not going to find the more exotic selections that you might see at Hot Shotz, J. Gumbo's or Shallos, but it's very solid and you're sure to find something to enjoy. Lots of Bell's, Three Floyds, Upland, Samuel Smith, Brooklyn, etc. The bottles are generally $4-5, though some are a bit more. Some of the more adventurous beers available include 22s of Hoppin' Frog IPA ($13) and Double IPA ($14), Anchor Old Foghorn ($7) and Lindemans Framboise. I'm having a hard time remembering many of the taps, but I know they had Bell's Two Hearted and Oberon and that 16oz pours are generally $5, with 22oz for $6.50.
The entres are mostly in the $10 range, with standard brew pub fare like thin crust pizzas, burgers, and steaks. I think the most expensive item on the menu was a fish special for $15 (there may have been a more expensive steak). We ordered a Luca Brazzi pizza (sausage with peppers and an asiago/mozza blend) and a bowl of chili. The pizza ($9.95) was pretty tasty, while the chili ($4.50) lacked much of a punch. Could have been an off night or still working out the kinks, who knows.
The restaurant has ample seating in multiple different spaces with an interestingly shaped bar that would allow several friends to gather for close conversation around one of the points (sorry, I didn't bring my camera or I could have shown you). There are also quite a few large, well-placed HDTVs for sports viewing. If we lived closer, I could see us hitting this restaurant fairly regularly. With as many bottled beers as they have, I'd expect the selection to switch up frequently. Relative to downtown, however, Shallos is just a hop, skip and a jump from there and I'd be hard pressed to pull off at Fireside over Shallos, especially when we've got a craving for Shallos wings. . . .
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