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Fri, 09 Sep 2022 13:45:00 -0400

Review: Stein Brewing Company, Mt Vernon Ohio

We took an RV trip to drop off my younger son at college in Ohio, and found ourselves in Mt Vernon, where my wife and he had (while touring a different college) eaten dinner at a local brewery. Since it was after lunch and we were hungry, we decided to visit that same brewery, the Stein Brewing Company.

I managed to street-park the RV "like a bowss" (as the kids say?), within sight of the brewery, and we got a table by the window.

The decor and atmosphere was rather out of a playbook for modern brewpubs: dark paneling, industrial-adjacent signage complete with a gear, dark wood wainscoting, etc. I've seen it all before, but it's not an unpleasant cliché, just a well-worn one.

It turns out that their brewery is quite small, and the majority of their beers on tap are from other breweries. Regardless, since we were currently traveling with my older son as well, he and I figured we could tackle the "full flight" of all 10 beers (only three of which were brewed on site).

Following are my notes on the beers, in some cases augmented or reinforced by the opinions of my older son as well.

For food, I had their chili and a BLT with cole slaw, and my wife had their boneless chicken wings (gluten-free, allegedly). It was a quite surprisingly boring chili almost devoid of any heat or spice, with white beans and corn, and lots of cheese on top. The cole slaw was delicious, very creamy. The BLT itself had a ton of very dry and crispy (burnt) bacon, but was otherwise unremarkable. I guess we can surmise what the Midwest culinary scene is all about...

The service was excellent: friendly, attentive, prompt.

I got a peek of their very tiny brewing operation, with three fermenters and/or bright tanks. I suspect that the mash and liquor tuns are in another room? Either that of this is just for show and the real brewing is done off site or by contract. Not clear.

Generally decent, but nothing earth shattering. I wouldn't go out of my way to go there.

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kelly jacklin